Coming from a point of uncertainty about my families future, I was fortunate enough to be granted a position with a wonderful nonprofit in Tacoma and am honored to have such a great job where I can make a difference.
Further blessing arose when I was asked to sit on ChEECo's board of directors, which allows me to serve the Chicano community, in which my children are part of.
I have recently graduated from Evergreen State College and look forward to putting my education and experience to practical use in benefitting ChEECo and it's clients.
Froylan Flores Figueroa
Insurance Agent - NY Life
I am a 2001 graduate of the Hope International University in Fullerton, California.
Growing up in California, I have witnessed several youth in my neighborhood fall victim to the streets and gangs. I vowed to not allow myself to fall into that lifestyle. I vowed to represent mi cultura and mi familia in a positive, respectful manner.
Although I have made a comfortable living and fulfilled my vow, I want to show others that success can be attained. I feel that our young people need more role models and a better foundation to lift them up and turn them into leaders who are able to forge new paths in life. I believe that ChEECo's mission and goals will help the youth achieve this.
Owner - Jimenez Productions
Graduate of Highline College
I have experienced and witnessed the ripple effects that ignorance of someone's culture can cause.
I believe that change can be made by simply educating people. Change starts with one step toward your goal and every step after that gets easier.
I am excited and priveleged to serve as one of the initial board memebers and in creating the foundation for which the organization will operate.
As a 2012 graduate from the University of San Francisco, I earned a degree proudly steeped in Social Justice, especially for the Latino/a/x community. I joined ChEECo's Board of Directors in the winter of 2017 and my central focus for the organization is the re-entry of convicts after incarceration.
My current projects involve the introduction of art and poetry from behind the walls of prisons to mainstream society.
I am currently working on a magazine that will generate future independent funding for ChEECo, while at the same time, give inmates a positive, creative outlet for expression.
I am honored to be a part of this board and am committed to making ChEECo successful.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Born of Mexican and German descent in 1964, I have experienced many aspects of life and struggled through most of it. Coming from a turbulent home life and feeling lost and insecure in the world, I turned to gang life in Daly City, California. After 15 years of misguided struggle to find myself, my identity, and trying to change, I was able to pull myself out of the downward spiral my life was in.
Through it all, however, I always held down good jobs in the business world. These positions ranged from copy clerk to Receptionist to Secretary and then Administrative Assistant and finally court clerk. Yet, I felt unfulfilled. I then began an automotive upholstery business and was unsuccessful. During the 2012 economic crisis, I started a semi-successful janitorial business. I still felt unfulfilled. Doing some self-evaluation, I realized that In order to truly reinvent my life, I needed to make amends with my past. Just changing my behavior and lifestyle wasn’t enough. I wanted to give back to humanity, specifically to my people because there are so many Chicanos out there that are unaware of their culture and lost to find their identity and path to success. I also, realized success or wealth is not always measured in terms of money, position or possessions. It is measured by the confidence and feeling of satisfaction in your life and pride in your accomplishments.
The future is ours, so it is imperative that we bring Chicanos level of success up and bring forth the positive attributes and qualities in our people. I believe we need more of our people in positions of power such as government officials, doctors, lawyers, corporate heads. This is why, now as a mother of and grandmother of 3, I decided to create a non-profit program to help other Chicanos achieve this success and assist them in finding their path so they don’t have to waste year after year struggling and being lost, like I did. Education and instilling pride in culture is the way to accomplish this and then training and guidance is the other part of the plan.
I am passionate about my Chicano heritage, culture and legacy. I am proud and honored to serve my people and promise to do so with 100% effort and good intentions. Viva la raza!
Warehouseman – NorthWest Door
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I was the eldest of four boys. Our family life was dysfunctional. My parents were both abusive and my father was a hard-core alcoholic. It wasn’t any wonder that my brothers and I turned to the streets and joined the gang life. In 1987, one of my brothers was convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison. About few years later, my mother passed due to Cancer. Losing my brother (the one I was closest to) to prison and then my mother to cancer, drove me into a severe depression and I began to drink heavily and use cocaine. However, after the birth of my daughter and only child, I stopped. I have been clean and sober for more than 15 years now.
Two years ago, I found a special lady on Facebook who had a deep love for Lowriders, much like myself. We hit it off and I came to Tacoma to meet her. We fell in love and became engaged, so I stayed.
I know from my life experiences, that an organization such as ChEECo is a much needed organization in Tacoma. It is grounded in the culture and can do the most good for the community, directly, hands on in the neighborhood.
I joined ChEECo because I wanted to make a difference and show my people that no matter what their situation is, they can overcome and be successful. I am living proof.