Staff

Caroline Veloso Oliveira

Director

Caroline Veloso Oliveira is the Director of the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition as well as a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition. Caroline also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential and is always looking to broaden her skills. She strongly believes in education and has been collaborating with community and state-level organizations to deliver a variety of state-funded health and education programs to a diverse audience for the past 8 years. She has experience in planning and hosting large conferences and seminars for Hispanic students in Wake County and across the state of North Carolina. Caroline is an active member of multiple committees that promote education across the state.
She is passionate about project management, fundraising, volunteering, and is always open to new opportunities to serve the community. Caroline is originally from Recife, Brazil, and speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and is currently learning Greek. When she is not working, she loves traveling, gardening, and doing online courses to expand her knowledge.

Coach Brian is a native of Raleigh and was always an active athlete and Eagle Scout.  Brian graduated from Enloe High School in 2004.  He attended Appalachian State University and was a member of the swim and cycling teams.  In 2009, Brian graduated from ASU with a degree in History, Secondary Education.  His first three years of teaching he spent in the Dominican Republic, where he taught history, geography and consumer mathematics at a bilingual K-12 school.  After getting married in 2012, Brian and his wife moved to the United States where they both have taught Spanish and pursued higher education degrees.  Brian joined ¡Gradúate! in 2015.

Brian Post

¡Gradúate! Coach

“I have loved teaching various subjects over the years. However, success coaching has been a very unique and personal experience in encouraging Hispanic youth to excel in all of their endeavors.” 

Samantha was born in Santa Ana, California and went to school in Chatham County, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2019, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. During college, she worked for the CAMINOS research lab and is also currently working for the Development, Culture, and Health lab. Her interests include the development of cultural and social concepts and how they influence the way people think and make decisions. In the future, Samantha hopes to attend graduate school and publish a research paper.

Samantha Alvarado

¡Gradúate!

Assistant Coach

Coach Enrique was born in Bogota, Colombia. Enrique graduated from LaSalle University with a degree in Architecture. He has been in the US since June 2000 and has been involved with students in different coaching positions; from Soccer Coach to Spanish teacher, Coach Enrique has lived in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and recently moved to Cary with his family. “I am very excited to join ¡Gradúate! Because I loved to help youth students and be able to see them succeed in pursuing their dreams.”

Enrique Rodriguez

¡Gradúate! Coach

Julio is a Miami native but moved to Nicaragua to live in his parents' home country. He graduated from Apex High School and is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–– pursuing degrees in Psychology and English. Some of Julio’s hobbies and interests are reading, writing, and doing art. Julio is excited to learn from the NCSHP team and continue to do important work.

Julio Vargas

Marketing and Communications Intern

Collaborators

Winnie is originally from Uganda, Africa but has been in the U.S for 17 years. She graduated from Wake Tech in May of 2015 with an Advertising and Graphic Design degree. Winnie is currently working as a Freelancer which has allowed her to utilize her love and knowledge of art/design to communicate the ideas of her clients effectively. When she’s not designing, Winnie is sharpening her photography skills, painting, or finding a new Netflix series to indulge in.

Winnie Okwakol