Mike Drayton – President, ESL Instructor
Michael Drayton is a former manufacturing engineer, retired teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), and president of the Board of VIDAS. As an ESL instructor, he learned of the issues confronting his students as immigrants and, for many, the threats and challenges of living undocumented in the United States. When he learned of the opportunity to serve at VIDAS, it fit well with his understanding of the law as a means of social change, from the civil rights movement through struggles for women's rights, gay rights, and migrants' rights, the focus of VIDAS. Mike has served since the organization of the first VIDAS board.
Luis Bravo – Treasurer, Bilingual School Counselor
Toni Winter – MSN, RN
LINDSEY BELL-KERR – REVEREND, FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SANTA ROSA
As a member of the VIDAS board, Kalyanee is committed to serving, supporting, and providing immigrant legal and social services to the greater VIDAS community and immigrant communities in Sonoma County, where she and her husband David Mendez call home.
Manuel Benitez, currently works in the Office of Equity for the County of Marin. Manuel is second generation in the U.S. He grew up in Santa Cruz County and even though he was born in a large southern California metropolitan area, he's a small town boy at heart. Manuel grew up in a blue collar household. His father was a construction laborer and his mother worked in a food processing plant. Manuel moved to Sonoma County 12 years ago, immediately falling in love with the area and calling Sonoma County home.
Manuel has a background in various industries, in both the private and public sectors. Most recently he worked in various social assistance programs for County of Sonoma Human Services, including the CalFresh, MediCal, CalWORKs and WIOA programs. He has assisted people from all walks of life and age groups. He has also supported the LatinX small business community for the past three years as a Business Services Representative. Manuel looks forward to working with the rest of the VIDAS board supporting our community and the clients it serves.