Staff

Noel Poyo

Executive Director

Noel Andrés Poyo is a national leader in the community development and asset building industry. His career has focused particularly on the following issues:

  • Integrating low-income people and immigrants into the mainstream financial services and real estate sectors of our economy;
  • Improving the livability and economic resilience of low-income neighborhoods and affordable housing communities;
  • Increasing effectiveness and innovation in municipal agencies; and,
  • Strengthening nonprofit organizations in the community development and asset building fields.

As the Executive Director of NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, Noel represents and serves a diverse national network of over 100 Latino-led community and economic development organizations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. He advocates nationally on behalf of the NALCAB membership and low-income Latino communities. As a private consultant, Noel developed an outstanding reputation for his work in connection with neighborhood redevelopment, troubled municipal agency recovery and the evaluation of community development programs. Noel has extensive experience working with diverse community leaders to operationalize their visions for community improvement through specific and measurable plans that lead to tangible, positive community change.

Noel is a frequent public speaker on topics related to building assets in communities of color and nonprofit innovation and he has been published and quoted in national media as well as industry publications, including numerous articles in Huffington Post Latino Voices.

A graduate of Yale University, Noel is bicultural and bilingual.  He is a proud husband and father of three girls.

Cynthia Arreola

Senior Federal Grants Manager

As Senior Federal Grants Manager, Cynthia is responsible for managing NALCAB’s federal grants for performance and compliance, ensuring strong internal systems and driving high quality implementation.  She works with senior staff on administrating funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s OneCPD Program, Fair Housing Initiative Program and Neighborhood Stabilization Program II. She also provides supplementary support on technical assistance and resource development projects as needed.

Prior to this position, Cynthia served as NALCAB’s Manager for Strategic Growth and Compliance in which she worked with Board of Directors and staff to develop NALCAB’s 20013-2017 strategic plan. She completed a NALCAB Community Development internship in 2007.

Cynthia, bilingual, received her BBA in International Business Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bilingual Business Certification from her studies in Mexico and Argentina.

Cynthia also serves on the Finance Committee of Housing Community Services, one of Texas' largest nonprofit affordable housing developers.

Carolina Buitrago

Research and Evaluation Program Coordinator

cbuitrago@nalcab.org /Direct Line (210) 625-4074

Carolina Buitrago joins NALCAB as the Research and Evaluation Program Coordinator. Carolina is responsible for conducting evaluations, research and analysis; grant writing, resource development and provide technical assistance to NALCAB members.

Carolina recently finished her Peace Corps Response service with the Secretary of Food Security and Nutrition in Guatemala. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistant in the Peace Corps, Carolina supported the implementation for monitoring and evaluating a national food security program focused on a 10 percent reduction in chronic malnutrition in children by 2016. Previously, she interned at Olneyville Housing Corporation in Rhode Island and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in India. While at UNICEF, Carolina co-wrote a paper and publication about a community-based HIV intervention program. Carolina also served as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde and in Colombia, her native country.

Carolina is a graduate of Clark University with a Master's degree in International Development and Social Change in Worcester, MA. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Anthropology. Carolina is fluent in English and Spanish and conversational in Italian, Portuguese and Creole.

Hilda Bustos

Communications Director

As Communications Director with NALCAB, Hilda is responsible for the development of NALCAB's communication strategy and strategic planning process. Specifically, Hilda manages all communications activities related to the promotion, enhancement and protection of the organization's brand reputation. With more than fifteen years in nonprofit and for profit leadership, media and government relations, Hilda has served in executive positions at WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Washington D.C., Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, and the San Antonio Water System. Hilda holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and in 2010 received the Philip J. Rutledge Award for Outstanding Capstone. A native of San Antonio, Hilda is an alumna of the National Urban Fellows, a fellowship program based in New York that develops accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, particularly people of color and women nationwide, to be leaders and change agents in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.

Sheila Cade

Senior Program Manager

scade@nalcab.org

Sheila Cade serves as Senior Program Manager for two of NALCAB’s national initiatives; Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC)/NALCAB’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) and the OneCPD program. As part of the NSP2 national management team, Sheila is responsible for providing technical guidance and support to the CPLC/NALCAB NSP2 National Consortium.  In her role with OneCPD, Sheila will implement, manage, coordinate and deliver specific training and assistance to local governments, nonprofit community and housing development organizations.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Sheila was the Director of Corporate Compliance for CPLC, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. In this position, Sheila directed and supervised the grants and contracts, risk management, and internal auditing departments ensuring 15 programs, including the NSP2 program met regulatory and funding compliance.

Sheila has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience to include grants and contract management, facilitating large community development housing projects, and collaborating with other nonprofits, municipalities, and federal agencies. She has experience utilizing private and federal funds to develop and implement programs for homeless families, the elderly, veterans, and persons with mental illnesses, and victims of domestic violence.

Sheila is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Organizational at Grand Canyon University. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Management from Western International University in Phoenix, AZ

Jeremy S. Carter

Program Director

As Program Director, Jeremy oversees NALCAB’s resource development, evaluation, and member services, as well as NALCAB’s Inversiones: A National Small Business Investment Initiative. Jeremy’s duties include providing technical assistance to accelerate the capacity and impact of member programming by opening access to capital from both federal and corporate/private sources and managing NALCAB’s fee-for-service contracts.

Jeremy came to NALCAB after having worked as Capacity Building Specialist for Nogales Community Development (NCD) in Nogales, AZ. With NCD he acted as grant writer and evaluator and worked to preserve Nogales’ historic downtown small business district. Jeremy also previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, where he worked with low-income families to develop asset-building projects that sought to increase family wealth, safeguard the health of livestock and diversify local agricultural production.

Jeremy, bilingual in English and Spanish, received his Bachelor of the Arts from UNC-Wilmington and his Masters of the Arts from the University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies where his studies focused on economic development and border studies. When he is not working, Jeremy enjoys soccer, baseball, reading, and spending time with his family.

Fernando Garcia

Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Fernando Garcia, CPA, has joined the NALCAB team as Director of Finance and Administration. As NALCAB’s Chief Financial Officer, Fernando brings the highest level of organizational leadership and strategic financial planning to the organization. With 30 years experience in private and public executive financial management, Fernando plays an important role in sustaining NALCAB’s fiscal growth and stability.

Fernando, who primarily supports executive management, will oversee all financial transactions and documentation as well as cash flow planning, asset management, and monitoring of financial strategies and investments.

Fernando’s responsibility includes ensuring that NALCAB practices the highest standards of nonprofit management and will maintain legal and regulatory compliance in all financial functions. He also manages operational support systems including accounting, human resources and information technology.

Fernando is fluent in English and Spanish, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Mary’s University.

Fernando is from San Antonio and is married to Diane, and together they have raised daughter, Catherine and son, Nicholas.

Celina Gomez

Accounting Manager

Celina Gomez joins NALCAB as Accounting Manager. In her role, Celina works directly with the accounting team to assist with financial and grant reporting and analysis.

Celina brings extensive experience in accounting and finance from a wide range of industries, including banking, construction, manufacturing, consulting and retail. Previous affiliations include H.B. Zachary Co., NBC of Texas, KEI Consultants, KLN Steel Products, and Alamo Iron Works. Before joining NALCAB, Celina was with Petco, a leading pet specialty retailer.

Celina graduated Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX.

Melinda Gonzalez

Program Coordinator

Melinda Gonzalez serves as a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, Melinda manages the NALCAB Colegio Community and Economic Development Fellowship Program and provides program support for NALCAB’s emerging communities, border region, entrepreneurship, and San Antonio Initiative programs.

In 2010, Melinda completed a Community Development Internship with NALCAB. Prior to joining NALCAB, she interned with Our Lady of the Lake University’s Communications and Marketing department and worked with the Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism, which links academic theory with hands-on practical experience and encourages students to use their education to respond to human need.

A graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts with a concentration in journalism and a minor in Social Welfare and Justice. She is a trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator and a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute, a program for community leaders who are passionate about serving and improving the conditions of San Antonio’s neighborhoods.

Ernie Hernandez

Program Manager

Ernie Hernandez is a Program Manager at NALCAB. Ernie manages the technical assistance and training for NALCAB’s $3.4 million HUD OneCPD program. Through the OneCPD program, he is responsible for conducting needs assessments, building management systems and delivering capacity building training to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies to state and local partners. Ernie also assists NALCAB members nationwide with fundraising, creating or expanding their small business development programs, as well as affordable housing development projects.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Ernie was the Project Monitor for Harris County Community Services Department in Houston, TX. In this position, Ernie ensured ongoing compliance and performed on-site monitor visits for affordable housing projects and internal county programs. He was also responsible for preparing affordable housing grant and loan agreements between the county and sub-recipients.

Ernie is bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.

Dawkins Hodges

Senior Technical Assistance Expert

As Senior Technical Assistance Expert, Dawkins Hodges is responsible for the implementation, management, coordination, and delivery of all phases of training and technical assistance for HUD’s OneCPD program. OneCPD is a “cross-program” approach intended to help grantees improve their management systems and capacity to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies. Dawkins provides technical assistance to city and state officials that manage Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs and communicates with HUD officials and NALCAB senior management.

Dawkins has over 30 years experience in community development with a focus on design and delivery of programs for homeownership and rehabilitation of single-family properties.  His career in housing and community development has produced 1,650 first-time low-and-moderate-income homeowners, 900 rehabilitated houses and 125 YouthBuild graduates creating over $350 million in economic and community impact.  He has administered CHDO, HOME, CDBG, HOPWA and state programs in Florida, California and North Carolina as a contractor or subrecipient.  Hodges has assisted over 50 municipalities and nonprofit grantees and subrecipients with NSP and related programs.  He has also provided leadership and assistance for recovery after hurricanes and wild fires.

Dawkins has a certificate from Harvard University for the NeighborWorks-sponsored Executive Education program Achieving Excellence in Community Development, and holds the HUD certificate HOME Specialist—Regulations. 

Levar Martin

Program Manager

Levar Martin has been elevated to the role of Program Manager. He now manages NALCAB’s work in Texas, including its San Antonio Hometown Initiative. For the last year and a half, Levar has served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director at NALCAB. In this role, Levar was responsible for supporting NALCAB’s Executive Director and in the areas of public policy research, general administration and resource development.

Levar joined NALCAB in 2011 as program coordinator of the U.S. HUD CPLC/NALCAB Neighborhood Stabilization Program Round 2 Consortium.  In this role, Levar has administered and implemented procedures to ensure the highest level of compliance with federal requirements for tracking the economic development impact of the housing and job sectors for 14 national consortium partners. Prior to joining NALCAB, Levar worked for the City of San Antonio’s Community Development Department.

A San Antonio native, Levar earned a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Studies from Trinity University and a Master’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Jessica Marzec

Accounting and Office Assistant

Jessica Marzec has joined NALCAB as the Accounting and Office Assistant and brings over 10 years of experience in office administration, store and sales operations. Before joining NALCAB, Jessica managed Gigi’s Cupcakes, a franchise bakery store. She managed overall store operations as well as the hiring and training of employees and reported directly to the franchise owner.

Originally from Houston, TX, Jessica, a mother of two beautiful children, enjoys baking cakes, pies, cookies and other delicious desserts. In her spare time, Jessica works at the San Antonio City Church Downtown preparing lesson plans and coordinating volunteers for the children’s ministry department.

Anne Pasmanick

External Affairs Advisor

With over 20 years of community development experience, Anne Pasmanick joins NALCAB as External Affairs Advisor. In her role, she is responsible for raising NALCAB’s profile and increasing opportunities for the network through public policy engagement and the cultivation of strategic partnerships. Anne will also develop, implement, and manage the execution of NALCAB’s national conference.

Anne has worked in both community-based and national organizations as a tenant organizer, advocate for low-income homeowners and renters, public policy strategist, trainer and technical assistance provider, and fundraiser.

As executive director of Community Training and Resource Center in New York City, she founded the School for Housing Organizers and the Alternative Sentencing Program, which partnered with New York City’s housing courts to send landlords with heat and hot water violations to training in building management in lieu of a fine. As executive director of the National Neighborhood Coalition in Washington, DC, Anne founded Connectivity, a publication focused on the policy and program innovations of local community development leaders, and a Speakers' Forum highlighting those innovators. As national coordinator of the Changing Charity Project, she convened nonprofit directors to examine the state of advocacy, revenue generation, and leaders of color in the nonprofit sector.

Anne holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Washington, DC. 

Emily Randle

Accountant

Emily Randle serves as the accountant for NALCAB. In her role, Emily supports the accounting and finance activities for NALCAB’s Director of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for preparing NALCAB’s financial reports, accounting reconciliation and journal entry.  Emily also assists with audits, budget development and account receivables.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Emily was an accountant for the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA), where she was charged with managing payables, receivables and reimbursements. She volunteered in fundraising activities within the UTSA community and interfaced with local community members to increase awareness and support for community service activities and programs.

A graduate of UTSA, Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a focus in statistics. Emily is currently working toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Carol Rodríguez

Member Resources and Training Director

As Member Resources and Training Director, Carol Rodriguez manages NALCAB’s grant making program.  NALCAB has awarded approximately $1.5 million in funds to over 70 qualifying organizations serving Latino communities in the country. Carol also provides one-on-one capacity building to NALCAB members in accessing capital and program and organizational development.  Carol implements national and regional training events where topics ranging from curriculum development for small businesses to assessing program impact ensure NALCAB members receive best practices in the community development field.

Carol directs the NALCAB Colegio: A Fellowship for Leaders in Community and Economic Development, which prepares the next generation of executives. The Fellowship is in its third year and has produced approximately 40 new and emerging Latino leaders.

Carol joined NALCAB after having served as Executive Director of the Community Leadership Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing community leadership development and training. She has more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector.

She is a City of San Antonio Board Commissioner for the Office of Urban Redevelopment appointed by the Mayor and City Council. She also serves as a board director for Conjunto Heritage Taller, a cultural arts nonprofit in San Antonio.

Carol is a trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator.

Eliana Rodríguez

Communications Coordinator

Eliana Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating a wide variety of communications activities including media relations (national and regional), membership relations, social media development, and website maintenance. Eliana also serves NALCAB as the editor of its on-line newsletter Noticias from NALCAB.  Eliana supports the management and implementation of national and regional conferences.  

In 2009, Eliana completed a community development internship at NALCAB. Before joining NALCAB, Eliana worked for KWEX-TV Univision 41 in San Antonio, TX as the Community Affairs and Promotions intern. She also held a Web and Promotions internship with News 8 Austin (now YNN), a 24/7 local news station owned by Time Warner Cable.

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Eliana moved to San Antonio, TX to attend Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). Eliana is a Cum Laude graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts with concentrations in public relations and journalism. Eliana is bilingual and holds a multi-linguistic certification from OLLU.

Christopher W. Sanchez

Program Director

As Program Director, Christopher serves as NALCAB's lead for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program II.

Christopher launched his career at White Sands Federal Credit Union where he served as the Quality Assurance Manager. Later, he went on to work for Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation (TDS) where he served as the Homeownership Center Director. Christopher served on various housing related boards and was instrumental in the success of a "self help" affordable housing project that created 36 new housing units. He also helped to develop an "In-Fill" housing project that successfully created 12 new housing units in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods within the city.

Christopher is also a certified Homebuyer Education Facilitator, conducted several financial literacy workshops and assisted in the creation of a rural IDA program. In recognition of his accomplishments at TDS, Christopher was recruited by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to assist in the development of their Emerging Markets Program where he was instrumental in creating homeownership opportunities for underserved minority communities. Christopher utilized his mortgage lending skills to successfully match borrowers with "First Time Homebuyer" bond funds and other down payment assistance grants intended for low and moderate income families. Christopher is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and holds a BA in Political Science, with a minor in Management.

Storm Taliaferrow

Program Coordinator

Storm Taliaferrow joins NALCAB as Program Coordinator. In this role, Storm supports the Senior Program Manager with resource development, member services and impact assessment efforts. Storm provides direct technical assistance to NALCAB member organizations and partners, focused primarily on opening access to capital. Storm also manages NALCAB’s annual membership drive.

Storm previously worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for the Economic Development’s Center for Community and Business Research conducting demographic research and economic impact analysis. Originally, from New York, NY, Storm has over seven years of experience working with financial services companies including Prudential Insurance and Lazard Frères. She has served on the Finance and Investment Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation and was an Interim Program Coordinator at The Barshop Jewish Community Center in San Antonio.

A graduate of Harvard University, Storm holds a B.A. in Government. She is also a Bexar County Master Gardener, a mother of two, and an avid soccer player.

Tamara Verschoyle

Program Assistant

tverschoyle@nalcab.org /Direct Line (210) 702-3339

Tamara Verschoyle is a Program Assistant at NALCAB. In her role, Tamara is responsible for carrying out administrative and programmatic activities for the organization’s Member Resources and Training program. She provides support in organizing and coordinating events, trainings, meetings, webinars as well as assist with writing reports, and grant applications and conducting research for NALCAB’s resource development projects.

Tamara has over 15 years of administrative experience working with nonprofit organizations in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining NALCAB, Tamara was the RAMP (Repair and Modification Program) Manager at the San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation where she researched, wrote and managed grants. She also recruited and trained volunteers and service-learning participants through partnerships with service organizations, schools, churches and businesses. Tamara has also worked for one of NALCAB’s member, Merced Housing Texas.

Tamara is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys camping and travelling with her family.

Firdos Vohra

Compliance Coordinator

Firdos Vohra joins NALCAB as Compliance Coordinator. In her role, Firdos supports organizational governance, strategic planning and compliance. As a contract administrator she is responsible for crafting policies, procedures and reports for federal and private grants.

Firdos hails from Austin, Texas where she served as the Client Satisfaction Specialist for MOOD MEDIA, a commercial media services company. In this previous capacity, Firdos served as the first line of contact to resolve pressing issues related to clients contracts, reconcile accounts and facilitate the smooth delivery of final products.    

A graduate of The University of Texas in Austin, Firdos holds a Master of Business Administration. Firdos graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University where she served as a part of the area’s first AmeriCorps team.