People that “echo” aims to highlight community members dedicated to public service. Few people have the opportunity to fully experience the true meaning of one’s calling but not Belinda St. John. She knew right from when she started working at the Santa Cruz County One-Stop Career Center this was her true calling. Belinda has been working there for the past 10 years. She began as an eligibility specialist and then served as the Program Manager and EO Compliance Officer.
“I have been given the opportunity to work with the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development, every participant enrolled in our program has successfully completed their educational and, vocational goals while obtaining employment it has been a rewarding experience. I am honored to be a part of that process,” said Belinda St. John.
Belinda was born in Alabama. She attended the University of Memphis where she obtained a Mediation Certification in Family Law and Commercial Law. Her grandmother was the inspiration as she led by example by working hard to help others in a joyful manner. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Amanda, two sisters and a brother.
Belinda St. John officially retired from her full-time position in December 2017 but continues to work with there on a part-time basis. Irasema Olvera was promoted to the WIOA Office Manager and EO Compliance Officer position. Martha Sihas, Mary Castillo, and Nadia Martinez serve as Eligibility Specialists and Maria Fernanda Corella serves as the receptionist.
“Our staff is dedicated to serving our community, assisting individuals and employers with their employment needs.I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to serve my community,” said Belinda.