Executive Director

Iliana Soto Welty

Iliana Soto Welty is the Executive Director of the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA).  In her role, her primary purpose is to work towards eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in Orange County.  Iliana’s career has focused on intercultural communication and community relations for the past 20 years.  She has been a diversity trainer and consultant to schools, cities, hospitals, universities, nonprofits and police departments.  Her passion is building the capacity of low income, underserved populations and developing grassroots leaders to have a voice in creating policy and systems change in their community.  Iliana’s strengths are in community strategic planning, community assessments and developing collaborative initiatives. She is excited to be working with a collective impact organization focused on improving the lives and health of multicultural communities.  Iliana enjoys having adventures with her two daughters Emily and Annika, spending time in nature, off-roading and creative writing.


Alma Marquez, Director of Programs

Yesenia Velez Ochoa, Operations and Program Administrator

Muna Odeh, Program Coordinator

Evaluation and Clinical Director

Dr. Miguel Gallardo is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities at Pepperdine University. He maintains an independent/consultation practice where he conducts therapy with adolescents and adults and consults with organizations and universities on developing culturally responsive systems. He teaches courses on multicultural and social justice, intimate partner violence and professional practice issues. Dr. Gallardo’s areas of scholarship and research interests include understanding the psychotherapy process when working with ethnocultural communities, particularly the Latina/o community and in understanding the processes by which individuals develop cultural awareness and responsiveness. Dr. Gallardo has published refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of multicultural psychology, Latina/o psychology, and ethics and evidence-based practices. Dr. Gallardo is currently serving a second-term Governor appointed position on the California Board of Psychology. He has been honored for his dedication and commitment to the field of psychology locally, statewide and nationally. Dr. Gallardo is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.