WE'RE MORE THAN A SUPPORT GROUP, WE'RE A POWERFUL FAMILY

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As first-generation American, Sarah applied her wealth of public service experience to the sector of nonprofit leadership. In 2012, she launched her first non-profit venture, Yo Soy Ella, Inc. which translates to "I Am Her"

 YSE serves as a support system, to empower and mentor the Latina woman’s mental and emotional needs. As a daughter of immigrants, Sarah witnessed her family’s urgency to seek opportunities to move the family forward. Through this drive, she inherited a passion to assist women improve their quality of life.

For complete bio, contact: Sarah@yosoyella.org

Cultural background: Panamanian

"I want to empower women to liberate their voices, their outcry, their pain, their untold stories. For internalizing your inner voice has no place in healing." -Sarah Taylor

SARAH TAYLOR | M.S.W, Founder and Executive Director

MEET OUR BEAUTIFUL SISTERHOOD

Yo Soy Ella Inc. couldn’t have been possible without the diverse, passionate, beautiful and spiritually activated group of women to assist with the vision of YSE. Each woman contributes their proficiency, educational tiers, experiences, and their belief-system which encompasses the essence of Yo Soy Ella Inc.

Maria is our 2020, newest appointed President of Yo Soy Ella. She attained her Masters Degree in Social Work, and is currently a Community Client Housing Navigator at Chicago House,  a social service agency that supports individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and the broader LGBTQ community with housing, health, and employment support.

Maria Seda M.S.W

President

Evelyn's expertise includes marketing and communications, project management, social service advocacy and facilitator in both for profit and non-profit industries.

Melinda Evelyn I.M.C, M.A

Advisor

Karla is the Director of Rehab services at Center Home for Hispanic Elderly. She earned her  B.S degree at NIU and her M.S masters degree at SIUC.
She is currently a Speech Language Pathologist. Karla is also a Geriatric- Mental Health advocate.

Karla Voeun M.S, CCC-SLP-L

Chairwoman

Vilma is the Administrative Assistant at Saint Joseph Hospital. Here she assists the Chairperson, Vice Chair Person, management and medical staff in the Pathology Dept. She's also a member of Lazos Panamenos, which coordinate two large annual events for the Panamanian community in Chicago. o 

Vilma White

Chairwoman

Hagar is a Talent Acquisition professional at Comcast NBC/Universal. Her skill sets lie in business communication and

strategic workforce planning. She is  the Founder and lead florist  for Petite Floral Creations, a boutique floral company.  

Hagar Duel M.B.A 

Chairwoman

Diana has a background in health coaching and psychology. She completed her BA at UIC and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Diana Chavez B.A

Chairwoman

Ari works as an Account Executive and teaching music. Her skills sets lie in building and maintaining relationship.

Ari has a Bachelors in Education from the National University of Pedagogy en San Luis Potosi, Mexico and an Associates Degree in Music  from Harper College.

Ariadna Escamilla B.A

Chairwoman

Natalie has a long standing career teaching with Chicago Public Schools.  In 2019, she received her Masters degree in Social Work from Loyola University-Chicago.  Natalie specializes in children and family services.

Natalie Ochoa-Rogers M.S.W

Chairwoman

Elizabeth has a background and degree in Business Management.Currently, runs her own real estate business, as an investor and also real estate agent

Elizabeth Jimenez B.S

Chairwoman

As a licensed counselor in private practice,  Vanessa provides recovery-focused individual and group therapy, and crisis intervention for men and women.

Vanessa Gamino LCPC

Member

Elizabeth is the Marketing Coordinator/Office Manager at the regional Chicago Studio of Moody Nolan, the nation's largest minority-owned architecture firm. Her leadership and integrated marketing communication skills have supported print, women in education, nonprofit, finance, and tech industries.  She has also completed Mental Health First Aid training.

Elizabeth Rodriguez B.A

Member

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Yesika is currently the program manager for Carole Robertson Center for Learning at  3 different sites within the Little Village and Lawndale area in Chicago. She serves as the   community outreach liaison for YSE. 

Yesika Kruse  B.S

Member

Estela is an individual case manager with Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and she is also a family therapist with clients who have been involved with DCFS.

Estela Alejandre M.S.W 

Member

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