“It’s been exciting to continue to watch the MANO Project grow, especially over the course of this past year,” said Michelle Neuenschwander, Director of Hispanc Access’ Workforce Program. “As we continue to expand our MANO Project and offer more internship and fellowship opportunities, Strong, Valentín Feliciano and Pedrosa’s previous experience will be essential.”
Pedrosa has had an interest in the outdoors and equity since very early on in her life. She has dedicated her life to public service and through it, she has found the most rewarding experiences. Pedrosa is also a MANO Project alumni, where she provided environmental education programming in both Spanish and English, and natural resource management research at Kings Canyon National Park.
“I am excited to further my experience in the field of outdoor equity and conservation by working with this amazing organization,'' said Pedrosa. “It’ll be an honor to contribute to Hispanic Access Foundation's mission of establishing the bridges of access for Latinos in areas where they are underrepresented.”
Strong comes to Hispanic Access from an extensive background within the continuum of social services involving immigrant communities, children and youth in foster care, veterans, residential treatment and wilderness therapy, and a variety of healthcare settings. She holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is deeply committed to bridging access and equity for all within mental health, public health and environmental health sectors.
“I’m looking forward to integrating my passion about delivering programs and services that enhance people’s quality of life and make a positive social impact with Hispanic Access Foundation’s mission,” said Strong. “I believe my personal background and experience will help the MANO Project continue to excel.”
Valentín Feliciano comes to Hispanic Access Foundation as an active team member, leader, mentor and environmental science education where she has created accessible communication bridges between academia and communities through public outreach. She holds a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
“I’m excited to work with Hispanic Access Foundation and contribute to the organization’s growth as it continues to expand and help the Latino community,” said Valentín Feliciano. “I’m hoping my interdisciplinary background will be an asset in helping young Latinos who are a part of the MANO Project.”