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Staff Bios

(Simply click on any name below to send an e-mail to that Hogar team member.)

Antonio Bautista

BIA Accredited Representative, Legal Services
Antonio Bautista is a native of Chiapas, Mexico with a college degree in political science and public administration. Since he moved to the United States in 2005, he has been serving the immigrant community and he has been providing immigration legal services since 2006. He worked as an Immigration Assistant and then an Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities of Central Texas before coming to Northern Virginia. Here in Virginia, he spent three years leading the Immigration Legal Assistance and Citizenship Education Programs at the Hispanic Committee of Virginia / Northern Virginia Family Service before joining Hogar Immigrant Services as an Accredited Representative in 2013. Antonio has a deep understanding of family-based immigration procedures as well as experience serving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U visa, citizenship and naturalization and Temporary Protective Status (TPS) clients.

Ben Brokaw
Manager, Education Services


Ben Brokaw began the 2012 year by joining the Hogar team. Previously, he served with Americorps for two years. His first year was spent on the Eastern Shore of Maryland teaching pesticide safety to the farmworker community with Telamon Corporation. Then in 2011, Ben served locally with CASA de Maryland promoting citizenship and teaching citizenship classes. Ben graduated from Wheaton College in 2007 with a BA in history, and became interested in working with immigrants after traveling abroad in Latin America and doing volunteer work as an ESL teacher in the D.C. area. In his spare time Ben enjoys reading, running, traveling, playing board games, and bowling. 


Brooke Hammond Pérez
Program Director, Education Services

Brooke received her MA in International Development, with a concentration in NGO Management and Civil Society, from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has a  BA in Spanish and a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.  Brooke has extensive education experience working for the Education Department of Madrid, as well as teaching ESOL to elementary and high school students at both public and private schools in Spain. Brooke also has volunteered to teach ESOL at various non-profit organizations in the United States and Spain.  Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Brooke now lives in Manassas with her husband, Iker, and daughters, Ariane and Amaia. Brooke enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her twin daughters in her free time.

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Carla Perantoni Walsh
Manager, Education Services
Carla has lived in the Washington DC area since her student days at Georgetown University, where she earned her BA in Government.  After working in the Carter administration and graduating from Catholic University Law School, she practiced law for a number of years before turning to nonprofit program work, in which she has been engaged since 2005.  At Hogar she is enjoying working with immigrant communities for the first time, and is even picking up a little Spanish!  Carla has two grown sons and finds time to play the piano, study Italian and indulge her passion for opera.


Enrique Vargas
BIA Accredited Representative, Legal Services

Enrique was born in Bolivia and came to live in the United States three decades ago.  Motivated by his love of helping the diverse population of immigrants in northern Virginia, Enrique has worked in the immigration legal field for more than twenty years. In his spare time, Enrique enjoys reading, soccer, swimming, biking, basketball, and tennis.  In addition to his full-time job as a paralegal at Hogar, Enrique occasionally "moonlights" as a deejay.

 

Erica Rodriguez

Supervising Attorney, Legal Services

Erica joined Hogar as a Staff Attorney in October 2013, after finishing a two-year clerkship with the Los Angeles Immigration Court as part of the Department of Justice’s Honors Program.  Erica graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2011, where she founded the Immigration Law Association and was a student-attorney in the Immigration Clinic.  Erica has completed internships with CASA de Maryland, the Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center, the Religious Immigration Services Division at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  During law school, Erica volunteered with the Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and the Employment Justice Center, which earned her an Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award at graduation.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2006, where she dual majored in Political Science and Sociology, and participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad program in Egypt.  Erica is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Erica’s interest in immigration law was sparked by her experiences working on pro bono immigration cases at Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked as a Case Assistant prior to law school, as well as from her family’s own immigration experiences as immigrants from Colombia.  In her spare time, Erica enjoys walking and hiking with her husband John and their dog Bosley. 

 

Evin McFadden
Manager, Education Services

Evin McFadden was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has an eclectic background in education, non-profit management and international project management. Evin double majored in Sociology and Spanish at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – focusing heavily on Latin American Literature and global studies. He began his career working with immigrant populations and the Hispanic community while completing an internship at a local chapel, La Capilla de Santa Teresita. Later, Evin obtained a M.A. in International Development. To gain first-hand experience working Latin America, he spent several years working in partnership with non-profit and government agencies in Honduras and El Salvador. Upon returning to the states, Evin settled in Virginia. He continues to manage education based programs that promote results based academic achievement and self-sufficiency.   


Ingrid Rosales Zavala
Citizenship and Naturalization Manager, Education Services

Ingrid was born in Lima, Peru, but moved to the United States with her family in 2001. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a bachelor on Foreign Affairs with a specialization in Latin America and Philosophy. After college, she did an internship with Immigrants First in Manassas, Virginia. She has a commitment to the immigrant community since everyone in her family, including her, went through the same process with USCIS.  Ingrid likes to dance Latin music, especially traditional Peruvian music.

 

Jackie Chavez
Education Services Grant Manager

Jackie was born in Arlington, VA but was raised in Denver, CO and lived there until she moved back to Virginia in 2011. She has over 7 years of management experience working in different fields. She also has several years of experience working and volunteering with the public at hospitals, churches, and schools. Jackie is the oldest of four kids and comes from a large family. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

 

Jennifer Mora Zuñiga
Database Manager, Education Services

Jen grew up in Berryville, VA. She graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She has experience working in several nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Club and Prison Fellowship. Prior to working at Hogar, Jen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Costa Rica. During her service she learned Spanish and met her husband. Jen's pastimes include: reading, traveling, running, community service, and baking.

 

Karla Fuentes

Legal Assistant, Legal Services
Karla first came to Hogar as an intern in January 2014 from North Carolina through the Lutheran Washington College Semester. She interned with Education Services, with a focus on Hogar’s Citizenship and Naturalization program. After the competition of her internship, she began working as the Legal Assistant with the Legal Services program. Karla attended Lenoir Rhyne University with a dual major in Political Science and Sociology. While attending Lenoir Rhyne, Karla was a member of the North Carolina Student Legislators, Model United Nations, and was a founding member of the debate team.  Karla’s passion, drive and commitment to immigrant populations brought her to Hogar. Karla’s commitment to working with the immigrant community began at a young age, when she volunteered at a nonprofit organization committed to helping the immigrant community. She has also served as a student fellow with the organization Student Action with Farmworkers in North Carolina, where she taught the dangers of farming pesticides to members of the community and helped transition migrant workers in the United States. Karla also loves to travel; she has visited Russia, Germany, Mexico, and several states in the US. She hopes to continue traveling to new places worldwide. Karla enjoys learning about different cultures, and during her free time she enjoys watching documentaries and dancing Latin music.

 

Lorraine LaVia
Office Manager

Lorraine joined Hogar in October 2010 after working 14 years at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she came to the DC area to attend the University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, including one year of study in Spain, and a Masters in Administration.  In her free time, Lorraine is an artist and member of the Pastel Society of Virginia. She also enjoys reading, needlework, and biking.

 

 

Nancy Carbajal
Receptionist

Nancy was born in Peru and has lived in the United States since 1982. She has been Hogar's receptionist since 1991, making her the longest-serving member of the Hogar team. Nancy loves working at Hogar because she gets the opportunity to help people every day. Nancy currently lives in Arlington with her husband and three of her four daughters. She is also a grandmother of two. Nancy loves dancing salsa and merengue and visiting the beach.

 

 

Natalia Weekes

Administrative Assistant
Natalia was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to the United States with her family in 2001. Natalia has over 5 years of experience in the administrative field previously working with a telecom company where she served as an Account analyst. Currently attending college, Natalia is pursuing a degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources. Natalia enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and her dog, dancing, as well as running. Natalia is excited to join the Hogar services family as her story is very similar to those of the students being helped.

 

Nora Canchez-Gonzalez

BIA Accredited Representative, Legal Services

Nora came to Hogar with extensive work experience in the legal sector and in the field of charitable work to the poor and immigrant community.  She began her legal training when she received a Juris Doctor degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima, Peru.  In 2001 she received her LLM degree in International Studies from American University, in Washington, DC.  Nora has also studied Project Management at George Mason University in Virginia. Prior to joining Hogar, Nora was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities of Baltimore, MD.  From 2008 through 2011 she assisted a team of pro bono attorneys from Howrey LLP, in Washington DC, representing immigrants in complex asylum cases.  Nora has also worked as a Legal Administrative Assistant at Advancement Project, a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization.
Nora has volunteered with several organizations to assist victims of domestic violence and low income immigrants, one of them was the Volunteer Interpreter Program at Fairfax County District Court in Virginia.  Nora has three children, lives in Annandale and enjoys watching comedy movies, listening to music and traveling in the company of her family.

 

Sister Karen Lynn Watkins, OSB
Staff Attorney, Legal Services

What does “OSB” stand for?  “Order of Saint Benedict.”  Sister Karen Lynn is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, a monastery located in Bristow  www.osbva.org .  The community was distressed when the issue of illegal immigration was raised as a “cause” of the car accident in August, 2010 that took the life of Sister Denise Mosier.  The Benedictine Sisters have served immigrants through their ministries for years.  So when it was time for Sister Karen Lynn to look for a job (each religious community has to support itself, often through the paid work of its members) it seemed natural for her to use her law degree to serve immigrants needing legal services.  Since Hogar Immigrant Services, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, is well known for providing top quality legal services, it also seemed natural for her to seek a position here.  After serving in an internship position for several months, Sister Karen Lynn has been assigned to a Western Expansion Office of Hogar, working Tuesdays and Thursdays from an office in Manassas provided by All Saints Catholic Church.