Staff Profiles


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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.  In 2017, Neyra was selected as one of 24 influential leaders of North Carolina to join the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, Fellow Cohort 2017-2019.

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.

Joselyn Barrientos

NCSHP Intern

2D8A1201Joselyn is a senior at North Carolina State University, graduating in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a concentration in Global Relations and a minor in Spanish. She is from Mooresville, NC but moved to Raleigh for her studies. She is a first-generation college student. Both of her parents were born and raised in Costa Rica. They moved to the United States soon after getting married and had Joselyn. Joselyn has been to visit Costa Rica many times on mission trips, as well as on vacation visiting family. She also spent a summer studying abroad in Spain. During her time in college, Joselyn has volunteered as a Young Life leader. Through this organization, she has gotten to lead and mentor middle school girls at West Lake Middle School. Joselyn hopes to continue in the nonprofit sector after graduation, working to benefit students and the international community. 

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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

Luis Feliz
Graduate Coach

Bio Coming Soon


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