22 West 35th Street, Suite 201
National City, CA 91950
San Diego County
Tel: 619-420-4499 Fax:619-420-4501
PIQE’s Headquarters (HQ) is located in the San Diego area, where PIQE’s work first began back in 1987. At HQ, the team is responsible for the support, administration, and oversight of PIQE’s 10 regional offices in California and work outside of California.
Gloria Corral – President and CEO
Gloria Corral was the Assistant Executive Director at First 5 San Diego where she led San Diego County’s Quality Early Learning efforts for the First 5 San DiegoCommission along with other key initiatives for children 0-5 and their families. She has been working in early learning for the past 15 years in policy, programand advocacy. Her passion for K-12 and higher education spans over 20 years and includes work at the U.S. Department of Education, the House of Representativesand the Senate. Her expertise in education policy along with her extensive knowledge of system integration is both from developing policy and implementing programs which has been informed by years of working with state departments of education, local and state non-profits, advocacy organizationsand large school districts.
She holds an undergraduate degree from University of California San Diego and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University ofCalifornia Berkeley.She is the parent of two vivacious boys, Diego Emilio 8 and Gael Antonio 5, who test her knowledge of early learning every day and maintain her passion forimproving access to quality education for all children.
Patricia Mayer – Vice President of Program Development
As Vice President of Program Development, Patricia Ochoa-Mayer is responsible for monitoring the overall quality of PIQE’s programs at each of the 10 regional offices in California. She leads a team of PIQE Professional Development Trainers and Curriculum Writers. Having worked at PIQE for the past 28 years, Ms. Ochoa-Mayer collaborated with PIQE co-founder Dr. Alberto Ochoa in the design of PIQE’s signature program curriculum. She has overseen the development of all PIQE programs and has been instrumental in expanding PIQE’s Parent Engagement Program across the nation and internationally through the Best Practices Licensing Agreements. She has personally trained staff in thirty-three districts in Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, and Mexico.
Prior to her promotion to V.P. of Program Development, Ms. Ochoa-Mayer was Executive Director for PIQE’s San Diego regional office for 5 years. She has a long history with PIQE, having volunteered as PIQE’s first facilitator in 1987 prior to joining the team. For over 45 years, Ms. Ochoa-Mayer has dedicated her career to achieving economic and social equality through education. She was an elementary school teacher in her native country, Mexico. In 1983, she obtained a California Teaching Credential and worked as a bilingual teacher in both Mexico and the United States. Ms. Ochoa-Mayer has a license in Educational Psychology and an M.A. in Education. In 2003 she graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Ms. Ochoa-Mayer is passionate about human rights, especially in relation to the indigenous people of the Americas. She has traveled and lived in small villages in southern Mexico where she learned to appreciate the impact of community organizing. For the past 18 years, she has organized fundraising events to support education projects for the indigenous population in Mexico. Ms. Ochoa-Mayer feels particularly proud of having marked her 60th birthday by accomplishing one of her dreams: to walk and finish in 30 days the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage in Northern Spain. She is married to Joe Mayer and has three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling as well as dancing and playing “Jarocho” music.
Norma Garcia – Vice President of Operations
Norma Garcia is PIQE’s Vice President of Operations, a position she has held for over nine years. Ms. Garcia is responsible for managing and supervising the program operations of PIQE’s ten regional offices throughout California. She ensures each regional office operates within its budget and meets its annual program projections. Ms. Garcia also plays a significant role in the implementation of PIQE’s strategic plan in its various offices. It was under her leadership that PIQE developed its current operational structure and systems, integral components of PIQE’s expansion.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Garcia was Executive Director at three different PIQE regional offices in Southern California, successfully managing them for five years. Through this experience, she gained invaluable insights into the strategies and approaches that work best at the regional level. Ms. Garcia has a B.A in social work from California State University, Los Angeles. She has participated in numerous leadership programs, including Gallup Leadership Institute, Center of Leadership, and National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Ms. Garcia’s proudest moment as a parent was witnessing her daughter, Carolina, obtain a B.A from University of Riverside, an experience that drives her career, and that she hopes to help replicate for all PIQE’s parent graduates. An avid reader and soccer enthusiast, she enjoys running and hiking.
Rocio del Carmen Hodges – Accounting Manager
Rocío Del Carmen Hodges is PIQE’s Accounting Manager. She is a native of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Her family immigrated to San Diego in 1974. Her parents, Manuel and Elvia Gonzalez, worked very hard to provide a good education for their seven children. Rocío attended the University of San Diego on an Honors Scholarship where she earned a BA degree in Accounting.
Rocío worked as Controller in the food wholesale industry for 17 years. In 2005, Rocío started working at Marian Catholic High School (her Alma Mater) in the finance department. She was Mater Dei’s Vice President, CFO for thirteen years and served under three Presidents. Rocío has been married to John for 33 years and they have two lovely grown daughters, Aubrey and Amanda. Rocío learned from her parents a deep love for education and being a member of the PIQE family gives her the opportunity to once again be part of an organization dedicated to the continuous improvement of our families’ education therefore providing children with opportunities for a successful future.