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Sandra Magaña Cuellar is the Director of Government Affairs- Inland Empire for Charter Communications. She is responsible for the communities in both the San Bernardino & Riverside County. She oversees federal, state and local government regulations in addition to community efforts and political outreach.
Sandra began her career with Charter in 2000 handling Public Relations efforts for the company. Overtime she transitioned to Government Relations in various territories including the Los Angeles County communities, the North-Central California Communities and the Inland Empire Communities. In 2016, post the Time-Warner, Bright House Network and Charter Communications merger, she was promoted to her current position as Director of Government Affairs.
As an active member of her community, Sandra has donated her time on the boards of organizations such as, California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Congressman Ken Calvert’s Science, Technology and Education Partnership (STEP). She served on the California Respiratory Care Board from 2006 to 2013. She also serves as Treasurer to a local School Board candidate.
Sandra is a native Californian. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she attained her BA in Mass Communication and USC where she attained her MA in Communications Management with an emphasis in Telecommunications policy. Sandra, her husband Dan and their four year old daughter live in Corona, CA.
Rossina Gallegos facilitates and manages the charitable contributions and the Foundation requests for the counties of Orange County, San Diego, Imperial, and the Inland Empire. She also implements strategies, tactics and programs to maximize the talent and availability of Union Bank employees with the needs of low-and moderate- income communities. Rossina’s community outreach efforts heightens Bank presence to address the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act commitment, public image opportunities, and employees’ desire for engagement
Rossina joined Union Bank in 1981, and during her tenure, she has served in various positions in small business lending, Special Assets management and multicultural markets.
Rossina is active with numerous civic and community organizations. She serves on the Board of artworxLA, the Board of Trustees of St. Anne’s, and the Board of Trustees of AYE (Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services). She is also on the Advisory Board of the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA), the Rancho Santiago Small Business Development Center, the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, and the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.
Rossina holds a B.A. from Colegio Europeo from Guatemala City, and an A.A. with emphasis in Accounting from Los Angeles City College. She has also received formal training in Banking through the American Bankers Association and other reputable institutions.
Rossina is married and has two adult children, and live in the city of Covina.
Carolina is a bilingual strategic business consultant specializing in Human Resources. She works closely with small to mid- sized businesses and serves as a business owner advocate by providing consultation, guidance, training and support in human capital management and business management.
She helps business owners and other stake holders assess and set benchmarks for core business brand and mission. Her approach is to help businesses establish objectives that will set a path to more predictable performance while incorporating the owner’s existing business plan. This includes areas ranging from change management; leadership development and succession planning.
Carolina has progressive experience in all areas of Human Resources including; talent acquisition and labor force planning, training and development, performance management, employee relations, benefits and compensation, regulatory compliance, safety, and strategic Human Resources. Her industry experience includes Public and Private sector organizations such as State University, ADP, Teksystems; among others.
Carolina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Cal Poly Pomona as well as a PHR- Professional In Human Resources certification from HRCI; and a certification as SHRM-CP from SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, Carolina is an active member of both PIHRA & SHRM organizations.
Karen Suarez is the Assistant Vice President, Community Relations Consultant, focused on Community Development, in the areas of Affordable Housing, Small Business Development, Workforce Development and Financial Education. Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Karen brings energy and experience in government relations, community development, philanthropy, and nonprofit management to the Wells Fargo Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations team.
For over a decade, Karen has worked in a number of fields including as a Congressional Representative for the 43rd Congressional District supporting constituents in areas relating to higher education and financial aid, housing, health, and women. In 2011, she worked for the American Heart Association, Inland Empire Division, managing the Go Red for Women
Movement. In 2015 Karen became the Executive Director for The Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, building infrastructure, and growing the impact in funding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in underserved elementary schools throughout the state.
Karen Suarez is a first generation college graduate with a dual bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. She currently serves as a board member of the CSUSB Philanthropic Board, The Microenterprise Collaborative, and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services.
Karen lives in San Bernardino with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. Karen enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering in her community. Karen hopes to use her knowledge, skills and abilities in promoting education and community development, and empowering the next generation to serve their communities.
Meet Ms. Sonia Arenas. Sonia was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She was born into a family of entrepreneurs. Her father had a passion for cars and owned 7 auto body shops. She learned at a young age what it meant to own and operate a small business. Her parents were both involved in the Inland Empire and were very involved with the community and its officials. Her experience and development came from watching both parents experience the highs and lows or running a small business. Their family also had investments as well as owned a property management company. "I've had the pleasure of having eclective backround," Sonia describes. In my earlier years my passion has always been sales and marketing. I eventually owned my own e-commerce business specializing in signed sports memorabilia. I later had the opportunity to work in the media industry with radio and magazine. In the end, working with small businesses and helping them realize their dreams bring her great joy. "I can relate to them and understand where their pain point lie, every dollar counts and so does every costumer."
Sonia is a Senior Market Manager working in the payments group for US Bank the past 3 years. Her role is to advise, and she has excelled in her field. In 2019, Sonia earned The Legends of Possible Award at US Bank. This award is the most precious and coveted amongst her peers. Sonia currently resides in Redlands, CA and has two beautiful children, Marissa & Nathan. Both children are in college in So Cal. In Sonia's spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her children and giving back to the community. Sonia is very active supporter when it comes to women and women in business. For more info please email: Sonia.Arenas@USBank.com
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