Sandra is originally from Texas and graduated from the University of Texas- Brownsville with a BA in Psychology. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas-Pan American. Sandra is a Board Certified Clinical Social Worker specializing in childhood mental disorders. She was also a clinical instructor for two years at the Yale Child Study Center. At JUNTA, Sandy oversees all programmatic and administrative areas.
Program Director, Information & Referral and Community Lawyering Clinic
Cheila is a Native of Fair Haven. She attended Wilbur Cross High School and the New Haven Adult Education Center. She began at Junta as a volunteer and quickly ascended to the positions of Energy Assistant Coordinator, Office Manager and now Program Coordinator. Prior to working at JUNTA, she was employed at Industrial Park. She is fully bilingual (English and Spanish).
Deputy Director for Development & Programs
Latrina was born and raised in New Haven. She began her career as an Editor for a custom publishing company in Norwalk, CT after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature. Latrina’s experience in non-profits includes work as a Development Associate with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and volunteering with Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services and Hill Neighborhood Forum. She is currently on the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) Taskforce at the U.S. Human Rights Network. Latrina oversees all fundraising and program strategy and implementation at JUNTA.
Program Director for Adult Education and Community Outreach
Celia graduated from Universidade Sao Francisco (Brazil) in 1990 with a B.A. in Portuguese/English. As an undergraduate, she worked for almost 20 years as Executive Assistant/Translator for international companies, such as: Continental Tires, Singer Sewing Machines, Fuchs Gewurze, Medley Pharmaceuticals, etc. Celia moved to the USA in 2007 and since then she has been teaching ESL for New Haven Adult Education and other language schools. In 2008 she started teaching computer basic skills for Thomas Shortman Program - New York and recently joined Yale HEB lab staff to develop a curriculum about nutrition for ESL students. She also took an extensive training in Health Literacy sponsored by the Harvard University. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Ana Maria Rivera Forastieri
Legal and Policy Analyst
Ana María was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus in 2009 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Juris Doctor in May 2012 from Tulane Law School in New Orleans where she also received a certificate of studies in International and Comparative Law. Ana María has been working for the past two years with immigrant communities in the New Orleans area, specifically with victims of crime and victims of domestic violence. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has basic knowledge of French.
The Neighborhood Place, Onsite Coordinator
Assistant, The Neighborhood Place