Servant Leadership Philosophy
AVIVV utilizes a People First approach. We believe the leader shares the power and puts the employees' needs first; which then unlocks their maximum potential, thus contributing to a greater goal of productivity.
CEO & FOUNDER
"I believe every person is born with talent"
Erica holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne, Bachelors of Business from Baylor University, and a graduate of LEAD San Diego Embark Leadership Program. She has 15+ years with California utility experience in project management, supply chain, energy efficiency, auditing, and supplier diversity.
Today, Erica is the founder and CEO of AVIVV. She has an entrepreneurial spirit, practices servant leadership, and a catalyst for change. As a military spouse, Erica connects deeply with the veteran community and has created a program “Impact Now” to hire transitioning veterans, veteran spouses, and family members into the energy and utility industry.
Erica currently serves as a Board member of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce. She is married to a 21-year active-duty US Navy SEAL and has two sons, one dog, one cat, and 2 fish.
“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
After five years in project management and coordination, Emily joined AVIVV when it all began in 2019. She has truly seen the company grow from the ground up.
As operations lead, Emily oversees and manages the expanding AVIVV team. New to San Diego, coming all the way from Chicago, Emily is excited to be apart of a company that is inclusive to all and woman owned.
Emily is a graduate from the University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts, emphasis Psychology.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEAD
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
Teresa Oquendo has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from University Southern California.
From the early stages in her career, she has thoroughly enjoyed working in the construction and energy world. Teresa’s previous experience as a planner and scheduler for 1 GW of renewable energy projects has provided her with the experience, skills and knowledge to transition into her role as a project manager with AVIVV.
Teresa is currently working with SDG&E on undergrounding critical infrastructure, corrective maintenance programs for transmission pole replacements, and Electric Distribution Planning projects.
RACHAEL MEDLIN, JD PMP
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
"You must do the things you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt
Rachael holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law along with a Non-profit Management Certificate and PMP from the University of San Diego.
Business is all about relationships, how well you build them determined how well they build your business.
Rachael is a military spouse and actively volunteers within her local military community.
Rachael is proud to be a part of a company that truly supports the Military community Nationwide.
From being led by a military spouse, to hiring veterans and military spouses and supporting local military organizations AVIVV supports the San Diego military community.
PROJECT CONTROLS SPECIALIST
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in raising every time we fall." Confucius
Shortly after graduating in 2018 with a Master of Law in Politics from East China Normal University, Issa Esmerelda Mancebo Caceres returned home to the Philadelphia area.
Shortly after her arrival, she became employed in the construction field as a business development manager.
After two years of working in Philadelphia, Mancebo was ready for the next chapter in her life.
Currently, Mancebo is a document control specialist, working on San Diego Gas & Electric green initiative projects. Mancebo today looks forward to expanding with AVIVV.
HEALTH & SAFETY LEAD
"The greatest gift for all of humanity is the power of love."
After graduating many years ago in the area of Occupational Health and Safety, I started my journey of trying to understand how I would be able to make an impact in people's lives.
I spent over twenty-years in different places, working in multiple disciplines not being fulfilled, until I started to understand the power of patience, understanding, and love of people.
In any business or walk of life, I have come to understand that people are imperfect, and they will make mistakes. It is only in those times that true leaders will lead and hold themselves accountable for the direction of people's success. AVIVV is that place for me.
JOIN OUR TEAM
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes
Adam is a retired Naval Officer who now calls San Diego home.
With a niche in leadership management, and with a background of Nuclear Engineering and Special Warfare, Adam is an advocate for identifying, training and leading veterans who are currently transitioning or seeking placement into the workforce.
As the military liaison to AVIVV, he collaborates with the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
(SkillBridge) Adam ensures transitioning Veterans have adequate job placement within San Diego, bolstering our community.