Sheila Thornton, President/CEO
Sheila Thornton is the President/CEO for OneFuture Coachella Valley. She works with key education and business leaders to implement the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Success, a five-year strategic plan that lays out regional strategies designed to produce an educated workforce and assure Coachella Valley students are prepared for success in college, career and life.
Prior to her current role, Sheila was a health workforce and leadership development consultant providing project management and coalition building expertise to a variety of industry, education, and community organizations. She has assisted organizations with strategic planning, mission advancement, cross-sector partnerships, organizational structure, grant writing and management and program implementation.
Sheila led the development of the Healthcare Industry Council, the region's first ever coalition aligning economic development and education strategies to prepare a quality healthcare workforce for the future of the industry. The Council has expanded opportunities for low income, disadvantaged students to succeed in Kindergarten-12th grade health career pathways programs, college health sciences programs and higher level health professions. Sheila also works with a variety of Inland Empire organizations across the health workforce spectrum to expand and optimize health career pathways education and training programs and align these with industry and workforce needs.
Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2001, Sheila held the positions of Director of Community Services for a non-profit hospital and Analyst/Project Manager for an economic research and consulting firm.
She serves on the California Health Professions Consortium, the National Advisory Committee for Health Career Connection, and the national leadership team for the Ford Motor Company Fund Next Generation Initiative. Sheila obtained a B.S. degree in Applied Math from Loyola Marymount University.
Kim McNulty, Vice President of Regional Success
Kim McNulty is the V of Regional Success for OneFuture Coachella Valley and has provided leadership since its inception as the Career Pathways Initiative in 2005. Through this collective impact effort, OneFuture CV and partners are working to raise the intellectual capital and workforce capacity of the region by aligning t the community's education, workforce and economic development efforts.
Kim's professional experience includes 20 years in professional services and destination marketing management -- ten years of that as the as Film Commissioner for the desert resort communities. As Film Commissioner, she served on the Marketing Committee for the California Film Commission's Film Liaisons In California Statewide (FLICS) and co-founded the California On Location Awards (COLA) event.
Kim currently serves on the Leadership Council for the Ford Motor Company Fund's Next Generation Learning National Network, is co-chair of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board's East Region Committee and a member of the Palm Springs Historical Society Board of Directors and the Pastoral Council at St. Theresa Catholic Church. In addition, she helped pioneer the development of Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert, CA. Xavier is the first lay-built, Jesuit-endorsed high school of its kind and one of seven Jesuit high schools in the California Province. McNulty currently serves on Xavier's Board of Regents and is the founding President of Xavier's Parent Guild.
Kim McNulty is a native of Palm Springs, California. She attended the University of San Diego and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Ernie Rios, Vice President of College Success
Ernie Rios serves as the Vice President of College Success at OneFuture Coachella Valley. He is a graduate of Coachella Valley High School and College of the Desert. He transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied history, political science and film. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked in the music video industry where he gained valuable management experience.
Passionate about business, he returned to the Coachella Valley and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert Campus. During graduate school, Ernie provided business consulting services to local start-ups, including assisting with the development of a video production program at Coachella Valley Unified School District.
In 2008, he joined the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and helped co-found the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership program, which has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships and helped Coachella Valley students access more than $50 million in state and federal financial aid. He is the Chair of the Thermal Community Council and is grateful to work with local leaders to help develop education and business opportunities for the region.
Jacqui Tricco, Business & Finance Manager
Jacqui Tricco is the Business and Finance Manager for OneFuture Coachella Valley. Jacqui joined our team in 2012 as the Industry Council Coordinator, where she oversaw the structure and facilitation of the three councils (Healthcare, Advanced Technology and Arts, Media & Entertainment). Prior to joining OneFuture, she spent ten years in sales and marketing in the financial banking and pharmaceutical sectors. Jacqui holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Business Certificate with an emphasis in Business Law from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Cristina Gregorio, Director of College & Career Success
Cristina serves as the Student Services Coordinator for OneFuture CV. She is a first generation college student who, after attending Indio High School, went on to obtain a dual Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego (USD). She is scheduled to complete her Master's Degree in English this summer. After college, Cristina went on to work at USD where her role focused on the educational experience of first-generation college students. After working at USD for nine years, she returned to the desert and accepted a position with the University of California, Riverside where she assisted with outreach efforts. Most recently, Cristina taught English as a Second Language at College of the Desert. In addition to working in an academic setting, she has utilized her Spanish language skills to provide translation services to government, public, and private agencies for the past 11 years. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband, Dennis.
Paul Olson, Director of Development
Paul Olson joined the OneFuture Coachella Valley team as director of development in June 2019 and is responsible for fundraising to help students achieve success in their education and career goals through the work of OneFuture. Paul recently relocated to California from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN where he served as director of development for Schubert Club (one of the oldest music presenting organizations in the nation), VocalEssence and Greater Twin Cities United Way, as well as a human resources professional at the world headquarters of Cargill, Inc. Paul was vice-president of the Arts Partnership development and fundraising team consisting of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Schubert Club, collaboratively raising money and presenting joint programming in St. Paul. Paul graduated from Waldorf University in Forest City, IA in music education and performance, with further music education and conducting studies at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.
Luis Rojas, Data Analyst
Ricardo Ramirez, Data Analyst