THE LEON FOUNDATION

In Memory of RAUL. A LEON

The Leon Foundation was established to honor the memory of RAUL A. LEON a loved one who believed strongly in giving back to the community and who had strong devotion toward serving others. Raúl A. León was a person who every moment of every day was dedicated to help people. The Leon Foundation believes in his commitment and wants to reach out to others following Mr. Leon’s example.

Raúl A. León was a journalist with over 40 years of experience in his profession. He was graduated of the “Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria” Arequipa, Perú in 1968 with a Degree in Journalism and Social Communication Science. He also held the Title of Professional Journalist from the “Escuela Superior of Periodismo Jaime Bauzate y Meza” of Lima, Perú. 1968. He was a member of the “College of Journalists of Perú” and of the “National Association of Hispanic Journalists” with Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. León worked as an assistant at the Consulate of the United States in Arequipa, Perú as well as at various newspapers and magazines of his Home country.

Before he migrated to the United States, he was a Communications Supervisor at “Southern Peru Copper Corporation” which works the cuprous beds in Toquepala and Cuajone, in Southern Peru, as well as Public Works Councilman for the district of San Luis in Lima, Perú from 1979 to 1981. In the United States he has worked as the Official Translator and also a Class Master at the “Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis” whose World headquarters are located in San Jose, CA from 1984 to 1989. He worked for most of the publications written in Spanish in that Metropolitan area such as La Oferta Review Newspaper, San Jose, CA as Communications Director from 1987 to 1989. He was a representative of “El Mensajero” newspaper in San Francisco, CA from 1988 to 1989.

In 1990 Mr. León founded LA VOZ LATINA Newspaper in San Jose, CA in order to present and effective vehicle for close and truthful communication with the large Hispanic community of the Silicon Valley. His objective was to use his mind and his talents to give the voice of the Hispanics effective widespread consideration in the Metropolitan area. The objectives were achieved thanks to his tireless and unflagging action. What in May, 1990, was a “new born” means of expression has become “of age’ having obtained a much coveted “niche” among the competitive bilingual publications in the United States.

Mr. León received the “Excelencia” recognition for 40 years as journalist from “The Agrupación de Criticos y Periodistas de Teatro de Mexico” – ACPT 2001. The Hispanic Press Foundation announced five scholarships for Hispanic students at their annual convention in Las Vegas on March, 2003. Each scholarship was awarded in memory of a Hispanic publisher for his contribution to Hispanic publications in the United States. One of the 2003 National Hispanic Press Foundation Scholarship Recipient and the Memorialized Publisher was: Luisa Fernanda Cruz, a student at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in memory of Raúl A. León of La Voz Latina newspaper. Also The National Hispanic Press Foundation (NHPF) has honored Mr. León, publisher of La Voz Latina newspaper, with its Educational Leadership Award. The award recognized Mr. León’s work to assist Latinos in securing a better education in the media field.

Mr. Raúl A. León is survived by his wife Obdulia, his six daughters Joyce, Julia, Annette, Jacqueline, Elizabeth and Maria, one granddaughter Shannaleah and two grandsons Raul and Giancarlo.

Board of Directors
President-Founder: Dr. Joyce Leon-Gomez
Executive Vice-President: Annette Shahedi
Treasurer: Jacqueline Clark
Secretary: Elizabeth Leon
Public Relations Director: Mason Leandro
Advisory Commitee: : Pao Xiong
Col. US. Army Augustine Gomez
Public Relations Director Peru: Rosana Santamaria
Advisory Commitee Peru: Dr. Anamaria Arellano
Dr. Silvia Barreto

Address:   616 Armsmere Place, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 941-6648

Blog: http://leonfoundation.blogspot.com

Leon Foundation President and Founder

Dr. Joyce Leon-Gomez is an enthusiastic, dedicated and innovative person who is passionate for education and having a sustained impact on children’s education that goes beyond expectations. Joyce believes that every child must be part of the global communication community through the use of technology, to pursue a technical career or higher education and to be multilingual to have more opportunities and to progress in life.

Before establishing the LEON FOUNDATION, Joyce taught at two Catholic Schools in Sacramento, Holy Spirit and Saint John Notre Dame in Folsom where she was a Spanish teacher for 604 students and was the instructor for 18 classrooms from K to 8th grade in both schools. In that capacity she was widely recognized for working tirelessly to demand greater standards of education in second language and provide meaningful improvement. Joyce achieved the highest standards at the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Sacramento in Spanish education that had ever occurred in the history of the Catholic schools.

In 2004 Dr, Leon developed the Foreign Language three years In-Depth Study for Holy Spirit School, WCEA/WASC Western Catholic Education Association and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Dr. Leon wrote her own Spanish books to be used by students from K-6th grade at Saint John Notre Dame School, from 2003-2005.

In 2004 she received the Golden and Diamond Web Award 2003-2004, from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers for her Spanish Language Website at Saint John Notre Dame School that provided another dimension for students to be creative, communicative and to be informed. 

On February 19, 2005 Dr. Leon received a Letter of Recognition from the Superintendent of the Diocese of Sacramento, Mr. Don Puglisi, for the tremendous accomplishment of the Bilingual Newspaper, “El Periodico Bilingue.” This was the first bilingual newspaper within the Catholic schools published by an 8th grade class.

Dr. Leon, on April 26, 2005 was also praised by Former President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush for providing knowledge and guidance to eight grade students of Saint John Notre Dame School to create their first bilingual newspaper with full support of the community, which developed recommendations to build a Spanish Language program of higher education that would be among the best in California. Her tenure had a lasting impact in shaping students to achieve higher education and encourage them to be bilingual. During her tenure she initiated and oversaw a number of highly innovative programs focused on raising achievement standards to a degree that her schools could compete with the best in the nation. She effectively established partnerships with her community, as well as business leaders to improve instruction and achievement and build a Spanish program to support the Spanish learning process. Her devotion to children and educational opportunity and excellence was quickly recognized.

On June 7, 2005 she was again recognized by the Superintendent of the Diocese of Sacramento, Mr. Don Puglisi for her tremendous dedication, leadership and singular devotion in favor of the students, which included a groundbreaking requirement that schools must take specific steps and detail their investments in proven practices and programs to address improvement in the Spanish Language.

Dr. Leon was honored for her leadership in Foreign Language Education by the Mayor of Chaclacayo in Lima Peru and on July 9, 2005, Dr. Leon answered the call to take an education agenda out of Peru for three consecutive years, as Honorary Ambassador of Education for Chaclacayo- Peru. In this   role, she has worked with Cultural Institutions to promote bilingual education. Dr. Leon has visited schools and met with students in nations that include Canada, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Israel, Pakistan, Andorra, Pyrenees Alps, Morocco, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and several States in USA with a particular focus on encouraging them to pursue their education.

Dr. Leon’s personal experiences as the oldest of six children in a family that emigrated from Peru shaped her commitment to a career in public service, which began in 1979 when Mr. Dennis Brown Principal of USDM gave her the opportunity to become a teacher with the Unified School District of Morgan Hill, CA. Later, Dr. Leon served and implemented the Spanish Program for adults however, she choose to move from the bay Area to Sacramento and her students among them nurses, veterinarian, doctors, engineer and business owners gave her 37 letters of recommendation. This was very inspiring and endearing for her.  

She volunteered to provide Spanish Language instruction for Prayer Mountain Church in Rescue, CA during the year 2001.

In 1997, she joined the US. Navy and received an honorable discharge in 2005. Hardly speaking the English language, she was tested and passed all the military tests and was accepted in the US Navy. Her first school training was at The Naval Reserve Management School in New Orleans and was awarded a special academic achievement diploma.

On March 18, 2004 she took the oath for naturalization as an American Citizen and since then she has honored her oath to the United States of America.

During 2008, she taught 3rd grade Catechesis at Holy Trinity School in El Dorado Hills, CA. Also from September 27, 2003 to March 15, 2011 she took Bible Lessons in the Diocese of Sacramento because, spiritual life is very important to her.

Dr. Leon was a volunteer translator for the Bishops office of the Diocese of Sacramento during 2009 and 2010. She translated documents from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

Dr. Leon traveled to Europe and received studies in “Iberian Cultures and Societies,” “Practicas Comunicativas Globales” and “Theology” at the prestigious University of Salamanca, in Spain during the year 2008.

In 2006, Dr. Leon was invited by the President of the University of Sacramento, Father Robert Presutti, to join the  Master of Liberal Arts of Education Program from 2006-2010. On June 21, 2011 she received her Masters Degree in Theology and Faith Formation.

On October 9, 2009 Dr. Leon founded the LEON FOUNDATION a non-profit organization in the State of California under 501 © (3) to support children’s education in Peru through technology. A dream come true! She established the Leon Foundation to honor the memory of her father Raul A. Leon Zarate, who strongly believed in giving back to the community and who had strong devotion toward helping others. Dr. Leon remembers her father as a person who every moment of every day was dedicated to help others and she is committed to the Leon Foundation to reach out to others following her father’s example. 

On December 24, 2010 Dr. Leon made the First Computer Donation to La Cena del Senor Church in the community of Santa Anita, Lima- Peru in a very special ceremony during the Christmas Eve Mass with the presence of more than one thousand people from the community. The funds that made that donation possible came from supporters from all over the world, family, friends and local businesses in the USA. This technological aid is supporting technological education for more than 350 children.

On January 10, 2011 Dr. Leon was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the House of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides medical social and educational assistance to young people in Sacramento, CA.

On November 16, 2011 under her leadership the Leon Foundation’s accomplishments were made possible through the diligent efforts of the Leon Foundation’s staff, the enduring support from the Leon Foundation Board of Directors, and the essential and growing involvement and contributions from supporters, family, friends and volunteers. Dr. Leon in representation of the Leon Foundation gave an invigorating support to the community of Moron-Peru with the implementation of the computer laboratory for Juan Pablo II School that has an enrollment of 520 students. She took the time to work with the teachers in the Department of Education at Juan Pablo II School to launch the project “Knowing my District” and to develop a plan for the year 2012 regarding “Environment and Health” a project supporting critical thinkers and future leaders. She created the Health Brigade 2012 at Juan Pablo II School to cultivate middle and high school students’ appreciation for the place where they study, for civic engagement and community service on their path to adulthood.

Dr. Joyce Leon was born on October 21, 1960, in Peru. Prior to coming to the USA, Dr. Leon earned a Medical degree and worked for several years as the President of an institution in favor of abandoned children custodian by the Feminine Police in Salamanca-Peru and she was also the President of the “Asociacion de Vecinos de Villa Jardin,” Lima-Peru.

Dr. Joyce Leon-Gomez has her supportive Mother, Abby, five sisters, Julia, Annette, Jacqueline, Elizabeth and Maria. She also has two nephews, Raul and Giancarlo, and one niece, Shannaleah.
She married an unconditional supportive husband, Colonel US Army Augustine Gomez. She likes to travel with her husband and enjoy nature with him. The Leon-Gomez family includes one dog, Tuffy and one orange canary, Pavarotti.

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