Communities Actively Living Independent and Free

Board of Directors

ALEX SAN MARTIN, Temporary Board Chair
Member, Board Recruitment Committee
Member, Employment Services Committee
Member, Fund Development Committee

Member, Personnel Committee
Member, Programs Committee


Term start: October
20, 2011
Alex was born in Houston, Texas and raised in San Antonio.  Alex  grew up with cerebral palsy and was challenged everyday and always maintained a positive outlook and focused on his academics.  He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.A. in Communications. He worked in politics in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol for four years before moving to Los Angeles, CA in July 2010.  Alex enjoys traveling, chess, and hanging out with friends.  His family lives in Texas and his sister lives in San Francisco.  He currently works at Starline Tours in Hollywood as a Reservation Agent.  He enjoys serving people in his community and  advocates issues that are important to create a better quality of life for everyone.

FERNANDO ROLDAN, Temporary Board Secretary
Chair, Employment Services Committee
Member, Board Recruitment Committee
Member, Fund Development Committee
Member, Personnel Committee

Member, Programs Committee
Member, By-Laws Committee

Term start: March 2004
                                        EDD Job Counselor &
                                        Freelance Professional Journalist 

Born Jose Fernando Roldan Velez, he was born in Cucuta, Department of North Santander, Colombia with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and uses a power wheelchair to get around. But being born with AMC made his parents, Jose and Maria, almost lose hope because Fernando was born premature and was close to death. However, his parents are strong Catholics and never gave up and were determined to give him a good education and a bright future. In 1977, his parents emigrated from Colombia along with their other son Cesar Augusto Federico Roldan Velez to the United States. Fernando was raised and still lives most of his life in Glendale. He did most of his schooling in Glendale where he began at Columbus Elementary, then Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and finally graduating from Herbert Hoover High School in 1991. He graduated in 1996 from Glendale Community College with an Associate’s of Arts degree in mass communications and later in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism from California State University Northridge. Fernando began on August 6, 1999 to work for the State of California Employment Development Department in Canoga Park. Later he was moved to the Pacoima EDD office in 2000. He then transferred to the Crenshaw EDD office in May 2002 and has worked ever since. Fernando began his career with CALIF in 2002 and is now president of the organization since July 2009 that he was elected. He likes to volunteer for the grassroots radio station KPFK and is a confirmation/Life Teen Teacher at his church Holy Family Catholic Church. His goal is always to help people, especially in the disability community.

Among his hobbies are watching movies and sports, as well as going to the beach, dancing and museums.
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Ben Rockwell - Temporary Board Treasurer
Member, Board Recruitment Committee
Member, By-Laws Committee
Member, Fund Development Committee
Member, Personnel Committee

Board member since: September 10, 2010


 

Ben Rockwell is a native Californian, born in Glendale, California in 1945 who had Polio at the age of 7.  He grew up in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and worked with people who are blind since  the age of 9 and has also worked with individuals who are deaf or  hard of hearing since age 25.
He has been a member of Californians for Disability Rights (CDR) since 1980, where he held various positions on a state level and Beachwood (Long Beach, CA) Chapter.  He was likewise a Provider for In-Home-Support Services (IHSS) for 8 years and was retired in 1988.
Ben is also an active member of many community organizations and serves as a member of Accessibility Committee for Metro since 1988.  For leisure, Ben plays very hard, enjoys classical concerts, loves to travel and has traveled to 42 out of 50 states of the US. He has also been to the many states in Mexico and speaks some Spanish.
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Nancy Becker-Kennedy - Honorary Board Member


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Carrie Madden - Board Member

 

Board member since: September 19, 2014

I was born in Burbank California and raised in Glendale. I am the fourth child out of a family with six children. I was born with a disability called Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. My oldest sister and my younger brother also has it. Having siblings with the same disability made it so I never had the feelings of being alone.

II graduated with honors from Glendale Community College and California State University at Northridge. I earned a BA in Pan-African Studies. Many people have asked why did I major in Pan-African Studies. The answer is simple really. Nearly every ethnic group that has come to this country has had its own struggle to gain civil rights. The right to education, transportation, voting, housing and in general to be treated with dignity and equality had to be fought for. In many ways these are the same struggle the disabled community is fighting today. I wanted to know the history of the battle and ways to solve the problems.  

After college I went to work in construction rental equipment. I worked my way up from receptionist to purchasing agent. After about five years I moved on to healthcare. I worked my way up from working in a call center to work flow manager and claims processor. While working professionally I also did a lot of volunteer work. I helped to feed the homeless and ran a FEMA distribution center after the Northridge Earthquake. I helped the visually impaired learn braille. Plus I helped many people with issues relating to Social Security and Medi-cal. After working for about twelve years my health started to decline and I had to quit working. When my health improved again I wanted to do more to help the disabled community. I was introduced to Lillibeth Navarro and to the great staff at CALIF. I started doing volunteer work mainly in fund raising. After several months Lillibeth offered me a job as a Benefits Advocate. I loved the job but once again my health started to decline and I had to quit.

Luckily for me, my health has improved once again and Lillibeth has asked me to be a member of the Board of Directors. I am truly honored. I look forward to using my skills and abilities to help to improve the lives of the disabled.

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Bill Zuke - Board Member
 

Board member since: September 19, 2014