Caroline Veloso Oliveira


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 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 5 years. She experienced in planning and hosting large conferences and seminars for Hispanic students in Wake County and across the state of North Carolina. 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 sewing.

Marisol Garcia-Sandoval

Program Coordinator

Marisol was originally born in Michoacán, Mexico, but immigrated to Albertson, North Carolina. She is a first-generation college graduate from East Carolina University and majored in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies. She has an immense passion for working with children and under-served populations. She has experience in a multitude of diverse positions including serving as a Crisis Counselor for The National Suicide Hotline, implementing ABA therapy for individuals ranging on the Autism Spectrum, and Executive Functioning Coaching for students with ADHD, anxiety, and other disorders. She has served as an Educator for Exceptional Children as well as Academically gifted students in Wake and Durham Counties. Marisol has experience with After-School Program Management and staff development.  Ultimately, she has a passion for helping and empowering her community. From tutoring disadvantaged students to leading independent community events, she deeply believes that community service makes a powerful and profound impact on the lives of others. 

Sonja Escamilla

¡Gradúate! Coach

Sonja grew up in the Raleigh area and completed her K-12 education in the Wake County Public School System. She gets her last name from her Mexican grandfather who immigrated to the US when he was a teenager. When Sonja was growing up, both of her parents spoke Spanish as a second language and shared an appreciation of Hispanic culture, which led to Sonja choosing at the age of 11 to start learning Spanish in school. She went to college in Kentucky and during those years spent the summers working with people from other cultures both in the US and in other countries (Guatemala and Ghana).  She graduated from Berea College in 2012 where she received a degree in Elementary Education. Following college, she spent two years as a bilingual crisis counselor at a Rape Crisis Center in Lexington, KY. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and returned to the Raleigh area in 2017. She is currently working alongside Glendy Rodriguez as a coach in the Graduate program at Millbrook and Cary high schools. Sonja is excited to work for the NCSHP with such a dynamic team!

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


Assistant Coach

Fernanda is a Raleigh native. Fernanda graduated from Cary High School and is currently attending Wake Technological Community College for computer science. Fernanda comes from a Mexican family household and the first to continue her education after high school. She hopes to transfer to NC State and continue her engineering degree. Some of Fernanda's hobbies and interests are walks, makeup and working on her car. Fernanda is very excited to work with the NCSHP as their Communication and Marketing intern. 

Fernanda Martinez-Bautista

Communications and Marketing Intern


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
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