Veronica Morley is a communications major with a focus on journalism at California State University Bakersfield. She previously attended Bakersfield College where she worked as a reporter and photographer for The Rip. She won second place for Best Photo Series at the 2017 California College Media Awards. Veronica is now the Features Editor for The Runner at CSUB.
Ja’Nell Gore is a seventeen year old senior at Bakersfield High School. In addition to writing for South Kern Sol, Janelle is involved with several clubs at her school such as journalism, Young Democrats, I-teach, and Ikon. She enjoys writing and listening to spoken word.
Marisol Sanchez Verdin, 17, is a senior at Golden Valley High School. She joined South Kern Sol’s youth reporting team in October 2017. She is an organic leader who cares about her community and is not afraid to be heard. Her proudest accomplishment is organizing a three high school walk-out in defense of DACA in 2017. She is inspired by Cesar E. Chavez and her dream is to become a lawyer to be the voice for others. Her confidence keeps her going, she is proud to be a young activist.
Reyna Olaguez is the Executive Director of South Kern Sol. She was born in Durango, Mexico and has since been a lifelong resident of the Central Valley. She attended California State University, Bakersfield where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s in Public Administration. Olaguez has always enjoyed working with her community. While in college, Olaguez volunteered with the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) Freeze Relief Program in Porterville, California. After college she completed an internship with Radio Campesina in Bakersfield and later became the radio station’s Community Outreach Director, where she continued to work closely with the UFW and other community-based programs. Olaguez went on to serve as a Legislative Aid to California State Senator Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento. Just prior to joining South Kern Sol, Olaguez served as a U.S. Census Partnership Specialist for Kern County, where she was responsible for the overall administration of U.S. Census public relations activities in Kern County.