Staff

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TEAM

 The team at Connect Casino Road is a dedicated group of individuals representing the neighborhood that they serve. Together, the CCR team provides staffing and support to the CCR partnerships through connecting and facilitating, fundraising, engaging partners in opportunities, developing programs, and bringing learning and training opportunities to the community.  

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Alvaro Guillen

Village on Casino Road Director

Prior to joining Connect Casino Road Alvaro Guillen was the Publisher of La Raza del Noroeste, Washington State’s largest Spanish-language newspaper. Under his leadership, the publication won national awards for education, health, and immigration monthly special issues and transformed into an important community partner across Puget Sound. Born in Peru, Alvaro was a young entrepreneur, starting his first business at 18 while studying business management at the Peruvian Institute of Business Administration in Lima. In his free time, Alvaro serves on community boards in Snohomish County and is a DEI Commissioner with The City of Mountlake Terrace. He swims daily and enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful Washington wilderness, together with his wife Meghan and their two children and three dogs.

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Andrea Pulido

Family Development Coordinator

Andrea Pulido recently joined the Connect Casino Road Team as the Family Development Coordinator. She started her work with the community by founding Hispanic Ministries at a church in Edmonds, WA then continued to serve the Latino community in Lynwood developing and delivering a project via the Center for Ethical Leadership. She has also been a Medical, Social Services and Court Interpreter and Translator, and served as an Outreach Specialist working closely with Edmonds College and Everett Community College for a Federal Grant – I-CATCH.
She received a degree in Teaching and later Nursing at a University in Mexico. She also holds an Associate Degree in Family Support Studies. As she draws on personal and work experiences as an Immigrant in the USA learning to navigate different systems, she looks forward to making long-lasting positive relationships and connections with the Casino Road families. She believes in the importance of education, connecting to resources, and one of her passions is to serve and support families to have a more fulfilling life.

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Yelitza Medina

CORE Program Manager

One of the teams that make up Connect Casino Road is our "All Families are Ready" Action Team. At the heart of this model is our Community and Family Development Coordinator, Yelitza. Yelitza joined us in January of 2019 as the Lead Family Development Coordinator but has been working with this community for years through her position as a Family Support Specialist with ECEAP and a Case Manager with South Everett Goodwill. She is a shared employee among the 8 formal partners that make up the Action Team and acts as a central point of contact for the families being served and the partners serving them. Yelitza is bilingual and bicultural, with both a Bachelors and Masters in Education. Yelitza brings over a decade of community and education-based work to Connect Casino Road.

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Arcelia Cruz

The Village Center Coordinator

Arcelia is the newest addition to the team. Hired on by Volunteers of America as a Community Resource Advocate. She has now transitioned into her new role at the Village as the Center Coordinator. Arcelia brings passion for working with the Casino Road community. Growing up in Washington as an immigrant mother of two, she knows firsthand the struggle that families face each day while navigating a complex system. Using her bilingual and Interpreter skills, Arcelia plans to work one-on-one with families to bridge the gaps in resources and help families strive.

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Fatima-Iram Din

AmeriCorp VISTA Member  

Fatima-Iram Din joined the Connect Casino Road team in August 2020 as an AmeriCorp VISTA member. She is tasked with building a greater, sustainable capacity for community engagement and development as the Economic Opportunity Developer. Fatima-Iram has earned a B.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, taught ESL, a Naturalization Exam preparation course, Computer Skills classes, and did domestic violence work with minority women. Fatima-Iram cares deeply about contributing her time and efforts towards empowering individuals and their spaces at the intersection of her interests, ultimately leading to community development. She hopes to draw on her work and personal experiences as an immigrant to leave a positive footprint in the Casino Road community.