Staff

Llano Grande Staff

Francisco Guajardo, Ph.D. – Executive Director
Francisco, who co-founded the Llano Grande Center, is a former high school teacher who is now a professor of educational leadership at the University of Texas-Pan American. Guajardo began the program with a vision of motivating local students to become educated citizens and active members of their communities. As a former public school teacher, now a professor of educational leadership, he applies his first-hand experience daily through interaction with leaders in the educational field in South Texas. In this capacity, he researches many of the challenges and best practices that are pertinent in today’s classroom.
Orlando Salinas – Associate Director
Orlando Salinas is a 1995 graduate of Edcouch-Elsa High School. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Latin American Government in 2002. Before joining Llano Grande as Associate Director, Orlando spent ten years working with the Texas House of Representatives with the last few years as Chief of Staff to his hometown state legislator.
Juan Ozuna – Program Director
Juan graduated from Yale University in 2000 with a degree in English/creative writing. He brings experience as a journalist and a grant writer to his position coordinating communications and development for Llano Grande. Juan worked as a reporter with The Monitor, the largest daily newspaper in South Texas. He later worked with a local school district as the director of development, helping to raise more than $1 million in over a year, and as a journalism teacher, before joining the Llano Grande staff in 2005.
Olga Cardoso-Vasquez – Coordinator
Olga is a product of the Center, having gone through the program and graduating from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 2001. She returned home after graduating from Southwestern University in 2005 with the intent of working toward community change and became a program director for La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a non-profit that helps communities organize for positive change. Always having remained close to the work, she joined Llano Grande’s staff in 2007.