Alicia Caraballo

Interim Executive Director

Natalia Xiomara

Director of Development

Natalia Xiomara is originally from Panama City, Panama and she’s lived and worked in the U.S., Spain, and other countries in eastern and western Europe.  She graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Following a career on Capital Hill, she worked in international law firms in Europe and the U.S. Afterwards, she joined Junta back in 2008 (as Economic Development & Employment Director) and subsequently left to start her own consulting practice.  Natalia is back part time in the Development role, in addition to covering the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and overseeing the collaboration Junta has with YCCI (Yale Center for Clinical Investigation) Ambassador Program.  She is bilingual English and Spanish.

Fernando Faneyte

Program Director 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 Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña. In 2010, he joined Junta as a volunteer on the Board of Economic Development department 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 Director 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.

Paola Serrecchia

Program Director for Advocacy and Community Engagement

Sergio Ramirez

Community and Youth Organizer

Sergio Ramirez holds a B.Sc. in Political Science from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. While at Santa Clara University, he founded a student organization dedicated to raising awareness of social justice issues and providing accompaniment to communities in Latin America. Sergio is a first-generation student, who identified deeply with the social justice philosophy of the Jesuits. He found refuge by advocating for communities he identified with, pursuing extracurricular opportunities like immersion trips to the Arizona/Mexico border, community engagement with inner city youth in New Haven, and preschooler orphans in Pueblo, Mexico. In 2016, Sergio did a U. S. Congressional Internship with the Hon. Rosa DeLauro in Washington, DC. Sergio is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Director of Advocacy and Program Development