Founding members include Extension staff, UW faculty, and key Latino community members, leaders, service providers and stakeholders.  The task force will keep at least 12 active members with representation from each identified group, each serving a three-year term.


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Armando Ibarra

Armando Ibarra
Associate Professor, Department of Labor Education/School for Workers, UW-Madison

  • Director, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program
  • Faculty Latino Specialist, Division of Extension
  • Affiliate Faculty, Labor Center at University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Jose Martinez
Vice President of Farmworker and Community-based Services, United Migrant Opportunities (UMOS)

  • Member of Fox Valley Workforce Development Board
  • Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council
  • National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association Board

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Ananda Mirilli

Ananda Mirilli
Education Equity Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  • Member of the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education
  • Restorative Justice Circle expert
  • Native of Brazil

Mario Garcia Sierra

Mario Garcia Sierra

Mario Garcia Sierra
Customer Engagement and Community Development Manager, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E)

  • President, Board of Director, Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • Freedom Inc. Board of Directors 2008-2017
  • Native of Guatemala

Bernie Gonzalez

Bernie Gonzalez

Bernie Gonzalez
Financial representative and real estate investor

  • Community organizer at SOPHIA, focusing on mass incarceration, health care, transportation, housing and immigration issues
  • Mexican immigrant
  • U.S. Army veteran

Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson
Retired special educator
from Eau Claire, WI

  • Board member and past VP of JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
  • Founded and co-chaired JONAH Immigration Task Force
  • Founded Advancing Hope Fund, a zero-interest lending

David Anderson

David Anderson

David Anderson
Retired Lutheran Pastor
from Eau Claire, WI

  • Past president and treasurer of JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
  • Co-chaired JONAH Immigration Task Force
  • Board member of El Centro de Conexion

Lynet Uttal

Lynet Uttal

Lynet Uttal
Community-based researcher and clinical social worker

  • Professor emerita, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program, UW-Madison
  • Develops projects that benefit immigrants and refugees, such as the Learning English and Living Biculturally Project
  • Member of the Formando Lazos Familiares Committee
  • Co-founder of Formando Lazos Workshops serving the Dane County Latino Community
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Ginna Isunza

Ginna Isunza
YWCA Rock County Immigrant Outreach Program Director

  • Recipient of the Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award 2017
  • Board Member Immigrant Support Network
  • Board Member Conexiones Latinas
  • Board Member Community Health Systems

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Maria M. Lara

Maria M. Lara
Adjunct Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) & Corporate Trainer at Corporate Training and Economic Development (CTED)    

  • Co-founder of Latino Professionals Association of Northeast Wisconsin (LPA of N.E.W. or LPA)
  • LPA Mission: Ensuring Latino’s influence & success in all professions through networking, professional development & advocacy in NEW
  • LPA Motto: Building Pathways to Success

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Mariah Hennen

Mariah Hennen (she/ella)
Program Manager, Legal Action of Wisconsin Farmworker Project

  • Accompany migrant, seasonal, and year-round agricultural workers as they navigate the legal system, as well as support workers in locating community resources. Coordinate and participate in the extensive outreach to farmworkers across Wisconsin.
  • Secretary, Wisconsin Farmworkers Coalition
  • Member, Migrant Clinicians Network Institutional Review Board

UW-Madison Division of Extension:

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Catherine Emmanuelle

Catherine Emmanuelle
Area Extension Director, Chippewa, Dunn & Eau Claire Counties, Division of Extension

  • Previously served as Family Living Educator in Trempealeau County
  • Has partnered with people and organizations to build family resilience through complex social issues

Dominic Ledesma

Dominic Ledesma

Dominic Ledesma
Chief Diversity Officer, Division of Extension

  • Doctoral work in the Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW-Madison
  • Research interests include language rights, civil rights, language justice issues, linguistic and cultural diversity of the upper Midwest

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Joe Maldonado

Joe Maldonado

Community Youth Development Program Manager

  • Support and coach county based educators in delivering programming that engages youth in important issues in their community
  • Provide a statewide strategy that aligns with the broader work of the Positive Youth Development Institute
  • Lead statewide programming and initiatives around postsecondary pathways, civic engagement, restorative justice, and community health

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Maria Yolanda Pena

María Yolanda Peña
Regional Program Manager for FoodWIse
, Division of Extension

  • Recipient of UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award 2018
  • Chairperson for Extension Latino Employees Resources Group (LERG)
  • Native of Colombia

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Adam Trunzo

Adam Trunzo
Youth and Families Educator, Juntos Program Coordinator and

  • Coordinate and lead post-secondary access for Latino youth and families through Juntos 4-H program
  • Parenting Program Educator and Fatherhood program lead
  • Chair of Alliance for Youth and Jail to Community Reentry Coalition

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Dan Veroff

Dan Veroff
Demographic Specialist, Applied Population Lab, UW-Madison
Current areas of research are:

  • Understanding the dynamics and demographics of diversity in Wisconsin
  • Immigration and population change in rural Wisconsin


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Brenda Gonzalez

Brenda Gonzalez
Director, Community Relations

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Carolina Sarmiento

Carolina Sarmiento
Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology
, UW-Madison

  • Affiliate with Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies
  • Researches the intersection between urban development, governance, and the creation and destruction of cultural spaces in working-class communities of color