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 who attended the church her family attended and served. Diana has over 15 years of professional experience working with Latinx families in North Carolina. Her drive to see Latinx families have the resources needed to support their youth’s educational dreams comes from her own parents. The lack of knowing how the educational system worked here in the US never stopped Manuel and Ninfa Urieta from believing and inspiring Diana and her brother to follow their educational dreams, but the road would have been so much smoother if Juntos had been part of their lives.

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



Casey Strange

NC Juntos Evaluator
Joined 2019

Casey is an applied sociologist and evaluator. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Sociology from UNC-Greensboro and is currently an ABD doctoral candidate in Sociology at North Carolina State University. She has worked on and off with Juntos since 2017 and does evaluation for several academic and non-profit programs in central NC through her business Social Techne LLC. She is Spanish/English bilingual and primarily speaks Spanish at home with her husband and son, who are Colombian-American.

Email: clstrang@ncsu.edu



Nataly Arriaga

Program Assistant
Joined 2018

Nataly is a program assistant at NC State. She first got involved in Juntos in her last semester of undergraduate at NC State in 2016. She worked for a year after she graduated with her B.A in Sociology and returned to work with Juntos in 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a year. Currently she assists in survey administration, data evaluation, and translation. She enjoys working with the students and families as well as interacting with the work study college students.

Email: narriag@ncsu.edu


NC Juntos Team


Yessenia Campos-Franco

Juntos MSW Intern
Joined 2019

Yessenia is the MSW Intern for Juntos and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work at North Carolina State University. Yessenia double majored in psychology and social work and received her Bachelors in Social Work from Meredith College in 2019. Yessenia is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to North Carolina with her family when she was a year old. Yessenia grew up in Orange County and attended Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She aspires to work with immigrant and refugee population and enjoys being a part of Juntos due to her personal experience and growth due to programs like Juntos.

Email: ycampos@ncsu.edu


Carmen Palacios-Aguirre

Juntos BSW Intern
Joined 2020

Carmen comes from Greensboro, NC, although her family is originally from Mexico. She is a senior majoring in Social Work and plans on graduating this upcoming May 2020. Carmen plans on attending graduate school for Social Work, staying in the Triangle area or back in Greensboro. She saw the need for a competent system in which young Latinx students could grow and become scholars, and in doing so found Juntos. Carmen wants to work in higher education administration or programs like Juntos for a new generation. When Carmen is not at the office, you can find her being involved in multiple on-campus organizations such as Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Mi Familia, Native American Student Association or the Filipino American Student Association.

Email: cpalaci@ncsu.edu


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


Katelyn Houser

Catawba County Juntos Coordinator
Joined 2019

Katelyn is the Juntos program coordinator for Catawba County. She currently oversees programming at St. Stephens High School and will soon kick off a Juntos program at Arndt Middle School! Katelyn was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and currently works at St. Stephens High School as the secretary of student services. Katelyn joined Juntos because she saw the impact it made on the students at St. Stephens and believes in the value of higher education. She is excited to give back to her hometown community in a new way! 

Email: katelyn_houser@catawbaschools.net


Zorayah Kinson

Catawba County Juntos Liaison 
Joined 2016

She is from Colombia, but came here when she was very young.  She has an associate Degree from Danville Area Community College in IL. She knows first hand what is like to be a Latin student in America. She has worked int he NC school systems for over 20 years.  She works for Catawba County Schools as a Tutor and Interpreter for the ESL Program. She started working with Juntos because she believe in our movement to provide awareness to the Latin Community that “Si se Puede”.   The Program has had great success in this county .

Email: zkinson@ncsu.edu


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



Bobbie Hudler Scott

Yadkin County Juntos Coordinator
Joined 2013

Bobbie grew up in Hamptonville, NC. She attended NCSU, majoring in Agricultural Education with a specialty in Communications. Bobbie has a son, Taylor and shares a love for tennis with their dog, Nigel. Currently, Bobbie is the EL Coordinator for Yadkin County Schools and works in proximity with Latino families throughout the school system, as well as,with Juntos. She has seen the positive impact Juntos has on her community and knows that Juntos will shape the future for the benefit of everyone. Her Yadkin Juntos team of officers will lead the way to positive and needed change!

Email: bobbie.scott@yadkin.k12.nc.us