Board Members

The Ricardo Flores Magón Academy has selected Board Members from all backgrounds to help facilitate the school. Below are the current Board Members, meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 6pm. Please check the annual board calendar for the location.

Current Board Members

Jorge Castañada
Board Chair  

Jorge Castañeda is the founder and owner of Castañeda Law. He is a licensed attorney in Arizona and Colorado and has been practicing law for 15-years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and graduated from Arizona State University College of Law. Jorge began his legal career in 2001 at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. In 2006 Jorge went into private practice, where he began practicing criminal defense and began his immigration practice. Jorge is fluently bilingual and has extensive experience in both the criminal and immigration courts. He has made it his professional goal to provide honest and straightforward representation for his clients.   Jorge was born in Nogales, Sonora Mexico. His family immigrated when he was a child and he grew up in Nogales, Arizona. His personal background gives Jorge a unique perspective on the issues that affect the immigrant community.



Angeles Orteaga
Board Vice Chair

Serves as Director of Advancement at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  In her role, she is responsible for ensuring annual and long term funding for the organization.   Previously, she served as a Data Dissemination Specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, Denver Region, where she developed and delivered data training workshops and presentations to Census partners.  Prior to her appointment to the Denver Regional office, she served as a Partnership Specialist in the Charlotte Region.   

Ms. Ortega formerly served as Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition, a social service organization serving the needs of the Hispanic community in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region.  Originally from Mexico, she studied Languages at the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico and Non-Profit Management at University of Nevada-Reno.  In 2009 she earned an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.  In 2016 she graduated from the Latino Leadership Institute at Denver University.

Angeles Ortega serves in several community boards including the Denver Art Museum Audience Alliance, The Flores Magon Charter School.  Formerly, she served for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Broadcasting Authority (WTVI), the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Arts and Science Council and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  She also served as a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.  Angeles is a Fellow of the William Friday Leadership Initiative, a graduate of Leadership Charlotte class XXI and American Leadership Forum, class I.

Angeles has received several awards including Hero of Democracy, Charlotte Observer, The Business Journal’s Diversity Catalyst award, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Community Service Award, Hispanic Elected Official’s Community Service Award, Community Service Award, La Noticia Newspaper.


Viviana Casillas

Viviana Casillas is the Program Administrator for the Career Online High School program/service and for the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library of the Denver Public Library. Viviana is in charge of managing the Career Online High School program, which allows individuals in the City and County of Denver to get their high school diploma. At the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library she oversees programming, events, and library exhibits.
Born in Zacatecas Mexico, migrated to the United States at the age of nine, she calls Colorado her home. Viviana is a big believer in education and taking advantage of any opportunities that come across to reach her goal. Attended the Arapahoe Community College and obtained her Associates of Art with a focus on Management, later transferred to the University of Colorado in Denver, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In December 2016, she received Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus on Leadership and Management from Emporia State University via the Colorado Cohort. Viviana is no stranger to Customer and Public Service, having spent 9 years in customer service and over 13 years in public service, which taught her the importance of providing the best service and equal access to information to everyone.


Mattias O’Merea

Senior Vice President, Investment Banking | BB&T Capital Markets

Mr. O’Meara specializes in providing financing for charter schools throughout country. Mr. O’Meara has over a decade of experience working as an investment banker, and has completed transactions ranging from project financings, acquisitions, and derivative advisory for a variety of governmental and 501(c)(3) organizations.  Before joining BB&T, Mr. O’Meara was a Public Finance Banker at Wells Fargo.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Matt worked for a boutique investment bank that specialized in financing charter schools throughout the nation. In the course of his work, Matt has been responsible for the creation and oversight of several charter school research projects including a financial database that continues to be the industry standard for statistical information pertaining to charter school finance. He is frequent speaker at charter school conferences and the author of several articles pertaining to charter school financing. He has also served on charter school boards. He earned a B.A. in 2005 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.


Luis Ruiz-Ponce
Board Member

Luis Ponce is the SEIU Local 105’s Strategic Campaign and Research Coordinator. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and he also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Luis has served the United Nations Development Program as a Volunteer Training Specialist in Peru. He has sought additional certifications in political communication, regional and comparative law, and international business transactions in South America and Asia. Fluent in Spanish and English, he is also competent in French and Portuguese.

Susan Scherer
Board Member

Ludy Yevara
Board Member



Board Calendar and Information

Board Meetings Agendas and Minutes


Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes

  • August 2017
  • September 2017
  • October 2017 minutes were lost due to a transition of our Secretary needing to step down.
  • No meeting was held in November
  • December meeting was cancelled due to the Holidays
  • January Minutes awaiting board approval
  • February
  • March
  • April 2018
  • May 2018
  • No meeting was held in June


Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes


Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes

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