Darlene Meza

Darlene Meza

Project Associate at Valley Vision

Darlene joined Valley Vision in March 2023 as a project associate, where they support Valley Vision’s leadership of We Prosper Together.

Darlene has experienced a blended life of growing up in Socal, Mexico, and the Central Valley. Prior to joining Valley Vision, Darlene worked in both the retail industry and in the education field, all while attending their undergrad program full time. There, Darlene discovered a passion for human behavior research. They worked as a lab research assistant focused on applied behavior analysis for marginalized communities with a focus on the topic of children learning consent. Darlene’s personal research focused on cultural competency and morality in society.

In addition to their academic career, Darlene was a member of the Community Involvement program at the University of the Pacific, which focused on serving the Stockton community by promoting access to higher education, self-efficacy, and tutoring services. Darlene also served as an Americorp member with the University of the Pacific as a Pacific Action El Concilio CA special events intern. After Darlene’s Americorp service ended, they were invited to join El Concilio CA as a bilingual community outreach specialist, and shortly after was promoted to grant operations coordinator and report analyst.

Darlene graduated from the University of the Pacific with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in ethnic studies. Darlene is currently pursuing an M.A Counseling Psychology with dual licensure of Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) & Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC)

Outside of work, you can find Darlene involved in some sort of arts and crafts, including sculpture, scrapbooking, sewing, and vintage photography. They also enjoy collecting vinyls and crystals, cooking and baking from scratch, traveling, and continuing to learn about human behavior and cultures.