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Meet Our Team

Our CCC youth workers love working with kids and our kids love our youth workers. Our leaders have varying backgrounds and experiences working in youth programs. Most staffers have degrees or are in pursuit of degrees in education and child development. All of our staff have passed a thorough background check, have current CPR and First Aid certification and meet the qualifications required by California Licensing requirements.

Katie Shea – Nature Specialist

For the last 6 years, Katie has worked at various outdoor educational settings and environmental nonprofits, teaching topics such as animal biology, zero waste, conservation, and ocean acidification to K-12 students. This is her first year at CCC as the nature specialist and as CRA’s sustainability coordinator.

Maria Walters – Program Director

Maria is a Laguna Beach native and has been with CCC for the past two years. She is finishing her AA Degree in Early Childhood Education. Maria’s passion for working with children began at a young age growing up with four younger siblings allowed for her to develop a lot of the characteristics needed for working with children. She started her career and academic journey in Early Childhood Education back in 2014, working as a teacher aid, followed by being a kinder coordinator and now with CCC as the Interim Director. She has experience working with children of all ages and enjoys learning new things through the children she encounters daily. In her free time Maria enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband, going on road trips and spending her days at the beach.

Albert Santana – Assistant Director

Albert is a Santa Ana native. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s in philosophy. He’s been an educator for four years and has worked for schools, museums, and after school programs. In his spare time, he enjoys composing music, playing board games, and reading science fiction.

Ariana Santana – Program Leader

Ariana Santana is happy to serve as a program leader at Community Roots Foundation. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Cal State Fullerton. She has been working with students in different settings, including school settings, afterschool programs, and summer programs. She hopes to continue working with the community and promoting the growth of students. During her spare time, Ariana likes to read, go on hikes, and cook new recipes.

Jaed Anderson – Program Leader

Jaed is currently a Junior in college in pursuit of obtaining a degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She loves to help enrich the lives of children of all ages and abilities. Outside of CRA Jaed loves to go to the beach, check out local thrift shops and paint!

Sandra Kiely – Staff

Sandra Kiely has worked with children for six years. This is her third year with CRA. She truly enjoys working with children, and is also a CRA parent. When she is not at school, a few things she enjoys are trying new recipes and cooking for her family, playing wither two new kittens and long nature walks.