CHAIR OF BOARD
My name is Benito Abarca-Sanchez. I was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. I didn’t grow up with my parents for the first years of my life until they became permanent residents through the amnesty program in the 1980’s. After high school I wasn’t able to continue with higher education due to economic factors and instead joined the workforce, I eventually attended Butte College and transferred to Chico State where I majored in Business Administration with a focus in Finance.
Eventually, with hard work and dedication, I was able to open my own Edward Jones office branch in 2019. I look forward to serving the north state and helping minority owned businesses succeed.
FIRST VICE CHAIR
My name is Eddy Rodriguez and I am a local State Farm Agent. I am a Chico local and have lived here my whole life, therefore I feel honored to be working with the community that has helped shape me. After graduating from Chico high I attended Butte College and transferred to Chico State two years later.
At Chico State I majored in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. As a senior in college, I started working for a State Farm agent, and a couple years later had the opportunity to open my own State Farm Branch. I am grateful to serve the community of Chico and look forward to helping other small business owners in this community thrive.
ARACELI GUTIERREZ RENTERIA
“Motivating, uplifting, inspiring and empowering women of all walks of life.”
“Motivar, elevar, inspirar y empoderar a las mujeres de todos los ámbitos de la vida”
I was born and raised in Tehama Co., parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico. We enjoy keeping our cultural traditions alive and love to celebrate them.
I bring with me to the N.S.H.C.C. team twenty years experience in Medical Office Administration within the healthcare field in Rural Health Clinics. Eleven years of Leadership Volunteer service, currently active Board of Director’s with Latino Outreach of Tehama Co., Red Bluff Tehama Chamber of Commerce, and 49er Originals Redding Chapter.
Help in Fundraising, Program Manager, Ticket Sales, Registration, PR, Marketing, Technical Assistance Support, Networking, Customer Service, T.V., Social Media, Radio, and help promote local businesses, events and tourism.