The team at Connect Casino Road is a dedicated group of individuals representing the neighborhood that they serve. Together, the CCR team provides staffing and support to the CCR partnerships through connecting and facilitating, fundraising, engaging partners in opportunities, developing programs, and bringing learning and training opportunities to the community.
Sara was hired in April 2017 as the full-time staff person dedicated to leading Connect Casino Road. Sara comes from an education background. She has taught and tutored at all levels, with most of her time being spent in immigrant communities. Sara holds a B.A. in Hispanic and Global Studies, a Masters of Education, and also speaks Spanish. Prior to this position, she taught English as a Second Language classes on Casino Road. It was her connection to and love of this community that encouraged Sara to join CCR. Sara is passionate about her opportunities to build relationships and connections across the Casino Road community everyday.
Lead Family Development Coordinator
One of the teams that makes up Connect Casino Road is our "All Families are Ready" Action Team. At the heart of this model is our Community and Family Development Coordinator, Yelitza. Yelitza joined us in January of 2019, but has been working with this community for years through her position as a Family Support Specialist with ECEAP and a Case Manager with South Everett Goodwill. She is a shared employee among the 8 formal partners that make up the Action Team and acts as a central point of contact for the families being served and the partners serving them. Yelitza is bilingual and bicultural, with both a Bachelors and Masters in Education. Yelitza brings over a decade of community and education-based work to Connect Casino Road.
Village on Casino Road Center Coordinator
Prior to joining Connect Casino Road Alvaro Guillen was the Publisher of La Raza del Noroeste, Washington State’s largest Spanish-language newspaper. Under his leadership, the publication won numerous national awards for education, health and immigration monthly special issues and transformed into an important community partner across Puget Sound. Before being hired by the Washington Post for La Raza del Noroeste, Alvaro worked for Statcom GmbH (based in Germany), serving as the Latin America Sales and Marketing Manager overseeing South and Central America and the Caribbean. Born in Peru, Alvaro has been an entrepreneur from an early age, starting his first business at 18 while studying business management at the Peruvian Institute of Business Administration in Lima. In his free time, Alvaro serves on community boards in Snohomish County. He swims daily and enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful Washington wilderness, together with his wife Meghan and their two children.
AmeriCorp VISTA Member
Fatima-Iram Din joined the Connect Casino Road team in August 2020 as an AmeriCorp VISTA member. She is tasked with building a greater, sustainable capacity for community engagement and development as the Economic Opportunity Developer. Fatima-Iram has earned a B.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, taught ESL, taught a Naturalization Exam preparation course, taught Computer Skills classes, and did domestic violence work with minority women. Fatima-Iram cares deeply about contributing her time and efforts towards empowering individuals and their spaces at the intersection of her interest in the sciences, ultimately leading to community development. She hopes to draw on her work experiences and personal experiences as an immigrant to leave a positive footprint in the Casino Road community.
Family Development Coordinator
Andrea Pulido recently joined the Connect Casino Road Team as Family Development Coordinator. She started her work with the community by founding Hispanic Ministries at the church she attended in Edmonds, WA. Some of the services offered through the ministry were ESL classes, interpretation and translation services in different settings, advocacy, and a Hotline providing information on a variety of resources. She worked developing and delivering a project with the Latino community in Lynnwood through the Center for Ethical Leadership. She also worked as a Medical, Social Services and Court Interpreter and Translator. Prior to joining CCR, she worked for a Federal Grant – I-CATCH as an Outreach Specialist working closely with Edmonds College and Everett Community College.
She received a degree in Teaching and later Nursing in a University in Mexico. She also holds an Associate Degree in Family Support Studies. As she draws on personal and work experiences as an Immigrant in the USA learning to navigate different systems. She looks forward to making long-lasting positive relationships and connections with the Casino Road families. She believes in the importance of education, and one of her passions is to serve and support families to gain knowledge about resources and services that can help them overcome obstacles and have a more fulfilled life.