InVITE Participants
   
NEAT is a solution -
A solution that is motivated by community spirit, made of community participants and embodies the ideals of an American community where neighbors help neighbors.
National Education, Advocacy, and Training, Inc. (NEAT) is a non-profit organization. It certifies, facilitates and oversees InVITE alliances between funding sources, government agencies, civic organizations, private employers, educators and job placement organizations. First and foremost these managed community-based alliances are formed to create the solution - jobs. With the creation of local employment opportunities everything else easily falls into place. The NEAT InVITE alliances can then access funding to help provide education and training for the gainful employment of its citizens, payroll reimbursements for employers and more.
NEAT InVITE alliances truly improve local economies by creating jobs in the community, investing funds in the community and employing its citizens to work in their communities.
NEAT Management
Felipe (Phil) Sanchez
Co-Founder / Director
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Felipe (Phil) Sanchez is President and CEO of the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT), a non-profit organization based in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., which is dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities. Sanchez manages all aspects at the executive level and helps manage the divisions of operation, fundraising and philanthropy, event coordination and speaking engagements. The value proposition of NEAT is embodied in the words, “In Value, Integrity and Transparency, there is Empowerment- or InVITE.” Phil creates InVITE alliance members throughout the State of California.
Sanchez is an entrepreneur with more than 41 years of hands-on experience in corporate business development and business management consulting. Since 1972, he has been instrumental in launching and managing six companies, in addition to co-founding NEAT, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Currently, Sanchez serves as a Senior Consultant in a Professional Employer’s Organization (PEO) Brokerage – The Corporate Advocates – a holding company for the following companies: (1) Financial Services (tax & accounting services); (2) JS Platinum (commercial insurance); (3) TCA Staffing; and (4) TCA Employer Incentives Division. The Corporate Advocates – a multimillion dollar business – manages companies in various industries using advanced risk management measures. Prior to leading these companies, Sanchez, his father and brother launched Southwest Construction Management – the largest construction clean-up risk management firm in the Inland Empire.
Sanchez is a community-minded person and is active as a Board of Director and member of the Commerce Veterans Resource Center. He assists unemployed citizens and veterans re-enter the workforce by securing training funds from the Workforce Investment Boards, and the Veterans Administration. Sanchez also is an active member of the American GI Forum in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where he holds the office of Secretary and Treasurer for the nonprofit organization that assists U.S. Veterans in a multitude of services.
“My Job is challenging, but at the same time personally rewarding,” says Sanchez. “Every day, I work to create and support regional impact groups to form a NEAT InVITE Alliance. These alliances have purpose to assist unemployed veterans and disadvantaged individual to become educated, trained, and placed back to work. How NEAT is that!”
Christine G. Rodriguez
Executive Director
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
hristine G. Rodriguez is a leader, strategist, entrepreneur and accomplished communications/strategic philanthropic professional executive with years of experience in the private; public; nonprofit; and small business sectors. In June 2014, she was named Executive Director of National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities.
Rodriguez began her professional career at Rockwell International Corporation as a clerk-typist and worked her way up the corporate ladder while obtaining her formal education. She reached various positions, including Director of Communications for the Defense Electronics business unit of Rockwell; and Vice President of Corporate Community & Government Relations, representing two successive Rockwell Chairmen & CEOs in the community. Rodriguez also was responsible for the multimillion dollar Rockwell Charitable Foundation. Following 30 successful years at Rockwell, Rodriguez was recruited as President & CEO of Discovery World, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Milwaukee focusing on interactive science & technology education; freshwater conservation; and innovation. She and her team raised more than $65 million to build and open a new 120,000 square-foot facility on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. Upon completion of this goal, Rodriguez returned to California and launched a consulting business, focusing on strategic communications and philanthropy. Rodriguez worked in the public sector for a U.S. Congressman, rounding out her experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
She has worked with CEOs, CFO, community and civic leaders, elected officials, academia, general and trade media, engineers, and employees at all levels of for-profit and nonprofit organizations from around the country. A polished writer and presenter, Rodriguez has numerous speeches, presentations, published articles and awards to her credit.
Rodriguez is a founding board member of HPGM (Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee); Board Member – Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Board Member – Discovery World; former Rockwell Liaison for Catalyst (NYC); The Conference Board; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); National Council of La Raza (NCLR); United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); and various other local and national nonprofit boards. She has received numerous professional and community awards of excellence (list available upon request).
Education
San Francisco Academy, University of Florida, U.S.-Based Locations University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
Graduate Certificate, Senior Public Relations Management Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications (Cum Laude)

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management Associate of Arts, Journalism (Alpha Gamma Sigma)

Boston College, Carroll School of Management
Certificate in Corporate Community Management

Tom Burciaga
Public Relations / Vice President
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Tom Burciaga has over 24 years of community involvement at the grassroots level in the Inland Empire; Orange; and Riverside Counties, California. His efforts in business and employment development have gained him the respect and confidence of well-established local public and private companies.
Burciaga’s expertise in personnel recruitment and employee staffing makes him the ideal person to assist with the efforts of the National Education, Advocacy and Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities.
NEAT Forms strategic alliances to reach their objectives, which are embodied in the core values, reflected in the InVITE seal- “In Value, Integrity and Transparency, there is Empowerment.”
As a community-minded person, Burciaga is Chairman of the Latino Business Council; Board member of the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation and the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council. He is a founder of Ontario Leadership Alliance and is prior Regional Vice President of California Employment Advisory Council and present Veterans Affairs Director for the CEAC.
“I firmly believe that if you really want to provide help to a community effort, they you have to get involved,” says Burciaga. “I climb into the trenches. I burn the midnight oil with others; and I act on the solutions created. In all my career, I have never felt so involved, rewarded and blessed as I do when helping to create and facilitate an InVITE alliance. How NEAT is that?”
Howard Hernandez
Chairman / Veterans Advisory Committee
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Howard Hernandez is a passionate advocate for America’s veterans and military personnel currently serving in the armed forces. Having served in the United States Army from June 1970 through March 1972, Hernandez knows firsthand the challenges these patriotic men and women face during active service and when they return to their homes to resume their lives. He serves as Chairman of the Veterans Advisory Committee for the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in local communities.
Hernandez is the former Commander of the American GI Forum (AGIF) for the State of California, and also served as the AGIF State Secretary. As an advocate for veterans, he makes public presentations on the history of the American GI Forum to U.S. Naval Bases around the country; he identifies and addresses legal issues encountered by U.S. military veterans; and coordinates efforts throughout the State of California to resolve those issues. In addition, Hernandez raises funds to address veterans’ issues, and for high school scholarships
He has 30 years+ of experience in all aspects of Employment Law; 9 years of office management, including the establishment of all office requirements and procedures. He has monitored regulatory compliance and company policies and procedures related to respective businesses; assured that all associates were familiar with company policies and procedures; and held them accountable to those policies and procedures. Hernandez manages relationships at all levels; recruiting, hiring, and training associates; implementing corrective actions and recommending termination when necessary. He assists with the development and implementation of marketing strategies for his client businesses based on a careful and factual analysis of competitive properties. Hernandez understands and applies all aspects of employment laws with regard to clients, vendors and opposing parties. He is able to establish rapport with a widely varied clientele base.
Benjamin Francisco Hernandez
Marketing / Social Media
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Benjamin Francisco Hernandez is responsible for Marketing and Social Media for the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities. He has more than four decades of expertise in the fields of Journalism, Marketing and Digital Media, including Online Marketing and Promotion. He is the Chicano Publisher of Q-VO Magazine, FIRME Magazine, and also has published El Papel de la Gente newspaper. His articles and editorials regarding politics, education, Chicano art, music and entertainment industries have been featured in numerous prestigious publications targeted toward the Hispanic market.
Prior to joining NEAT, Hernandez worked in Los Angeles and Mexico for Azteca Films (1983 to 1985), focusing on the Department of Radio and Television Communications for the government of Mexico. He is a marketing professional, specializing in movie and video promotions for national and international distributors.  In 1984, Hernandez established an advertising and marketing business called BEN-HER Media Group that specialized in advertising, music video digital releases and public relations. Hernandez has contributed to large scale entertainment events, including the world’s first Live Internet Mariachi Concert Broadcast; the first Mariachi USA website for Sol de Mexico Mariachi Group; and the “Mariachi U.S.A.” which is still held annually at the Hollywood Bowl in California.  
Hernandez is co-founder of two activist groups – Hearts and Hands Elders (community youth intervention focus); and Padres Unidos California (education equity and safe schools focus). The focus is empowering Latino communities, and reducing community violence by motivating community involvement. Hernandez is a motivational speaker, having presented at various educational institutions, school districts, colleges and universities.
Hernandez continues to be active in a variety of projects and promotions. He uses his skills and leadership as a grassroots organizer and blends it with traditional Journalism and New Media Social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Digital Targeted Websites, Podcasts and Internet Radio to engage his audience. His professional references and connections are accessible via his Online LinkedIn Profile: Benjamin F. Hernandez.
Brittney Arias
Assistant Project Manager / NEAT Office Manager
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Brittney Arias is Assistant Project Manager and Office Manager for the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT).
She is a dependable, highly capable, self-motivated project and office manager with excellent interpersonal communications and computer skills. Her ability to analyze, plan and schedule projects effectively makes her an invaluable member of the NEAT team. Brittney manages and oversees all office activities of NEAT, including controlling resources, procedures and protocols.
Her organizational skills play a critical role in scheduling and managing meetings for NEAT Board of Directors; strategic partners; donors; clients; and in scheduling and coordinating NEAT special events.
Brittney’s knowledge of and expertise in technology – along with her creativity – has enabled the NEAT team to build its infrastructure, including presentations for use in presentations to strategic partners and potential donors. Her outstanding support of the NEAT management team makes her an integral member of the team.
Brittney is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services & Business at the University of Phoenix
Board of Directors
Michael J. Gallo
Board of Directors
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Michael J. Gallo serves on the Board of Directors of the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities. He began his professional career as an Officer in the United States Air Force, managing Military Airlift Command facility design and operations at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. He designed and managed a variety of base facility and airfield construction projects and directed mobility deployment forces to establish remote airfields and base operations worldwide. In 1984, Mr. Gallo joined TRW’s Ballistic Missiles Division, to support the USAF in the development and deployment of the Peacekeeper and Small ICBM Weapon Systems as manager of the Systems Design and Cost organization. In 1989, Mr. Gallo served as the Director of Program Control for the TRW Launch Services Organization managing financial analysis, cost estimating, budgeting, risk assessment, scheduling, configuration control, data management, computer analysis, product reliability, quality assurance and safety analyses for the launch system program.
In 1993, Mr. Gallo co-founded Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST), a commercial Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), aerospace, energy and homeland security technology development company located at the former Norton Air Force Base, where he currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company and providing leadership to the development and commercialization of the Company’s technology. Mr. Gallo also serves as a Director for Global Energy Systems, LLC, a KST subsidiary formed to implement its energy-related lines of business. As an implementer, Mr. Gallo formed the Aerospace Research & Development Center (ARDC) at the San Bernardino International Airport to mature and deploy technologies that provide advancements in aviation, space, homeland security, clean energy generation and related technologies for both military and commercial system applications.
Mr. Gallo provides leadership to the commercial, civil and military space community as a founding member, the past Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the California Space Authority (CSA), an organization that serves as the space policy advisor to the State of California and represents California’s diverse space enterprise community. Mr. Gallo also serves as the Arrowhead Section Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Gallo is the past Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) providing key services and support to our low income community. He is also the Past Chairman of the Board for the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, founding member and School Board Chairman of the Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy (NSAA), a hands-on K-12 San Bernardino County Charter School and is an Executive Board Member of the California Workforce Association (CWA). Mr. Gallo founded Technical Employment Training, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, a partnership between education and industry, to prepare a skilled and highly-qualified workforce for the manufacturing sector. As the past Chairman of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and several California State University initiatives, Mr. Gallo is focused on the implementation of key strategic workforce, economic development and education objectives to enable our region to compete for targeted high-growth industry clusters and technology sectors with an exceptionally qualified workforce.
Dr. Bill Clarke
Board of Directors
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Dr. Bill Clarke serves on the Board of Directors of the National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT) – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term, tangible solutions/jobs for veterans and displaced workers in their local communities.
He began his professional career as a trainer at General Dynamics, Pomona Division in, California. He managed the training of apprentice machinist, trainers, at a variety of base facility of the General Dynamics Corporation. As a Manufacturing Training Administrator at General Dynamics, he also contracted with Fontana Unified School District part-time as a teacher, where he developed the high school program into a high technology manufacturing facility concentrating in computerized numerical control machining and robotics. In 1988, Dr. Clarke retired from General Dynamics Pomona Division and took on a second teaching position and department Head of San Bernardino Valley College Machine Trades Department, where he developed a high technology training program placing students with National Industry Metal Skill Credentials. During his tenure as an educator he obtained his doctorate in educational management from the University of La Verne where he held various positions in education. Dr. Clarke’s real ambitions were to train students to be highly skilled in manufacturing. He trained seven international teams through Skills USA for the United States for various International Skill Olympics, where his students placed as high as third in world competition. Dr. Clarke has travelled to various countries throughout the world not only with his students, but as a consultant in manufacturing training.
In May 2010, Dr. Clarke retired from public education to pursue a dream of developing a technical school based on many models he has seen over his life time in education. He went to work as a consultant for Kelly Space and Technology to develop (TET) Technical Employment Training, Inc. where he is President.
Joey Sanchez
Director
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Mr. Sanchez has over 30 years of financial, accounting, business development and business management experience. He is a federally- authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of Treasury to operate as an Enrolled Agent (EA). His management style is hard forged through real-time, hands on corporate and entrepreneurial experience. He brings his financial analysis skills, organizational abilities, vision and tenacity to the NEAT objectives.
Ray Blom
Director
National Education, Advocacy & Training, Inc. (NEAT)
Mr. Blom has over 20 years of business development and management experience with an expertise in the construction insurance and staffing industries. As a founding member, Mr. Blom is the President of Alliance/ Platinum FC, he is a Board Member of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, of the Community Action Partnerships and for the Center for Employment Training in Riverside Ca.
 
 
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