CET Leadership

CET Board of Directors CET's Board of Directors consists of members from three sectors of the community: the private sector, the public sector, and the low income sector. As volunteers, Board Members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization.  Former members include members of clergy, community activists, teachers, business leaders, and CET Graduates.  CET wishes to acknowledge and thank its current Board for its commitment and contribution.  
Chairman, Bob Martinez, IBM Sam Ho, San Jose City/Evergreen College District
Vice Chair, Asbjorn Osland, SJSU Oscar Lamas, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Treasurer, Mary Calegari, SJSU Chris Longoria, California Department of Rehabilitation - Retired
Secretary, Carmen Pereida – De Anza College - Retired Brad Maihack, HP - Retired
Greg Adams, Pepsi Bottling Company Emerita Postlewait, Santa Clara Adult Education
Ernesto Bejarano, Santa Clara Social Services Agency Edward Ramirez, CET Alumni, Boeing Satellite Development Center
Karina Deras, Amazon Jose Romero, Intel Corporation
Daniel Ezquerro, California State Board of Equalization Jaqueline Snell, SJSU - Retired
Irene Gutierrez, San Jose City/Evergreen College District  

President & CEO

Hermelinda Sapien has been a member of the Executive Management Team for the Center for Employment Training (CET) since its inception in 1967. As the first Executive Secretary for CET co-founders Russell Tershy and the late Dr. Antony Soto, she was involved in the development and expansion of the program from the beginning. Establishing the Corporate Department of Human Resources; she directed this HR Department for 18 years. In 1987, as the CET program began to gain growth momentum, Ms. Sapien was appointed to the position of Deputy Director. In 1999, she was elected as the Executive Director.  Throughout her tenure, Ms. Sapien has led successful campaigns for funding initiatives and opposed funding cuts on behalf of CET at the local, state and national levels. 

Regions, Centers and Corporate Directors 

Center for Employment Training's effectiveness and stability over the last decades is because of the commitment and experience of its staff. CET's leadership direct daily operations, oversee regional trends and keep CET relevant for today's market.

Region I:

  • San Jose, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Soledad, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Watsonville, CA

Region II:

  • Coachella, CA
  • El Centro, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Colton, CA

Region III:

  • Alexandria, VA
  • Durham, NC
  • El Paso, TX
  • Oxnard, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA

Corporate Directors:

  • CFO - Mohammad Aryanpour
  • Contracts/MIS - Mary Jane Smith
  • Education - Luis Aguilar
  • Human Resources - Yvette Galindo
  • Financial Aid - Elsa Garcia de Leon
  • IT - Ryan Nelson
  • Government Relations - Carlos Lopez 
  • Program Development - John Diego