Our Team

Juntos Leadership Team


Diana Urieta, MSW

Co-Developer, Senior Director, Extension Specialist of Juntos
Joined 2011

A native of Colombia, Diana immigrated to High Point, North Carolina at the age of seven with her parents and brother. Diana received her BA in Sociology and Master of Social Work from NC State University. Her work with the Latino community started in her youth when her dad would ask her to join him at the local medical clinic where she was an interpreter for families from her family’s local church. She has extensive experience working with underserved populations in the areas of public health, 0-16 education, and parenting education. She is one of the co-developers of the Juntos 4-H Program where she has managed program development, implementation, evaluation, training and coaching, and sustainability efforts in North Carolina and nationally. Her approach to working in Juntos has focused on building bridges within communities, resourcing the family unit, and bringing light to the assets that bicultural and bilingual identity brings to the US.

Email: dmurieta@ncsu.edu

Cintia Aguilar

Joined 2007

Program Manager at NC State University Cooperative Extension, Community and Rural Development. Cintia is originally from Costa Rica where she attended the University of Costa Rica, obtained a master’s degree in psychology and graduated with honors. She started working with Latino families in North Carolina in 1997 in Pitt County at the Outpatient Mental Health Center and later with Pitt County Schools. Her career with NC State Extension started in 2001 with a focus on programming across Extension’s core areas to engage with the Latino Community.  One of her principal responsibilities is leading and building NC Cooperative Extension’s organizational capacity to effectively engage with Latino audiences.

Email: cintia_aguilar@ncsu.edu

Nancy Marks

Financial Specialist
Joined 2016

Oversees financial information, budget, expense processing, account reconciliation and all other financial aspects of the program. Nancy joined the Juntos program in 2016 and is an essential part of the team.

Email: njmarks@ncsu.edu

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Juan Cortes

Juntos Graduate Assistant
Joined 2020

Juan is a Los Angeles native that spent the last six years of his life in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Raleigh. He received his Associates in English from Cerritos College, transferred to UC Berkeley and obtained his Bachelor’s in English, and is currently pursuing his Masters in College Counseling and Student Development from NC State. His parents immigrated to LA from Ciudad Mexico, Mexico, in the 80’s and instilled in him the belief that through education, anything is possible, which has motivated him throughout his educational career. However, while on his educational journey, Juan noticed the inequities within the educational system and hopes to combat them by partnering with organizations, like Juntos, to create pipelines to higher education for Latinx populations in the United States. When Juan is not at Juntos, he is working at his practicum site with DukeReach, reading (either for fun or for class), running (as he plans to run a marathon in the future), or cheering for his Los Angeles Lakers.

Email: jmcorte2@ncsu.edu

April Crider

Carrboro High School Juntos Coordinator
Joined 2019

April is the school social worker at Carrboro High School where she has worked since the school opened in 2007.  She has been married for 25 years and is mom to Sequoia – 24 years old and Kyra – 20 years old. April began noticing that the dropout rate and absence rate for Latinos at Carrboro High were higher than with other demographics.  In addition, after talking to students, discovered that the Latinx students at Carrboro did not feel like full members of the Carrboro High community. With that in mind she began trying to find a way to run the Juntos program. April speaks Spanish but well enough to run a group so she was very happy to find that the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Orange County was from Puerto Rico!  She finally had a partner! April runs the workshops with Ivelisse Colon, the fabulous FCS agent from Puerto Rico and Kat Rangel, the Dual Language/ELL Lead Teacher for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools.

Email: acrider@chccs.k12.nc.us

Jessica Aguilar

Pender County Juntos Coordinator
Joined 2018

Jessica currently oversees programming at Pender High School. She joined the Juntos team in 2016 as a student volunteer and became the coordinator in 2018. Jessica is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jessica also works at the UNCW Centro Hispano where she is able to recruit college volunteers to engage her Juntos students in Pender County. After her involvement with the program the first year she saw the amazing impact and results in Pender County and wholeheartedly believes in the mission. Being the daughter of immigrants is core reason that she continues to help other students who may come from the same background as hers and deal with obstacles with being the first to graduate high school and pursue a higher education. Jessica plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work and continue her involvement with the Hispanic/Latinx and immigrant community.

Email: Jsaguil2@ncsu.edu

Edelmira Segovia, Ed.D.

Pender County Juntos Liaison
Joined 2016

Dr. Segovia currently oversees the success coaching at Pender High School. Dr. Segovia serves as Director of Centro Hispano under the UNCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Her area of research is Hispanic student success in post-secondary education. Segovia is co-chair of the Latino Alliance of Wilmington which is supported by UNCW’s Centro Hispano. Dr. Segovia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a Master’s Degree in Romance Languages/Spanish from Appalachian State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  A native of Peru, Edelmira Segovia has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 years. She has two daughters, Isabel (NCSU) and Estrella (Pender County Schools).

Email: segoviae@uncw.edu

Hope Derry

Bladen County Juntos Coordinator
Joined 2018

Currently oversees Juntos at East & West Bladen High School and Tarheel Middle School. Hope graduated from high school and went to college having no idea what she wanted to major in or do with the rest of her life. She took a semester off college and traveled to Guatemala where her worldview forever changed and heart for working with those from Latin America grew. Hope graduated from Kent State University with a degree in International Relations Political Science. Currently working for the Migrant Education Program in Bladen County Hope serves as Migrant teacher providing services and instruction to students and families within the school system who work in Agriculture. The Juntos Movement is alive and well in Bladen County and can’t wait for what is to come!

Email: chderry@bladen.k12.nc.us

Katherine Rivera

Sampson County- Clinton City Schools Coordinator
Joined 2011

Kathy is originally from New Jersey but made North Carolina her home in 2004. Kathy and her husband Luis will celebrate 25 years of love in December. They are the proud parents of five amazing kids. Education is a priority in their home, which is why the Rivera family are huge supporters of Juntos. Kathy joined the Juntos team when her oldest daughter Naomi was in high school because she wanted to learn how to navigate the journey to a higher education. Since joining the Juntos team in 2011, the Rivera Family has graduated 3 kids from high school, which have attended 4 year universities, the fourth child is currently a high school junior and a 1st year community college student, and the youngest is a sweet middle schooler. Juntos has not only inspired youth but has also inspired adults. In December 2018, Kathy graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and a minor in Professional and Technical Communications. Her passion for educating parents and students led her this summer to become a Community Resiliency Model Instructor, as well as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Kathy’s passion for serving others and learning led her to begin a new chapter in education at Liberty University as she works on an MA of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kathy’s feels that her work as school liaison and Juntos coordinator are a perfect match because they allow her to be a piece of the puzzle among the Latinx families in her community.

Email: krivera@clinton.k12.nc.us

Linda Karen Martinez-Cervantes

Masters in Social Work Intern
Joined 2020

Linda was born in Celaya, Guanajuato Mexico but grew up in Chapel-Hill NC. She is currently in the Social Work Masters program. Linda is passionate about working with the Latinx community, especially students trying to pursue higher education. She hopes to bring her experience and excitement to Juntos.