"To assist, motivate, and empower immigrants and their families to obtain U. S. citizenship"
Our team, from the Board of Directors to volunteers, includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills. We all work together to assist clients, students, and the community.
Nuestro equipo, desde la junta directiva hasta los voluntarios, incluye personas con diversos antecedentes y habilidades. Todos trabajamos juntos para ayudar a los clientes, los estudiantes y la comunidad.
We are accredited to assist Legal Permanent Residents on their path to citizenship. Our team consists of four compassionate and passionate Hispanic bilingual women committed to serving the community. With a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector and customer service, we bring immigration services to those in need. Each of us adds a unique spark to the table, making our work fulfilling, enjoyable, and ensuring the best service for our community members.
DOJ/BIA Accredited Representative
Formally launched by World Relief Spokane, in June 2015 became accredited Federally by the Department of Justice through the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Has a passion and love for serving immigrants from all countries and backgrounds on the North Central Washington area. Believes that we all have equal participation in learning from each other valuing multiple cultures. With many years of education and experience with the DOJ, Norma brings a well rounded community service to our valley and families.
Has been with Hand in Hand for over a year, bringing a new prespective to our small office. Johanna is ready to serve the community, staff and students. She actively participates in Outreach, Naturalization Preparedness Class and Community Engagement. Along with helping HIH with the day to day operational tasks.
Started as a volunteer with Hand in Hand, and in the last five years she has grown in our organization into the Legal Assistant. She is the bridge between Norma and our clients as they prepare to meet with Norma in their citizenship journey.
Our new receptionist is a friendly, caring staff member ready to great you in person or via phone. A Leavenworth community member with experience in helping clients in day to day questions. Carla has worked with Sage and with her father at their family business.
Board of Directors
Hand in Hand's Board of Directors is composed of community members with diverse professional skills, cultural backgrounds, and personal experiences. We are always looking for passionate individuals committed to our mission.
La Mesa Directiva de Hand in Hand está compuesta por miembros de la comunidad con diversas habilidades profesionales, antecedentes culturales y experiencias personales. Siempre estamos buscando personas apasionadas y comprometidas con nuestra misión.
Interim President/ Secretary
Joe is an attorney with Columbia Legal Services and has volunteered teaching citizenship classes since 2013. He started out teaching classes at the First United Methodist Church for several years after Hand in Hand joined with the church to expand its Latino Ministry and has returned to teaching classes at FUMC. He has been on the board since 2018.
Ruth has served on many local boards including a term as President of the NCW Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2012. She has been a real estate broker with Windermere since 2012 and is a certified Spanish interpreter. Ruth also serves on the Real Estate Commission. She has served on the board since 2019.
Steve is a retired Newspaper Executive and former Executive Director of Pybus Public Market. He is a graduate of Washington State University and Gonzaga Law School. He has been with the board since early 2020.
Dr. Becky Berg
Dr. Becky Berg was selected to be the Superintendent of the Eastmont School District in July 2022. She began her professional career as a middle school teacher in the Renton School District. Dr. Berg was the Associate and Interim Superintendent of The American School of Dubai, which serves approximately 2,300 students from 82 countries. She earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University and her Superintendent’s Credential from Washington State University.
Chuck is long-time supporter of immigrant rights and the work of Hand in Hand. He’s been an active member of the First United Methodist Church serving on the Board of Trustees and has fully supported the church’s long-standing Latino Ministry that has offered ESL and citizenship classes to the community for years. Chuck has operated his own landscaping design company in the Valley for over 35 years.
Mauricio recently became a board member as well as a U.S. citizen. Navigating the citizenship maze, he understands the importance of programs like Hand in Hand to help others reach their citizenship dream. Currently working for Zirkle Fruit Company he is very familiar with fruit industry as his family grew up in the Wenatchee Valley area. A Wenatchee Valley College graduate, he also attended The Evergreen State College for a Bachelor’s degree. His other passion is soccer, has coached for about 10 years. Currently the head coach for the Wenatchee semi-professional soccer team; Wenatchee All Stars Football Club.
Levi passionately supports Hand in Hand Immigration's mission to convert citizenship dreams into reality for those in our community. Levi serves as the Program Director for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Wenatchee Valley College. He is a bilingual first-generation graduate with a heart for serving underrepresented communities. Levi is an alumnus from Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on completing his Master's degree in Education through Eastern Washington University. Born and raised in Chelan, Washington and a son of migrant workers, Levi recognizes the hardship and adversity that underrepresented communities face in the immigration system and in their attempt to become U.S. citizens.
Xavier has been an active participant in a number of Boards for non-profits, both locally and internationally. The two other current involvement are the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation in Wenatchee and Genesis Center, based out of Providence RI. A current CVCH Population Health Director, has many years of Board experience which also includes experience from previous careers. As a COO/CEO of some of his recent past employers he was in charge of directing, guiding, informing, training, keeping compliance, auditing and developing different board committees and agendas. As a COO, he was a key member of the BOD with Community Health Centers on the East Coast.
Former Board Member
In loving memory for her dedication to Hand in Hand Immigration. She became involved with Hand in Hand in 2016 until 2023.