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 2014, she went to Harvard’s Strategic Perspective in Non Profit Management Executive Education program.
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. Jocelyn was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2013: //www.whitehouse.gov/champions/welcoming-america/jocelyn-skolnik
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Karen Clark, Chief Operating Officer
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.
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Heather Tate-Boldt, Chief Program Officer
Heather Tate-Boldt is a licensed clinical social worker and a native Floridian. Bilingual, she has studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and at El Tecnológico de Monterrey in Nuevo León México. She has also completed service projects in Honduras and Nicaragua.
Heather earned her master’s degree in social work from Barry University while working at the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, where members of our community diagnosed with mental illness receive critical services. There, she supervised the center’s outpatient programs.
As our CPO, Heather is responsible for the supervision and management of fiscal resources for each of our programs. She is passionate about helping El Sol continue providing quality services.
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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.
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Ismael Villatoro, Assistant Labor Coordinator
Ismael Villatoro is originally from Chiapas, Mexico. He came to Jupiter, FL in 2007 and in 2008; he joined El Sol as a day laborer. This gave Ismael an inside look at how the labor program worked and it has served him well in his position as the full-time Assistant Labor Coordinator. Ismael is proud to give back to El Sol, which has given him so much.
After attending English classes at El Sol, he learned that he could attend school and finish his high school education. While at Jupiter High School, he envisioned being able to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer. Ismael was accepted into the engineering program at Florida Atlantic University and is currently in his final year to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ismael is happily married to his wife Deysi, and they are proud parents to their young son, Ethan. They are happy for all the opportunities that Jupiter offers and plan to make this their permanent home.
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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 was born in Guatemala, raised in New York and has been in Jupiter since 1993. Betzy is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Skin Care Specialist in the State of Florida since 2003. 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.
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Meriel Perez, Case Manager
Meriel Perez is originally from Puerto Rico. She relocated to West Palm Beach in order to further her professional career. Meriel graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare.
As a social worker, Meriel has worked with diverse communities for more than 10 years. Her time spent as a missionary in Venezuela, Costa Rica, and El Salvador allowed her to immerse herself in different cultures which had a profound impact on her. She joins El Sol as a case manager and will be assessing and monitoring the needs of workers in order to recommend a plan of action to advance their job prospects and improve their lives.
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Surynai Janowicz, Part-Time Legal Coordinator, FRP
Surynai Janowicz, better known as Suri, is El Sol’s newest Legal Coordinator. Suri graduated with honors from Indian River State College with a degree in Organizational Management. Meanwhile, Suri has over 8 years of experience in the legal field. Suri is a Florida Registered Paralegal and has assisted lawyers in personal injury cases. Suri’s passion is in the area of immigration law. Suri is a big supporter of small businesses since her parents were small business owners in Venezuela and in the United States.
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Cliff Ross, Part-Time Garden Coordinator
Cliff Ross was born and raised in Sterling Heights, Michigan where he spent most of his summers on his grandparent’s farm. Cliff moved to Florida to become an Environmental Chemist, testing water and soil samples. After a few years in the laboratory, Cliff decided to pursue a teaching career at Martin County High School in Stuart, Florida, where he taught science for thirteen years. In the last year, Cliff decided to follow his dreams of starting a landscaping business called Absolutely Growing. Cliff is excited to join the El Sol team as the Part-Time Garden Coordinator. As the Garden Coordinator, he will be in charge of managing the Sunshine Organic Community Garden.
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Andres David Lopez, Communications Coordinator
Andres David Lopez was born in Bogota, Colombia. He developed a love of storytelling at Florida Atlantic University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. He also earned a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School in the City of New York.
As a newspaper reporter, Andres covered school discipline and immigration in Georgia, sober homes and local government in Broward County, crime and arts in the Town of Palm Beach, and much more. He takes pride in his reporting, writing and multimedia storytelling abilities. As communications coordinator, his job is to execute marketing plans for all of the center’s programs and reach current and potential supporters.
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Vanessa Ibarra, VISTA Bilingual Outreach Coordinator
Vanessa is a native Chicagoan, but has lived in the Dallas, Texas area all of her adult life. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a double minor in Anthropology and Spanish.
Vanessa worked for the University of North Texas in the Sustainable Community Initiative department developing curricula for a partnership pilot program focused on sustainability between the University and a local elementary school. Additionally, she worked with the University in assessing a nearby city’s overall environmental impact and efficiency.
Vanessa has volunteered in assisting the elderly, and with children. Her dream job would be working for a non-governmental organization helping women and children obtain the necessary resources to live in the manner of their choosing. She is passionate about women’s and immigrants’ rights. She loves to travel, enjoys practicing yoga, reading and nature. She is excited to work for El Sol and looks forward to learning all she can about the local community as the Bilingual Outreach Coordinator.
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Dan Ross, VISTA Community Resource Developer
Dan Ross graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Environmental Studies in 2016. His interest in both social justice and the environment led him to this dual major, often focusing on environmental problems disproportionately shouldered by people living in poverty.
His research capstone project on the relationship between Indigenous Tasmanians and environmental conservation organizations was published as an article “Black Country, White Wilderness: Conservation, Colonialism, and Conflict in Tasmania” in the Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography in 2017. In his free time he enjoys backpacking, gaming, and playing music.
As El Sol’s Community Resource Developer, he is responsible for leading the center’s grant-writing efforts.
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Sergio Vargas, VISTA Community Resource Developer
Born in Chicago, Sergio studied International Relations at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
In Guatemala, Sergio worked on direct trade student businesses. He also worked on films about highland Mayan families. Most recently, he worked in Japan as an English instructor. His goal in that country was to foster international communication while working with local governments.
Sergio loves studying new languages and uncovering the personal narratives of the people he meets. He will serve El Sol as a community resource developer.
Anna Daly, VISTA Family Program Developer
Anna Daly is from Willsboro, N.Y., in the Adirondack Mountains. She has taught in East Africa with Global Routes and in Bolivia with Save the Children Bolivia. She has also worked in Nicaragua with North Country Mission of Hope and in Essex, N.Y., with College For Every Student.
Anna enjoys reading, cooking, traveling the world, live music and spending time with her family and friends. She is passionate about helping others and is grateful and excited to serve as El Sol’s Family Program Developer.
Chase Goldsborough, VISTA Community Impact Evaluator
Chase graduated from Jupiter High School in 2012. He attended Florida State University and became a leader within the Tallahassee community before graduating in 2016 with a degree in Biology.
With a passion for bettering the community, Chase left a legacy at FSU by founding his own volunteer student organization, Volunteer Tallahassee. In his spare time, he also mentored local high school students, tutored his peers in both math and science, taught incoming freshmen as a FIG Leader, and conducted research in organic chemistry.
Chase is a dedicated volunteer at MyClinic of Jupiter. He is excited to serve as El Sol’s Community Impact Evaluator.
Raquel Echeverria, VISTA Worker Development Associate
Raquel Echeverria graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy and a minor in economics from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. She earned her master’s degree in political science from West Virginia University in 2015.
Raquel found her passion for environmental policy as a doctoral student at the West Virginia University Department of Political Science. She shares credit on several studies focused on wealth inequality and energy in the United States. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and running.
Passionate about helping others and protecting the environment, Raquel serves El Sol as our Worker Development Associate. Her focus is the sustainability of our vocational training programs.
Myrtelina Cintron, Part-Time Sewing Teacher
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