Empowering our community through art, culture, and environmental education.
Kathryn Lombera is a born and raised resident of this occupied Pomo Territory - aka - Sonoma County. A graduate of Windsor High School in 2002, Kathryn continued her academics at the University of California in Santa Cruz earning her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Today she lives in Windsor with her husband and 14 year old son. Described by the Raizes Collective as Genuine, Rooted, Sweet, COLORFUL and Loving, she comes to Raizes with a lifetime of varied life and work experience and she wears many hats. Professionally, she brings 15 years of experience in retail banking operations and project management. Purposefully, she serves local expectant mothers and families as a traditional Indigenous birthworker of Huasteca Nahua descent offering traditional Indigenous labor and postpartum support. She is a lifelong student of birth and her ancestral medicines and brings with her a passion for Indigenous cultural historical preservation and advocacy.
Lisa Diaz McQuaid was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Ca. Lisa is a mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Lisa is a graduate of Ursuline High School. Lisa, a human trafficking victims advocate, mentor, educates our community and surrounding communities around human trafficking awareness and prevention, motivational speaker, and returning student with her educational goal being a Masters in Social Work. Lisa is a passionate member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement and founded VOICE, a support group for Indigenous women who have been victimized by ceremonial exploitation. Lisa is the Co-founder of Redemption House of the Bay Area, a non-profit organization with the mission to assist those who have been trafficked find healing and freedom. Lisa continues to use her voice to spread awareness around the human trafficking epidemic and speaks her truth in hopes to encourage other victims of trafficking to begin their healing journeys. Before the unfortunate closure, Lisa was employed with California Human Development at The Athena House/ StoneHouse working with women who are in residential treatment for drugs and alcohol, facilitating groups varying from relapse prevention, self-awareness, self-esteem, Big Book study and The Red Road to Wellbriety (the Native American 12 steps to recovery). Lisa is currently employed with Santa Rosa Community Health as a ‘Peer Health Advocate’ assisting those in our unsheltered communities. Lisa is a member of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force. Lisa received the 2022 Woman of the Year award from Congressman Mike Thompson and the 2022 ‘Spirit’ award from Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women.
Isabel Lopez is Founder and Executive Director of Raizes Collective, a non-profit in Sonoma County serving its Bilingual and Bicultural Communities. The Raizes Collective was established in June 2015 to empower and mobilize community through the arts, culture and leadership development receiving a City of Santa Rosa Merit Award in 2017 for Strengthening Our Neighborhoods. Lopez immigrated from Mexico at the age of 7 with her family and was the first of 8 siblings to graduate from college. She obtained her B.S. in Business from Sacramento State and was a member of M.E.Ch.A of Sacramento State, (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) a national student organization that seeks to promote Chicano unity and empowerment through political action. Prior to her current role as executive director she held various positions at State Farm Insurance Company before retiring from her corporate position of 11 years to fulfill her dream of continuing to mobilize communities through art and culture.
April Reza was born and raised in unincorporated Santa Rosa, around the corner from the nation's first bilingual radio station, KBBF 89.1 La Nuestra! Being raised in a multifamily household, instilled in April the power and indispensable value of community care. At a young age, her dream was to travel and experience different cultures. She has since visited 38 states and 16 countries. Today, April aspires to give back to the community that gave her so much. Since 2021, April has served as Program Coordinator at Raizes Collective, coordinating youth field trips, camps, and social emotional wellness workshops. In her free time, she enjoys developing her plans to create a summer program in her family's hometown of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
As a self taught dancer, Tina learned the value of self determination at an early age. A native of Sonoma County, Tina earned experience and acclaim in music, street dance and athletics during her school years. While attending UC Davis, she turned her passion for the arts, fitness and wellness into a popular example of master teaching not only to children but people of all ages. Tina is a natural teacher and role model who truly enjoys using arts education and fitness as tools to “crack-the-code” in child development that lasts a lifetime.
Renee Saucedo has worked in the Immigrant/Indigenous rights movements as a Community Organizer, Advocate, Attorney, Educator, and Non-profit Manager for over 35 years. As the Executive Director of the Northern California Coalition For Immigrant Rights, Director of the San Francisco Day Labor Program, and Policy Director of La Raza Centro Legal, in San Francisco, Renee acquired extensive experience in conducting culturally-appropriate, community outreach and community engagement within marginalized communities. She has helped lead numerous grassroots campaigns, like the campaigns to protect the labor rights of undocumented workers, to extend benefits to undocumented families, to pass the California Drivers License Law, and to move just Immigration Reform policy. She led the formation of the Women's Collective (San Francisco), Centro del Pueblo (Humboldt County), and the passage of Measure K, declaring Humboldt County a "Sanctuary County." Renee has received numerous awards for her community work and currently coordinates the ALMAS Libres Program at Raizes Collective.