Nora Barquín, PhD., LCSW, Program Coordinator. Nora Barquin has coordinated the RFTS program since 2002. She has a PhD in Biology, but after many years of working in medical research and volunteering with the immigrant community she decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. She has a broad range of experience working with Latino immigrants in different settings and understands immigrants’ needs.
Luisa Espinosa-Lara, Administrative Assistant. Luisa has been at RFTS since 2004. She has a BA in advertising and public relations from her native country, Colombia. Her strong background in communication and her love for families and children has helped us provide excellent customer service. She is also maintains the program’s statistics.
Bertha Chávez, Family Support Worker. Bertha has worked at RFTS since 1996. She was a Nurse in her native Ecuador. She trained as a doula. She had facilitated our prenatal group since 2002, and provides our clients with home visits. Throughout Bertha’s 13 years with the program she has showed unsurpassed dedication and commitment to building and maintaining relationships with our clients. She is wholeheartedly committed to all aspects of her job.
Lucrecia Soruco BSW, Family Support Worker. She became part of our program in 2003. She has a BA in Social Work and has previously worked in a Head Start Program. She facilitates the “Baby and me group” and provides home visits to our clients. She is an empathic listener and has made the baby and me group very successful and contributed to its consistently high attendance.
Joanna Swidzinski, MA, Family Support Worker. Joanna Started with RFTS in 2011. She has a BA in Psychology and Spanish and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology. She facilitates the Preschool group, nutrition and exercise group for school-aged children and provides home visits to our families. She has experience working with Latino immigrants and children in different settings. She is compassionate and an effective resource for our families.
Dinora Arias, Childcare Worker. Dinora has worked with the RFTS program since 2007. She has a BA in Accounting from her native country, Mexico. She is a dynamic person who helps us with the transportation of clients, as well as a great childcare giver who understands the needs of our participants’ children
Marilú Betancourt, Childcare Worker. Marilu has worked with us since 2004. She has an associate’s degree in Tourism from her native country, Mexico. Everyday she enjoys teaching and learning from the children. She is warmhearted and cares for children as if they were hers.
Soledad Uribe, Childcare Worker. She joined our team in 2008. She has an associate’s degree in Preschool Education from her native country, Mexico. She brings extensive experience working with children to our program. She has refreshed our group with new ideas about projects for children of different ages.
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