It is through the dedication of a wonderful group of individuals that VCRC is able to provide much needed services to many residents in East Contra Costa County. To the VCRC team we would like to say "THANK YOU!"
Born and raised in Brentwood, Kirsten Rigsby developed a love for community service at a young age through heavy involvement with the Brentwood 4-H Club. While studying at U.C. Davis, she participated in service trips to Mexico and El Salvador and her life was forever changed.
Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2002 then worked with Autistic children for a year prior to serving as a long-term volunteer in Central America. She attended language school in Guatemala before beginning volunteer work as a Social Worker and Women’s Outreach Coordinator at an orphanage in Trujillo, Honduras. Upon her return to the United States she enrolled in a Master’s Program at Holy Names University in Oakland and worked as Director of the Family Faith Formation Program at St. Anne Church in Byron. Kirsten became Executive Director at Village Community Resource Center in July of 2012.
A California native, born and raised in Contra Costa County, Beth Leverich brings a wealth
of experience to the Village Community Resource Center. She recently returned from Chad, Africa, as a second career missionary, where she was the financial office administrator and guest house supervisor. Her previous experience includes: office manager, bookkeeper, cashier, payroll, district sales route manager, fundraising, and public speaking.
After numerous years overseas, she is re-entering the work world with the goal of giving back to her community. One of her joys is being around her two adult sons and their families. She speaks French fluently. Her hobbies include cooking, fishing, travel, and community work. She is active in her local church.
Sophia Ortega began working at VCRC as an Afterschool Academy Assistant in August of 2014. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2013 and was involved in cheer and choir all four years. Sophia was also a member of the Best Buddy's Club at Liberty High School which involved spending time with handicapped and life skill students once a week. She is now attending Los Medanos College, majoring in Psychology and pursuing a career as a school pyschologist for junior high students. Sophia's previous experiences working with children include tutoring junior high students in reading and junior coaching youth football cheerleaders for three years. She is very excited to be a member of the team at VCRC where she will continue to do what she loves, which is working with children.
Cecilia has been with VCRC since 2013, first as a student in our After School Academy, and now, as an employee! During her time as a student, she was involved in our Homework Club receiving the help she needed with her school work. She also joined the Junior Lifeguard program during the summer.
Cecilia took part in the Reading Buddies Program at Garin Elementary in 2015, job shadowed in a Special Education Program at Edna Hills Middle School, and interned at Edna Hills Middle School in a Language Arts/Social Studies Special Education classroom, all while attending Liberty High School in Brentwood. She graduated in 2017.
Cecilia’s goal is to be a Special Education Teacher. She wants to inspire students to never give up on themselves. Now that Cecilia has graduated, she will attend Los Medanos Community College for two years and then transfer to CSU Sonoma State College to continue her education. Cecilia hopes to get her Bachelor’s Degree and to pass the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
Family Resource Specialist
Over the past 20 years, Ana worked as a Case Manager in early childhood education and as a Youth Coordinator, empowering youth between the ages of 14-21 to pursue their career and educational goals. Ana developed a strong passion to encourage leadership skills in children when she became a Unit Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy. Ana helped organize parent leadership groups with the community to help solve current issues that affect the lives of children in San Joaquin County.
Most recently, Ana worked closely with families to become a catalyst to end child abuse and neglect by keeping children healthy and safe in their environments. Ana devoted her time to inspiring parents to advocate for a brighter future for their children, ending domestic violence and homelessness by developing strategies for families to become self sufficient.
As a new member of VCRC, Ana plans to focus on building communities and brightening futures by empowering and inspiring the lives of our children.
Family Resource Specialist
Jaime graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2015 with a B.A. in Italian Studies. Growing up in a struggling immigrant, working class family, his interest in higher education came about at a fairly young age. He knew that finishing high school and pursuing a university career was going to make the biggest difference in his life.
In 2004 and 2007, during his high school years, Jaime volunteered at the VCRC for the After School Academy. Helping middle school kids with their homework and participating with them in extracurricular activities. He knew that in supporting underprivileged kids, like him, with their education would have a positive impact in his community.
His most recent experience was working with children 0-5 and their families at a community center in downtown Brentwood. Working there gave him an insight to most crucial years of a child’s life. The importance of early childhood literacy and the crucial role of parents in a child’s early years. Jaime will continue his work with the community at the VCRC as a Family Resource Specialist.
Blanca is a full time student at Los Medanos College and plans to transfer to the University of California at Davis to get a bachelors degree. As the daughter of migrant farm labor workers, she has faced econimic and educational hardships. These only motivated her to pursue higher education. Blanca embodies the cultural competence and interpersonal skils that are vital to our work. Her passion is working with children and being able to be a good role model for them. Her personal and professional skills have given her a better understanding of the need for mentorship, leadership and academic support for our VCRC students. Blanca is very excited to be a part of the VCRC team and will surely make a difference in the community.