Whitney Amuchastegui joined Su Casa in 2018 as Executive Director having spent the last three years working at BCSC in the English Learning Department. There, she participated in the establishment of the Cultural Learning Center, welcoming international families into the community, supporting Latino young talent, and encouraging multi-cultural expression in the schools. She is a strong proponent of human rights and positive youth development in our community. Whitney comes from Canada by way of Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina where she spent eight years. Her previous roles have been in graphic design, working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Economic Development Corporation in New York City and the Turismo Sustentable arm of the Tourism Secretary in Chile. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design.
Sylvia Chavez, Office Manager joined Su Casa Columbus in 2018 when she moved from Juarez, Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Juarez Technological Institute and has a wide range of knowledge in both accounting services and taxation in the United States and Mexico as a result of her previous working experience on both sides of the border. In addition, she has broad expertise in immigration related topics that blend perfectly with the support that we provide to the Latino community. Being raised in a bicultural setting, she understands the needs of the Latino community and can lead them to find resources that allow them to thrive in their current environment. She is also a Notary Public for the state of Indiana and a Certified Immigration Forms Specialist.
Karla Guerrero joined Su Casa recently to lead their Youth Engagement programming that aims to meet emotional, developmental, educational and cultural needs for students and their families. Alongside her Youth Engagement efforts she works closely with individuals and families of all age groups providing guidance, resources and support in relation to the personal & social that contribute to health and wellness. She returns to Columbus, where she was awarded the 2016 Lily scholar recipient award, to continue being an advocate for human rights and social responsibility. Pulling from her undergrad roots in community organizing, Karla graduated from DePauw University in 2020 with a major in Education Studies and a double minor in Anthropology and Studio Art studies. As a first generation, DACAmented artist, organizer and educator from Reynosa Tamaulipas, MX. Karla is actively studying, working, and growing with the immigrant community in Columbus, IN to dismantle oppressive systems and create space for community collective needs.
Ashley Caceres joined Su Casa Indiana through her role as the Bilingual Outreach and Enrollment Specialist for Covering Kids and Families of United Way in Jackson County and Su Casa. As a Certified Health Navigator for health coverage programs such as Medicaid and Marketplace, Ashley works with families and individuals to connect them to health coverage; as well as other local resources and financial aid. She attended Ball State University for her Bachelors of Science in Architecture, with minors in Sociology and Social & Environmental Justice. During her time at BSU, Ashley focused her schoolwork and extracurricular leadership in the education and celebration of the Latino experience. Her undergraduate work and passion for serving is what fueled her desire to continue celebrating and advocating for the community that raised her in Jackson County.
Addy Franco is Su Casa’s Family Support Specialist. She has worked for a short time but has seen the needs of our Hispanic people in the community growing up. She’s worked as an interpreter for Windrose Health Network, where she gained the experience of working with multiple race communities, and the needs of the Hispanic population. She grew up in Columbus and was raised by immigrant parents and DACA recipient herself. She understands the short term rather long necessities families go through, by living experience. She is hungry to find better local and state resources and ways to help families in different areas. Her passion is to see families evolve and achieve a better life, mentally, physically, and financially. Everyone deserves a better life if they work for it, even better working together.
Angelite Narvaez recently joined Su Casa as our Small Business Support Specialist. She joined during the development of a partnership with NAACP and the TIME Program to aid local Latino business owners with support and resources to help meet their personal and business needs. Previously she worked with a former local attorney Dennis Stark as his legal interpreter. Angelite’s parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic to Brooklyn, New York, where she was born, making her a first generation American. She moved to Columbus in 2013 where her parents Pastor a Hispanic Christian Church here in town. Angelite is Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach with most of her clientele being Latino. Having her own business she has learned the need for resources and support and hopes to excel in helping local Latino owned businesses grow for the benefit of everyone.
Board of Directors
- Megan Shaff, Board President – McDowell Adult Education, Director
- Yodir Anahuati Cacho, Board Treasurer – Cummins, Senior Treasury Analyst
- Angelina Rodriguez, Board Secretary – Cummins, Global Enterprise Planning Director
- Dr. Amy Hale, VIM Care, Columbus Regional Health
- Felipe Martinez, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
- Frank Griffin, Corporate Responsibility Program Director
- Karl Kissinger, SVP Business Services, Centra Credit Union
- Luz Elena Michel, Columbus Education Coalition, Latino Outreach
- Whitney Amuchastegui, Su Casa Columbus, Executive Director