Staff Profiles

Staff

Neyra ToledoIMG_3154 - Copy
Director 

Neyra is a native of Puerto Rico.  She attended the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned a degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Social Community Psychology from the same university.  Mrs. Toledo worked previously with the Citizen’s Agenda Foundation as a Program Director and  Organizational Development Consultant, and with the Corporation for the Support of Community Education Programs as a Training Facilitator, Group and Capacity Building Facilitator, as well as being Treasurer in their Board of Directors. Her experience includes community and organizational development and program management, and broad  knowledge in the development and sustainability of the non-profit sector, strategic planning, and social media marketing.  She’s also a founding member on the Board of Directors of Foundation for Social Capital in Puerto Rico, and a liaison for Voices for Early Childhood Movement. Neyra has published articles related to early childhood,  alternative education, community and organizational development, participatory democracy and citizen engagement, among others, in academic journals, educational manuals and newspapers.

Nadia Pacheco Amaro 
Program Coordinator Nadia Professional Headshot from FB (1)

Nadia is originally from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, but has moved between Mexico and the United States many times throughout the years. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, and certificates in nonprofit management and global studies. She previously served as Outreach Coordinator through AmeriCorps for an anti-hunger organization called Just Harvest. Nadia has joined our staff as the Program Coordinator and feels passionate about the need for support and justice for the Latino and Hispanic community, which are underrepresented in higher education. She believes that in today’s challenging environment, providing educational opportunities is one of the most effective ways to improve Hispanic youth’s individual success and enhance the community as a whole. Having gone through her own journey of immigrating to the United States and navigating the financial barriers to higher education has motivated her to provide aid to other members of our community. When she’s not working to promote education for Hispanics and Latinos, you can find Nadia at tennis courts, binge watching a Netflix series, or making a creative meal.

Glendy RodriguezIMG_3182 - Copy
Graduate Coach

Glendy is originally from Guatemala and emigrated to the U.S. in the 80’s. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Human Services from Montclair State University in NJ, where she lived most of her life.  While teaching in New York City she completed her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. In 2013 she needed to update some college credits and decided to further improve her education by completing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Piedmont International University, in Winston Salem, N.C.  Mrs. “G. Rodriguez” as her students called her has been an Elementary Educator in the public sector since 1998.  She has taught 1st and 2nd grade, Bilingual education and Spanish.  At the present time she is working as a ¡Graduate! Success Coach, which is a Hispanic Program for students in grades 9-12. She is currently serving as a head coach at Cary and Millbrook High School (Wake Co. Public School System).

Brian PostIMG_3188
Graduate Coach

Coach Brian is a native of Raleigh and was always an active athlete and Eagle Scout.  Brian graduated from Enloe High School in 2004.  He attended Appalachian State University and was a member of the swim and cycling teams.  In 2009, Brian graduated from ASU with a degree in History, Secondary Education.  His first three years of teaching he spent in the Dominican Republic, where he taught history, geography and consumer mathematics at a bilingual K-12 school.  After getting married in 2012, Brian and his wife moved to the United States where they both have taught Spanish and pursued higher education degrees.  Brian joined ¡Gradúate! in 2015.

“I have loved teaching various subjects over the years.  However, success coaching has been a very unique and personal experience in encouraging Hispanic youth to excel in all of their endeavors.”      -Coach Brian

Kathryn KevinIMG_3209
Graduate Coach

Kathryn has lived most of her life in Raleigh, North Carolina where she graduated from Peace College with B.A. degrees in Spanish and Liberal Studies with a concentration in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology.  She completed her Master in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in Community, Management and Policy Practice. Kathryn has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Her professional experience includes nonprofit program and financial management, leadership development, organizational development, evaluation, community organizing, and capacity building. Prior to joining the NCSHP, Kathryn worked with parents and high-school aged students at Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System to address educational equity issues.  Before that, she supported and collaborated with Latino/a young people, families, and community members at El Pueblo, Inc. first as the Higher Education Coordinator, later coordinating a teen-tobacco prevention and cessation program, and finally as the overall Youth Program Director. She has also worked in addiction recovery with the Healing Place of Wake County. Kathryn is committed to providing holistic and strengths based support to youth, to intergenerational work, and to building relationships across difference. She also loves eating, dancing, reading, and laughing (in no particular order) as well as spending time with her family, dog, cats, and many goldfish.

Collaborators

Winnie Okwakol

Winnie OkwakolWinnie is originally from Uganda, Africa but has been in the U.S for 17 years. She graduated from Wake Tech in May of 2015 with an Advertising and Graphic Design degree. Winnie is currently working as a Freelancer which has allowed her to utilize her love and knowledge of art/design to communicate the ideas of her clients effectively. When she’s not designing, Winnie is sharpening her photography skills, painting, or finding a new Netflix series to indulge in.

Address

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27513

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785
E-mail: mailbox@TheNCSHP.org