Sandra Trevino
Executive Director
Sandra Trevino graduated from the University of Texas-Brownsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received her Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas-Pan American. Mrs. Trevino is a licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing at the Yale Child Study Center in childhood mental disorders.  Mrs. Trevino has been with Junta for nine years, where she oversees all programmatic and administrative areas.  Mrs. Trevino is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Director of Development

Fernando Faneyte
Program Manager of Economic Development & Executive Assistant
Fernando Faneyte is originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He obtained a degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo, a certification in management, and an M.B.A. from University Henriquez Pedro Urena. In 2010, he joined Junta as a volunteer on the Board of Economic Development and was hired part-time to work in the Family Management program. Currently, he serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and as the Program Manager of Economic Development. Mr. Faneyte is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Juan Figueroa


Agueda Ocasio
The Neighborhood Place, Onsite Coordinator

Julynette Quiles
Administrative Assistant
Originally from Puerto Rico, Julynette moved to New Haven to take care of her parents. She studied on the island, where she graduated with a B.A. in Music from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. She started at JUNTA as a caregiver for the children of ESL/GED students. She then worked as assistant for the Adult Education program, which she still serves, but now from another angle. She is currently an administrative assistant at Junta and is fully bilingual (Spanish and English).

Cheila Serrano
Program Director, Family Management

Cheila Serrano is a native of Fair Haven. She attended Wilbur Cross High School and the New Haven Adult Education Center. She came to Junta as a volunteer and was consequently hired to the position of Energy Assistant Coordinator, Office Manager and is now the Program Director of Family Management. Ms. Serrano is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Mary Elizabeth Smith 

Program Director for Adult Education and Community Outreach

Mary Elizabeth Smith got her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and after working in Panama for 2 years, went back to school for a Masters in Human Rights at Universidad de las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She lived in La Paz, Bolivia for seven years, working in nonprofits in the areas of bilingual education, ESL education, human rights and environmental sustainability, before coming back to New Haven. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, with a basic understanding of Aymara.

Agueda Ocasio

Interim Community and Youth Organizer

Director of Advocacy and Program Development