Sydney Yu is a Senior at Mills High School and is honored to serve as your 2023-2024 Region 5 President. This is her second year in FCCLA, and she has competed in the Food Innovations event alongside Vice President Gerome De Guzman. Through FCCLA, she has been able to gain leadership and communication skills, as well as meet new, wonderful people. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, baking, exploring new places, and being active. After high school, she hopes to pursue biochemistry in college and later go into drug research and development or manufacturing.
Gerome De Guzman
Region Vice President
Gerome De Guzman is a Senior at Mills High School and is grateful to have the honor of serving as Region 5’s 2023-2024 Vice President. Despite being only his second year of being a member, it wasn’t until after participating in the Food Innovations STAR event with President Sydney Yu did he feel the need to be involved. FCCLA helped develop his leadership skills, social skills, as well as public speaking skills. Gerome is very passionate about wrestling and wants to lead Mills’ team despite the struggles they had to go through such as a very low member count and not having a coach. He hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist and has a dream of opening his own clinic.
Nyejzniya Krohn, also known as Nyejzie, is a Junior at Kelseyville High School who is excited and honored to represent as your 2023-2024 Region 5 Secretary. Nyejzniya has been enrolled in her high school’s FCCLA program for 2 years and she is known for being an outstanding classmate as well as an excellent student. Nyejzie participated at the state level in Food Innovations alongside her school classmate, as well as Region 5 Reporter, Jayden Teabo. They were awarded first place in level two. During her free time, Nyejzie enjoys going on walks, spending time with friends and family, baking and cooking for others and reading. Nyejzniya is interested in becoming an Ultrasound Technician once she graduates high school.
Ben Hernandez is a Sophomore at Piner High School and is honored to serve as your 2023-2024 Region 5 Treasurer. This will only be his second year in FCCLA but don’t worry, you're in good hands. He will also be serving as the President of his chapter. Throughout his first year in FCCLA, Ben has already started to pick up some leadership skills that were not as noticeable before. He didn't compete in any STAR events last year but is thinking of competing in appetizers after seeing all the cool displays at the State Leadership Conference. Outside of school and FCCLA, Ben likes to cook, play video games, and hang out with friends. He is unsure of what will come after high school but thinks about pursuing a career in engineering.
Jayden Teabo is a Junior at Kelseyville High School and is honored to serve as your 2023-2024 Region 5 Reporter. This is his second year in FCCLA, and he is a returning officer for the Kelseyville Chapter, currently serving as Vice President for 2023-2024. Jayden has previously competed in the Food Innovations event at the state level and was awarded first place in level two, partnered by Secretary Nyejzniya Krohn. FCCLA has allowed him to develop communication, leadership, and preparation skills. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports. After high school, Jayden plans to play college football while studying sports science and obtaining a career in helping others with their fitness.
Karla Castillejo is a Junior at Piner high school and is honored to serve as your 2023-2024 Region 5 Historian. This is her first year in FCCLA and serves as Piner chapter treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. Karla has not competed in any events yet. FCCLA has helped Karla grow her communication skills, leadership skills, time management skills, and teamwork skills. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, running,spending time with her family and playing in a mariachi band. After high school, she hopes to pursue a career in nursing and eventually become a nurse midwife.
Region 5 Coordinator
Janice has been an FCCLA Advisor for over 20 years. She currently teaches Foods and Nutrition and Culinary Arts at Mills High School in Millbrae. She has served as an Advisor, Mentor Advisor and several years as Region Coordinator. She enjoys working with students in FCCLA because of the leadership opportunities it provides students and the exposure to various career opportunities. She has been an Advisor for 22 Region Officers and 8 State Officers through the years. She enjoys the meaningful relationships that develop through FCCLA experiences and to see the growth of confidence and leadership in the officers. Outside of FCCLA, she enjoys entertaining, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.