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 staff team!
Dawn Fae Adolfson, Nighttime Education Coordinator
Dawn Fae Adolfson, originally from Stuart, Florida, is currently a full time student at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of FAU. She is concentrating in Latin American Studies and will earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2013. Dawn plans on continuing her studies to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty in teaching English as a second language. She hopes to help people of all nations achieve their dreams through learning English.
Dawn has been a volunteer at El Sol since 2009, and in the Spring of 2011 she created her own internship at El Sol. She first found out about El Sol through FAU’s Corn Maya club. She has been both the Secretary and Co-Vice President of the Corn Maya club and has helped plan the annual Fiesta Maya celebration, which is sponsored by FAU’s Corn Maya and El Sol’s Corn Maya Inc. She has also been involved in conducting research on wage theft cases in the Jupiter area.
Currently Dawn manages the evening English and Plazas Comunitarias (Spanish literacy) classes offered at El Sol.
Karen Clark, Administrative Assistant
Vickie Granati , Daytime Education Coordinator
Vickie Granait 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!”
In 2011 El Sol was awarded five AmeriCorps VISTA positions: Volunteer Developer, Systems Developer, Job Developer, Community Resource Developer, and Vocational Training Coordinator.
Andrew Bartholomew is originally from Columbia, Maryland and is the VISTA Community Resource Developer (CRD). When he was a child, his family moved to the European country of Romania in January of 1997, where he lived and went to school until moving to Jupiter in summer of 2001. He attended Cardinal Newman High School, at which he was an active member of his school’s Kiwanis Key Club; Andrew also received the Eagle Scout award in 2006 with a local Jupiter Boy Scout Troop, Troop 701.
Andrew then attended Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College, located in Jupiter’s Abacoa area, from which he graduated from in 2011 with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Philosophy. He wrote an Honors Thesis on propaganda and the secret police in pre-revolutionary Communist Romania. Although he has lived within the U.S. for over a decade, the experiences gained from living abroad have never dulled.
After interning with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Denver, CO, in 2010, Andrew was made aware of the Americorps VISTA program. He was excited to learn that a VISTA position was open at the El Sol organization, which he knew of from his time living in Jupiter. He applied after finishing his undergraduate degree, and was delighted to accept. Andrew is looking forward to his coming year of service and learning more about the community that he has been a part of for over 10 years.
Dawn is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and jokingly claims to be the “youngest snowbird ever.”
Dawn comes to us after having recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Education & Engagement at the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee, with a double minor in Community Organizing and Women’s Studies.
Prior to her arrival in Jupiter, Dawn spent her time volunteering for the 2012 Presidential Election campaign. She also worked as an Intern at 9to5 Milwaukee (the National Association of Working Women), where she focused on Workplace Rights and promoting national legislation for the Healthy Families Act.
With a strong distaste for winter, and a passion for Social Justice, Dawn is excited to have the opportunity to work for El Sol.
Alyssa Wood is originally from Vero Beach, Florida and is the new VISTA Systems Developer. She 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 comes 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 hopes to spearhead a community garden at El Sol to support the Hot Lunch program. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys hiking, SCUBA diving, gardening, playing with her dog “Banjo”, and cooking.