Noel Poyo

Executive Director

  • 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

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Cynthia is responsible for leading the organizations efforts on organizational development, governance and impact assessment. Works closely with the Executive Team in a strategic and facilitative role to address short term initiatives, construct organizational plans, and develop solutions while creating resiliency and maintaining infrastructure. Enables collaboration by working closely with all departments and reports progress to management. She also provides supplementary support on technical assistance and resource development projects as needed.

Prior to this position, Cynthia served as NALCAB’s Senior Federal Grants Manager in which she worked with 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. During her tenure, Ms. Arreola worked with NALCAB 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.

Carolina Buitrago

Program Coordinator /Direct Line (210) 625-4074

Carolina Buitrago serves as Program Coordinator at NALCAB. 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.

Sheila Cade

Senior Grants and Compliance Administrator Line (602) 714-7043

Sheila Cade serves as Senior Contracts and Compliance Administrator. Sheila is responsible for coordinating and reviewing the formulation and finalization of all NALCAB awards, contracts, and sub recipient agreements and ensuring compliance of appropriate contract regulations. Ms. Cade is also an integral team member of 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 implements, manages, coordinates, and delivers specific trainings, processes, and administrative support to NALCAB staff and consultant partners.

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 compliance, 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 including 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, 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. Ms. Cade is also a Certified Housing Development Financial Professional through the National Development Council.

Jeremy S. Carter

Chief Development Officer

Paul DeManche

Program Coordinator Line (210) 399-4536

Paul DeManche is a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In this role, Paul provides program support for NALCAB's Equitable Neighborhood Development and Rural Capacity Building programs. Before joining NALCAB, Paul worked as a community liaison with the Neighborhoods Partnership Network in New Orleans. He connected residents and community organizations to capacity building opportunities focusing on critical urban issues. 

Paul has also worked with the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. At CoLab, Paul managed a fellowship program that brought together a group of labor and community leaders from around the U.S. to investigate new approaches to organizing. As part of his work with a real estate development company in Panama City, Panama, Paul managed a community center, administered properties containing a small business incubator, and co-designed a rehabilitation, job-training and entrepreneurship program for at-risk and gang-affiliated young men.

Paul has a master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in International Development from McGill University.

Fernando Garcia

Chief Financial Officer

As NALCAB’s Chief Financial Officer, Fernando brings the highest level of organizational leadership and strategic financial planning to the organization. He has over 30 years of progressive executive financial management experience that includes audit and tax consulting services to nonprofit, real estate, partnership and corporate entities. Prior to joining NALCAB Fernando served in a CFO-level position at another nationally recognized nonprofit and operated his own accounting and tax consulting practice.

Fernando plays an important role in sustaining NALCAB’s fiscal growth and stability and oversees all financial activity, including cash flow planning, asset management, and monitoring of financial strategies and investments. He ensures that NALCAB practices the highest standards of nonprofit management and maintains legal and regulatory compliance in all financial functions.  Fernando’s responsibilities include managing the finance, accounting, human resources and information technology operational support systems. He is adept in streamlining financial processes, introducing process improvements, and implementing technology solutions.

Fernando is fluent in English and Spanish and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Celina Gomez

Senior Accounting Manager

Celina Gomez serves as NALCAB’s as Senior Accounting Manager. In her role, Celina manages the accounting team to ensure efficiency and compliance throughout all 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. Her previous affiliations include H.B. Zachary Co., NBC of Texas, KEI Consultants, KLN Steel Products, and Alamo Iron Works, and Petco.

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 Manager

Melinda Gonzalez serves as a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, Melinda manages the NALCAB ColegioCommunity Economic Development Fellowship Program and provides programmatic support in the areas of small business development and family financial capability, with a current focus on NALCAB’s grant making and technical assistance efforts in the Southern region of the United States.  In the past Melinda has coordinated and assisted with curriculum development for NALCAB’s National and Regional trainings, recently leading the Train-the-Trainer to support Latino Entrepreneurship during NALCAB’s 2014 National Training.

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.

Melinda is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in journalism and a minor in Social Welfare and Justice from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.  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.

Nicole Goodman

Program Coordinator / Direct Line (210) 702-3339

Nicole Goodman is a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, Nicole provides program support for NALCAB’s Equitable Neighborhood Development work, as well as Small Business Lending programs as a part of NALCAB’s Inversiones: Small Business Development Initiative. She is responsible for research and analysis, assisting with writing reports, responding to technical assistance needs of member organizations, as well as planning and organizing program-related trainings and events.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Nicole was the Research Analyst/Project Manager for Centro San Antonio, a downtown community development corporation. In her role, she managed databases on businesses and properties in the downtown area and developed downtown’s first commercial property market reports. Nicole also conducted research related to the organization’s initiatives such as policy development, survey work, GIS mapping, and general data, as well as managing select community planning efforts. Nicole has also worked as an SA2020 Downtown Development Fellow, as well as a Programs Support Intern at NALCAB.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Issues and Policy from Trinity University.

Dawkins Hodges

Senior Technical Assistance Expert

As Senior Technical Assistance Expert, Dawkins Hodges is responsible for the implementation, management, coordination, and delivery of technical assistance (TA) for several programs. Community Compass is a “cross-program” approach developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intended to help grantees improve their management systems and capacity to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies, sometimes including TA. Dawkins provides TA to city and state officials that manage HUD programs and provides assistance to NALCAB members and other asset builders through economic development and rural programs.

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 60 municipalities and nonprofit grantees and subrecipients using HUD programs. 

Dawkins has a certificate from Harvard University for the Executive Education program Achieving Excellence in Community Development, and holds the HUD certificate HOME Specialist—Regulations.  He has a Master’s degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Bachelor’s degree from N.C. Wesleyan College and an Associate’s degree from Haywood Community College.  He works from Los Angeles. In 2012, he led a small crew to Bangladesh in 2012 to help build ten houses with Habitat for Humanity in the country where he previously worked for five years in community development helping to move people out of extreme poverty.

Levar Martin

Senior Program Manager

Levar Martin has been elevated to the role of Senior Program Manager. He oversees NALCAB's Equitable Neighborhood Development program area, including its San Antonio Hometown Initiative and other work in Texas; NALCAB's capacity building efforts in the Southern region of the United States; the Colegio Fellowship Program; national focus on real estate related policies and the impact on neighborhood change; and the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into NALCAB's work. For the last year, Levar served as Program Manager of NALCAB's Member Resources and Training, and in the previous year and a half before that, Levar served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director. In this role, Levar was responsible for supporting NALCAB's Executive Director in the areas of public policy research, general administration and resource development.

Levar joined NALCAB in 2011 as program assistant, and then 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 as a Manager for a small business for 5 years and spent a semester as an intern in the City of San Antonio's Department of Planning and Community Development, focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)..

A San Antonio native, Levar earned a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Studies from Trinity University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Jessica Marzec

Accounting and Office Assistant

Jessica Marzec serves as NALCAB’s as Accounting and Office Assistant. In this role, Jessica supports the CFO and accounting team by providing general financial and administrative support and acts as a liaison for technology support and facilities contractors to ensure the smooth operations of NALCAB’s headquarters.  Jessica also supports the event planning, catering, and logistics of NALCAB’s trainings, conferences and other events.  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.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Texas State University.

Anne Pasmanick

Director of External Affairs

/Direct Line (202) 236-7971

With over 20 years of community development experience, Anne Pasmanick is NALCAB's Director of External Affairs. 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 also develops, implements, and manages 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 M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Emily Randle

Senior Accountant

/Direct Line (210) 446-4283

Emily Randle serves as the senior accountant for NALCAB. In her role, Emily supports the accounting and finance activities for NALCAB’s 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

Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Carol Rodriguez manages NALCAB’s programmatic work, including equitable neighborhood development, small business development and family financial capability. In addition, she oversees NALCAB’s federally-funded technical assistance programs to municipalities, states and rural nonprofit asset builders. Carol directs NALCAB's grant making program and training events to ensure NALCAB members receive best practices in the community development field.

She also guides the NALCAB Colegio: A Fellowship for Leaders in Community and Economic Development, which prepares the next generation of executives. The Fellowship is in its fifth year and has produced 52 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 at the national, state and local level. Her work has focused on expanding asset building and leadership opportunities for low income people.

She is a certified Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator, and a founder and former board director for Conjunto Heritage Taller, a cultural arts nonprofit in San Antonio. 

Carol is bilingual and has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from Southwest Texas State University.

Christopher W. Sanchez

Program Director

As Program Director, Christopher serves as NALCAB's lead for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program II, and he has helped NALCAB to set up its Federal Technical Assistance Program, which was made possible by funding provided by HUD’s One CPD Program and more recently, HUD’s Rural Capacity Building TA Program. Chris also has been involved in the management of NALCAB’s Northwest Area Foundation Grant Program, which seeks to expand the capacity of member organizations in the 8 state region of the Northwestern United States. 

Christopher launched his career at White Sands Federal Credit Union where he served as the Quality Assurance Manager, responsible for managing a multi-million dollar loan portfolio.  Later, he went on to work for Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation (TDS) where he served as the Homeownership Center Director. Christopher has served on various housing related boards and was instrumental in the success of a self-help affordable housing project that created a brand new 36 unit subdivision. He also developed an infill housing project that successfully created 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 knowledge of financial markets and products 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

Resource Development and Membership Manager

Storm oversees NALCAB's efforts to support economic development organizations through opening access to capital and other technical assistance. She also manages resource development including developing grant applications from NALCAB to federal and private/corporate foundation sources, tracks NALCAB’s impact and services provided to members, and directs the annual membership drive.

Before joining NALCAB, Storm worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development’s Center for Community and Business Research conducting analysis on projects ranging from the economic impact of toll roads to a health care needs assessment for Texas counties in the Eagle Ford Shale. Originally, from New York, NY, Storm has over ten 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. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, gardening, and volunteering for 4-H.

Victoria Cortinas

Communications Assistant /Direct Line (210) 446-4282

Victoria Cortinas, NALCAB Communications Assistant, is responsible for creating marketing material for NALCAB events and providing media support for NALCAB training and programs. Those programs include The Colegio Fellowship Program, Equitable Neighborhood Development Symposium and the National Conference. Victoria’s other responsibilities include conducting interviews, updating NALCAB web content, and organizing the NALCAB newsletter.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Victoria interned as a reporter for La Prensa, a bilingual newspaper in San Antonio. Victoria earned her BA in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word, where she studied Journalism and Broadcasting.

Holly Frindell

Senior Program Manager /Direct Line (210) 399-4532

Holly Frindell serves as Senior Program Manager. She oversees NALCAB’s the Small Business Development and Financial Capability program areas.

Holly brings over 7 years of experience in municipal and non-profit program management addressing issues such as financial empowerment, economic development and homelessness. Prior to joining NALCAB, she worked for the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, where she coordinated the implementation of the San Antonio’s first ever Financial Empowerment Centers to provide free, one-on-one financial counseling to San Antonio residents. At the New York City Department of Homeless Services, she helped develop and implement an innovative rental subsidy program with a cash match component, working closely with national asset building organizations, national and local funders, local credit unions and banks and community based organizations to build an effective program. She also served as a fulltime volunteer for a year at Mercy Center in the South Bronx, a community center that empowers women and their families to develop skills for healthy family living and economic advancement.

Holly earned her master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School and her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Spanish from Trinity University.

Melissa Ramos

Program Assistant Line (210) 767-3098

Melissa Ramos joined NALCAB in early 2015 as a program intern and has continued her career at NALCAB as a Program Assistant. She supports all of NALCAB's programmatic areas which include: Equitable Neighborhood Development, Small Business Growth, and Financial Capability. Her focus consists of scheduling and logistics of national training events, GIS mapping, and research related to affordable housing policies and community economic development.

Melissa worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research, which is housed in the College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In her role as a graduate assistant, Melissa used GIS, Google Sketchup and Adobe Photoshop to create 3D visuals that helps address ongoing planning concerns in Texas cities. She had also interned for the City of Cibolo, TX, in the Planning & Engineering Deptartment developing her experience, knowledge, and skills in planning by assisting City Planner with projects and tasks that addressed citizen’s concerns and current needs to planning.

Melissa is a San Antonio native, bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. Melissa also studied abroad in Paris, France. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UTSA with a specialization in Housing and Sustainable Community Development.