Jessica E. Salvador, PhD Co-ED of People and Organization
Dr. Jessica Salvador comes with a rich background supporting organizations in education, business, and consulting. Most recently, they led organizational strategy and implementation, human resources, and operations at the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. As a first-generation college graduate with experience navigating various institutional contexts, Jessica is committed to collaborations with diverse communities, connecting with people while supporting learning and development, and promoting organizational effectiveness from a liberatory lens.
Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a Master in Education from the University of La Verne, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jessica enjoys crafting, cooking plant-based and gluten-free meals, dancing, listening to audiobooks, going for walks, and spending time with family, friends, art and book clubs, and baby dogs.
Vania Adasme Co-ED of Employment
Vania has deep political organizing experience, connecting with BIPOC and Latinx voters. Vania has worked across the country by organizing volunteers and staff to elect progressive candidates to office. To name a few candidates: Hillary Clinton, current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, and Lorena González who ran for Mayor here in Seattle. She went to university in NYC and Florida, where she majored in Women and Gender Studies, where her passion for community and peoples rights began.
Vania was born in Santiago, Chile and came to the United States at four years old. Honored to be the daughter of a first generation immigrant mother. Her mother was a housekeeper for 15 years in Florida, and her family was fortunate enough to start their own family business.
Vania enjoys adventures with her wife, dog and cat across the country or just a really great book, movie or TV show.
Cariño Barragán Talancón Co-ED of Education & Community Organizing
Cariño Barragán Talancón joined the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network in 2020, which led a coalition of organizations to secure over $440 million in economic relief funds for Washington’s undocumented, immigrant families during COVID-19. Prior to working at WAISN she briefly worked as a community organizer for UFCW21. Lastly, she was the Worker Rights Program Manager & Community Organizer at Casa Latina from 2007 to 2018 and has always been a vocal advocate for stronger worker rights enforcement policies in WA state.
Cariño is a proud immigrant from Mexico who is passionate about issues of race, equity, language access and social justice.
Cariño enjoys dancing cumbia, salsa, and more. She also enjoys reading, watching sci-fi movies, and exploring the Sound’s green spaces.
Veronique Facchinelli Community Programs Director
Originally from France, Vero holds a MBA degree from SKEMA European Business School. Vero has been an key leader in both local and international campaigns for domestic worker rights. She joined the Casa Latina team in 1999 and today she serves as the Director of Community Programs. In her spare time, Vero enjoys learning about different cultures and traveling, especially to France with her children.
Jessica Nieves Director of Development & Communications
Jessica D. Nieves is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who is a mission-driven development and nonprofit communications expert. With over a decade of experience, Jessica has raised millions of dollars in the community development and advocacy sectors. Jessica was adopted by her dad who is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Her first job was working alongside him on a construction site painting drywall mud on nails. Her family’s stories are why she deeply loves the work of Casa Latina and have shaped her commitment to workers’ rights for our Latino communities. Jessica enjoys perusing bookstores, cooking for her friends, and hiking with her husband and dog.
Suzanne Bottelli Education Coordinator
Originally from New Jersey, Suzanne has lived and worked in Seattle since 1994, dedicating herself to teaching, writing, and human rights. She taught Humanities and Writing for many years at the Northwest School, where she worked with a wide range of English language learners, led numerous trips to El Salvador, coordinated a school-wide Environmental Sustainability program, and advised student led groups dedicated to LGBTQIA+ visibility and race equity. A published poet and teaching artist, Suzanne has worked with the Puget Sound chapter of School of the Americas Watch since 2005 and has engaged in a wide range of action and advocacy for migrant justice. In her free time, Suzanne loves being outside, traveling, reading, and cooking.
Lucina Carrillo Worker Center Organizer
Lucina is originally from Guerrero, Mexico. The mother of 5 children, the penultimate of 6 children, she came to the United States for the dream to surpass herself and for her children to grow up in a better environment with more opportunities. In 2015 she formed part of the Household Helpers group, she volunteered in the Day Workers Center and was Treasurer for the emergency fund. In January 2019, Lucina joined the Casa Latina staff as Organizer at the Workers Day Center. Being part of this beautiful organization fills her with pride because she loves supporting her community.
Yuliana Chaparro Trainer
Originally from Mexico, Yuliana is trained as a Peer Trainer and Facilitator in Financial Education, Literature and Health by the Puget Sound School District. After collaborating with Casa Latina for more than 5 years in advocating for early education and being a member of the Casa Latina Workers’s Center, she joined Casa Latina as a workers safety trainer. She’s found in Casa Latina her passion for Social Justice. A place where she can share her capacity, experience, aptitudes, and abilities. Casa Latina is a home where she can work hand in hand with her colleagues fighting for the well-being of her community. Yuliana enjoys spending time with her three kids.
Elvia Cortés Household Helpers Organizer
Born in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, Elvia’s journey at Casa Latina began through her participation in English classes. She later became a member of Casa Latina to take part in the job dispatch program and the leadership group Mujeres Sin Fronteras. Over time, Elvia became a facilitator and is now the organizer of the Casa Latina Domestic Workers. Her greatest inspiration is to be able to help women and her community. Elvia likes to focus on companionship and in her free time she enjoys cooking, walking, and sharing time with her family.
Fred DuBon Day Worker Center Coordinator
In 2011, Fredi moved to Seattle looking for jobs on the street corners of big-box, home improvement stores before being introduced to Casa Latina. He became a member in 2012 and was hired by a landscaping company where he worked for 3 years until it was sold. Fredi began working for Casa Latina in 2015. He enrolled in a training for Health and Safety in Construction at the University of Washington. With this expertise, Fredi was then able to offer OSHA 10 training at Casa Latina. He has been coordinator of the Day Workers’ Center since 2018. In his free time, Fredi enjoys kayaking, hiking, and grilling.
Raul Garcia Day Worker Center Associate
Raul was born in East Los Angeles, and later moved to Eastern Washington. He moved to Seattle when he was accepted to Graduate School at the University of Washington. Raul has a strong commitment to the Latina/o day worker community. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation on Day Workers at Casa Latina. In his free time, Raul loves to support the Dodgers, Lakers, fish and play the accordion.
Silvia Gonzalez Women Without Borders Lead Coordinator
Silvia is an immigrant mother and domestic worker who joined the Casa Latina team five years ago. She played an active role in the campaign to pass the Settle Bill of Rights locally by organizing domestic workers at Casa Latina and is Co-Chair of the Seattle Bill of Rights Bureau of Labor Standards. Silvia also served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Domestic Workers who are currently working on a Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers nationwide. Silvia’s leadership and activism roles have enabled her to see the real necessities of her fellow domestic workers; ensuring their voices are heard and together creating change.
Estéphany González Worker Rights Program Coordinator
Originally from Lynwood, California, Estéphany González (she/her/ella) is a Chicana who grew up in Eastern Washington. Through her experiences as a second-generation immigrant and farmworker, she has developed a passion for equity and social justice. Her travels as an undergraduate to Latin America, Asia, and Europe have also helped her develop an appreciation of diversity and culture.
After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue a career around advocacy and community organizing for underserved communities. She found her career goals aligned with those of Casa Latina and hopes to contribute to the powerful work the organization does. In her free time, Estéphany enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with her dog, friends, and family.
Marco Antonio Martinez Workforce Development Coordinator
Marco Antonio is Venezuelan. He has lived in Seattle for the past 4 years after fleeing from the political persecution of his country. Dedicated to education, teaching, and university education, he became part of the marginal communities of the city of Caracas for more than 25 years as a community leader for education. He graduated as an Organizational Psychologist and was an adviser in the oil industry for his last 7 years before leaving his country. At Casa Latina he began working as a Day Laborer and today is the Workforce Development Coordinator. In his spare time, Marco Antonio enjoys exercise and body training, in addition to Afro-Caribbean music and dance.
Sergio Mejia Communications & Digital Campaign Associate
Sergio was born in Ensenada, Baja California, and raised in the greater-Seattle area. Over the years, he has developed a passion for technology, design, problem-solving, and looking for ways to merge them with advocacy. Sergio strives to bring awareness to critical problems affecting marginalized communities and finds joy in the ability to explore ideas with a central aim to create solutions that will help people solve difficult problems. In his free time, he likes to listen and search for music.
Jackie Munguia Human Resources Generalist
Jackie is originally from the East Coast and moved to the Pacific Northwest after graduating college. She is a daughter of immigrants; after taking a sabbatical in Mexico and connecting to her roots she was inspired by Casa Latina’s mission to advance the power and well-being of Latino immigrants and joined the team this past summer. In her spare time Jackie enjoys discovering new books, arts and crafts and spending time in nature.
Paola Ochoa Worker Rights Organizer
Paola was born in the state of Sonora Mexico, she immigrated with her family to the state of Washington in 2007. As an immigrant, Paola faced great challenges upon arriving in this country, she experienced labor abuse and wage theft which motivated her to learn about her rights. She met Casa Latina through the Women Without Borders program where she started as a volunteer, then as a facilitator of the program and promoter of labor rights. She is very happy to be serving her community as an organizer of the Labor Rights Program. In her free time, Paola enjoys dancing, traveling, and being surrounded by nature.
Gabriela Reyes Annual Fund Specialist
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas; Gabriela moved to Seattle in 2015 to begin her Architectural career. 1,690 miles away from home, the Pacific Northwest has connected her even deeper to her roots. She decided to transition careers to help make a difference in this world for her Latino community. She is passionate about collaborating on projects that advance the power and well-being and advocate human and civic rights. Gabriela brings a design background, strong bond with people, and cultural bilingual skills to the Casa Latina Team. In her spare time, Gabriela loves reading, running, playing tennis, and baking sweet treats.
Alan Rivas Development Operations Specialist
Alan recently moved to Seattle from Davie, Florida and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a descendant from immigrant parents, whom are both from Ecuador, he is passionate about immigration rights and education. Alan has worked with non-profit organizations for more than 5 years, one of which was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He hopes to contribute his previous knowledge of development operations to Casa Latina. In his spare time, Alan enjoys knitting, gaming, and discovering local eateries.
Emilio Manzo Rodríguez Worker Rights Case Specialist
Emilio Manzo Rodríguez was born and raised in Quesería, Colima, México. He moved to Seattle in 2004, looking for better life opportunities. He attended Highline Community College and Seattle Central College to take ESL classes. He is always working many jobs and volunteering at a couple organizations helping the community. Emilio found Casa Latina through a friend, Joel Aguirre, who inspired and encouraged him to support his community. He was a labor rights promotor for Casa Latina for 4 years and is now a Worker Rights Case Specialists. During his free time he likes to travel and spend time with his family.
Lilia Salmeron Janitor
Daniel Silva Day Worker Center Dispatcher/Organizer
Daniel was born and raised in Mexico City where he studied and earned his Bachelor’s degree. He worked as a merchant and beauty craftsman until fate took him to San Francisco, California. There, he started working in the day labor force due to life situations, he also represented day laborers seeking better wages and respect for the rights of immigrants. In 2007, Daniel moved to Seattle, Washington. Looking for more opportunities, he began working as a day laborer at Casa Latina. Later, he enrolled in a training to become a health and safety work coach. Today, you can find Daniel assisting the Day Workers Center or Reception at Casa Latina.
Juan Villegas Office and Facilities Manager
Juan is originally from Saltillo Coahuila México, he’s lived in Seattle, Washington since 2004 with his wife and three children. He is a certified Public Accountant and joined the CASA Latina Team in July of 2007. For Juan, CASA Latina is home, it’s a place that continues to provide opportunities to contribute to our community. Through his enthusiastic participation, nurtured by the mission that defines the path we advance on a daily basis, strategically oriented with the vision that observes obstacles and challenges we fully face and resolve as a community. Juan enjoys family adventure with trips and reunions, meeting people and places, reading, sports, music, art, cinema, and gastronomy.
Annastasia Workman Volunteer Specialist
Annastasia came to Casa Latina as a volunteer herself. Out of a strong desire to be part of a force for good in the universe, she is very proud to be part of an organization that supports and empowers our vibrant Latinx community. Originally from Montana, she has a deep love for all nature and spends as much time outdoors as possible. When not at Casa Latina or kayaking down a river, or stargazing, Annastasia is an accomplished pianist and composer and is very active writing musical scores for film and theater. She often performs at various venues around Seattle.
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