Our Staff

Christian Esteban

Interim Executive Director 

(714) 322-5692 | christianesteban@joyascholars.org

Christian joined the JOYA Scholars team in 2015 as a volunteer mentor. After serving as an AmeriCorps member with OneOC and Orangeview Junior High School, he first took on the role of Program Coordinator with JOYA.

Christian graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Psychology & Social Behavior and Anthropology. In his time at UCI, he worked one-on-one with first-generation college students, global anti-poverty advocates, and children with high-functioning autism and their families.

Christian is passionate about giving students and families the tools they need to succeed, and connecting volunteers and community organizations to the causes they care about.

As Interim Executive Director, Christian is responsible for staff supervision, fund development, community outreach, and vision and planning.

Tim Bradford

AmeriCorps VIP Fellow

(562) 383-2699 | timbradford@joyascholars.org

Tim joined JOYA Scholars in September 2018 as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Following an upbringing in South Korea and Italy, he moved to Orange County to pursue a BA in Business Administration from Hope International University. As a student, Tim engaged the HIU community as a Resident Advisor and Student Activities Intern until his graduation in May 2018.

In pursuit of supporting those most in need, Tim brings a global perspective to the Garnet and Maple neighborhoods. As an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Tim guides our volunteers through their journey with JOYA Scholars, providing each mentor, tutor, and intern with the resources they need to make the greatest impact on the lives of our students and families.

Pete Sakadjian

Garnet Program Coordinator 

(657) 226-1335 | petesakadjian@joyascholars.org

As our Garnet Program Coordinator, Pete works alongside passionate volunteers to provide holistic college readiness services to over sixty students and their families to Fullerton’s Gem District.

Prior to joining JOYA Scholars, Pete crafted his work at the intersection of youth empowerment and volunteerism as a Volunteer Coordinator with OneOC and Grandma’s House of Hope, and in his service as an AmeriCorps Fellow. In addition to working in the nonprofit sector, Pete volunteers with the student ministry at Calvary Church of Santa Ana, mentors a personal network of middle school and high school students, and plays hockey.

Amy Andrade

Maple Program Coordinator

(714) 694-3935 | amyandrade@joyascholars.org

Amy Andrade joined JOYA Scholars in the fall of 2018 as the inaugural Maple Community Intern. Amy offered direct support to our first Maple middle school and high school students and families, and in doing so rooted what has now grown to become JOYA’s Maple college readiness family.

Amy graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. As a student, she followed her passion for helping others, and joined the Human Services Student Association to further immerse herself in the heart of volunteerism and engagement that enriches our local Fullerton community. Amy also became a mentor to help her undergraduate peers reach their academic goals.

Amy was born and raised in Los Angeles County, and, with help from her local college readiness program, came to attend and graduate college as a first-generation student. Now, Amy takes pride in helping her Maple students strive for success.

Sara Paine

Grants & Stewardship Coordinator

Sara is a Biola University grad with a BA in English and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Since graduating, she has spent the last ten years working with students, and has a particular interest in helping students that typically struggle academically due to a lack of resources or role models. Sara has a certificate in Intermediate Grant Writing through Grant Central USA, and supports JOYA Scholars in crafting grant proposals that provide ongoing support to our students and programs.

As a native of Portland, Oregon, Sara has grown to love Southern California for the sunshine and diversity. When she is not working on a grant, she loves spending time outdoors with her family and is a kid at heart who loves to take breaks from the seriousness of life to be silly with her kids.