Team Category: Team

Omayra Chiclana-Ayala

Career Placement Coordinator

Omayra Chiclana-Ayala

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Omayra graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. 

She has worked with the Latinx community in Minnesota for more than 15 years as a community leader and coordinator of childcare and early education training. 

In her spare time, she volunteers for a community organization called Boriken Cultural Center. She also enjoys singing traditional Puerto Rican music at community events.

Eduardo Chávez

Graphic Designer

Eduardo Chávez

Mexican graphic communicator, illustrator and photographer graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. He has worked for universities and other institutions such as UNAM, UAM and ILCE, as well as some independent cultural and social groups such as: Teatro pique repique y capote, “Música Ombligo”, Tikosó, Radio Ñomnda, among others. He is also a temporary collaborator in organizations such as Frontline Freelance México, Chinampayolo and Tianquiskilitl. In 2019, he participated in the editorial design of Andalusia Knoll’s book “Vivos se los llevaron, vivos los quiero” (about the 43 people from Ayotzinapa). In December 2020, he began to work in a very committed and proud way for COPAL, contributing his work in graphic communication. In addition, since the beginning of it, he has supported local producers collaborating in the development and consulting of the brand and product.

Pamela Lebert

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Pamela Lebert

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lived there until 2010. That same year, I was adopted and started living in St. Paul with my 4 siblings. I am studying Spanish with a focus on social work at Bethel University. I have a passion for working with children specifically. I hope one day to return to Colombia and apply everything I have learned in the United States there.

Ana García

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Ana García

I am Ana García, the mother of two beautiful princesses. I have a beautiful family that God has lent me. I have had the opportunity to be a bridge, to help our Hispanic community. I feel very happy and proud of the privilege of working for COPAL. 
My thought is: that as people, we are light and every day we make that light shine for someone else. I hope in God to continue being it in my field of work, with care and efficiency

Brenda Senteno

Communications Intern

Brenda Senteno

Brenda was born in Jalisco, Mexico. She came to the United States when she was only 4 years old. Brenda grew up in both the south and north side of Minneapolis. She was in student council through all her high school years. Brenda graduated from VOA High School in South Minneapolis. Brenda is studying Communications and Human Resources at MCTC. Brenda has worked with ROCMN (Restaurant Opportunity Center) as well as MIGIZI. Brenda has been our communications intern since July 2020. She has a passion for equality for all and social justice. Brenda strives to bring justice, peace, kindness, and equality for all.

Josefina Flandes

Community Outreach

Josefina Flandes

My name is Josefina Flandes I am originally from Mexico City D.F. I am married to Gregorio Montejo, Engineer with a degree in Agriculture, I have four children, plus my husband there are 5 in total. They are all graduates, and two are at the University of Minnesota I can proudly say they belong to the National Honor Society.

I am a graduate of the Universidad Veracruzana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with courses in Leadership, Human Relations, Taxes, Statistics and Budgets.

I came to the United States more than 20 years ago, I have been a community volunteer for more than 17 years, I have worked as a volunteer & nbsp; in the educational system to increase the graduation rating of students of Latino origin, & nbsp; over 4 years I had a program at the Nobles County Library, & nbsp; I have also worked with & nbsp; & nbsp; Nobles County Integration & nbsp; Collaborative & nbsp; with junior high and high school youth programs in & nbsp; cultural, he & nbsp; participates in the Nobles County International Festival Committee, Also in the Even Start and Ged Start Programs, working with Latino families. At the YMCA, support and assist in fundraising programs for low-income children who can participate in sports.

In the United States I took my GED, I have courses in leadership, economics, Human Relations and many more that I already forgot.
My passion is to work closely with Latino families, and to be the means of connection so that they can have access to aid programs and organizations that allow them to get ahead and have a better life.

I feel proud and it is an honor for me to work with COPAL and above all to have the opportunity to continue helping my people.

Eddy Olson-Enamorado

Environmental Justice Intern

Eddy Olson-Enamorado

Eddy Olson-Enamorado was born in the Twin Cities and is the son of Guatemalan immigrant. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology, Society, and the Environment (BSE) at the University of Minnesota. He hopes that with his knowledge and experiences, he can help develop and promote an environmental framework that incorporates sustainability, conservation, and a deeper understanding of how environmental issues disproportionately impact frontline communities and historically underrepresented groups.

Cecilia Calabria

Health and Wellness Director

Cecilia Calabria

Cecilia Calabria was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in Bariloche, Argentina, in northern Patagonia. In Argentina, she studied a degree in biology. She immigrated to Venezuela to create an organization on free technologies and then to the United States to seek new opportunities. She spent two years in Chicago studying English and working in a nonprofit to teach other people how to use and repair computers. Now, as a mother and community organizer, she works to improve public schools in Minneapolis. She wants to ensure better opportunities for her children.

Carolina Ortiz

Communications Director

Carolina Ortiz

Carolina was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and brought into the United States by her mother in 1994. She is a 2011 graduate of Richfield High School. Carolina is a DACA recipient who is currently studying Communications at Normandale Community College while working full-time as the Communications Director for COPAL. In addition to her recent founding of the Mírame | LOOK.AT.ME project, Carolina is a community activist who has contributed her time and talents to organizations such as Youth Frontiers, Youth Link, Sharing and Caring Hands, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Saint John’s University since she was a teenager. Carolina is very passionate about her family and friends and engaged in her jobs, her education, and Mírame. But she is also interested in connecting with others who share her interest in social justice.

Andres Cid

Video & Animation Producer

Andres Cid

Andres Cid Duran was born in Santiago, Chile. He moved to Minnesota and has worked as a Spanish and English communications professional, specializing in creating multimedia content. He has experience in professional video scripting, production, filming and editing. Currently Andres is working as a video and content marketer focused on connecting communities via social media. He is also a director/editor of a documentary project called Seeking the Andean Cat. The documentary has been awarded in the Adventure Film Festival (Chile) and the Santiago Wild Film Festival. Through the documentary, Andres was able to volunteer for the Andean Cat Alliance Conflict Mitigation Program and work with conservation experts. Andres has also created video and storytelling classes for elementary school students in the Twin Cities, leveraging culturally-relevant content. He has produced a short film with the Latino community called “Dreamers.” Andres believes that the power of storytelling and representation allow us to come together to create positive change.