Drashara Martin-Dennis

Drashara Martin-Dennis is the Human Resource Associate for Kern Community Foundation. She is originally from Dayton Ohio, where she attended Central State University and received her degree in Business Administration. Drashara is currently attending the University of Phoenix where she is pursuing her Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage and Child Therapy.

Drashara moved to Bakersfield and participated in the Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program (BYJP) before pursuing a career in Human Resources while having the pleasure of serving the community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring California. 

Sergio Carreno

Sergio Carreno joined the Kern Community Foundation in April of 2023 as a Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program Specialist. He grew up in Bakersfield and attended Foothill High School before going to California State University, Bakersfield to receive his B.A. in Criminal Justice. He is currently enrolled in CSUB’s Masters in Public Administration program.

Sergio has experience in customer relations, management, and employee recruitment and development. Previously, he was a Student Manager for CSUB’S Student Recreation Center and now joins the KCF team to do his part in serving the community. Outside of work, he enjoys going for a run outdoors or spending time with friends and family.

Olivia Kent

Olivia grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Liberty High in 2007. She started her career as a foster youth advocate, where she shared her personal foster care story with the community and government officials.

Her passion is serving children and families. She worked at Community Action Partnership of Kern-Head Start program, where she encouraged and empowered people. In 2021 she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Over the last six years, Olivia has been involved in local church ministries. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach in her free time.

Michelle Dambaev-Tieu

Michelle Dambaev is the Program Manager of the Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program. She is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Political Science and Global Studies. 

Michelle moved to Bakersfield and began her work in nonprofits. Previously, she was a Program Manager and Communication Specialist at JJ’s Legacy. She continues to volunteer with the Jim Burke Education Foundation as an advisor for a Ford Dimension Dream Builder team and at Independence High School. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. 

Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez joined Kern Community Foundation in July 2022 as a Program Specialist for the Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program. In April 2023, Daniela transitioned to a Project Specialist role with Kern Community Foundation. She grew up in Bakersfield and attended Stockdale High School. She continued on to receive a B.S. in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB).

Her background includes experience in small businesses, entrepreneurship, and consumer relations. She has volunteered in high school youth ministry since she was 18, and she is passionate about serving her community. Outside of work, you can find Daniela staying active and spending time with her family and dogs.

Rashha Rohina

Rashha Rohina was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States of America in April 2015. Rashha got settled in Bakersfield when she entered the USA. She attended high school and achieved her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kardan University in Afghanistan. She graduated from the California State University of Bakersfield with her master’s degree in Business Administration on May 2022.

Rashha worked as Human Resources Officer for German International Cooperation Education Project (GIZ – BEPA) focusing on teacher education. She has been a women’s rights activist and served an Afghan-Swedish non-profit organization named Afghan Women Empowerment Program (AWEP) for two years. She joined Kern Community Foundation in June 2022 as a Human Resources Analyst.