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Ysabel Duron, Founder & Executive Director

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Duron is a cancer survivor and founded Latinas Contra Cancer in 2003 to address the void in servicies for Latinos around issues of cancer including support services, and education, particularly in the low-income, Spanish speaking community.

Duron, a television journalist for over 34 years, was honored in 2003 for her meritorious work as a journalist and as an advocate for Latinas with breast cancer, with the Janet Gray Hayes Award. The award is named after the 1st woman mayor of San Jose.

In October, 2003 she received the prestigious Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Santa Clara County Girl Scouts for her community leadership. The Low Award, named after the Founder of the Girl Scouts, is the highest honor given by the agency.

Duron is a founding member emeritus of the National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dallas, Texas. She sits on the local grants committee of the SF Komen Affiliate. She is also a board member of the Valley Medical Foundation in San Jose, CA. She is a member of the Roche Pharmaceutical Latino Cancer Advisory Council


B.A., Journalism, San Jose State University, CA


Duron has been the co-anchor of KRON 4 Weekend Morning News in San Francisco, CA since 1991.

Maya Esparza, Board President

Maya Esparza currently serves as a Congressional Assistant for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. She works on a variety of initiatives including business, economic, housing and community concerns. A public relations expert, Esparza also worked at PRX-Inc. and KNTV-11.


B.A., Anthropology, Mills College, Oakland, CA.


Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-California


Hermelinda Sapien, Board Treasurer

Hermelinda Sapien

In August 1999, the Board of Directors of the Center for Employment Training unanimously selected Hermelinda Sapien as President / Chief Executive Director. Sapien has been a member of the Executive Management Team for The Center for Employment Training (CET) since it’s inception in 1967. Prior to CET, Hermelinda worked in a demonstration program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor for the purpose of opening opportunities for Latinos in MDTA programs. Ms. Sapien was recipient of the 1993 Human Relations Award in Santa Clara County and a nominee for the Women of Achievement Award. Her parents and entire family (Hermelinda is one of nine children) were honored in 1992 as recipients of the Family of the Year Award in Santa Clara County for their exemplary commitment to alleviating social ills.


raduate of Durham Business School

Executive Management Program, Stanford University.


Center for Employment Training