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.
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.
We envision a Latinx community in Sonoma County that has equitable opportunities to lead healthy, just, resilient lives.
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Prior to moving to Sonoma County he was Director of Business Support Services and Director of Engagement and Public Relations for a large community based organization in Bakersfield, CA.
In his current capacity Oscar oversees the County’s Upstream Investments Initiative; a policy framework designed to strengthen our community’s ability to implement evidence informed practices and shift funding towards prevention. He is also responsible for the Department’s planning, research and evaluation functions as well as community and client engagement.
Oscar serves on the board of the Community Foundation, Sonoma County; member of the California Stewardship Network, a statewide effort to promote regional economies and civic entrepreneurship; steering committee member for Rise Together, a nine-county Bay Area initiative to cut poverty in half by 2020. He is the past co-chair of the Sonoma County Health Action Council and Sonoma County Innovation Action Council; former trustee, Windsor Unified School District and former commissioner of First 5 Sonoma County.
In 2008 he was chosen as one of the North Bay’s “40 under 40” leaders by the North Bay Business Journal; the recipient of the 2012 Sonoma County Jefferson Award and the 2012 North Bay Business Journal non-profit leadership award. In 2016 his was recognized as a HipGiver by Hispanics in Philanthropy. Oscar lives in Windsor with his wife Christine and their four boys (Cooper, Fischer, Greyson and Harrison)
She has over 25 years of professional experience specializing in program management, experiential education, youth development, grassroots organizing, and community engagement serving diverse populations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Facendini is passionate about working alongside the community to develop strategies to build resiliency and overcome disparities.
She has a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in Environmental & Social Justice from Sonoma State University, and an Urban Environmental Education certificate from Cornell University. Bethany is a fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy and a graduate of the Sonoma County Local Leaders Academy.
In addition to her volunteering on the LSP Board of Directors, Martha has contributed to fundraising for several local organizations, including LSP, The Living Room, ArtStart, Face-to-Face, and the Sonoma County Museum. Martha has worked at Better Homes and Gardens Wine Country Group Real Estate since 2014.
As a realtor, Martha pledges a portion of each sales commission to local nonprofits. Prior to selling homes, she spent for more than 20 years as an organization development consultant and worked in public health policy on the local, state and national level, ending her nonprofit career as the executive director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. Martha earned a master’s degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco and was an adjunct instructor for several years in the management degree program at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a past Commissioner on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women and was the chairperson of the Sonoma County Hepatitis C Task Force.
Growing up on a remote farm in Puerto Rico, where survival was dependent upon community collaboration, shaped my desire to have a career in public service. The current social, economic and political climate has galvanized my need to be part of the solution.
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.”
As a people operations professional, Bianca is proud to work at Recology where she ensures employees have the tools, support and workplace culture that enables them to successfully lead the resource recovery industry to a greener future. Bianca enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets. She has a passion for travel and has been fortunate to live in Mexico and Italy. She’s a member of Impact100’s network of Sonoma County women who share a passion for social justice and philanthropy. Bianca has been an AmeriCorps community service leader and is active in many non-profits, including Latino Service Providers, Sonoma State University Alumni Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
After several years of a career in food marketing and social media in Sonoma County, Aura moved to St. Louis, MO for two years to get her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in policy. She has spent the last three years organizing and working to advance the labor rights of Latinx and immigrant communities using a racial equity framework.
My interest in community outreach has been a passion of mine since my first days in the Educational Opportunity Program as a freshman. I have done digital marketing work that advances equity in housing policy and increases participation in housing policy decisions. More recently, I have been working on engaging projects investigating various issues related to the higher education experience of Latinx students. I am looking forward to getting my Masters in Public Policy and Community Organizing.
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:
- Youth Promotores recruitment and selection
- Educational trainings/informational workshops on Mental Health, culture and other relevant topics
- Be a guest speaker and ongoing resource for Youth Promotor training
- Community liaison to identify school and community settings for pláticas
- Provide input and review evaluation methodology, instruments, findings
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 837-9577.
Interested in joining the concilio or becoming a member? Explore our Become a Member section below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BECOME A MEMBER
Latino Service Providers (LSP) invites you to join this vibrant and inclusive group of change agents working in Sonoma County for the Latino community and the community at large. LSP is committed to enhancing the quality of life and support of the Latino community.
For nearly 30 years and counting Latino Service Providers Sonoma County has worked 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 Latino population.
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EVENT CALENDAR AND MONTHLY MEETINGS
Monthly LSP Meetings help members collaborate and create stronger community networks in Sonoma County. Every month a new host agency provides meeting space and information about their organization, programs and services. Attendees introduce themselves and make announcements about their organizations or groups, and are encouraged to bring educational materials to share. All community members are welcome!
IN THE PRESS
- 2016-2017, Certification from California Department of Public Health for California Reducing Disparities Project Phase II from Capacity Building Pilot Project to Implementation Pilot Project
- 2015, Resolution from the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma for 25 years of service
- 2011, Certificate of Recognition for 20 Years of Service from the City of Santa Rosa
- 2011, Certificate of Special Recognition for 20 Years of Service from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
- 2011, Resolution from the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma for 20 Years of Service to the Hispanic Community
- 2009, Resolution from the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma to Wanda Tapia, Founding Member of LSP, for 27 years of service
- The Press Democrat, 2016, «Latino Service Providers-Sonoma County has $1 million grant to improve Latino mental health«
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