Phillip Rodriguez

is the founder of New Hope For Youth. Before God came into his heart he had no hope. For most of his life he just existed.  He was consumed by gangs, drugs, prison and violence.  Six years ago someone reached out to him and gave him hope in the form of God. For the last five years he has been reaching out to young men and women and their families as well as communities who are lost and living in the life styles of gangs, drugs, violence, jails, and poverty (physical and spiritual).

Phillip has been married for 15 years to Annette and has five children.  He enjoys his job that allows him to help people and show them that there is hope for a better tomorrow.


Doris Ibarra

was raised on the East side of San Jose, and like many other families living in her neighborhood, her family struggled to make ends meet every month.  Growing up she witnessed many of her friends and family turn to gangs, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drugs. Although she did not engage in this activity, it had a ripple effect on her.  The ability to get her life back on track is attributed to a spiritual encounter with God, her father and other spiritual mentors who did not give up on her.  Doris and her husband have been involved in ministry for more than twenty years, and currently pastor New Beginnings Christian Church in San Jose, CA. She firmly believes in mentoring and empowering others to dream and hope for a better future.  Doris has 20 years of Human Resources experience in the private and nonprofit sector, and is passionate about learning new things and helping others in her community.


Matt Stanek

Matt Stanek is a San Jose native who graduated from Gunderson High School, West Valley College, San Jose State University, and Lincoln Law School.  He has practiced law in the Bay Area for over 20 years.  Matt believes that with help, support and encouragement, all people can succeed.

In addition to work, family, and his commitment to New Hope for Youth, Matt is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. He has found and appreciates the challenges and freedom of the outdoors and enjoys sharing that passion with others.


Rachel Stanek

Rachel Stanek graduated from Gunderson High School and San Jose State University. She has taught English in the East Side Union High School District for over 25 years, and is currently a behavior advisor at W.C. Overfelt High School in San Jose. During her years working with San Jose’s most at-risk youth, Rachel has seen the effects that violence and drugs/alcohol can have on young people, but moreover, she has witnessed the incredible impact of effective youth outreach. Rachel knows that buried within even the most “troubled” kid is a young person with potential and worth. When mentors and support services work effectively to help these kids find their paths through the difficult teen years, true potentials can be consistently achieved.

Grace Gonzalez

Grace developed her passion of working with at-risk youth at a very young age. As a teenager, she always reached out to her peers who were constantly in trouble and headed towards the wrong path.

Being the first generation in her family to attend college, grace graduated from San Jose state university with a bachelors in sociology, concentration in criminology and Minor in Chicano Studies in 2006. Grace started off working as a tutor at Pathfinder High School and worked her way up to become one of the school counselors. She later joined Gardner Family Care Corp in 2007 as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, where she continues to work. At GFCC, Grace provides individual, family, and group counseling to dually diagnosed adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system who have been victims of sexual abuse as well as adults currently on parole and probation assisting them with re- entry into the community.

Grace is in the process of obtaining her Masters degree in Social Work at San Jose State University and continues to reach out to troubled youth and assisting them overcome any obstacles they may encounter.


Gretchen Beddingfield

is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with children, teens and their families for the last seven years.  She believes that everyone has the ability to heal, learn, grow, and accomplish their dreams.  Gretchen received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Social Work from San Jose State University in 1993 with her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2008. In between her college years, Gretchen worked in the business world and found that she enjoyed accounting and has ten years of experience in Accounts Payable with some background in Accounts Receivable.  Off and on throughout her life, Gretchen has enjoyed volunteering some of her time for different facilities including Disabled Students of San Jose State, Job Corps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Monterey County Juvenile Hall.   Gretchen is a kid at heart who loves working with young people.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Annette Rodriguez

is happily married to Phillip Rodriguez and is a mother and grandmother. Annette has a passion for reaching out and helping those who struggle with substance abuse issues, are at-risk and involved in the destructive gang lifestyle. Annette has life experience and was able to find herself out of drugs and gangs through God and the help of others. She has been clean and sober for 7 years and since then has worked for the community. Annette is currently enrolled at San Jose City College to obtain her CAADAC and Criminal Justice degree. Annette has the passion and desire to give back what was given to her and is a strong believer of change.


Earl Kitzmiller

A San Jose native, Earl Kitzmiller worked at Valley Medical Center as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician before embarking on a career at Hewlett Packard.  Retiring with 22 years of managerial and project management experience Earl and his wife Beatriz moved to the central valley to devote their time in raising their grandson and niece.  Today he works for the County of Fresno in the Department of Social Services.