Meet the WINTER Team

 

Alexandra Torres Galancid, Executive Director

Alexandra Torres Galancid has served as Executive Director of Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles (W.I.N.T.E.R.) since 2003. In that capacity she has led a transformation of W.I.N.T.E.R. to become more mission-driven and quality-focused. The agency’s emphasis is now on performing the highest quality work to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve access to high-wage non-traditional employment for women and youth. Before taking the reins at W.I.N.T.E.R., Ms. Torres Galancid directed several Los Angeles non-profit organizations, dealing with family violence prevention, self-sufficiency programs and women’s health services. Ms. Torres Galancid participates and makes recommendations to advisory boards and committees at the County, State and National level to improve rules and regulations governing labor wage, local hire and project labor agreements policies and program development impacting women’s rights, and non-traditional training and education for women in low-income communities. To contact Ms. Torres, send an email to atgalancid@winterwomen.org.

 

Chris Vargas, Apprenticeship Readiness Instructor & Program Coordinator

Chris Vargas is an experienced instructor and trainer. He facilitates pre-apprenticeship curriculum, mental toughness, construction industry work skills & culture and physical training. He connects with apprenticeships and employers to establish collaborations that helps WINTER attract new employers and supporters. He is a shameless advocate for low–income communities and works to increase valuable skills to ready them for the construction industry. He is a photographer, writer and a cinema enthusiast. To contact Mr. Vargas, send an email to cvargas@winterwomen.org.

 

Andrea Guzman, Resource Navigator

Andrea Guzman, who also goes by the name Ms. AC, has been serving as a Resource Navigator at WINTER since July 2023. She hails from Los Angeles County, where she was born and raised. Ms. AC holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science from CSULA and an MPH from California Baptist University. With numerous years of experience in non-profit organizations, Ms. AC is deeply committed to offering assistance and resources to those in need, aiming to improve not only their lives but also the lives of their families. She is a passionate advocate for raising awareness about mental health and brings this dedication into her work, consistently reminding others about the importance of self-care and mental health awareness. You can get in touch with her via email at acguzman@winterwomen.org.

 

Luz Flores, Director of Operations

Luz Flores serves as the Director of Operations of Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles (W.I.N.T.E.R) since 2014. Luz has been working in nonprofit agencies since 1995, prior she worked as a school teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. Luz is an experienced non-profit program manager and is responsible for grant and program management, program daily operations, staff, mentors & volunteer management, recruitment and public relations. Luz was driven to work with low income families, women and youth to assist them with acquiring the necessary tools to become self sufficient after attending college. She is a graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Mrs. Flores is also a Certified Trainer in First Aid/CPR/AED and Conflict Resolution/Anger Management. She is an avid reader and enjoys the outdoors. To contact Mrs. Flores, send an email to lflores@winterwomen.org.



 

Jennyfer Ibarra-McMahon, Outreach Coordinator

Jennyfer Ibarra-McMahon serves as the Outreach Coordinator for WINTER and has a passion for connecting people and building meaningful relationships. Her educational background in Psychology and Chicano Studies has provided her with a deep understanding of the human psyche and the importance of cultural awareness and diversity. She is a passionate advocate for women and opening opportunities for women to access family sustaining wages in the construction and building trades industry. She enjoys theater, polaroid photography, exploring the outdoors, and cooking. To contact Ms. Ibarra-McMahon, send an email to jibarra@winterwomen.org.

Program Recruiter

WINTER is looking for a passionate and motivated Program Recruiter. If you are interested, please send your resume to Luz Flores at lflores@winterwomen.org.

Larrisa Angeles, Operations Assistant

Larrisa Angeles, a proud Filipina born in Los Angeles, serves as an Operations Assistant at WINTER. She studied International Studies at Miriam College in the Philippines where she earned her BA with a major in Development Studies and a minor in Gender studies. She started volunteering for women’s and social justice organizations in college and has not stopped since then; she continually works to be an advocate for gender equality and social justice. She considers herself a “forever student”, always learning from the people around her and every opportunity given to her. She is an avid basketball fan, reader, foodie and TV show enthusiast. To contact Ms Angeles, send an email to langeles@winterwomen.org

 

Sergio “Moe” Muro, Apprenticeship Readiness Assistant

Sergio Muro serves as the Apprenticeship Readiness Assistant and has been a long-time volunteer with WINTER for the last 9 years. He is an experienced handyman who enjoys taking items apart and putting them back together. With this knowledge, he joined the WINTER team as an Assistant to the Apprenticeship Instructor and Construction Instructor. To contact Mr. Muro, send an email to smuro@winterwomen.org.

 

Sean Lira, Program Assistant

Born and raised in California, Sean moved to Long Beach in 2005. Sean graduated from LBCC in 2021 with an A.S. in Computer Security & Networking and is currently an undergraduate at CSUDH, pursuing a B.A. in Labor Studies. Sean is an advocate for worker rights and safety and is committed to supporting underserved and low-income members of the community preparing for jobs in the construction trades. To contact Mr. Lira, send an email to slira@winterwomen.org