Board Bios

Ysabel Duron, Founder & Executive Director

Duron is a cancer survivor and founded Latinas Contra Cancer in 2003 to address the void in servicies for Latinos around issues of cancer including support services, and education, particularly in the low-income, Spanish speaking community.

Duron, a television journalist for over 39 years, was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame in 2009. The San Jose Silicon Valley  Business Journal named her a Women of Influence in 2008. She was named one of the most Influential Bay Area Latinos in 2005 by the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber. In 2003 she wonthe Janet Gray Hayes Awardfor her meritorious work as a journalist and as an advocate for Latinas with breast cancer. The award is named after the 1st woman mayor of San Jose.

In October, 2003 she received the prestigious Juliette Gordon Low Award from the Santa Clara County Girl Scouts for her community leadership. The Low Award, named after the Founder of the Girl Scouts, is the highest honor given by the agency.

Duron is a founding member emeritus of the National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dallas, Texas. She sits on the Board of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Silver Springs, MD. She is also a board member of the Valley Medical Center Foundation in San Jose, CA. She is a member of the UCSF Community Advisory Board, the Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit Board, GSK, and on the Latino Advisory Council to the Lance Armstrong  Foundation.

BA, Journalism, San Jose State University, CA

Duron has been the co-anchor of KRON 4 Weekend Morning News in San Francisco, CA since 1991.

Hermelinda Sapien, Board Co-Chair

In August 1999, the Board of Directors of the Center for Employment Training unanimously selected Hermelinda Sapien as President / Chief Executive Director. Sapien has been a member of the Executive Management Team for The Center for Employment Training (CET) since it’s inception in 1967. Prior to CET, Hermelinda worked in a demonstration program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor for the purpose of opening opportunities for Latinos in MDTA programs. Ms. Sapien was recipient of the 1993 Human Relations Award in Santa Clara County and a nominee for the Women of Achievement Award. Her parents and entire family (Hermelinda is one of nine children) were honored in 1992 as recipients of the Family of the Year Award in Santa Clara County for their exemplary commitment to alleviating social ills.

Hermelinda Sapien is a graduate of Durham Business School and of Stanford University's prestigious Executive Management Program.

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Training