WATSONVILLE PAL has had one goal.
dedication to children of our community
WATSONVILLE P.A.L. HISTORY, EST. 1998
In 1998 Sergeant Montes was asked by Lt. Aluffi to establish a Police Activities League Program within the Watsonville community.
Sergeant Montes pursued the challenge and focused on the sport of boxing. Boxing was of interest due to Sergeant Montes participating in boxing programs during his high school years and also participating in the Police Olympics. Once the planning process began a building was acquired on Rodriguez St. The building was renovated by many community volunteers to bring in a boxing ring, heavy bags and other boxing equipment.
In the summer of 1998 Watsonville PAL had its grand opening which included a professional kickboxing exhibition put on by Rick Nobel and friends. Watsonville PALs first participant came from the Watsonville Cadets canvassing the community with flyers about the program. Sergeant Montes was the first Executive Director of the Watsonville PAL Program. During the first year of WPAL the facility was open six days a week offering Boxing, Kickboxing and Aerobics classes.
Shortly after the establishment of the program Watsonville PAL purchased a van and was able to recruit youth from various areas in the city including labor camps, apartment complexes and schools. Recognizing the need for PAL to expand its programming Sergeant Montes launched an indoor soccer program which consisted of sponsoring teams that played at the local indoor arena. PAL also formed the Watsonville PAL wrestling team that same year. The team was comprised of wrestlers from Watsonville High, Rolling Hills Junior High and E.A. Hall Junior High schools. To raise money for the new program Sergeant Montes organized its first fundraiser, the “Battle of the Badges” which was held in March of 1999. Watsonville PAL had fighters from WPD, CHP. SCSO, CDC, SC Probation and San Jose PD all these local law enforcement agencies battle it out in the ring to raise money for the Watsonville PAL program.Since the departure of Sergeant Montes in 1999 there have been four Executive Directors that have all contributed to the success of the Watsonville Police Activities League Program. Watsonville PAL is still striving to create the bond between cops and kids through after-school activities.
Watsonville PAL board Members
Joseph has been with WPD for 10 years. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Joseph started participating with PAL in 2012 as a volunteer Gold Instructor, continued on to chaperone for the Cadet program and now Interim President for WPAL Board.
Board Member since 2017
Board Vice President
Carmen has worked with Watsonville PAL for 2 years as the Recreation Specialist. Carmen was born and raised in Gilroy; just 25 minutes over Mt. Madonna. She has previously worked with the recreation departments for the city of Marina, Gilroy and YMCA of Silicon Valley. Carmen is passionate about helping youth and bettering their overall well-being. She has a BA in Public Administration from California State University, Monterey Bay. While studying for her degree, Carmen spent a year and half as a college intern for the Epicenter; a non-profit in Salinas aimed to help foster, LGBTQ+ youth in the community. Carmen is happy to be a part of the WPAL team and is currently apply to Master programs to continue her education. Her goal is to leave youth better than when she firsts mets them.
Board Member since 2017
Coresta Angelo is the Executive Director of the Watsonville Police Activities League organization, which aims to connect law enforcement and youth through prosocial experiences. Coresta was born and raised in Watsonville. She attended Santa Clara University before returning home to work for the City of Watsonville. Coresta has been with the City of Watsonville for 16 years and has been with PAL for 12. Coresta enjoys providing diverse services to our community and keeping up with the ever-changing demand of the youth interests. She was named Law Enforcement Hero in 2014 by the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the Red Cross for providing service that bring youth and law enforcement together. Outside of work Coresta enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build out youth for the future.” – FDR
PAL Director since 2007
I was raised in Santa Cruz County and grew up in the city of Santa Cruz graduating from Harbor High School. I am beginning my 24th year in education and have spent 17 of those years working with the students and community of the Pajaro Valley working for the Alternative Education Schools and also currently the Pajaro Valley Unified School District where I am currently the Principal of Pajaro Valley High School. I live in Santa Cruz and have been married for 19 years and have two sons.
Board Member since 2014
Rudy Lopez, Jr.
Born and raised in Watsonville. Attended Fresno Pacific University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with BA in Business Management. I have been a Police officer with WPD for 10 years. Enjoy running basketball programs for Watsonville PAL. Gives me a way to interact with the youth of Watsonville and insure they have a positive experience while teaching them the game I love.
Board Member since 2017
Patricia Mata, MSW
Patty is currently a Case Manager with Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc. She previously worked for WPD as the Diversion Program Coordinator for WPD overseeing the Caminos Hacia el Éxito program for first time offender youth. She also served as a Case Manager and Mental Health Counselor for Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc. providing direct wrap-around style services to at-risk, justice involved, and/or suspended-expelled youth. Additionally, Patty worked as counselor for Tyler House where she organized recreational, therapeutic and team building activities for youth with substance abuse issues. Through her various work experiences Patty has developed strong relationships with various community organizations. She is very engaged & committed to supporting youth, families and our community.
Board Member since 2016
Jennifer is a mother of 2 girls. She is also a current trustee on the PVUSD School board. She values hands on education, learning and is a huge proponent of STEAM in out schools; as well as at home. She is thrilled to be part of Watsonville PAL and looks forward to bringing our together.
Board Member since 2019