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 2012
A California native, born and raised in Contra Costa County, Beth brings a wealth of experience to the Village Community Resource Center. She 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 has re-entered 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.
Family Resource Specialist
Starting out in as a temporary employee, Gloria began working with VCRC in June 2018. She was a huge asset with her ability to communicate with our students and families. She was so wonderful at what she was doing, working as an advocate for our families, that we kept her on as a permanent employee!
Gloria came to live in Contra Costa County in 1980 when she married and started her family. She came from Colusa County where she served as a Spanish court interpreter for the Justice Court and the Superior Court, while working for the Colusa County Collector's Office.
As a young girl, Gloria was encouraged by her mother to serve the Hispanic community through translating, completing documents and assisting people to appointments to interpret. Gloria's mother was a native of Leon, Guanajuato, and instilled in Gloria the many aspects of the Hispanic culture and traditions.
Gloria has been involved with the Hispanic community in Contra Costa County since 1986 when her first daughter attended the Head Start Program. She was on both the parent board and the parent governing board. Since then, she has been a service provider to anyone who needed assistance.
VCRC is a perfect fit for Gloria. Her goal is to continue to serve her community and encourage the importance of being involved in children's education so they can succeed and make us proud. Success, she feels, begins with parent involvement in their child's education and social-emotional growth.
I have been with VCRC since 2013, first as an After School Academy student and now as a Program Assistant. I grew up in this After School Academy, learning many things that have helped me succeed in life. I made many lifelong friends and connections during my years at VCRC.
After graduating from the After School Academy program, I went on to become a junior lifeguard. Once in high school, I decided to give back to my community by volunteering at VCRC, a place that helped my parents bring me up through their involvement in parent groups offered here. I volunteered at VCRC for about 2 years, working with the students in the After School Academy. Helping others is a big part of my life, and something I hold very dear.
With this goal in mind, I joined the Health Careers Academy in high school. Using the skills learned there, I joined the US Army Reserves straight out of High School. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself and help as many people as I can along the way.
Princess Rhoades is a native of Richmond, California, and currently resides in Bay Point, California. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has worked with youth for 11 years in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Antioch Unified School District, and Oakland Unified School District. While in high school, she was honored to participate in the Rose Bowl playing alto saxophone. She also participated in symphonic band, jazz band, winter guard, marching band and drumline. After graduating, Princess danced with East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Area Steppers and began teaching at the Hula Academy. She has also facilitated many trainings in STEAM, classroom management, Youth Development, and leadership.
Princess enjoys spending time with her family and being adventurous. Her goal is to improve the lives of youth by not only providing support to them, but their families as well, in hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
Site Supervisor - Byron Center
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 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.
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 homework. She 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).
Janell graduated from Los Medanos College and participated in providing financial resources and emotional support for first generation college students transferring into universities.
Janell has a strong desire to give isolated communities a voice and access to services for interpersonal violence and education. Janell served as a Community Fellow for the Central Family Justice Center. She advocated at the Family Justice Center through speaking engagements, fundraising, and increasing awareness of the necessary skills needed to serve and empower families who are breaking the generational cycle of abuse.
Janell volunteered to coordinate services in an after school literacy program geared towards the undeserved Far East County African American student population. Her goal is to continue building community while collaborating with diverse programs in order to improve access and impact.