Norma A. Duque, Masters in Psychology & Masters of Business Administration President & CEO, Los AngelesMs. Duque is one of the founders of Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services (NALCS). She serves as our President and CEO. Prior to NALCS, Ms. Duque was the President and Co-founder of Futuro Infantil Hispano, FFA from 1993-1994. Before that, Ms. Duque worked in a series of financial and accounting positions for a variety of financial service companies in Los Angeles and New York. In addition, she provided English-Spanish translations for business agreements between U.S companies and firms based in Mexico and Argentina.
Ms. Duque obtained a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and her Masters in Psychology, from California Coast University in 1998. Ms. Duque volunteers at many community-related events whenever possible.
David Danwing, Masters in Psychology Executive Director, Los AngelesMr. Danwing was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico and came to the United States at the age of fifteen. Mr. Danwing received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology and holds over fourteen years of experience in the child welfare system which majority of those years were served as a dedicated employee at Nuevo amanecer Latino. Mr. Danwing is an active peer reviewer with the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 2006 and has traveled around the United States to conduct detailed reviews of numerous human services organization’s administrative functions and service delivery practices. Mr. Danwing states that each of those reviews has helped him gain new knowledge that served as a fundamental tool toward his professional growth. Mr. Danwing is a family man who takes pleasure in spending quality time with his wife and two children. Mr. Danwing is a proud community volunteer at the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) during soccer season and if not refereeing a soccer game he can be found alongside his family cheering for his son’ soccer team.
Cristian O. Palao Finance Manager, Los AngelesMr. Palao holds the title of Human Resource Manager at NALCS. He was born in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. as a child. He received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University of Pomona. Two years after earning his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Palao moved from the profit sector as an Operation Manager to the non-profit sector with Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services. Mr. Palao enjoys his free time playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Maria A. Montes de Oca Finance Supervisor, Los AngelesMs. Montes de Oca has worked with Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services in the finance department since 2000. Throughout these years, she has enriched her knowledge in Accounting which has given her the opportunity to grow as a professional and be trusted to work with Payroll, Account Payables, Account receivables and financial reports. Her experience in this field has helped the organization to its current growth and stability. On the other hand, when she is not behind a desk, she loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters at the movies or the park. She believes “Family Time is priceless”
Enrique Montiel, Masters of Science in Psychology
Program and Compliance Manager, Los Angeles
Mr. Montiel has been working for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services for twelve years and has extensive knowledge of the foster care system and other programs. A former graduate from California Polytechnic University of Pomona, where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Mr. Montiel also holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology. Mr. Montiel is a product of the foster care system as he went on to live more than eleven years in foster care, six of those with Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services. In 2006, wanting to improve the system, after graduating college Mr. Montiel came back to work for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services. Mr. Montiel has found a passion in helping at-risk foster youth reach success and overcome the obstacles of foster care. Mr. Montiel is an active alumni of the Renaissance Scholars Program, a college program at Cal Poly Pomona designed to help former foster youth succeed in college. With this experience, since 2006 Mr. Montiel has initiated, led, and developed NALCS’ Independent Living and Mentoring Program where many youths have benefited from learning skills to become self sufficient. Furthermore, Mr. Montiel assist with the overseeing of agency programs as it pertains to ensuring that contractual requirements are being met across the agency.
Mannya Sharma, Masters of Science in Social Work
Human Resource and Development Manager, Covina
Mannya Sharma (she/her/hers) is the Human Resource and Development Manager at Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services. She is responsible for talent acquisition and management along with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training and staff development. Ms. Sharma joined NALCS soon after completing her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, New York. She also has a law degree from University of Mumbai, India.
During her time in New York, Ms. Sharma interned with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she provided staff development training to management-level employees. In addition, she championed DEI initiatives within Columbia University that served to create spaces for international students to meaningfully engage in social movements. Ms. Sharma strongly believes that her privileges contribute to the oppression of the marginalized people. Therefore, through her DEI and staff development training, she attempts to use her own privilege and encourages people to use their privilege to proliferate the voices of children.
Claudia Del Viscovo, Masters in Psychology Adoptions Supervisor, San FernandoMs. Del Viscovo has worked for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services (NALCS) for sixteen years. She began her journey in July of 1996 as a Foster Care Social Worker for NALCS’ first office in the city of East Los Angeles. She also becomes part of the Baldwin Park team when NALCS expanded from one office to two. When the Baldwin Park office was relocated to the city of Covina, she became part of the Covina team. A few years following, she was assigned a Foster Care Supervisor position. She worked in the capacity of Foster Care Supervisor for the East Los Angeles and San Fernando offices. After the supervisory position, she was assigned the position of Foster Care Administrator. She administrated the San Fernando office for many years before becoming an Adoption Supervisor. Ms. Del Viscovo is a Mount St. Mary’s College, California State University Los Angeles and Phillips Graduate alumni with degrees and specialties in psychology, child development, and marriage and family therapy.
Veronica Vasquez, Double Masters in Sociology & Human Development Program Director for Unaccompanied Children Services, Los Angeles Veronica is currently the Unaccompanied Children’s Program Director for the last two years and has been working for Nuevo Amanecer for the last 4 years. Veronica was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is fluent in Spanish and English. She earned a double B.A in Sociology and Human Development with a minor in psychology from Cal State Long Beach in 2012. During her time in Cal State Long Beach, Veronica had the opportunity to intern at an early childhood development center and gain experience in working with families and children. In efforts to continue to grow as a professional who helps children and adults in vulnerable situations, Veronica proceeded to obtain her Masters in Social Work. In 2014, Veronica graduated from University of Southern California with a Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration. During her graduate years, she gained experience via internships at an elementary school and at CHLA. Upon graduating, Veronica has gained experience in foster care social work both as a worker and supervisor. She is grateful for the professional growth that Nuevo Amanecer has offered. In her current position as a program director, Veronica has been able to emphasized her passion in managing a program that assist a particular vulnerable yet resilient population in the community. During her free time, Veronica enjoys going to the movies, traveling and spending time with her nieces.”
Jose Rubalcava, Masters in Psychology Resource Family Administrator, Los AngelesMr. Rubalcava received his Masters in Psychology and has been working in Foster Care with NALCS for 10 years. He started out as a Social Worker in NALCS’ San Fernando Office, moved on to becoming a Supervisor for the Los Angeles Office and eventually became the Administrator for the Los Angeles Office. When he isn’t attending to the needs of his staff, Jose enjoys spending time with his family.
Veronica Hernandez, Masters of Science in Psychology Resource Family Administrator, CovinaMs. Hernandez holds Masters of Science in Psychology from California Coast University and a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of La Verne. She joined the organization in June 2006 to help advance the agency’s vision of providing the best quality of services to children and staff. She has gained experience in being a Social Worker, Supervisor and now as an Administrator in Foster Care.
Currently, Ms. Hernandez directs management operations and oversees day-to-day logistical processes for the Covina office to ensure contractual obligations and fortify proper service delivery. Since her tenure, she has aided the growth of the Covina office by successfully meeting goals in the recruitment, selection, and training of social workers and prospective resource parents. Ms. Hernandez diligently oversees the home study process to ensure that prospective resource parents fully meet agency/county certification process and share agency mission of providing our children and families with love, education, and family based concurrent planning services.
In addition, Veronica has increased collaboration with local agency providers to increase resources/donations for children and their families. This includes increase access to back to school supplies, free and fun recreational activities, and Christmas toys. Veronica also provides effective direction to staff, encourage innovation, and motivates staff to have a shared vision and build team work. Ms. Hernandez continues to assess all treatment issues impacting foster children and resource parents thoroughly and responds to them in a timely manner. Through training and support, she and her team equip resource parents to advocate on behalf of the children in their care. Her dedication and commitment is a great asset to the Covina office.
Ofelia Medina, Masters in Psychology Resource Family Administrator, OrangeOfelia Medina has served Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children Services (NALCS) 2001 in the capacity of social worker, supervisor and currently as the Administrator at NALCS’ Orange office. In addition to social work experience, she has also worked in an elementary school setting specializing in literacy with at-risk students, in addition to serving as mentor for minors placed in probationary camps. Ms. Medina holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Work and a master’s degree in Psychology. During her free time, Ms. Medina enjoys spending quality time with her children, husband and extended family.
Shari Ortiz, Masters in Counselling Psychology/MFT
Resource Family Administrator, San Bernardino Office
Ms. Ortiz studied at the University of California Riverside, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008. After graduating, she dedicated time to my newborn son and family. In 2010, Ms. Ortiz decided to go back to school and enrolled in a master program at Argosy University of Orange, CA. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology / Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012. After graduating she was given the opportunity to work in foster care system. During her seven years in this field, Ms. Ortiz has expanded her knowledge and grown professionally as a social worker, supervisor and now administrator. She is very passionate about working in this field with children and families. Prior to social work, the majority of her experience was working as Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism and other special needs; a field that shaped her character and built the qualities that she possesses today as a professional. During the time Ms. Ortiz is not working, she dedicates quality time to her amazing husband and two lovely children.