Olivia grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Liberty High in 2007. In 2021, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. 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 the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK)- Head Start program. 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 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 joined the Kern Community Foundation in July 2022 as the Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program Specialist. Growing up in Bakersfield, she attended Stockdale High School and continued on to receive her B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from CSUB as well.
Her background includes experience in small businesses, entrepreneurship, and consumer relations. She has volunteered in High School Youth Ministry since she was 18 and is passionate about serving her community. Outside of the workplace, you can find Daniela staying active both in the gym and outdoors or spending time with her family and dogs.
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.
Fatima, Teems for short, was born in Los Angeles but moved to Bakersfield at the start of Kindergarten. She graduated from South High in 2008. After graduating, Teems had the opportunity to attend California State University Northridge through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a program for disadvantaged, high-potential, first-generation college students. In 2013, Teems received her BA in Asian American Studies. Then in 2015, she graduated from San Francisco State University with her Master’s in Asian American Studies.
Due to the pandemic, Teems relocated back to Bakersfield from the Bay Area. During her time in the Bay, she worked as a Program Director for a before and after-school program. With her experience and knowledge, she’s excited to work with the community. Teems enjoys gardening and playing video games during her downtime with her partner Frein and son Freiny.
Aaron Falk has served as the President and CEO of the Kern Community Foundation since 2021.
Aaron grew up in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from Stockdale High School. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently in the MBA program at California State University, Bakersfield. He also completed the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College as a civilian.
Before joining the Foundation, Aaron worked for over a decade as a Congressional staffer. For 7 years in Washington, D.C. Aaron focused on policy supporting the U.S. military, national security, and veterans. He returned to Bakersfield in 2017 and worked for U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy through 2021. As Kevin’s local representative, Aaron saw firsthand both Kern County’s potential and challenges. Through these experiences, Aaron has fully committed himself to improving life for everyone in Kern County.
Aaron lives in Bakersfield with his wife Lauren and daughter Mia.