Executive Board Member, Chair
Robyn Gomez, Executive Board Member, Chair, Robyn Gomez is a Huichol-Xicana raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, she attended Los Angeles Mission College, Cal-State Northridge, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. She first became involved at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural with Tonantzin Del Valle, the first women's circle at the centro. She has over 20 years of community organizing experience and working with local families using culturally informed practices in mental health services, medical-social work, gang intervention, and school (K-12 & higher educational) settings. She utilizes clinical interventions and ZERO TO FIVE core knowledge skills to engage families and the community through ancestral healing and social justice advocacy. Robyn has completed 40 hours of Domestic Violence Training with a specialty for Indigenous families and a domestic violence court advocate. She is a longtime supporter of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and our José Miguel Paez, (He/Him/His), Assistant Professor, joined the CSUN faculty in the fall of 2009 as a full-time lecturer. He received his MSW from the University of Southern California in 2001, with an emphasis on families and children. He earned his Ed.D from CSUN in 2020. His theoretical and research interests include decolonization, anti-colonial practice, critical race theory, feminism, intersectionality, liberation and transformative based-healing, historical trauma and healing centered engagement. Prior to teaching, he served as a bilingual outpatient clinician at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and worked with the USC School of Social Work and the USC Community Education Academy. He continues to provide ongoing consultation, mentoring, trainings and workshops, and clinical supervision within the community. José has a background in theatre, improv, spoken word, and was also a basketball coach at various levels for over 10 years. MSW-field instructor for the MSW graduate interns.