Our Team

Denise Villamil
Director of Internship Program Services
650-727-6563   |   denise@peninsulacollegefund.org

Denise Villamil joins PCF after 15 years in program design/evaluation, relationship building, and management development within the corporate and non-profit sectors. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in developing diverse workforces’ personal and professional development, and consulting organizations in program management and strategic direction. She has a passion for helping individuals realize their career aspirations and highest personal potential. Denise graduated magna cum laude in Business Management from National University. A native Californian, Denise enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and giving back to the community through volunteering her time and talents to various non-profit organizations.



Katharine "Katie" Bettendorf
Program Coodinator
650-779-5433   |   katie@peninsulacollegefund.org

Katie Bettendorf moved to sunny California to earn a Master’s in Linguistics from UC Davis. Previously, she graduated as a Presidential Scholar of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish, with minors in International Relations and TESOL. In between her studies, Katie worked abroad teaching English where she developed a passion for understanding how language, learning, and culture are intertwined. That passion was enhanced during her time at UC Davis, where her studies and research reframed her interests with goals of social justice and equity in learning.



Yadira Antonio
Program Coodinator
408-585-5022, ext.4033   |   yadira@peninsulacollegefund.org

Yadira M. Antonio is a native of San Jose, CA. Prior to joining PCF, she's worked as a college adviser fellow for UC Berkeley's Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC). As a fellow, she worked assisting minority, first-generation and low-income students of color with the college application process. Yadira graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Yadira continued to pursue her interest in education and also discovered her passion for immigration policy. Yadira is passionate about assisting and supporting school staff, students, parents and communities in order to increase students’ academic attainment.



Rocio Castaneda
Program Coordinator
650-779-5002    |   rocio@peninsulacollegefund.org

Rocio Castaneda was born in El Paso, TX along the Texas-Mexico border and lived in Juarez, Mexico until she was 10 years old. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she majored in International Studies and Spanish. Her experiences at Emory allowed her to see the great inequity in education that many students of color and first-generation Americans experience. After graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught bilingual kindergarten in Dallas, TX and later in San Antonio, TX. She is passionate about bilingual education, early childhood education, working and supporting high school graduates on their way to college, and working with immigrant communities.