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.

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Program Coordinator 

Juan Pablo is originally from Cuba and has lived in the U.S. for 19 years. He graduated from the University of Louisville in Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, and a minor in justice administration. After graduation he became involved through volunteer work with refugee resettlement organizations in Louisville, this led to becoming program coordinator for the YMCA Newcomer Program mentoring and providing after-school activities for refugee and immigrant students in  grades 6-10. In 2018 Juan Pablo relocated to Raleigh, NC and joined our staff as program coordinator. He believes in the positive impact organizations like NCSHP can have in the lives of  young immigrant students in our community. When not working on promoting education among the Hispanic/Latino community, you can find Juan Pablo exploring local restaurants, spending time with his family, and snowboarding during winter time.

Sonja Escamilla
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Sonja grew up in the Raleigh area and completed her K-12 education in the Wake County Public School System. She gets her last name from her Mexican grandfather who immigrated to the US when he was a teenager. When Sonja was growing up, both of her parents spoke Spanish as a second language and shared an appreciation of Hispanic culture, which led to Sonja choosing at the age of 11 to start learning Spanish in school. She went to college in Kentucky and during those years spent the summers working with people from other cultures both in the US and in other countries (Guatemala and Ghana).  She graduated from Berea College in 2012 where she received a degree in Elementary Education. Following college, she spent two years as a bilingual crisis counselor at a Rape Crisis Center in Lexington, KY. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, and returned to the Raleigh area in 2017. She is currently working alongside Glendy Rodriguez as a coach in the Graduate program at Millbrook and Cary high schools. Sonja is excited to work for the NCSHP with such a dynamic team!

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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


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