Staff Profiles


Caroline Veloso Oliveira 

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Caroline was born in Brazil. She has moved between Brazil and the United States many times throughout the years. Caroline earns a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the New York Chiropractic College. After moving from New York to North Carolina, she worked for the North Carolina State University as a Program Assistant to implement the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She has extensive experience in collaborating with community and state-level organization to deliver a variety of state funded health and education programs to diverse audience throughout North Carolina. In addition, has successfully collaborated with the El Refugio, a non-profit organization assisting the Hispanic population in Lee County, and has been an active member in a number of public committees aiming for positive changes in the community. Besides her efforts to promote education among Hispanic/Latin community, Caroline is passionate about different cultures and learning new languages.

Nadia Pacheco Amaro 
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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.


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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).

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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

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Graduate Coach

Luis was born in Venezuela with Dominican roots and migrated to the U.S. in the early 2000’s He began a degree in Christian Studies from TIU University and finished at Campbell Theology. He studied Music Theory at Instituto CanZion in Raleigh, NC. Luis has traveled from a young age. He has lived in Canada, New York City, and Rhode Island, now residing in Garner NC with his wife. In 2016 he gained his TESOL Certification to be an ESL Instructor. He has worked alongside other well known organizations such as NC State University and Wake Technical Community College. Luis has gained experience working in curriculum and instruction. Luis enjoys watching baseball games, especially the NY Yankees. He also enjoys teaching music on the weekends and loves serving alongside his wife at their local home church. At the present time he is working as a ¡Graduate! Success Coach, a Hispanic Program for students in grades 9-12. He is currently serving as a coach at Cary and Millbrook High School (Wake Co. Public School System).


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.


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

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785