March 2014 Staff Spotlight: Marco Echeverria

Marco Echevarria is a funny guy with a laugh and a smile capable of brightening up an entire room. If you have the privilege of really getting to know him, you may start to understand the adage ‘smart people talk, but wise people listen.’ Marco is a Case Manager in LAYC’s Safe Housing Programs. The…

February 2014 Staff Spotlight: Claudia Diaz

Claudia Diaz brings her creativity, passion, and endless energy to all the work she does at LAYC. Claudia began working with the Art + Media programs in February 2011 as a program assistant. Her interest in art led her to become more and more involved in planning and implementing arts workshops and programs for our…

January 2014 Staff Spotlight: Maria Navarrete

There are a few names synonymous with LAYC, and Maria Navarrete is one of those. Winner of the Shining Star Award from DC Public School for excellence in teaching, Maria is the fearless leader of LAYC’s after-school program at Wilson Senior High School. Maria embodies the LAYC story. She came to LAYC as a youth…

December 2013 Staff Spotlight: Mayra Herrera

A Mexico native and raised in Riverdale, Maryland, Mayra Herrera first joined the Latin American Youth Center’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) family in May of 2010 as an intern for the AmeriCorps Riverdale program. Her work ethic and dedication were noted then and she was asked to join the staff of the Montgomery County’s…

November 2013 Staff Spotlight: Kealy Sloan

Kealy Sloan is a superstar. Not only is she smart and has strong evaluation skills, but her constant positive attitude and energy pass on to everyone with whom she works. You would be hard pressed to find a single staff member who wouldn’t say it is a pleasure to work with her. While Kealy works…

October 2013 Staff Spotlight: Abner Soto

Abner is not just the consummate professional (i.e. he meets or exceeds his classroom objectives and performs his duties at a high level of efficiency), he is universally adored by his colleagues, supervisors, and students past and present. Anyone who has worked with Abner has only gushing praise for his skills and friendly, positive demeanor….