Dream Team

Every great organization starts with a strong team!

 
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MARIA ANITA SALINAS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Maria has accomplished many trainings and has many certifications mainly addressing Environmental Issues, Leadership Development and Social Justice. She also has many publications in partnership with School of Public Health, University Of Michigan were Maria worked for over 18yrs and is still very active with the SPH mentoring students and supporting Internships. Maria is currently in a 3 year Kellogg Foundation Fellowship addressing Racial Equity, Social Justice and Institutional Racism.

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LINDSEY MATSON, LLMSW, community organizer

Throughout her career Lindsey has been politically active, and believes that social workers should advocate for policy change which would benefit their clients and the communities in which they work. She is currently the Youth Organizer for Congress of Communities, where she facilitates the Latinx Youth Council, plans and organizes events, and engages in advocacy around immigration, education, and other issues which affect youth and families in Southwest Detroit.

LUCY RUIZ, administrative Assistant

Lucy consistently supports, informs, motivates and involves parents in various school activities and the educational progress of our children.  She currently works at Congress of Communities on the TANN Project and encourages the participation of leaders and residents and connects them with other community organizations to bring resources and leadership workshops.  Lucy’s second passion is in the administrative and accounting area.  She is a certified CPA and graduated from the University of Guadalajara, with accounting experience in Mexico for 15 years.

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Amanda Holiday, LMSW, Early Childhood Specialist and Community Organizer

Amanda has worked for over 10 years at Southwest Detroit non-profit organizations. She is fluent in Spanish and well known in the neighborhood. Her passion is seeing young children get the love, attention, and education they deserve and supporting their parents and caregivers to give them what they need. At CoC she manages all the projects under Early Childhood, supports and organizes the Safety Alliance work, and supports administrative work. Amanda also supervises Social Work interns from various universities in the Metro area.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Adriana Alvarez

Resident

Mexicantown

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William Barreto

Resident

Condon

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Kate Brennen

Stakeholder- Matrix Theatre

Mexicantown

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Emiliano Cantu

Youth

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Sonia Chapa

Treasurer

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Sandra Florez

Resident

48217/Delray

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Norma Galvan

Stakeholder- Matrix Head Start

Condon

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Jackquelyn Garrett

Youth

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Alejandra Gomez

Stakeholder- Urban Neighborhood Initiative

Springwells Village

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Esther Guerrero

Youth

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Stephanie Segura Guerrero

Youth

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Deborah Leza

Resident

Springwells Village

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Vincent Martin

Stakeholder- The Original United Citizens of Detroit

48127/Delray

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Laila Nasher

Youth

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J. Marie Overall

Resident

48127/Delray

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Jessica Ramirez

Stakeholder- Detroiters Helping Each Other

Springwells Village

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Alejandra Roel

Resident

Chadsey

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Kim Sommerville

Stakeholder- Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

48217/Delray

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Abel Torres

Resident

Springwells Village

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Leslie Wacker

Resident

Corktown/ NorthCorktown

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Alexis Zavala

Stakeholder- Detroit Hispanic Development Coorporation

Corktown

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Adriana Zuniga

Resident

Mexicantown