Board of Directors
Theo has been involved with organizations, including nonprofits in California’s Central Valley, the Bay Area and Humboldt County for the past 10 years. He has worked with Ecology Center of San Francisco, Food Not Bombs, Hayes Valley Farm, and Jefferson Community Space in Eureka, CA. Working as a Union Electrician during the week, he spends his free time working with The Shire Community Space and other local organizations. Theo brings creativity, enthusiasm, and passion to make his community a better place for all of its citizens.
Andrew got involved in activism and community work during his time at San Francisco State University. He was been involved during the development of several community gardens and has organized classes and workshops to raise political awareness. He graduated San Francisco State with a B.A. in Art and moved back to Modesto a few years after. Since he returned to Modesto, Andrew has worked as an educator, and in 2015, he participated in the creation and founding of “The Shire Community Space” with Theo Souza. He is currently an event organizer and Vice President of The Shire Community Space. Andrew is passionate about developing projects that can help communities develop a sense of cooperation so they may overcome struggles.
Gavin started volunteering with The Shire Community Space early on and eventually became a member of the Board. While earning his Bachelor’s degree at California State University, San Francisco, he worked as an intern for the California Indian Environmental Alliance, introducing him to the nonprofit sector. Since then, he has volunteered with numerous organizations such as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Downtown Modesto Partnership. Gavin is currently employed as a business development coordinator for Opportunity Stanislaus, a nonprofit based in Modesto that provides services to businesses to help them grow and succeed.
Janna has worked with nonprofits for almost 20 years. Her involvement with The Shire Community Space began as a patron in 2016, and grew to include supporting the organization by serving as Treasurer on its inaugural board. Janna has also worked as Treasurer, from 2016-2017, with Modesto Sound, a local nonprofit providing sound engineering and recording education to youth. Since 2006, Janna has worked full-time in her professional career with a social service nonprofit that provides services to children, families, and communities throughout California. Duties include organizing the agency’s contracts totalling about $30 million, submission of bids and proposals averaging about $15 million a year, and other organizational tasks related to finance, IT, and administrative projects. From 2000-2002, Janna founded a chapter of the International MOMS Club in Turlock, CA, which provides an outlet for stay-at-home mothers to socialize, gain support and engage in service projects for their community. By the end of her term, the chapter had grown large enough to split into 2 chapters and had completed several community service projects. Prior to founding the Turlock chapter, Janna served as Treasurer for the Gresham, Oregon chapter of MOMS Club. In her free time, Janna enjoys playing the piano, attending concerts, hiking, rafting, gardening, playing Scrabble and making art. She has a passion for creating a thriving community for music and the arts, and brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to the organization.
Martha Y. Juarez
Martha is a mental health professional with 5 years experience working in the nonprofit sector, and is a Latinx queer artist. Largely self-taught, her artistic and creative practices include: photography, painting, experimental video production, and she plans to develop her interest in filmmaking. Martha began volunteering with The Shire in November 2016 and has been active in all facets of the organization—especially within the art committee and music committee, organizing events, and community outreach.
Nikki grew up in California's East Bay and moved to Turlock, CA in 2006 to attend CSU Stanislaus where she studied visual art and gender studies. After college, she served a year with AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps and then spent three years working at the Planned Parenthood health center in Modesto, CA. In 2015, she returned to CSU Stanislaus to work as a Gallery Assistant where she has been managing both the campus University Art Gallery and the new downtown gallery Art Space. Nikki is currently serving as a board member for The Shire Community Space. She has been active with The Shire Community Space’s art committee, assisting with bringing in artists from the community to showcase their work during events.