Board Directors

Robert Meneses (President) has been employed with the County for over 20 years and throughout his career, he has held a variety of administrative and line positions.  He has worked for the following departments:  Chief Executive Office, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Community and Senior Services, and Alternate Public Defender.  He is currently employed as the Administrative Deputy with the Alternate Public Defender where is responsible for personnel/payroll, fiscal/budget, accounting, procurement, data management, and facilities management.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Business Administration in Fiancé and Marketing from California State University of Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College of Law.  He has been a Board member of LACHMA since 2007. 

 

 

 

 

Brian Nollner (First Vice President) is currently assigned as the Human Services Administrator III over the Appeals and State Hearings section for the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).  As a DPSS employee for 29 years, he has held a variety of assignments which include Program Director, District Director, Human Services Administrator I, GAIN Supervisor, and Eligibility Supervisor.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University of Los Angeles and currently lives in the city of Pomona. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Hernandez (2nd Vice President) has been employed with the Los Angeles County for over 33 years and has held various positions in several departments which include the Department of Public Works, Internal Services Department, Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Superior Court. His current position is the Deputy Director of Facilities and Capital Projects.  He is responsible for Facilities Planning, Facilities Maintenance, General Maintenance, Administration and Fiscal/Budget for the Division.  He received his Associate of Arts from Los Angeles Trade Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University Los Angeles.  He has been a Board member since 2007.  Mr. Hernandez currently resides in the City of La Verne with his wife Violet, and his son Stefan and his daughter Marisa. 

 

 

 

Theresa Barrera (Treasurer) was born and raised In Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.  She began her employment with the County of Los Angeles in 1988 in the Auditor Controller’s Audit Division.  She moved to the Department of Public Social Services in 1995 and held various fiscal positions.  In 2004, she transferred to the Fire Department serving as the Budget Officer and in 2008, was promoted to Chief of the Fire Department’s Financial Management Division.  She currently is responsible for managing the Fire Department’s 1.2 billion operating budget. 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Ayala is the Chief Deputy for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs where he has direct oversight of all consumer protection programs, rent stabilization, wage enforcement, and counseling divisions. Prior to joining the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, he served as the Statewide Liaison for the California Small Business Development Center Leadership Council, serving over 65,000 small businesses a year. Joel worked to support and coordinate a comprehensive approach for sustainability and delivery of the nation’s largest SBDC network, including legislative affairs, fund development, and stakeholder relations. He recently served as the inaugural director for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz and GoED). Serving as an appointee under Governor Edmund G. Brown and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his position was recognized as a cabinet level post and served as a single point of contact for all business and economic development programs in California, including direct foreign investment, Innovation Hubs, Small Business Advocate, California Business Investment Services, and much more. Prior to serving in the Governor’s office, Joel served as the President & CEO for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce representing the interests of over 720,000 Hispanic owned businesses in California. During his tenure, he successfully brought 65+ individual chambers and business organizations under a common theme of, “Education, Advocacy, & Empowerment.”  On a local level, he served as the President & CEO for the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a founding director for the Orange County Presidents Council, he helped bring together a coalition of 20+ ethnic and underserved business groups to form a powerful collaboration of business concerns.  Joel is the recipient of many honors and awards that acknowledge his effective leadership in the Hispanic and small business community including: “Executive of the Year” – recognized by both the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Citi Bank Recognition, “Persona Notable” recognized by Para Todos Magazine, and “Latino Leaders” recognized by Southwest Airlines – Latino Leaders Magazine (2x).  Joel holds two degrees from the University of California, Irvine in Political Science and Social Ecology.

 


 

Al Reyes serves as the Division Chief of the Outreach Services Division for the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department (CSSD), the largest locally administered child support agency in the country.  Working with the CSSD executive offices, Al manages all community outreach, media production, and media relations for CSSD which has won two national awards for its community and media outreach.  He has a long record of working for diversity and community service in government and the media.  Prior to joining Los Angeles County, he served as the Director of Diversity Programs and Community Relations at ABC7, the ABC owned television station in Los Angeles, the number two television market in the country.  Al also served as executive director of the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA), a respected professional organization of journalists based at the USC School of Journalism, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the largest professional association of Hispanics in science and engineering.  He also worked as press deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmen Robert Farrell and Mark Ridley-Thomas.  Al serves a Board Chair for Radio Bilingue, a non-profit community radio network serving bilingual communities in California and the Southwest.  Al started his career as a television reporter in Fresno, California.  His experience includes 20 years as a reporter, writer, and producer for television and radio stations in California and on PBS. 

 

 


Sandra Solis was born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the Unites States with her family when she was three years old. She lived in Boyle Heights for 13 years when her family moved to Pico Rivera.  She now resides in Long Beach.  She became a United States citizen in August 1985 and after graduating from high school, she attended Rio Hondo College where she received an Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies.  She later transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills where she received both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  She stated working for the County of Los Angeles on March 29, 1985 at the Department of Public Social Services as an Intermediate Typist Clerk.  After a month and a half of working in the intake unit at the Belvedere District, she was transferred to headquarters working under Jake Aguilar.  In 1989, she was promoted to paralegal in the Compton courthouse.  In 1995, she was transferred to the Sheriff’s Department and is now an Administrative Services Manager III in the Employee Relations Unit.  Besides LACHMA, Sandra also belongs to the Los Angeles County Chicano Employees Association she served on the Board of Directors as their treasurer.  Sandra has been a part of LACHMA since 2007. 

 

 


Olga Miranda is currently assigned as the District Director at San Gabriel Valley Family Center for the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).  As a DPSS employee for 31 years, she has held a variety of job classifications which include Deputy District Director, Staff Assistant, Program Assistant, and Eligibility Supervisor.  In addition to the work with DPSS, Olga currently serves on the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers Association (LACHMA) as an active Board Member assisting in various student scholarship fund raising events. She received a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the Leaders in Action Executive Development Training Program from the Academy for Professional Excellence and the Los Angeles County University  Project Management Training.

 

 

 

 

Ernesto Diaz has been employed with the County for over 28 years with the Los Angeles County Public Defender Office.  He is currently working in the Major Fraud Division of the office along with handling Special Circumstance cases.  He has been President of the Public Defenders Association two times and President of the Latino Public Defenders Association three times.  In 2018 he was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance by Supervisor Hilda Solis.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College of Law.  He enjoys speaking and motivating high school students to attend college and has been a hospice volunteer for over ten years.  He has been a member of LACHMA since 2014.

 

 

 

 


 

Jose R. Perez is the assistant director over WDACS’ Workforce Development Branch. He currently oversees the County’s workforce development program and its mission to engage employers to employ trained and qualified job seekers in career pathways that lead to family sustaining wages.

In his 30-year career in public service, he has had many challenging assignments, including executive leadership roles in finance and budget, program and policy, and contracting. 

Jose received his M.A. in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and his B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University.  He resides in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife Sonia and their three adult children.