Meet Our Team

Angelica Giraldo (Ella/She/Her)

Angelica Giraldo (Ella/She/Her)

Outreach Coordinator

Meet Angelica

Angelica was born and raised in Colombia, holds a B. A. degree in Business Administration from EAFIT University in Medellin and a Master’s degree in Personal Development and Leadership from the University of Barcelona, and completed a one-semester internship in London. At Casa Latinos Unidos, Angelica coordinates the organization’s outreach and social media activities, and manages the volunteering and fundraising programs. Before that, she spent a year and a half with the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, going to the beautiful parks and the Oregon coast as well as studying about healthy habits and self-care.

Gustavo Esparza

Gustavo Esparza

Community Researcher, Youth and Leadership Projects

Meet Gustavo

Gustavo was born and raised in Corvallis, OR. The first in his family to complete college, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health (Health Management and Policy option), minoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. He became involved with CLU as an intern in the summer of 2022. His role shifted towards co-coordinating a youth-led project for Corvallis-area high school students during the academic year, known as Youth en Acción. 11 Students worked together to identify issues within schools, and collected research, which they presented to Oregon Health Authority’s Youth Advisory Council. Gustavo’s free time usually includes staying physically active, in the form of running, basketball, biking, weight lifting, in addition to spending quality time with family and friends.

Jose Mendoza

Jose Mendoza

Community Health Worker, Lead Healthier Oregon CHW

Meet Jose

Jose Mendoza is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and immigrated to the United State at the age of 12. He is majoring in Psychology at Oregon State University and has an Associate’s degree in the same from Linn Benton Community College. Starting at Casa Latinos Unidos as a volunteer, he knew from the first day that he wanted to pursue a career with the organization. In his free time, Jose enjoys hiking and playing board games with family and friends. He especially loves to travel to see different waterfalls around Oregon. Jose works in the OHA Healthier Oregon project, providing system navigation and Oregon Health Plan enrollment support to individuals from the Latinx community.

Lidia Mendoza (She/Her/Ella)

Lidia Mendoza (She/Her/Ella)

Community Health Worker and Colonia Paz Coordinator

Meet Lidia

Lidia was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and was raised in Albany, OR from the age of 6 years old. Growing up, she joined sports like rugby, soccer, and track and field. Lidia worked as an agricultural worker for over six years before deciding to go back to college to get an accounting clerk certificate. While in school, she volunteered for the Greater Albany School district for about two years. After finishing her certificate, she worked at the Oregon Department of Revenue as a civil servant to Oregonians. After that, she wanted to help the Latinx community which led her to find Casa Latinos Unidos. Lidia is passionate about being a community health worker because she went through similar experiences some of CLU clients go through. She is grateful to get the opportunity to advocate for them. Lidia is a dog lover, and in her free time loves to read self-improvement books and enjoys hiking the beautiful trails Oregon has to offer.

Misael Enamorado (el/elle)

Misael Enamorado (el/elle)

Intake and Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Misael

Misael (el/elle) identifies as a first-generation Latinx individual. He was born and raised in Long Beach, California. His parents and family come from Mexico and parts of Central America. Growing up, Misael has always been a fan of photography and enjoyed taking pictures of family and friends with a cheap digital camera he purchased from the store. Although a hobby, photography is something that Misael hopes to continue to discover and learn more about in the future. Misael graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a double bachelor’s in Marketing and Sociology. While in school, he took on a Marketing and Public Relations internship at the Historic Rancho Los Cerritos site where he worked with social media, video editing, and bilingual programming. Once he graduated, Misael worked as a Marketing Representative for a social service nonprofit in Long Beach. There, he worked with the Latino/x and Spanish-speaking community and found his passion for advocating para la comunidad. Last year, he made the impulsive decision to move to Oregon and so far he’s enjoyed the beautiful sceneries and landscapes that this state offers. Misael is excited to continue learning and growing with the Casa Latinos Unidos team.

Preciosa Cantú

Preciosa Cantú

Community Health Worker

Meet Preciosa

Preciosa is originally from Texas and moved here in 2017. She began her career working as a waitress and in customer service. After some time, she graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with an associate degree and a certificate in Business Management, becoming the first in her family to earn a degree. During the pandemic, one of the most challenging times in our lives, Preciosa started her work in social services. She says, “The work I do at Casa Latinos Unidos is important to me because, as a Hispanic woman, it is crucial for the Latinx community to be educated on how to thrive in a country like the United States and to help the most vulnerable people.” Preciosa has two dogs and a cat. In her free time, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, go hiking, and embark on small adventures. She is excited to work with Casa Latinos Unidos.

Yanci Hernandez

Yanci Hernandez

Engagement and Community Building Coordinator

Meet Yanci

Yanci is originally from El Salvador and has been an Oregon resident for ten years. She has a B.A. Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University (Honors) with a minor in Psychology. Previously, Yanci graduated with an Associates degree in the same from Linn Benton Community College. Yanci is grateful to be part of Casa Latinos Unidos and to be able to help the Latinx community as the coordinator of the CLU Community Building programmatic area.