Jocelyn Skolnik, Executive Director
Originally from Guatemala, Jocelyn Skolnik moved to Jupiter to complete her undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
In 2004, she worked for the Ford Foundation’s grant “Latino Immigrants in South Florida” and conducted surveys that helped assess the needs of Latino immigrants in Jupiter. In 2006, she worked for the Soros Foundation grant and INCEDES (Central American Institute of Development and Social Studies) analyzing the impact of immigration on women in Quiche, Guatemala. Jocelyn’s Honors Thesis “What Remittances Can’t Buy: The Social Costs of Migration and Transnational Gossip on Women in Jacaltenango, Guatemala” analyzes the impact immigration has on gender relations in Jacaltenango, Jupiter’s Sister City.
As Executive Director of El Sol, Jocelyn is responsible for directing the center’s services and for implementing its mission.
Dora Valdivia, Associate Director
Originally from Lima, Peru, Dora Valdivia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad de Lima and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Universidad del Pacifico. She has also completed the Program for Business Executives at the University of California, Berkeley, California, as part of her professional training.
Dora moved to the United States in 2003 and started volunteering with the Great Muscatine Chamber of Commerce in Iowa. She got involved in the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) in Des Moines, managing a federally funded program from the Department of Education that opened the service to 248 Hispanic families in Muscatine.
She joined El Sol as Labor Coordinator and currently serves as Associate Director. As Associate Director, Dora supervises the education, labor and legal programs. She also assists the Center Director with the overall management of El Sol.
Wilberto Luna, Labor Coordinator
Originally from Boston, Wilberto Luna moved to El Salvador when he was 7-years-old. At 12, he moved to Georgia, where he grew up. Wilberto went to Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and later transferred to Florida Atlantic University, where he graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Wilberto worked for Soriano Professional Services in Boston where he helped the Hispanic community in Chelsea, Mass., with income taxes and immigration papers. Wilberto started working in June 2007 for Catholic Charities at El Sol. In January 2008 Wilberto stayed on to work with El sol as labor coordinator assistant.
Now El Sol’s labor coordinator, Wilberto is responsible for the operation of El Sol’s day-labor center. He oversees the fair and proper placement of workers with employers.
Betzy Rega, Health Coordinator
Betzy was hired as a part-time Health Coordinator through a recent grant award from Allegany Franciscan Ministries.
The health program’s objective is to guide individuals to the right medical resources and to provide prevention and healthy lifestyles education. Betzy was the ideal candidate for this position. She has been volunteering for 13 years within the Jupiter Community and for four years with our programs at El Sol.
Betzy is a certified medical interpreter in Spanish/English and has received a certification from the Florida Department of Health for the Volunteer Healthcare Provider program. Her familiarity with the needs and resources within the Jupiter community and her passion for helping those in need are great assets for our organization. We are excited to welcome her to our full-time staff team!
Karen Clark, Administrative Assistant
Karen Clark is originally from Pleasantville, New York. She attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where she met her husband Ken. She graduated with an electrical engineering degree and moved to Washington DC where she worked for the NASA Communications Division at Goddard Space Flight Center. For the next seven years, Karen worked in data networking equipment and network communications. The Clarks have two daughters, and moved to Jupiter in 1997. Karen has been an El Sol volunteer for the last three years. She has helped us in different capacities ranging from working with Tom Choate in information technology, to picking up food supplies for the kitchen. She is an integral member of the Grant Committee. Karen will be working with our Center Director and Associate Director. We welcome Karen as El Sol’s new part-time administrative assistant.
Vickie Granati , Daytime Education Coordinator
Vickie Granati recently relocated to Jupiter from Long Island, New York. She has Bachelors in English and Masters in Liberal Arts from Stony Brook University. Over the years, she has worked as a mom, an office manager, and English tutor. She is proud to have three terrific sons: Phil, who is a lieutenant in the US Coast Guard; Matt, a manager for Enterprise Rent-a-car; and Glen, who has completed his first two years of medical school. She was a religious education teacher at various grade levels at Mary Immaculate Church in Bellport, New York. Her interest in teaching began when she became TESOL certified and began an ESOL pilot program at St. Joseph the Worker Church in East Patchogue, New York. She assisted many Hispanic parish members who hailed mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador. She is glad to have an opportunity to share her time and talent–and better her Spanish–at El Sol. As Daytime ESOL Coordinator, she is responsible for the Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday daytime classes. She is glad to work “wonderful, enthusiastic, caring volunteer teachers!”
Alyssa Wood, Garden and Kitchen Coordinator
Alyssa Wood served as the El Sol Systems Developer AmeriCorps VISTA from 2012-2013. After finishing her year of service she joined El Sol as the Garden and Kitchen Coordinator. She is a Florida native, originally from Vero Beach, Florida . Alyssa graduated in 2012 from the Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. She wrote an Honors thesis on the intersections of Food Justice, Environmentally-Minded Diets, and Elitism. Alyssa came to El Sol after months of serving the Food Deserts of Appalachia via Organic Farms and Soup Kitchens in Western North Carolina. She has extensive knowledge and experience in organic agriculture and is spearheading El Sol’s new community garden program. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys hiking, SCUBA diving, gardening, playing with her dog “Banjo”, and cooking.
In 2011 El Sol was awarded five AmeriCorps VISTA positions: Volunteer Developer, Systems Developer, Job Developer, Community Resource Developer, and Vocational Training Coordinator.