Biographical statement for Vonna Breeze-Martin
Vonna retired from Columbia College, where she taught Spanish and oversaw the English as a Second Language program. Her lifelong interest in the Spanish language and Mexican culture along with her deep concern about inequities and social injustice have guided her on a career path through the development and administration of an early ethnic studies institute at Utah’s Weber State University, followed by nearly two decades in the War on Poverty through community action agencies in Santa Barbara and Napa, where groundbreaking programs were developed in such areas as domestic violence, farmworker health, bilingual community advocacy, senior services, and early childhood programs including Head Start. In Tuolumne County, she is honored to participate in the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, and proud of her contribution to the community through her teaching and through her work at Tuolumne County Behavioral Health, where she wrote and oversaw the original Y.E.S. program grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, addressing teen suicide and substance abuse prevention.
She currently serves as Secretary to the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee.