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.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4201
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.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4101
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.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4100
Betzy Rega, Health Coordinator
Betzy was hired as a full-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!
(561)745-9860 ext. 4202
Karen Clark, Office Manager
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 started off as an El Sol volunteer at the Employer Desk and the Kitchen in 2008. Karen is responsible for bookkeeping, payroll, budget management, facilities management, and any new projects that need assistance. “Every day is different. You can never predict what is coming next, and you are always surprised. That is what I love about my job,” said Karen.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4201
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!”
Ale Hoffman-Yrigoyen, Nighttime Education Coordinator
Indira Mele, Plazas Comunitarias Coordinator
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Indira graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in law in 1996, in Venezuela. Later in 2006, she completed two post graduate specializations in taxation and maritime law. Indira moved to the United States in 2011 and started volunteering at El Sol in January 2012 in the same program that she is now coordinating. As the Part-Time Plazas Comunitarias Coordinator she is committed to each student’s success.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4206
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’s Harriet L. 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 coordinating El Sol’s new community garden program. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys hiking, SCUBA diving, gardening, playing with her dog “Banjo”, and cooking.
(561) 745-9860 ext. 4300
Michelle A. Rivera, Volunteer Coordinator
Michelle is a non-fiction writer and a past volunteer at El Sol. She has been a Jupiter resident for 41 years, having been born and raised in New York. In her role as Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle helps keep El Sol running mostly on volunteer power, saving El Sol lots of money that can be used elsewhere, such as the community garden, computers and keeping the many special programs running.
(561)745-9860 ext. 102
Melissa Beadle, VISTA Vocational Training Coordinator
Melissa Beadle is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.A. in Spanish and Global Studies in May of 2012. She studied in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2009 and taught English in Chiapas, Mexico, last winter. She volunteered in her local rural community teaching English to Latin American immigrants, and is very interested in building cultural bridges through education. As a bilingual educator, Melissa is excited to further develop the Vocational Training Program here at El Sol. Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and going to the beach as often as she can.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
David Urieta, VISTA Outreach Coordinator
David Urieta is a 20-year-old Florida native from West Palm Beach, Florida. David served as ArtFest Coordinator as part of his internship requirement at FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter. David’s Honors Thesis “A Call for Reform: The Disparate Impact of Reproductive Technologies on the Gestational Surrogate in India” analyzes the exploitative effects of commercial surrogacy on poor, illiterate women in India. David’s academic background in gender, race, and class has motivated him to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector in hopes of making a difference in his community.
David has decided to take a temporary hiatus from his studies to serve as VISTA Outreach Coordinator at El Sol. David is responsible for marketing El Sol’s programs and reaching out to community members at promotional events, public speaking engagements, and on social media. David hopes that his skills in event management, volunteer mobilization, and extensive activist organizing will lend a unique perspective during his time at El Sol.
In his spare time, David enjoys supporting local artists at Northwood’s Art & Wine Promenade, visiting family members in Southern Mexico, and binge watching TV shows on Netflix.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
Aubry León, VISTA Community Resource Developer
Aubry León hails from the Bay Area in California, where she pursued her bachelors degree in psychology from a small liberal arts college called Whittier College. Additionally, she studied Spanish abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a semester.
Growing up in California along with traveling experiences led her to write her senior literature review paper on the “Psychological Aspects of Immigration”. For future work, she hopes to start a non profit that provides mental health and counseling services to refugees and immigrants.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
Esabelle Herrera, VISTA Earned Income Developer
Esabelle Herrera is originally from a small rural town in Ohio named Berlin which is known for it’s very large Amish population. She lived there until she graduated Hiland High School in 2009. From there, she decided to move to sunny South Florida to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University. She graduated in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.
Esabelle has had dreams, since she was young, of working to better the lives of the many hard working immigrants. She has a very strong passion for social justice and to help those in need. This became apparent to her through the courageous stories shared by her father Antonio, who is a native of Mexico. She hopes to successfully build capacity here at El Sol through earned income business strategies.
Esabelle loves to travel as much as she can. She enjoys cooking all types of food, but her favorite food to prepare is Mexican. She also loves to go to the gym, to sew, attend lots of music festivals and try new foods with her boyfriend Tyler.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
Kelley Walton, VISTA Community Impact Evaluator
Kelley Walton is relocating to Jupiter from Louisville, Kentucky. She is a recent graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. At Tulane she majored in Sociology and Spanish, with a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. During college Kelley participated in the Newcomb Scholars Program, a 4-year research curriculum for women. The culmination of that program took the shape of an Honors Thesis entitled “Balancing Acts Revisited: Work-Family Issues on Prime-time TV,” which explored sitcom through a feminist lens.Kelley also had a number of internships with non-profits in the New Orleans area, including a semester with NOLA Locavores as a Local Food Access Researcher and another with Green Light New Orleans, an environmental organization. At Green Light she recognized the potential of the organization to reach the Spanish-speaking population in New Orleans and created the Hispanic Outreach Intern position after forging a relationship with Tulane’s Center for Public Service. Kelley was also lucky enough to study abroad in Havana, Cuba and Madrid, Spain during her junior year.
At El Sol Kelley will be serving as a Community Impact Evaluator, and hopes that her research skills, non-profit experience, and Spanish ability will help her to be successful in her new position. Kelley is very excited to get to know Jupiter and learn from her peers and community members involved with El Sol. Outside of work Kelley hopes to spend most of her time salsa dancing and playing soccer, in addition to gardening, cooking, and reading.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
Leigha Kiger, VISTA Financial Literacy Coordinator
Leigha is a local of Jupiter, Florida. She attended Jupiter High School and later studied at Duke University, where she received a degree in English. During the summer of 2011, Leigha interned at El Sol under the direction of Betzy Rivera. Her incredible experience at the center motivated her to pursue other opportunities in migrant justice within the non-profit sector. She subsequently worked with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos in Tucson, Arizona and Student Action with Farmworkers in Durham, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke in May of 2013, Leigha moved to Bucaramanga, Colombia to teach English to preschoolers. While abroad, Leigha worked on her Spanish language skills and attempted to learn how to cook her favorite Colombian foods.
After gaining a wide range of experiences from her travels, Leigha is thrilled to return to Jupiter and work alongside fellow community members in her hometown as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She is eager and excited to start as El Sol’s Financial Literacy Coordinator.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4104
Stephanie Sergent Rojas, VISTA MyClinic Resource Developer
Stephanie Sergent Rojas was born in Maracay, Venezuela and grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). As a college student, Stephanie was published on the Notables Section of the FDU Magazine Summer/Fall 2012 Edition, which describes her as a student who “looks at each day as a chance to be a step closer to her dream of becoming a surgeon.”
Throughout her college years she managed a full-time class load, worked four part-time positions, performed charity work, attended various academic conferences and volunteered with the Teaneck Ambulance Corps. On campus, she was the President of the Operation Smile Club, a member of Sands of Time (a leadership and character-building program), a member of the Phi Zeta Kappa Honors Society and Tri-Beta, the Biological Honor Society. During her summer breaks, Stephanie participated in the SMDEP and the NERA internship programs at Rutgers Medical School, and enjoyed spending time with her loved ones.
As an Honors program student, Stephanie was the recipient of a LSAMP grant and completed her Thesis Research titled “The Impact of Two Cryoprotectant Delivery Methods on the Longevity and Cryopreservation of Drosophila melanogaster” with her mentor Dr. Marion McClary. Stephanie graduated with Cum-Laude honors. Stephanie aspires to attend Medical School and develop non-profit facilities to make healthcare resources accessible to those in need. Stephanie will be the MyClinic Resource Developer, formerly the Jupiter Volunteer Clinic.
Jennifer Sacket, Read-A-Recipe for Literacy Consultant
Danyel Delvalle, Part-Time Legal
Maria Cedano, Part-Time Computer Literacy Coordinator
Jeronimo Camposeco, Part-Time Labor Coordinator
Jeronimo Camposeco, co-founder of Corn Maya Inc., for many years has assisted the immigrant community with its educational, cultural and social needs. He has worked with several migrant associations, tutoring, mentoring and assisting immigrants and their families, as well as working as an interpreter, paralegal, radio producer, social worker, researcher, and consultant. Jeronimo has co-authored and collaborated on six published books and documentaries. In addition to his work at El Sol, he works with many charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities and the Guatemalan Maya Center.
(561)745-9860 ext. 4100
Gayle Flaherty, Part-Time ESL Instructor