Don Anderson Jr.
Co-Founder & Program Director
Don is an artist.
Cynthia Martinez recently graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a BA in Liberal Studies. She is currently pursuing her multi-subject teaching credential also at Dominguez Hills. Cynthia directs testing and assessment, and guides our teaching staff. With nine years of experience teaching at Strive, she helps train new staff and supports their efforts in the classroom.
Ana Alyce Cervantes
Grants & Development
Ana received her bacherlor of science degree in kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach and is also an artist. Ana has worked at Strive since 2015 and loves the magical place and "playground for the mind" that Strive is for the children of our community. She works with Project Director Jim Tetreau to prepare grants and secure funds for the program. Ana also teaches art classes and manages our website.
Tatiana is also local and has almost 10 younger siblings and extended family attending Strive. Tatiana has been working at Strive since 2009. Tatiana is currently attending ITT Technical Institute in Culver City and earning a degree in Computer Networking. She is also taking Early Childhood Education courses to better equip her with the knowledge and skills needed to work with young students. Ms. Tatiana leads our classroom for 3rd graders.
Anthony Crowder has been at Strive since 2016. He is an enthusiastic educator, father of three and youth counselor. He is currently furthering his own education in psychology and business at Santa Monica College with the goal of achieving a degree in each field. With the belief that education is a major stepping stone to the security of a healthy and happy future for the generation that succeeds us, Mr. Crowder has made preparing our youth a live long mission of his. With a combination of education and experience, Strive is the perfect setting for him to achieve such a goal.
Guadalupe Guatemala has received her associate degree in natural sciences, and is working on transferring to UCLA for her bachelor's in biology. She has worked as a tutor for the past two years with children from K-12 all over LA County and has seen first hand the need for places like Strive- a safe, healthy loving and structural facility where kids not only get help with their homework but also learn valuable life lessons. "I feel honored to work for Strive".
Soledad Campos is currently receiving her AA at LA Trade Tech. Soledad was a student at Strive when she was a child and returned to Strive as a volunteer. She is now part of our staff team and has been working at Strive for over two years sharing her passion for baking with our Strive Bakery and Cafe and assisting lead staff.
Joana Estrada is another past Strive alumni and has been working at Strive for over two years. She is currently attending Santa Monica College pursuing a degree in communications. Working at Strive has given her a positive perspective towards her community. She enjoys being able to contribute to such a wonderful program and assists our lead staff in the classrooms.