LMAC: MEET OUR MEMBERS
What is LibroMobile Arts Co-op (LMAC)?
We are a collective of community organizers, cultural producers, and local artists working collaboratively to form a workers' cooperative. Currently, our active members include contracted workers and volunteers of LibroMobile, Barrio Writers, and Crear Studio, alongside a community-based advisory board.
Through our various fundraising efforts, we hope to continue to create visibility for our FREE arts programming and pay local artists and writers via workshops, exhibits and live readings, while also establishing ourselves as an artists' and workers' cooperative in Santa Ana, California.
More info coming soon!
Yuri Velasco, Website Content Manager
Yuri is a Oaxacaliforniana, an educator and full-time tía. She enjoys learning new languages, music, concerts, and cultural events. Yuri is the creator of the show Canciones Bordadas.
Marilynn Montaño, Events Manager
Marilynn Montaño is a writer and artist from Santa Ana, California. She is a first generation Chicana. Montaño is a proud daughter of migrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Also an Advisory Board Member.
Zarahi Pioquinto, Book Advisor
The daughter of immigrants, Zarahi is from Santa Ana and a first-generation Cal-State University Dominguez Hills student. She joined LibroMobile as a City of Santa Ana Youth Employee Program participant and is now a contracted Book Advisor. She enjoys reading Spanish literature, writing and aspires to be a mental health advocate.
Carla Zárate Suárez,
Graphic Designer & Videographer
Carla is a graphic journalist and multimedia artist. She began exploring ways of communicating social issues through art when she produced and directed the Documentary San Vicente Ferrer Mission. She supports all LMAC projects.
Kunthon "Katon" Meas,
Open Mic Host
Kunthon Meas is a California-based author. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and a minor in Asian American studies. At a very young age, he was inspired to write poetry and short stories using the Storybook Weaver software game. In 2020 during the pandemic, he challenged himself to complete a book sharing his life experiences through prose. He hosts the Open Mic nights at LibroMobile and on weekends helps event manage vendors with Weekend Night Market.
Anaid Hernandez, Gallery Coordinator
Anaid is from Santa Ana, a first-generation CSULB Bachelor of Arts in Art History graduate and an artist herself. She joined LibroMobile Summer of 2022 as a volunteer in the Digital Humanities program and recently expanded her skills to dedicate time as a gallery coordinator at Crear Studio.
Khadijah Silva, Studio Fellow
Khadijah Silva is a second year Art MFA student attending UC Irvine’s Art M.F.A program. As a Black and Mexican artist, she believes in the importance of having mentors and leaders that look like students of color as it allows our youth to see themselves as role models and leaders within our communities and society. Khadijah believes that art can be a platform to speak about social injustice and affect social change.
Yajaira Vilchis Alvarez, Studio Fellow
Yajaira Vilchis Alvarez is a first year Cultural Anthropology M.A student at CSUF. With firm belief in paving a way for more representation within the museum field, she wants to be able to be part of the growing diversity amongst museum staff and inspire others to do the same. She looks forward to fostering deep and meaningful connections with BIPOC audiences through the museum’s collection, programs, exhibition, and other opportunities that allow for diverse stories to be more accessible to wider audience.
Roger Eyes R, Studio Fellow
Professional multidisciplinary artist Roger Eyes R, has creatively engaged with communities in and around his hometown since 2015. His interest is in the people, history, and culture of Santa Ana California. Roger studied sculpting, painting, and design while currently focusing on large scale murals. He remains an active member of the art community with award winning independent creative projects, partnerships and collaborations that continue to connect people to art and further strengthen the future of Santa Ana's arts and culture.
Mary Camarillo, Advisor
Mary Camarillo writes about Huntington Beach, California, where she lives. She’s a longtime fan of LibroMobile and is proud to have her debut novel “The Lockhart Women” on the local author shelf.
Manuel G. Galaviz, Advisor
Dr. Manny is a former construction worker, archeologist, Barrio Writers writing advisor and recently a PhD scholar in Sociocultural Anthropology, specializing in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Anthropology, currently a CSUF professor in the Division of Anthropology. He is also the host of LibroMobile's first podcast: Scholar Holler.
Lilia Raquel Rosas,
Fiscal Sponsor Advisor
Dr. Lilia Raquel Rosas is from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has resided in Austin, Texas for over two decades. She's the Executive Director of Red Salmon Arts and caretaker of Resistencia Bookstore, which are dedicated to Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous cultural arts programming. She is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at UT at Austin.
Jenise Miller, Advisor
Jenise Miller is a Black Panamanian, Compton-based writer, poet, and urban planner whose work explores art, archives, geographic mapping, and intersectional history. A Pushcart-nominated poet and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna, she is the author of the poetry chapbook "The Blvd."
J. Andrea "Yaya" Porras,
Fiscal Sponsor Advisor
J. Andrea Porras / yAyA is a Queer, Two -Spirit, Coahuiltecan descendant ~ ChicanIndia, madre, cultura cura curator/producer, intersectional artist/ practitioner; with over 25 years’ experience in performance, organizing, facilitation, grant making, grant reviewing, philanthropy, and mentoring. She's co-founder of MA Series Arts.
Sarah Rafael García, Founder
Sarah is a local writer, community educator, and performance ethnographer. She’s the author of Las Niñas and SanTanas Fairy Tales, co-editor of pariahs and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers as well as founder of Barrio Writers (2009), LibroMobile (2016) and Crear Studio (2017).
* Some LMAC roles/members choose to not have a virtual presence. More details can be provided upon request.