New faces join Casa Pacifica board

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Sean Leonard and Celina Zacarias

Casa Pacifica recently added Sean Leonard and Celina Zacarias to its board of directors.

Leonard, founder of S.L. Leonard and Associates, brings 35 years of experience in real estate development and construction. Zacarias has a diverse background of business experience and serves as director of community and government relations for Cal State Channel Islands.

They join 22 other individuals with expertise in numerous fields, including legal, financial, insurance, education, business, and community advocates to help guide Casa Pacifica in the most successful direction for the vulnerable children and families they serve.

Leonard’s firm, one of the premier project management companies in Southern California, completed such projects as the Museum of Ventura County Pavilion and Plaza, the Camarillo Library, City of Hope Helford Replacement Hospital and Casa Pacifica’s Building New Foundations of Hope capital campaign expansion.

Before forming his own firm in 2003, Leonard spent more than five years as the senior vice president of project management for the nonprofit owners of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Leonard gives his time to community service as well; he is the board chair of A Community of Friends, developers of low-income housing for people with special needs, and a board member of the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Before joining CSUCI, Zacarias gained her varied background in business development from companies like GMAC Mortgage, Wells Fargo and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation.

The focus of her role at CSUCI is advancing its positive presence and goodwill at all levels through a comprehensive proactive program of community and government relations.

Zaracias is involved in the community and holds a number of leadership positions in professional, economic and charitable organizations.