Our Staff

PAUL CUMMINS

President

In 1995, Dr. Cummins founded New Visions Foundation with the mission of bringing quality education to more diverse students. New Visions birthed New Roads School to offer Engaged Education in a private-school setting to a socio-economically diverse student body. He then started three charter schools in low-income communities, as well as programs for foster youth and incarcerated youth.

Our program with incarcerated youth has formally been acknowledged by a Rand study as having the lowest recidivism rate of any program in Los Angeles County. Our foster care program boasts of having 91% of our students graduating from college. He piloted  a program in the community of Lennox, CA, addressing trauma and drop out that has transformed the lives of 100% of our students in the program.
 

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President

Paul Cummins

In 1995, Dr. Cummins founded New Visions Foundation with the mission of bringing quality education to more diverse students. New Visions birthed New Roads School to offer Engaged Education in a private-school setting to a socio-economically diverse student body. He then started three charter schools in low-income communities, as well as programs for foster youth and incarcerated youth.

Our program with incarcerated youth has formally been acknowledged by a Rand study as having the lowest recidivism rate of any program in Los Angeles County. Our foster care program boasts of having 91% of our students graduating from college. He piloted  a program in the community of Lennox, CA, addressing trauma and drop out that has transformed the lives of 100% of our students in the program.

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Executive Director

Roberta Shinitani

Roberta has held C-Suite positions in various industries. Today, while seeking her desire to give back and give thanks, she is able to apply her cultivated skill set as Executive Director. 

She is a former film industry executive with over 25 years of operational and financial expertise where she managed multi-million dollar budgets.

Roberta produced the History Channel documentary, Free a Man to Fight: Women Soldiers of WWII. The film  garnered 5 first place awards, including the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award from Washington, DC as a film notable and representative of America.

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Director of Programs

Raymundo Zacarias, LCSW

Raymundo Zacarias received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has worked with both high-risk youth and reentry adults for the past 17 years. He’s worked with individuals from San Bernardino to Los Angeles, supporting them through parole, probation, and gang involvement. Mr. Zacarias has worked overseeing programming in the San Fernando Valley while working with GRYD contracts at communities and schools. He was in charge of supervising case management and providing service to the largest Gang Reduction & Youth Development contract for the city of Los Angeles. In addition, he supervised/trained MSW interns from five accredited California Universities: UCLA,USC,CSULA,CSUDH, CSUN on how to provide case management, counseling gang youth/reentry adults from beginning to end. He has also conducted numerous trainings on working with gang youth and their families. At present, he is the adjunct Lecturer at the University of Southern California teaching about adolescent gang intervention work. Lastly, he is a member of the formerly incarnated population, having served 5 years in prison.

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Counselor

Edwin Rivas

Edwin Rivas mentors and co-facilitates life skills classes at Probation Camps and assists C/HOPE in program management.  As a formerly incarcerated youth, Edwin is able to meet students where they are and support them in moving in a new direction, away from gangs, violence, and recidivism.


Edwin is currently attending Pasadena City College with plans to attend UCLA.  He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.  He is committing his career to furthering his impact on juvenile justice-involved youth by continuing to inspire and support them.

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Counselor

Bertha Cordova

Bertha was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles and has been working with foster and justice system impacted youth for 16 years. Having personal lived experience with the foster and justice system, she is driven by making a difference in the lives of youth that have experienced challenges similar to her own. Bertha is dedicated to building strong relationships with youth and advocate for them. In her free time, Bertha enjoys spending time with her six children and grandson and going to car shows and concerts.

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Program Analyst / Site Coordinator

Laura Delgado, M.Ed.

Laura Delgado is a proud Angelena that grew up in the city of Lynwood. Laura graduated from University of California, Irvine with a B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. She recently earned a Master's of Education in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California. As a first-generation college student from a mixed-status family, she is passionate about improving opportunities throughout the education pipeline for students of minoritized populations, in particular low-income students and students of color. 

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Counselor & Outreach Coordinator

Justan Torres, M.S.W.

Justan has been involved in community activism all throughout Los Angeles County for more than a decade. Growing up taking the bus all over to attend workshops, protests, and backyard Punk Rock shows, he began to build relationships with likeminded individuals and groups that believed under represented communities were entitled to a higher quality of life. Attending undergraduate school and then graduate school at Cal State LA and majoring in the field of social work, he developed a love for the field of restorative justice, seeing it as a tool for healing and empowering communities.  Whether it be in one on one counseling sessions or teaching screen printing to a group, he does his best to incorporate these restorative principles and practices.

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Counselor

Bryan Arredondo, B.S.W.

 Bryan’s interest in the Criminal Justice field began after his final release from probation camp at the age of 15, when he had the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to attend a UCLA mock trial summer institute program. There he developed his interest in law. Bryan received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State LA, majoring in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. Later, Bryan plans to attend Law School. Bryan continues to dedicate time for the youth in the Barry J Nidorf compound and continues to advocate for juvenile justice rights at the local and state level. As a counselor his goal is to continue developing relationships with our youth who are system impacted and guide them in the right path with proper resources and support.

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Program Administrator 

Ja'murl Scott

Ja'Murl started as a C/Forward student within the program and now works to help other students just like himself. As a Program Administrator, he enjoys working with social media, the company website, office admin related things and assisting in overseeing our Youth Navigators.


He graduated from at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where he majored in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R). He loves doing small air-conditioning jobs and playing 5-on-5 basketball.

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Youth Navigator

Edwin Lopez-Martinez

Edwin Lopez joined the Coalition for engaged education with the desire to better himself and better his community. He hopes to enlighten students and authority figures by sharing his Story and experiences. As a youth, he transitioned from the juvenile halls to the juvenile camps, to eventually being sentenced to Youth Authority (YA). Upon his release, he rejoined C/hope as a youth Navigator. He wishes to one day attend college and become a nurse.

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Youth Navigator

Johnny Herrera

For Johnny Herrera, the Coalition is a place where he found community with other youth that understood and shared his experiences, and a place where he could learn about things like professionalism without having to compromise being himself. Johnny’s experience in juvenile halls and probation sparked his interest in bringing about justice for systems-involved youth. He is excited to strengthen his communications skills and to grow as a person through new experiences as a youth navigator.

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Youth Navigator

Julian Adame

Julian Adame is a Youth Navigator for the Coalition for Engaged Education. He joined the Coalition for Engaged Education to help others, with the same assistance he received. At a young age Julian was system impacted, but this hasn't stopped him. He is attending Santa Monica College and aims to be a counselor or psychiatrist. Julian hopes to continually grow as a person and help others grow.