Meet The Board of Directors
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.
Maria works for Coordinated Care and has been involved with Hand in Hand since 2016, as a citizenship student, volunteer, and now Board Member. She obtained her degree from Liberty University and is currently studying Occupational Safety & Health and will graduate in 2021. Born in Costa Rica, Maria obtained her citizenship with the help of Hand in Hand.
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.