Board of Directors


Henry Esparza

Enrique "Henry" Esparza was born and raised in La Habra, California. He was one of five boys and grew up in very modest conditions. He graduated from La Habra High School and later received a degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. 

Enrique has been married to his wife, Cyndee for 20 years and they have 3 sons named Erik, Daniel and Ricky. He has been a police officer with the Santa Ana Police Department for 22 years and currently serves as a Deputy Chief.

Enrique proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the La Habra Boys and Girls Club and enjoys giving back to the club that he started attending when he was seven years old and ultimately had a profound impact on his upbringing. Enrique has also been coaching youth sports for over 15 years and is currently a basketball coach at Sonora High School and at Veritas Basketball. 


Ricky Urteaga

Ricky Urteaga currently serves as Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics for Cemex, a global leader in the building materials industry.  He has held several executive level positions within the consumer products industry including Sweda, Henkel & Bestfoods.  He has been involved with several organizations within the San Gabriel Valley over the past 5 years, including the Children’s Institute, the Boys and Girls Club of America and various local high schools.  Ricky was born & raised in Montebello and obtained Bachelor degrees from Long Beach State in Business Management and in Operations Management.  He also received an MBA from Pepperdine University.   


Gabriel Jimenez

Mr. Jimenez was first elected to the Little Lake City School District Board of Education in November 2018. His current term expires in 2022. Mr. Jimenez is a product of the Little Lake School District having attended Jersey Ave Elementary School and Lake Center Middle School. Mr. Jimenez is currently the owner of Seibu Fasteners, Inc. located in the city of Santa Fe Springs, CA. He has been a local business owner since 2007.

In addition to his participation in the school district, Mr. Jimenez has served on the City of Santa Fe Springs Heritage Arts Advisory Committee as well as serving as a City Panning Commissioner. He is also the head coach for Santa Fe High School JV Baseball team and co-founder of Cali Kings Baseball Organization out of Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Mr. Jimenez is a proud parent of three children, two having attended Little Lake Schools and one currently attending a Little Lake School.


Nick Wideria

Nick who was born and raised in the Midwest, graduated from Marquette University in 2008 and studied Business Management and Criminal Law. During his time at Marquette University, he volunteered at the Boys and Girls club and was a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sisters of America 501 nonprofit organization in downtown Milwaukee, WI . He currently works for his family owned corrugated box and packaging company at their headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, CA as General Manager. In the last 11 years he has worked in different departments at each of the 5 locations in Southern California, Arizona and El Paso with helping increase sales growth and improving their operation effiecenices.

Nick’s love and passion is being in the gym and helping players grow while reaching their goals on the basketball court and in the classroom. He has coached and been involved in youth and high school level basketball for the last 10 years in Southern California and Arizona. He began coaching with Montebello Flight and Southeast Elite club teams from 2009-2012. He was a Boys basketball Varsity Assistant coach under Coach Zedan at Cantwell Sacred Heart from 2010-2012.  In Arizona, Nick started and ran his own non-profit basketball club program Tucson Flight from 2013-2017 and coached with Powerhouse Hoops in 2017 as the head 15U coach. He was the Head Boys Varsity Basketball coach at Ironwood Ridge High School for three seasons as he changed the culture of the program before relocating back to Southern California. 

Also, in Arizona Nick served on two nonprofit organizational boards.  The first was the Southern Arizona Community Sports 2.0 board, which is a non-profit organization overseeing a sports center. The center was created to provide a safe and affordable indoor space for youth sports programs and other activities that promote health and fitness among youth in Tucson, AZ.  The second was for the Men’s 20/30 Club which was a group of young male professionals whose main purpose was to raise money for children’s charities in Tucson, AZ

With being back in Southern California, Nick is an assistant coach with the 17U Veritas boys’ basketball team and is excited to be a part of the Veritas Family and giving back to youth sports in the area. 


Michelle Widera

Michelle is a graduate of Whittier College where she played basketball and majored in Business Management. She is currently working for Martinic Engineering, a precision-machined component manufacturer for the aerospace market. She is currently in charge of Quality Control and managing the Quality Department. Originally from Montebello, Michelle moved to Arizona in 2012 - after 7 years in Arizona, she recently relocated to Irvine, CA. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, kayaking, golfing and watching basketball. 


Pace Mannion

Pace Shewan Mannion (born September 22, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and in the Italian league with the team of Cantù (which won the Korac European Cup in 1991 defeating Real Madrid in the final when he scored 35 points). He previously was a studio analyst for the Utah Jazz television pre- and post-game shows. 

A 6' 7" (2.00 m) shooting guard born in Salt Lake City, Utah and from the University of Utah, he was selected 43rd overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft

He is the father of a top-ranked high school basketball player, Nico Mannion.