Meet Our Staff

Anthony Cabrera
Executive Director, President, & CEO

Anthony Cabrera started with Big Up Kidz as an instructor in 2013 and quickly moved up the ranks to Lead Instructor then Site Coordinator. Prior to BUK, Anthony gained experience in the afterschool sector as a volunteer with L.A.’s Best. Anthony is currently pursuing his baccalaureate degree in Accounting at California State University Northridge.

Anthony served as interim director while Rochelle Lether was on maternity leave over the summer. During that time, he successfully led the organization through the program changes precipitated by the loss of 21st CCLC funding, maintaining his strong relationships with students, families, school and district personnel and other community stakeholders.

In September of 2017, Anthony Cabrera was promoted into the Executive Director position and Founder Rochelle Lether transitioned from CEO to a part time, consulting role with the organization. She will continue on in that role for as long is needed to ensure the success of Big Up Kidz under Anthony’s direction.  As a consultant, Rochelle will facilitate the transfer of relationships and act as an executive coach, providing advice and guidance as needed.

Blanca Rodriguez 

Staff Lead/ STEM Program Instructor/ After School Program Leader 

Blanca Rodriguez joined the team in 2015 as a Program Leader. That summer she trained in Film and Photography as well as in Coding and she then brought the two to the program as clubs. Now she is the STEM Program Instructor and Program Leader for our Kinder and 1st grade group.

In 2016 she became Staff Lead where she has managed and ran some of our Town Hall meetings, rallies and events. As a fluent Spanish speaker she has translated Parent Advisory Meetings and Parent Orientations and taken lead in our recruiting for the school year and our summer camps.

Eduardo Gomez 
Before School Program Manager/After School Program Leader

Eddie Gomez volunteered his time to improve the site and through his hard work he gained a position as a Program Leader. Eddie is currently attending school in order to get his Bachelors in English so he can go on and teach English in high schools.

Today he works with 2nd and 3rd grade in after school and since early 2017 he became manager of Big Up Kidz Before School Program where he has brought Coding and Typing Mastery to their morning technology time.