Those behind SBVCA's Operations

Board of Directors

Our board is a broad representation of our Inland Communities.

Jim Pierson


Jim Pierson is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught from 1971 to 2010. He was inducted into the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame in 2014. He is a Past President of the CSUSB Retirees’ Association and a member of the Board of Directors of both the San Bernardino City Library Foundation and the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library.

Earleen Dudley


Dudley’s early love of drawing and sketching led to painting, ceramics and graphic design classes at San Bernardino Valley College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree.
In addition to design emphasis, required Biology classes unexpectedly helped form her future. A study of native plants and flora of the San Bernardino mountains sparked another passion, which eventually led to her future business, Garden Interiors. Earleen discovered she could use her design talents and knowledge of living plants to create three dimensional ‘art’ for clients.

She has ‘grown’ her company into a multi-dimensional firm which offers its mostly corporate clients a wide range of design services. The special events side of the business has developed a strong client base throughout Southern California, Arizona and southern Nevada.

Sharing her talents and resources with non-profit organizations has become an integral component of Garden Interiors’ plan, by supporting fundraising events for several local groups which include the Cystic Fibrosis Association, San Bernardino County Museum, The Heart Association, Assistance League’s Headdress Ball and the San Bernardino Symphony Association and Guild, which is most dear to her heart! Earleen leads a group of young people in the Symphony Debs and Red-Tie Guys program which supports Symphony functions during the concert season and enables the youth to learn more about the values and joys which symphonic music can provide.

Ray Cuellar

Board Member

Ray Cuellar currently serves as Director of Grant Development and Management for Chaffey College and as a Senior Advisor for The National Compadres Network with a specialization in program design, resource development and operations.
Ray has an expertise in building strong and sustainable community-academic-industry partnerships and cross-system collaborations that engage, support and empower traditionally underrepresented populations. With over $60,000,000 in federal, state, and foundation funds secured over his career, his work has laid the foundation for cooperative efforts that aim to improve outcomes in health, education, the arts, employment, violence prevention and equity across the nation.

He has a strong belief that effective proposal writing begins at the grassroots level by listening to the needs of the community and including them in the development, networking and implementation process. In doing so, the foundation is set for creating future leaders who can ensure program sustainability.

Ray is married to his partner of over 11 years, Nancy, and is the proud father of four children Alysia, Amanda, Joseph, Daniel and grandfather to Andrew. When he’s not writing or researching evidence-based models and practices, you can find him trying to keep his garden alive (or more likely, vegging-out in front of the TV to Nat Geo, History Channel or repeats of The Big Bang Theory). He is an avid gamer and sci-fi fanatic and enjoys spending time relaxing at home with his family.

Ernie Garcia

Board Member

Ernest F. Garcia, Professor Emeritus, College of Education, California State University, San Bernardino.
Former Dean and Professor at CSUSB for 22 years.

Richard Gonzalez

Board Member

Richard was born and raised in San Bernardino’s Meadowbrook area where he clerked in his parent’s grocery store. He joined the Navy after graduating from San Bernardino High School. Upon his return, he attended San Bernardino Valley College and then earned a BA in Economics from California State University at Fresno in 1966.
Richard worked in the War-On-Poverty programs in his hometown after graduating. He volunteered in the Civil Rights and in the Chicano Movements. He graduated from the Leadership Development Institute hosted by The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), in 1967. He helped organize the El Chicano Newspaper through the auspices of the UCR Extension Department.
In 1970, he directed the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UCR where he managed to double the percentage of Chicano students.
He led the Chicano Federation of San Diego County in 1972 in the landmark suit against the FCC in the acquisition of Time-Life television station channel 10 by McGraw Hill. The agreement included a five year Affirmative Action Plan to hire Chicanos at all levels within five years to match the percentage of Chicanos in San Diego County that was then set at 17%. The Federation was empowered with appointing the five-member citizen advisory board to McGraw Hill to ensure compliance with the terms.
He published a bilingual newspaper – El Papel San Diego Times in 1973-74. Later he consulted with Daniel Munoz to establish a successful newspaper in San Diego – La Prensa.
Later Mr. Gonzalez settled on a career in Building Inspection. He served as a Code Enforcement Officer in Ontario; A Building Official in Colton; and, retired as a Plans Examiner in Redlands.
He volunteered for various positions as a member of the Affirmative Action Commission of San Bernardino County, Transportation Commission of Rialto; Planning Commission of the City of San Bernardino, Visions for the Valley Group sponsored by the San Bernardino Sun, Sinfonia Mexicana, San Bernardino Symphony, and the Kiwanis of Greater San Bernardino.
Mr. Gonzalez is a recipient ot the Silver Pen Award from the San Bernardino Sun for his tribute to Tennessee Ernie ford.
He is single and resides in Redlands.

Gloria M. Harrison

Board Member

Ms. Harrison, a graduate of San Bernardino High School, received an AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College and BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Riverside. Gloria has balanced two careers plus family and community activism since the early sixties. She is one of the founders of El Chicano (1969). Today, El Chicano publishes weekly along with nine other community weeklies.

Ms. Harrison served as President of Crafton Hills College for 12 years and as Vice President of Instruction for six. She taught for 20 years at San Bernardino Valley College and was Dean of Humanities for three. She retired in 2011 and was elected to the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees in 2012. She was re-elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Cindy Rinne

Board Member

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She brings myth to life in contemporary context. Cindy is the author of Quiet Lantern (Turning Point), spider with wings (Jamii Publishing), Breathe in Daisy, Breathe out Stones is forthcoming (FutureCycle Press), and she co-authored Speaking Through Sediment with Michael Cooper (ELJ Publications). Cindy is a founding member of PoetrIE, an Inland Empire based literary community. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Heron Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Driftwood Press, The Honest Ulsterman (Northern Ireland), The Whirlwind Review, Birds Piled Loosely, and others.

Rinne participates in poetry readings all over southern California including: “spider with wings,” Artist Talk & Poetry Reading, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2015, “spider with wings” Community Outreach Poetry Program, Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA 2015, “The Ugly Mug,” Featured reader, “spider with wings,” The Poetry Idiots, Orange, CA 2015, “Spectrum: 140 SoCal Poets,” Don Kingfisher Campbell, editor, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA 2015, “The Second Poetry Circus,” Nicelle Davis host, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 2015, “The 52 Project,” Sue Mitchell host, Guest Lecture, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 2015, “Arts Walk: Literature on the Lawn, Speaking Through Sediment,” Featured Reader with Michael Cooper, Inlandia Institute, Riverside Public Library, Riverside, CA, 2015, and many others.

Jorge Oswald Heredia

Board Member

Jorge has a BA in Political Science from Cal State University San Bernardino. He is currently a board member of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, and an active member of San Bernardino Generation Now.

Natalie Larios

Board Member

Born and raised in east Los Angeles, came to the Inland Empire in 2001. Studied at San Bernardino Valley College, received an Associates of Arts. Transferred to Cal State University of San Bernardino and received a degree in psychology, with a concentration in clinical counseling and advanced psychological statistics. Has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 13 years. She Interested in the cultural and holistic healing of the community through self awareness and cultural teachings. She worked for the National Compadres Network based out of San Jose, CA, as manager of operations. Currently owns a Muay Thai gym and has been teaching the art for 16 years.

Alex Avila

Board Member

Alex Avila, a native New Yorker, hails from the Bronx, New York City. A Black Latino Honduran, he explores issues of identity and biculturalism in his works of prose and poetry. He is a Cal State University creative writing MFA graduate, with a specialty in multi-modal digital storytelling. Alex serves as an editor and writer of Ghost Town, the national literary. He was accepted into the Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, one of the top writing programs in the United States, where he studied advanced poetics. In 2006, Mr. Avila attended the University Of Iowa on a scholarship, in the department of social work. Alex is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Mr. Avila has worked with Rickerby Hinds, playwright and professor from the University of California, Riverside as a co-writer for Buckworld One, Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters,and Uncovered 2. He also worked with Maura Townsend on Project21Dance. Mr. Avila has authored Nina Simone Tribute, Katrina Dedication poetry and Black History Civil Rights poetry, dance performances, and also performed with Rev. Bronica Martindal’s The Last Emancipation. Mr. Avila is currently a motivational speaker for English Learners in the San Bernardino school district and is an English professor at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Elio Palacios Jr.

Board Member

Elio Palacios Jr. earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Loma Linda University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and practices law in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Elio is also a screenwriter and filmmaker currently working on a local history documentary. He serves the community as a member of the Inlandia Institute board of directors, is a member of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum Board, and served on the City of Riverside’s Ad Hoc Ethics Review Committee.

Diane Grant

Board Member