HACE's mission is to support upper-division college students in the North Valley who have not only excelled academically, but have also contributed to the Hispanic community in and around Chico.
HACE's assistance and recognition encourages students to overcome any potential barriers that might discourage them from graduating. We believe that all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, deserve an opportunity to follow their dreams.
President - Martha Andrade McLemore
Martha Andrade McLemore was born and raised in Mexico and migrated to the US when she was 15. She is now a licensed clinical social worker and has been working with underserved families in Butte County for the past ten years. She was an HACE recipient in 2007 and has been attending HACE events ever since as a way to stay connected and give back. She assumed the role of president in June 2019.
Vice President - Yazmin Gollos
Born in Mexico City, Yazmin immigrated to the US when she was just three years old. She has developed a deep passion for community involvement and shares HACE's vision of supporting students in their academic journey. Yazmin joined HACE in 2017 as part of the Baile de las Americas planning committee and has been an active member ever since, now serving as Vice President.
Social Media Coordinator - Sean Gollos
Sean was born in Sacramento and moved to Chico full-time for school. Like so many students before, he fell in love with the sense of community and decided to stay in Chico and start a family. Sean has been an active member since 2017 and took over managing HACE's online presence in 2019.
Founded in 1984, HACE's mission has always been to help college students follow their dreams. As a nonprofit, we decided the best way to do this was to hold an annual dance, where the proceeds go towards funding scholarships. Thus, the Baile de las Americas was born.
Now, more than 35 years later, that mission is still going strong and the Baile continues to be our primary fundraiser and still takes place every Spring.