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Xiomara Guevara, currently holds the position of Executive Director for the Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA). Since she started her tenure the organization has undergone a change of image and program structure. This new revitalization has improved MCOHA’s prominence and visibility in the community as well as with its funding sources.
Previously, she served as Center Director for La Casa de Don Pedro Preschool programs. At La Casa de Don Pedro she was successful in opening, organizing and making both centers she managed into model centers for the city of Newark. Her passion for education stems from her tenure in the Newark Public Schools and Discovery Charter School where she taught fifth and sixth grade. Education continued to be a vehicle to helping the Latino community through an adjunct professor position she held from 2004 to 2008 at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
She received her B.A. from Drew University where she Double Majored in Political Science and Spanish and Minored in Latin American Studies and Jewish Studies. She completed her Masters in Public Administration from New York University, the Robert Wagner School for Public Service as a Public Interest Scholar. Most recently she completed her Juris Doctorate at Rutgers Law School-Newark as an evening student.
She has been awarded by the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research, and Development the Alumni of the Year 2007 award for being part of the Latino Leaders in Public Service Internship program and an Achievement Award by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. In August 2010, she was chosen to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s ALL IN Fellowship program in Partnership with Georgetown University. She dedicates time to her community by serving on different Board of Directors like: The Zufall Health Center, Saint Clare’s Hospital Health System, Morris Arts Council, Hispanic Director’s Association, Homeless Solutions CHODA and Family Development Center-Project 2015. Most recently she was appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Morris County to serve on the Human Services Advisory Council.
Marlena H. Moersdorf
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Marlena is the Director for the organization’s legal immigration center, Center for Citizenship and Legal Immigration. She is licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey and maintains membership with the New Jersey State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Marlena attended law school at the George Washington University. During her final year at the law school, she served as a student attorney in the school’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinic for immigration.
Before joining MCOHA, Marlena was an of counsel associate at Arrufat Gracia PLLC where she directed the firm’s immigration practice. She handled business and family visa matters as well as removal matters.
Prior to her work with Arrufat Gracia, PLLC, Marlena owned and operated a solo law practice in Rutherford, NJ where her practice focused on family visas and removal matters. Her previous work experience also includes providing support at other law firms for business and family visas.
Chief Fiscal Officer
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As she usually tells her clients, Silvina was virtually born an Accountant. At an early age, her fondness of numbers and business dynamics was so apparent that her parents sent her to a high school specialized in Accounting and Business Administration in her native Argentina. She later earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Business Administration at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, and a Certified Public Accountant designation also in Argentina. A few years after, she moved to the United States and attended graduate school at Harvard University, where she earned a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management.
With a 25-year career span, Silvina has acquired a unique skill set and experience. She started her career as a bookkeeper and progressed quickly to higher responsibility positions as financial controller, managing accountant and marketing controller among others . She has worked with companies of all sizes, from global organizations such as Johnson & Johnson to local start-ups. She has vast experience in diverse industries as well, from food manufacturing to medical devices, healthcare, professional services and not-for-profit organizations. She has also volunteered at the local schools as a treasurer, accountant and controller.
Weatherization and Home Energy Programs Manager
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Rosa Soto is the longest tenured staff person at MCOHA, having joined the organization in 1987. During her nearly 30 years of dedicated service, Rosa has worked in just about every department and is knowledgeable regarding all aspects of agency operations. In 2004 to 2005, Rosa served as MCOHA’s interim Executive Director. Currently she holds the position of Manager of the Weatherization and Home Energy Departments which have regularly been recognized in the State of New Jersey for their high degree of professionalism and achievement.
Rosa is a graduate of Dover High School, is a licensed certified social worker in the State of New Jersey and a United Way Certified Mentor. Most recently, in 2012/2013, Rosa attended Fairleigh Dickenson University and earned the Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership.
Client Advocacy and Outreach Manager
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Lina Monsalve currently holds the position of Manager of the Outreach Department for MCOHA. In this position, she oversees a wide range of services including programs for senior citizens. She provides case management, advocacy information and referrals to individuals and families with special needs in need of social services as well as TANF and post-TANF clients. Lina networks and coordinates activities and conferences with community organizations, coordinates special programs to assist clients with other agencies and provides translation and interpretation services and advocacy for clients.
Lina holds a degree from Antonio Narino University, Colombia, in International Business and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University, 2007.
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Wx Field Tech.
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Adm. Asst Wx Department
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HEA Senior Clerk
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Martha Del Castillo
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