Archives: 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.

Humberto Miceli

Humberto Miceli

Humberto Miceli works in the Construction industry. He specializes in floor and carpet nstallation. Humberto is a member of the group VPDC (The Participatory Voice of the Construction Worker) And is the Workers center advisor.

José Adalid

José Adalid

Aladid Zavala Lopez is a member of the Workers Center. He works in the construction industry in the area of carpentry. Adid is an advisory member of the May First Workers Center where he believes that with their experience, they will transform for the better for all the workers of Minnesota.

Pablo Huinil

Pablo Huinil

Pablo Huinil Escobar is of Mayan origin living in the since 1990 in the United States. Pablo is very passionate about equal rights for the working-class community. He believes getting organized is very important to demand for equal rights. The goal for the Workers Center is to watch over the wellness of our community and of the environment as well as the threat of climate change.


“We are a workforce, and we are an environmental force. Workers United for a Just America to All.”