Gabriel has worked on reforestation efforts in South Africa and Australia, helped build a free medical clinic and school for poor villagers of rural India, volunteered his time as a naturopathic medical practitioner in Mexico, and created a higher education scholarship fund for an orphanage in India. He now is community director/liaison for the Romero Institute and the Lakota People’s Law Project, and also directs the Santa Madre Center in Santa Cruz, where youth come for camping, horseback riding, and organic farming.
Kermit is a transit planning supervisor and former Employee of the Year for the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). He is also an ultramarathon runner and a team captain for the 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon team. Many Sunrise students have participated in the team training runs, and he is passionate about helping the students believe in themselves and search for greatness. His greatest satisfaction comes from being a mentor to young people.Kermit was recently honored for his nomination for a youth service award from Project Cornerstone./p>
Marilyn is an energy healer, massage therapist and artist. She is a product of alternative education. She likes to help youth and volunteers as a part-time art instructor at Sunrise Middle.
Floriberta Jimenez is the parent representative on the Sunrise Board of Directors. She is the mother of an 8th grader at Sunrise. Ms. Jimenez works for one of Stanford University’s contractors which maintains the university’s lighting and other systems. She is a graduate of Escuela Popular (adult school) in San Jose and former student at the National Hispanic University, and also attended various schools in Mexico. “I like to be a good example to my daughter, getting involved in her school,” Ms. Jimenez says. “I want to encourage all parents to become involved in their children’s education.”
Lex became aware of the importance of providing alternatives to youth when he was not “fitting inside the box” and succeeding in high school. He found success at Pegasus High School and now is an artist and musician. He is passionate about finding new educational alternatives for youth.