OUR STORY

Latino Service Providers (LSP) works with community partners to engage, collaborate, and exchange valuable information; to increase awareness of available resources, access to programs and services; to influence public policy, delivery of services, enhance inter-agency communication; and to promote professional development within the Latinx community.

Latino Service Providers was founded in 1989, in response to helping the Latinx community in Sonoma County obtain knowledge and access to resources to enrich lives and help improve our communities. Our nonprofit organization currently comprises over 1,400 members from a broad spectrum of the community, including a diverse group of individuals, community-based organizations and local businesses. We come together to educate and network in support of the Latinx community, to improve access to healthcare, mental health services, education, legal support and other social services available in our area.

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OUR MISSION

The mission of Latino Service Providers (LSP) is to serve as a bridge across generations in the Latinx community. We do this by advancing the development of young leaders, building awareness about health and wellness, culture, social issues, and advocating for equity.

OUR VISION

We envision a Latinx community in Sonoma County that has equitable opportunities to lead healthy, just, resilient lives.

OUR VALUES

  • Equity + Inclusion: We believe we all have the right to belong.

  • Community Voice + Power: We believe community voice equals power and that our leaders are from our communities.

  • Partnerships + Education: We believe innovative programs and partnerships strengthen the future.

  • Interdependence + Intergenerational: We believe our culture and values connect us across generations.

MEET THE LSP TEAM

Stephanie Manieri
Stephanie ManieriExecutive Director
Saraisabel Virgen
Saraisabel VirgenAssociate Director
Magalli Larque
Magalli LarqueDirector of Programs
Alayza Cervantes
Alayza CervantesCommunity Engagement Manager
Margarito Cristian Gutierrez
Margarito Cristian GutierrezProgram Manager
Alex Sosa
Alex SosaOffice Manager
Sarahi HernandezProgram Coordinator
Vacant Community Engagement Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Interested in joining the board or becoming a member? Explore our Become a Member section below.

Scott Alonso
Scott AlonsoBoard President
Allison GutierrezVice President
Joel GuerreroTreasurer
Omar Lopez
Omar LopezSecretary
Luigi Valencia
Luigi Valencia At-large

Luigi was born and raised in Santa Rosa. His family came to California from Mexico for a better opportunity. Growing up on the south side of Santa Rosa, Luigi experienced his family involved in the gang life. This fueled his drive for the career choices he has made. Luigi wanted to commit his career to helping people.

As a therapist in the community, Luigi works with ages 8-75 years of age. From all walks of life; regardless of gender, social class or story… Luigi desires to help bridge people’s pain/trauma to their behavior. A proponent of the mantra, “Awareness creates choice which creates power,” Luigi hopes to bring to light the things we wish to change through our maladaptive behaviors.

Luigi is currently the SOS Community Counseling Justice Director responsible for county contracts with Amarosa continuing education school, Mobile Support Team, and two diversion programs (Sonoma County Sheriffs Department and Healdbsurg Police Department

Luigi brings his clinical perspective to the Latino service providers. Hoping to continue to de-stigmatize mental health throughout the LatinX community. “I just want to begin the discussion of incorporating all possibilities of healing.”

Jessica Martinez Reyes
Jessica Martinez ReyesAt-large

Jessica Martinez Reyes recently joined  Latino Service Providers Board of Directors as a YP Representative while also being a part of LSP’s Youth Promotor internship program. Jessica is from Santa Rosa and graduated from Piner High School in 2020. Currently, she is attending Santa Rosa Junior College working towards becoming a sonographer. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time outside, whether that be taking a walk or playing with her nieces and nephews, dancing to any type of Mexican music, and spending quality time with family. She’s  excited  to support the present Youth Promotores and voice their needs within the program. Jessica hopes to support creativity and growth for LSP as a whole. She wants to be a pillar in our organization and uplift the voices of the community.

Oscar Villalobos
Oscar Villalobos At-large

CONCILIO MEMBERS

The Concilio (Voluntary Community Advisors) is  a key component in ensuring  the project addresses mental health disparities with a culturally relevant approach in a diverse Latino community. By design, the Concilio has the role to influence and impact multiple areas of the Community-Defined, culturally appropriate, Evidence Practice (CDEP).

Specifically, Concilio members are asked to participate in one or more of three committees:

1) Youth Promotores Training Curriculum Committee, 2) Community Outreach and Engagement Committee and 3) Evaluation Committee.

The three committees will provide support in the following categories:

  1. Youth Promotores recruitment and selection
  2. Educational trainings/informational workshops on Mental Health, culture and other relevant topics
  3. Be a guest speaker and ongoing resource for Youth Promotor training
  4. Community liaison to identify school and community settings for pláticas
  5. Provide input and review evaluation methodology, instruments, findings
  6. Be an ambassador for Testimonios, distribute evaluation findings

An interested volunteer will attend a Concilio meeting as an observer and have an informational interview with the Executive Director and at least one Concilio member. All new members will attend an orientation prior to appointment. There are not set terms for Concilio membership; however, at least one year of participation is encouraged for content and relationship continuity.

Questions, contact Guadalupe Navarro via email gnavarro@latinoserviceproviders.org or  call (707) 837-9577.

Interested in joining the concilio or becoming a member? Explore our Become a Member section below.

Kembly Astua Mahiri
Kembly Astua MahiriConcilio Member

Kembly Astua Mahiri is originally from Costa Rica and grew up in Sonoma County as the oldest daughter of migrant farmworkers. She graduated from Piner High School after having participated in college preparation programs like Migrant Education and Upward Bound.

She also became involved in peer education programs like LSP. Her dream was to pursue higher education in a helping profession. Kembly was accepted to Sonoma State University and decided to pursue a degree in Sociology due to her strong interest in understanding human behavior and the relationship between people and their communities. After receiving her B.A. in Sociology, she went to work for a local non-profit serving at risk adolescents. This work inspired her to pursue her Master Degree in Social Work to gain more education on promoting the well-being of individuals and communities.

Miguel Loeza
Miguel LoezaConcilio Member

I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and came to the US at the age of 4 and grew up in the in the central valley. I attended University of California, Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree and obtained a B.S. in Sociology.

I then pursued my Masters at Sonoma State University and received a Masters in Counseling with a PPSC credential. I have been working since 2010 for Seneca Family of Agencies, a non-profit that works with youth and families in the community that are involved in a system, either Family Youth and Children’s Services, Probation, or Behavioral Health. Seneca provides behavioral skill building and coaching, assessment, therapy, psychiatry and case management services to address the mental health needs of youth and families.

Dory Magasis Escobar
Dory Magasis EscobarConcilio Member

While beginning her career in the 1980’s in the field of psychology, Dory Magasis Escobar, PhD has focused her work for the last several decades primarily on community organizing, coalition building, and grassroots leadership development.

As Director of Healthy Communities and then of Community Benefit at St. Joseph Health Sonoma County for 13 years, Dory oversaw community organizing, collaboration and other Healthy Communities programs; as well as the organization’s Community Benefit planning and reporting. Dory’s innovative integration of community organizing and collaboration into hospital Community Benefit work led to her participation in national work groups convened by the CDC, Dept. of Health & Human Services, and the Obama Administration’s White House Office on Neighborhood and Faith-Based Partnerships. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Dory worked for 11 years in El Salvador in the areas of community mental health, community-based rehabilitation, community organizing, and coalition building.

Her experience excludes training community health workers, or promotorxs de salud; as well as working with promotorxs and their supervising institutions on how to understand and address the risk and protective factors for secondary stress and traumatization that are experienced at community, institutional and personal levels. Dory founded Coaction Institute to help build capacity of community leaders and institutions such as community-based organizations, hospitals, public health agencies, other community stakeholders seeking to increase and enhance their capacities in collaboration, strategic planning and program evaluation, and authentic community engagement. Currently, Dr. Escobar also coordinates the Applied Practice Experience component of the University of San Francisco’s Master of Public Health program, in which she teaches Public Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation; Cultural Awareness and Humility for Health; Leadership; Collaboration and Community Organizing; and Applied Practice Experience Preparation and Seminars.

Luisa McInnis
Luisa McInnis Concilio Member

Luisa McInnis is the Division Director, Assistant Vice President at Robert Half International. She manages both the Account Temps & Salaried Professional Service divisions where she specializes in supporting various organizations throughout the North Bay area with accounting and finance support staff.

She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 2016, while also competing on the volleyball and track & field teams. After graduating, she returned to her home town of Santa Rosa, CA and immediately began her involvement in the volleyball community of Sonoma County.

Cesia Jovel
Cesia JovelConcilio Member

My name is Cesia Jovel, pronouns are she/her/ella, I am a first-generation immigrant born in San Salvador, El Salvador.

I have lived in Sonoma County since I moved at 13 years-old to the U.S. in 2009. I attended Rancho Cotate High School, where I was part of the college-bound program, Upward Bound. I am also a first-generation college and graduate student where I earned my B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, I am a second-year graduate student at the University of San Francisco pursuing my M.A. in Counseling Psychology while also working at the YWCA of Sonoma County as Intake Coordinator in the Therapy Program.

Yesenia Hurtado-Rodarte
Yesenia Hurtado-RodarteConcilio Member

Yesenia Hurtado-Rodarte spent most of her life in southern California, where blue skies and sunshine meet the echoes of fans cheering the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2015, she relocated to Sonoma County to work at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) as an Outreach Coordinator; she later transitioned into her current role as a bilingual counselor for the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) at SRJC. Yesenia’s professional experience and background have significantly focused on promoting educational equity and access for all students. She has extensive experience advocating for historically underserved students, such as foster youth, probation youth, and parenting youth. Collaborating with LSP on the Youth Promotores project is an opportunity to continue empowering young Latinx individuals to improve self-advocacy, de-stigmatize mental health and develop professional growth opportunities.

Brayan Araiza
Brayan AraizaConcilio Member
Enedina Avelar
Enedina Avelar Concilio Member
Francisico Vazquez
Francisico VazquezConcilio Member

CONTACT US

Whether you’re looking for resources, want to volunteer, donate, or simply learn more, we welcome you to get in touch.

Contact

Office Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
Office Phone (707) 837-9577
Email: admin@latinoserviceproviders.org