HUF Management Team

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HUF Management Team

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Jacqueline R. González

Grants Manager
From: Puerto Rico  

(954) 954.862.7599 

jgonzalez@HispanicUnity.org

Grants Manager
954-342-0430

Magaly Alvarado

Program Manager
Civic Engagement
From: Colombia

I love working at HUF because it’s a community based organization that allows me to be close to people and to identify real needs.  I get to create solutions for others in need. This work makes me feel useful in this world.  Being part of this organization has brought me great satisfaction.  Hispanic Unity is more than a social services agency; it has been the place where I have grown professionally and personally.

954-342-0418
malvarado@hispanicunity.org

Senior Program Manager
Civic Engagement
954-342-0418

Josie Bacallao

President/CEO
From: Cuba

I wear a bracelet that says, “I love you Josie.” It was made by Lucas’ own hands. He asked his big sister, Fiorella to help. He came into my life shortly after I joined HUF but he’s now out-grown the Ninja-Turtles stamp that he loved so much. He’s now a strapping young boy with the same loving hug and bottle green eyes and dark eyelashes. Then, there’s the Empanada family. They sing to me when they call. I am included in all of their milestones – big and small. What a difference four years have made. Genesis’ birth was a miracle. She fit in a shoe box. Today she is a knock-out gorgeous child and their exceptional mom is happily remarried. Andres is loving, joyful child. Leo, whose dream is to be a musician, has a child of his own. One family is originally from Uruguay and the other from Chile and both have captured my heart. It is because of them that I am inspired every day to serve at an organization that transforms lives. Bio

954-342-0298
jbacallao@hispanicunity.org

President/CEO
954-342-0298

Yonela Carusi

Preschool Director
Unity 4Kids
From: Venezuela

I direct and manage Unity 4Kids Preschool Program and the Front Desk of Hispanic Unity (Ambassador of First Impressions!) 

I love working at HUF, because: I believe in the Mission and the Values of the organization. … because I believe in the leadership of the organization… because I know I can help many of our clients overcome the many daily obstacles they face.

I love working at HUF, because I can use my managerial skills, my early childhood experience as a preschool director and my people skills. I love working in HUF because I learn and grow professionally every day. I love working in HUF because we give our children and families and all our clients the best service in Broward County.

954-342-0405
ycarusi@hispanicunity.org

Senior Program Manager, Education
954-342-0405

Virginia Cielo

COO/CFO
From: US and Italy

Oversee all finance and fiscal requirements for the agency and administrative services and operations required to support the agency’s programs. I have the wonderful opportunity each and every day to contribute towards positively affecting those in need.  Bio

954-342-0301
vcielo@hispanicunity.org

COO/CFO
954-342-0301

Elizabeth Dorante

Youth Services Program 
Unity 4Teens
From: Venezuela

I oversee the Prevention component of the U4Teens  program.

There are two things in life that I have done for as long as I can remember: listening and teaching. My blessing is that I get paid to do exactly that: listen and teach.

In the prevention area, our team has the unique opportunity to meet with students and families and listen to the story of their lives. Then, we get to help them overcome obstacles and challenges by teaching them life skills that fit their current situation and address their immediate needs.

By listening and teaching, every day we empower our students and families as we proudly “live” HUF’s Mission.

954.342-0416
edorante@hispanicunity.org

Assistant Director, Education
Unity 4Teens
954.342-0416

Ingrid Ekblad

Senior Program Manager
From: US and Puerto Rico

I manage all the programs under two of the three areas of focus for HUF - Economic Development and Civic Engagement. The agency tries each and every day to make an impact on the lives of people for the better. The HUF family is united under one goal to improve the lives of people in our community and there is no better feeling to know I am a part of this every day when I come to work.

954.342-0424
iekblad@hispanicunity.org

Assistant Director, Economic Development
Economic Development and Civic Engagement
954.342-0424

Felipe Pinzon

 

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs
From: Colombia

I am responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of HUF’s programs and services.  I am also responsible for program development, evaluation and sustainability. In my personal life, I spend my time off with family; I also cook, play tennis, run and enjoy camping. I love working for HUF because I can make a positive contribution to the community.

I enjoy seeing our clients grow and take charge of their lives…and becoming successful. It is priceless!  Bio

(954) 342-0411
FPinzon@hispanicunity.org

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs
(954) 342-0411

Ninah Saavedra

Grants Manager
From: Barranquilla, Colombia

I manage the grant process, including proposal deadlines; research and assessment of sources of funding available, presentation of updated reports on funding activities to senior management and writing the grant proposals themselves.

We are a great culture that houses a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and interests. HUF embodies a culture of trust which begins with its core values that focus on respect, trust and ethical conduct.  At HUF’s we are united by these values and our culture of mutual respect and caring for each other, and for our clients.

HUF has a mission that everyone understands; and staff knows that unity of purpose and team work is the best way to achieve our mission.  We have grown to understand that the ethics of collaboration is the measure of our commitment as we look beyond our specific role to advance our common purpose of empowering Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient, civically engaged and to lead productive lives.

(954) 862-1056
nsaavedra@hispanicunity.org

Risk and Compliance Manager
(954) 862-1056

Sri Prasad Valluri

Comptroller
From: Hyderabad, India

I manage the Financial Operations

I like working for HUF because of two reasons:

The people I work with are so wonderful: professionally, culturally and as human beings. Secondly, my US professional career of 20 years involved working only for non-profit agencies serving the needs of the disadvantaged who confront multiple life challenges -  financially, emotionally and who need access to health education and housing.

The missions of all the agencies I served instill a great sense of inner satisfaction that I am a part of something that helps fellow humans in need. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to serve.

954-862-1053
Sri.p.valluri@hispanicunity.org

Comptroller
954-862-1053

Shani Wilson

Development Director
From: Fort Lauderdale, USA 

I am responsible for cultivating, stewarding, and expanding the relationships between Hispanic Unity of Florida and its donors at all levels. In the past decade, I’ve helped promote the respective missions of several nonprofit organizations through work and volunteerism. I enjoy working with HUF’s compassionate, knowledgeable, and creative team, as well as its community partners and clients!

(954) 342-0430

SWilson@hispanicunity.org

Development Director
Fund Development
954-342-0430

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:
MEMORIES of FLORIDA

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.