BOARD ADVISOR & FOUNDER/PRESIDENT TEAM DIXON, Erica Hurtado - I am a mother of four, ages 16, 13, 10, 6. I have always been active in my community, including a Founding board member of Dixon Montessori Charter School, where I served seven years, three as Special Ed chair. My son Ryan was born with disabilities. As a mother, I am always looking for the balance in my own family. Having both typical and special needs children, has inspired me to create a community which offers opportunities for special needs children, supported by typical peers who want to step up and do something positive. That search lead me to the creation of TEAM Dixon. My role for TEAM Vacaville will be to bridge the two teams to ensure there is communication, unity and consistency. Together we will grow and support our community through positive, fun and nurturing environments.
SECRETARY, Marr Angeles - My name is Marr Angeles, I am a mother to a child with autism. I grew up a military brat and finally settling in the Philippines at age 7 to 18 when my father retired from the military. I am bilingual in Tagalog and English and speak two other Philippine dialects. I am a certified medical assistant working in the field of dermatology for the last 21 years and currently working as a sub para educator. I have helped a nonprofit organization based out of San Francisco as a production assistant , executed fundraisers and sponsored multiple feeding projects. I am currently serving as hospitality board member for a local nonprofit and I am an active member of a local Special Needs group and my most important role, being a mother to my son. I am honored to serve on this board and help Team Vacaville. As a mother of a special needs child, I see the importance of connection. Our children need to feel connected, important, special. I look forward in helping in any way possible and seeing Team Vacaville thrive.
TEAM Vacaville Board Members
The primary focus of Team Vacaville is to provide opportunities to children with special needs in the form of linking/partnering with organizations in Northern California, as well as offering events, recreational sports, and community activities exclusive to Team Vacaville. Our goal is also to provide a virtual and physical "meeting" place for families to share their struggles and victories with other parents who understand and relate.
T.E.A.M Vacaville believes that its the ABILITY that really matters with our children, and that by working together with other "buddies", family members, and community partners we can overcome some of the challenges special needs children face and break down the barriers that have limited the access to sports and community activities.
MARKETING & FUNDRAISING, Marjorie Traywick - I developed a passion for Special Needs children while I as in High School. I always had a bond and desire to make sure everyone around me feel just as important as the person next to them. I have 2 wonderful boys (16 and 12), my youngest was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when he was 2 and half years old. I am so happy to be apart of TEAM Vacaville to spread my love and desire to make someone smile and feel loved. I am looking forward to sharing our stories with our community to bring awareness of what TEAM Vacaville is about.
TREASURER, Julie Kim - My name is Julie and I am a married mother of three children (17, 14, & 11). Over the years, I have developed a passion for special needs kids through my friendship with some special needs families in our community. I am very excited to be a part of Team Vacaville as its treasurer. My degree from UC Santa Cruz is in Economics and have worked in the private sector before volunteering for several non-profits over the past 10 years. I have held several elected board positions, including secretary, treasurer and financial secretary. I am also very active in my church helping with the AWANA program.
PRESIDENT, Christa Poe - I have always had a passion for special needs children. As a child, I started learning basic Sign Language with the help of my grandmother, who was a special education teacher. I served 10 years in the military and eventually got out with the rank of Staff Sergeant. I have also been in the construction industry for about 23 years working as a project manager and estimator, building both residential and multi-million dollar commercial buildings. I have held the position of President in several non-profit organizations, where my focus was inclusion, support, communication and fun. I have three kids, a teenager, 11 yr old disabled tween and a preschooler (who thinks he is a teen). My disabled daughter has Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Ataxia, ADD, Intellectual Disability, and she is Non-Verbal. My passion is to bring an organization to the community that will allow my daughter, and her friends, to grow, have fun and be independent. TEAM Vacaville will be a place where Together Everyone Always Matters.
Together Everyone Always Matters