Blanca Huijon is an independent woman, daughter, sister, visionary, community organizer, and experienced advocate for the Latino Community.
Blanca was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and emigrated to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Her father was a farmworker. She attended Napa Community College after graduating from Napa High School, where she obtained four A.A degrees in; Social & Behavioral Science, General Education, Fine Art, and Math. Later she obtained a B. A. in Chicano Latino Studies; and Minor in Psychology from Sonoma State University. In 2013, she obtained a grant writing certificate from Sonoma State University.
Blanca joined Puertas Abiertas in 2010 as Senior Case Mentor.
HR & Accountant
A graduate of the University of the East in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Melinda moved to San Diego, California in 1986. She then moved to the Bay Area, where she spent over 25 years specializing in non-profit accounting, operations, and human resources management. With Puertas Abiertas, Melinda brings dedication, confidence, expertise in accomplishing the most efficient management and financial direction.
Program/ Admin Coordinator
Esmeralda Gil (she/her/ella) was born and raised in Napa and has four years of experience working in the Napa Valley nonprofit sector. She holds a BA in Psychology and BA minor in Spanish from UC Davis. Her involvement with Puertas Abiertas began in 2015, and since has used her skills and certifications to volunteer as a teacher for the ESL, Conversational English, and Civics classes.
Her dedication to working for un(der)-served communities stems from being raised by hard-working immigrant parents who instill the value in helping others. Esmeralda is driven to create equitable opportunities, positive impact, and lasting change in her community.
Alejandra was born and raised in Napa Valley, where she attended Napa Valley College and received her AA in Social Behavioral Science. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Being a daughter of Mexican immigrants sparked her passion for helping others. Her experience working with elderly with Alzheimer's/dementia, at-risk children/youth programs, and now Puertas Abiertas, constantly reminds her of her passion for advocacy and service for the diverse and underserved populations.