Board of Directors
Retired Design Manager
Reporting Analyst, OPTUM
Humberto Olivares, MBA
Investment Management Specialist, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Aldo Rubio Lopez
Sr. Buyer, Minneapolis Public Schools
Retired Manager, Volunteers of America
Sofia Rodriguez Schmeling
Auditor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Manager, Contact Center Operations at Allina Health Health
Commander, St. Paul Police Department
Sr. Buyer, Minnetronix, Inc.
María Ramírez Johnson
Retired Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Eloisa has been the Executive Director of La Oportunidad since 1998 and also produces and hosts its television program En Familia. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and education. Eloisa holds a Master’s degree in Education & Leadership as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Business Administration and Communications, both degrees from Augsburg University, and a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate School of Business. Prior to La Oportunidad, she founded and directed the Latino Student Services Program and also served as the Multicultural Coordinator for Augsburg University for six years. Originally from Colombia, Eloisa is bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent.
Eloisa has been an active member of the community for over 25 years including her multiple-year service on the City of Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee (2008 – 2016), the United Way Speakers Bureau (2000 – 2018), and the Augsburg University Scholastics Connections Mentorship Program. She has also served on the City of St. Paul Youth Fund Board, the Minnesota Department of Education Multicultural Advisory Board, and the National Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference Planning Committee. She has been actively involved in the nonprofit sector including her role of Co-Chair of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits-Minnesota Council on Foundations 2012 Joint Conference. Eloisa has been recognized for her community involvement and leadership over the years, including by various Governors and by the Minnesota Medical Association for her contributions to violence prevention in the state. In addition, she has been a featured guest of the TV show Comcast Newsmakers as well as been profiled in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Latino Leaders Oral History Project published in 2011. In 2017, she was honored with the NFL-Vikings’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to the Minnesota Latino community.
Adrian Diaz Jr – Youth Leadership Conference Coordinator
Adrian graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Community Development and Sociology with an emphasis on social justice. He is a recent graduate with experience working with students of color. He is Mexican-American, bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent. He co-founded and co-directed a Multicultural Center that provides adequate resources to ensure the academic and social success of students of color at Northland College. Adrian joined La Oportunidad in the summer of 2016, he is currently the coordinator of our Youth Leadership Conference.
Caroline Stevens – Young Professionals Program Coordinator
Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in English & Spanish with a certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She spent one of her college academic years in Madrid, Spain; and after graduating from college she spent one year in Montevideo, Uruguay where she taught English to adults. Caroline work’s experience includes working as a YMCA youth summer camp counselor for six years and as a tutor at East High School, both of them in Wisconsin. She joined our organization in March of 2019, she is from Minneapolis and is bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent.
Elizabet Vargas – Office Manager & El Camino Program Coordinator
Born in Peru, Elizabet is bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communications from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos/Lima, Peru. Elizabet joined La Oportunidad in early 2015 and as a recent immigrant with indigenous roots, she brings a unique perspective to our organization and students she works with.
Anna Bjorge – Latino Youth Program Coordinator
Anna coordinates the Latino Youth Development & Leadership Program. She holds a B.A. degree in Spanish and Organizational Communication from Winona State University and also spent a semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain. After college, Anna spent five months as a volunteer teaching English to children in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. She has three years of experience as a Summer Camp Counselor and has also volunteered as a bilingual teaching assistant. Anna joined La Oportunidad in 2019. Originally from Wisconsin, she is bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally competent.