Our Staff

Christian Esteban

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 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.


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 BS 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.


Lisset Magdaleno

Garnet Program Coordinator

(714) 485-3487 | lissetmagdaleno@joyascholars.org

Lisset was born and raised in Santa Ana and attended Vassar College in New York, where she studied Sociology and Latin American and Latino/a Studies. During college, she worked on learning more about college access, especially for low-income and first generation students, and involved herself both in and out of the classroom on this topic and on improving the college experiences of these students.

Previously, she was a Sociology research assistant, interviewing first-generation and low-income college students and was a student fellow, a mentor to first-year students. Lisset, herself a first-generation low-income recent college graduate, is deeply committed to serving students, families, and communities in their pursuit of higher education and beyond.


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.