Staff

Noel Poyo

Executive Director

Noel Andrés Poyo is a national leader in the community development and asset building industry. His career has focused particularly on the following issues:

  • Integrating low-income people and immigrants into the mainstream financial services and real estate sectors of our economy;
  • Improving the livability and economic resilience of low-income neighborhoods and affordable housing communities;
  • Increasing effectiveness and innovation in municipal agencies; and,
  • Strengthening nonprofit organizations in the community development and asset building fields.

As the Executive Director of NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, Noel represents and serves a diverse national network of over 100 Latino-led community and economic development organizations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. He advocates nationally on behalf of the NALCAB membership and low-income Latino communities. As a private consultant, Noel developed an outstanding reputation for his work in connection with neighborhood redevelopment, troubled municipal agency recovery and the evaluation of community development programs. Noel has extensive experience working with diverse community leaders to operationalize their visions for community improvement through specific and measurable plans that lead to tangible, positive community change.

Noel is a frequent public speaker on topics related to building assets in communities of color and nonprofit innovation and he has been published and quoted in national media as well as industry publications, including numerous articles in Huffington Post Latino Voices.

A graduate of Yale University, Noel is bicultural and bilingual.  He is a proud husband and father of three girls.

Cynthia Arreola

Chief of Staff

As Senior Federal Grants Manager, Cynthia is responsible for managing NALCAB’s federal grants for performance and compliance, ensuring strong internal systems and driving high quality implementation.  She works with senior staff on administrating funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s OneCPD Program, Fair Housing Initiative Program and Neighborhood Stabilization Program II. She also provides supplementary support on technical assistance and resource development projects as needed.

Prior to this position, Cynthia served as NALCAB’s Manager for Strategic Growth and Compliance in which she worked with Board of Directors and staff to develop NALCAB’s 20013-2017 strategic plan. She completed a NALCAB Community Development internship in 2007.

Cynthia, bilingual, received her BBA in International Business Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bilingual Business Certification from her studies in Mexico and Argentina.

Cynthia also serves on the Finance Committee of Housing Community Services, one of Texas' largest nonprofit affordable housing developers.

Carolina Buitrago

Program Coordinator

cbuitrago@nalcab.org /Direct Line (210) 625-4074

Carolina Buitrago joins NALCAB as the Research and Evaluation Program Coordinator. Carolina is responsible for conducting evaluations, research and analysis; grant writing, resource development and provide technical assistance to NALCAB members.

Carolina recently finished her Peace Corps Response service with the Secretary of Food Security and Nutrition in Guatemala. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistant in the Peace Corps, Carolina supported the implementation for monitoring and evaluating a national food security program focused on a 10 percent reduction in chronic malnutrition in children by 2016. Previously, she interned at Olneyville Housing Corporation in Rhode Island and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in India. While at UNICEF, Carolina co-wrote a paper and publication about a community-based HIV intervention program. Carolina also served as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde and in Colombia, her native country.

Carolina is a graduate of Clark University with a master's degree in International Development and Social Change in Worcester, MA. She also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Anthropology. Carolina is fluent in English and Spanish and conversational in Italian, Portuguese and Creole.

Sheila Cade

Senior Grants and Compliance Administrator

scade@nalcab.org

Sheila Cade serves as Senior Contracts and Compliance Administrator. Sheila is responsible for coordinating and reviewing the formulation and finalization of all NALCAB awards, contracts, and sub recipient agreements and ensuring compliance of appropriate contract regulations. Ms. Cade is also an integral team member of two of NALCAB's national initiatives; Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC)/NALCAB's Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) and the OneCPD program. As part of the NSP2 national management team, Sheila is responsible for providing technical guidance and support to the CPLC/NALCAB NSP2 National Consortium. In her role with OneCPD, Sheila implements, manages, coordinates, and delivers specific trainings, processes, and administrative support to NALCAB staff and consultant partners.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Sheila was the Director of Corporate Compliance for CPLC, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. In this position, Sheila directed and supervised the grants and contracts compliance, risk management, and internal auditing departments ensuring 15 programs, including the NSP2 program met regulatory and funding compliance.

Sheila has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience including grants and contract management, facilitating large community development housing projects, and collaborating with other nonprofits, municipalities, and federal agencies. She has experience utilizing private and federal funds to develop and implement programs for homeless families, the elderly, veterans, persons with mental illnesses, and victims of domestic violence.

Sheila is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Organizational at Grand Canyon University. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Management from Western International University in Phoenix, AZ. Ms. Cade is also a Certified Housing Development Financial Professional through the National Development Council.

Jeremy S. Carter

Chief Development Officer

Paul DeManche

Program Assistant

Direct Line (210) 399-4536

Paul DeManche is a Program Assistant at NALCAB. In this role, Paul provides program support for NALCAB's Hometown Initiative, Equitable Neighborhood Development, and Rural Capacity Building programs.  Before joining NALCAB, Paul worked as a community liaison with the Neighborhoods Partnership Network in New Orleans. He connected residents and community organizations to capacity building opportunities focusing on critical urban issues. 

Paul has also worked with the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. At CoLab, Paul managed a fellowship program that brought together a group of labor and community leaders from around the U.S. to investigate new approaches to organizing. As part of his work with a real estate development company in Panama City, Panama, Paul managed a community center, administered properties containing a small business incubator, and co-designed a rehabilitation, job-training and entrepreneurship program for at-risk and gang-affiliated young men.

Paul has a master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in International Development from McGill University.

Fernando Garcia

Chief Financial Officer

Fernando Garcia, CPA, has joined the NALCAB team as Director of Finance and Administration. As NALCAB’s Chief Financial Officer, Fernando brings the highest level of organizational leadership and strategic financial planning to the organization. With 30 years experience in private and public executive financial management, Fernando plays an important role in sustaining NALCAB’s fiscal growth and stability.

Fernando, who primarily supports executive management, will oversee all financial transactions and documentation as well as cash flow planning, asset management, and monitoring of financial strategies and investments.

Fernando’s responsibilities includes ensuring that NALCAB practices the highest standards of nonprofit management and will maintain legal and regulatory compliance in all financial functions. He manages the finance, accounting, human resources and information technology operational support systems.

Fernando is fluent in English and Spanish, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Mary’s University.

Fernando is from San Antonio and is married to Diane, and together they have raised daughter, Catherine and son, Nicholas.

Celina Gomez

Senior Accounting Manager

Celina Gomez joins NALCAB as Accounting Manager. In her role, Celina works directly with the accounting team to assist with financial and grant reporting and analysis.

Celina brings extensive experience in accounting and finance from a wide range of industries, including banking, construction, manufacturing, consulting and retail. Previous affiliations include H.B. Zachary Co., NBC of Texas, KEI Consultants, KLN Steel Products, and Alamo Iron Works. Before joining NALCAB, Celina was with Petco, a leading pet specialty retailer.

Celina graduated Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX.

Melinda Gonzalez

Program Coordinator

Melinda Gonzalez serves as a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, Melinda manages the NALCAB Colegio Community and Economic Development Fellowship Program and provides program support for NALCAB’s emerging communities, border region, entrepreneurship, and San Antonio Initiative programs.

In 2010, Melinda completed a Community Development Internship with NALCAB. Prior to joining NALCAB, she interned with Our Lady of the Lake University’s Communications and Marketing department and worked with the Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism, which links academic theory with hands-on practical experience and encourages students to use their education to respond to human need.

A graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts with a concentration in journalism and a minor in Social Welfare and Justice. She is a trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator and a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute, a program for community leaders who are passionate about serving and improving the conditions of San Antonio’s neighborhoods.

Nicole Goodman

Program Coordinator

Nicole Goodman is a Program Coordinator at NALCAB. In her role, Nicole is responsible for carrying out administrative activities for the organization’s programmatic work. She provides support in organizing and coordinating events, training, meetings, and webinars, as well as assists with writing reports and responding to technical assistance needs of member organizations.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Nicole was the Research Analyst/Project Manager for Centro San Antonio, a downtown community development corporation. In her role, she managed databases on businesses and properties in the downtown area and developed downtown’s first commercial property market reports. Nicole also conducted research related to the organization’s initiatives such as policy development, survey work, GIS mapping, and general data, as well as managing select community planning efforts. Nicole has also worked as an SA2020 Downtown Development Fellow, as well as a Programs Support Intern at NALCAB.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Issues and Policy from Trinity University.

Dawkins Hodges

Senior Technical Assistance Expert

As Senior Technical Assistance Expert, Dawkins Hodges is responsible for the implementation, management, coordination, and delivery of all phases of training and technical assistance for HUD’s OneCPD program. OneCPD is a “cross-program” approach intended to help grantees improve their management systems and capacity to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies. Dawkins provides technical assistance to city and state officials that manage Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs and communicates with HUD officials and NALCAB senior management.

Dawkins has over 30 years experience in community development with a focus on design and delivery of programs for homeownership and rehabilitation of single-family properties.  His career in housing and community development has produced 1,650 first-time low- and moderate-income homeowners, 900 rehabilitated houses and 125 YouthBuild graduates creating over $350 million in economic and community impact.  He has administered CHDO, HOME, CDBG, HOPWA and state programs in Florida, California and North Carolina as a contractor or subrecipient.  Hodges has assisted over 50 municipalities and nonprofit grantees and subrecipients with NSP and related programs.  He has also provided leadership and assistance for recovery after hurricanes and wild fires.

Dawkins has a certificate from Harvard University for the NeighborWorks-sponsored Executive Education program Achieving Excellence in Community Development, and holds the HUD certificate HOME Specialist—Regulations. 

Levar Martin

Senior Program Manager

Levar Martin has been elevated to the role of Program Manager. He now manages NALCAB’s work in Texas, including its San Antonio Hometown Initiative. For the last year and a half, Levar has served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director at NALCAB. In this role, Levar was responsible for supporting NALCAB’s Executive Director and in the areas of public policy research, general administration and resource development.

Levar joined NALCAB in 2011 as program coordinator of the U.S. HUD CPLC/NALCAB Neighborhood Stabilization Program Round 2 Consortium.  In this role, Levar has administered and implemented procedures to ensure the highest level of compliance with federal requirements for tracking the economic development impact of the housing and job sectors for 14 national consortium partners. Prior to joining NALCAB, Levar worked for the City of San Antonio’s Community Development Department.

A San Antonio native, Levar earned a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Studies from Trinity University and a Master’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Jessica Marzec

Accounting and Office Assistant

Jessica Marzec has joined NALCAB as the Accounting and Office Assistant and brings over 10 years of experience in office administration, store and sales operations. Before joining NALCAB, Jessica managed Gigi’s Cupcakes, a franchise bakery store. She managed overall store operations as well as the hiring and training of employees and reported directly to the franchise owner.

Originally from Houston, TX, Jessica, a mother of two beautiful children, enjoys baking cakes, pies, cookies and other delicious desserts. In her spare time, Jessica works at the San Antonio City Church Downtown preparing lesson plans and coordinating volunteers for the children’s ministry department.

Anne Pasmanick

Director of External Affairs

/C: (202) 236-7971

With over 20 years of community development experience, Anne Pasmanick is NALCAB's Director of External Affairs. In her role, she is responsible for raising NALCAB's profile and increasing opportunities for the network through public policy engagement and the cultivation of strategic partnerships. Anne also develops, implements, and manages the execution of NALCAB's national conference.

Anne has worked in both community-based and national organizations as a tenant organizer, advocate for low-income homeowners and renters, public policy strategist, trainer and technical assistance provider, and fundraiser.

As executive director of Community Training and Resource Center in New York City, she founded the School for Housing Organizers and the Alternative Sentencing Program, which partnered with New York City's housing courts to send landlords with heat and hot water violations to training in building management in lieu of a fine. As executive director of the National Neighborhood Coalition in Washington, DC, Anne founded Connectivity, a publication focused on the policy and program innovations of local community development leaders, and a Speakers' Forum highlighting those innovators. As national coordinator of the Changing Charity Project, she convened nonprofit directors to examine the state of advocacy, revenue generation, and leaders of color in the nonprofit sector.

Anne holds a Master's of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Washington, DC. 

Emily Randle

Accountant

/Direct Line (210) 446-4283

Emily Randle serves as the accountant for NALCAB. In her role, Emily supports the accounting and finance activities for NALCAB;s Director of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for preparing NALCAB;s financial reports, accounting reconciliation and journal entry.  Emily also assists with audits, budget development and account receivables.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Emily was an accountant for the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA), where she was charged with managing payables, receivables and reimbursements. She volunteered in fundraising activities within the UTSA community and interfaced with local community members to increase awareness and support for community service activities and programs.

A graduate of UTSA, Emily holds a bachelor;s degree in accounting with a focus in statistics. Emily is currently working toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Chris Robles

Senior Program Manager

Chris joins NALCAB as Senior Program Manager and will oversee small business program initiatives including NALCAB's Inversiones: Small Business Development Initiative.  This work is a part of a Clinton Global Initiative of America commitment that is increasing lending opportunities to a national network of nonprofits that are experts at providing small business lending services in Latino communities. Read more about Inversiones.

Chris' duties include planning, organizing, coordinating and supervising the efficient delivery of small business-related technical assistance and training projects to nonprofit organizations, focused primarily on opening access to capital, lending, supporting entrepreneurship and small business development, and job creation.

With over 20 years of combined management and corporate finance experience, Chris is a motivated achiever with a successful track record in industries including financial services, technology, lending and collections.  He brings a wealth of knowledge in the food service industry with eight years of experience in this field with three years in Management. Chris has extensive experience providing portfolio management, business development, business consulting, alternative financing and business loan underwriting.

Chris specializes in small to medium, minority- and veteran-owned businesses, specializing in lending and is skilled in asset recovery. Chris has led lending teams in loan underwriting, processing, loan servicing and continuous technical support through loan application and funding process throughout the State of Texas and surrounding regions.

Chris holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management and is a graduate of Park University, Missouri.

Chris fluent in English and Spanish. He enjoys football, basketball and traveling with his family.

Carol Rodríguez

Chief Program Officer

As Member Resources and Training Director, Carol Rodriguez manages NALCAB’s grant making program.  NALCAB has awarded approximately $1.5 million in funds to over 70 qualifying organizations serving Latino communities in the country. Carol also provides one-on-one capacity building to NALCAB members in accessing capital and program and organizational development.  Carol implements national and regional training events where topics ranging from curriculum development for small businesses to assessing program impact ensure NALCAB members receive best practices in the community development field.

Carol directs the NALCAB Colegio: A Fellowship for Leaders in Community and Economic Development, which prepares the next generation of executives. The Fellowship is in its third year and has produced approximately 40 new and emerging Latino leaders.

Carol joined NALCAB after having served as Executive Director of the Community Leadership Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing community leadership development and training. She has more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector.

She is a City of San Antonio Board Commissioner for the Office of Urban Redevelopment appointed by the Mayor and City Council. She also serves as a board director for Conjunto Heritage Taller, a cultural arts nonprofit in San Antonio.

Carol is a trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator.

Christopher W. Sanchez

Program Director

As Program Director, Christopher serves as NALCAB's lead for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program II.

Christopher launched his career at White Sands Federal Credit Union where he served as the Quality Assurance Manager. Later, he went on to work for Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation (TDS) where he served as the Homeownership Center Director. Christopher served on various housing related boards and was instrumental in the success of a "self help" affordable housing project that created 36 new housing units. He also helped to develop an "In-Fill" housing project that successfully created 12 new housing units in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods within the city.

Christopher is also a certified Homebuyer Education Facilitator, conducted several financial literacy workshops and assisted in the creation of a rural IDA program. In recognition of his accomplishments at TDS, Christopher was recruited by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to assist in the development of their Emerging Markets Program where he was instrumental in creating homeownership opportunities for underserved minority communities. Christopher utilized his mortgage lending skills to successfully match borrowers with "First Time Homebuyer" bond funds and other down payment assistance grants intended for low and moderate income families. Christopher is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and holds a BA in Political Science, with a minor in Management.

Storm Taliaferrow

Resource Development and Membership Manager

Storm oversees NALCAB's efforts to support economic development organizations through opening access to capital and other technical assistance. She also manages resource development including developing grant applications from NALCAB to federal and private/corporate foundation sources, tracks NALCAB’s impact and services provided to members, and directs NALCAB’s communications and media activities including the administration of NALCAB’s website, Noticias Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and other social media initiatives. In addition she manages the annual membership drive.

Before joining NALCAB, Storm worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for the Economic Development’s Center for Community and Business Research conducting analysis on projects ranging from the economic impact of toll roads to a health care needs assessment for Texas counties in the Eagle Ford Shale. Originally, from New York, NY, Storm has over eight years of experience working with financial services companies including Prudential Insurance and Lazard Frères. She has served on the Finance and Investment Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation and was an Interim Program Coordinator at The Barshop Jewish Community Center in San Antonio.

A graduate of Harvard University, Storm holds a B.A. in Government. She is also a Bexar County Master Gardener, a mother of two, and an avid soccer player.