Lourdes Shanjani, Executive Director, joined Mano a Mano in 2016, first as a case manager, later moving into program coordination and management, and most recently becoming Mano a Mano's fourth executive director. As executive director, Lourdes is responsible for the oversight of the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the organization.
Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Lourdes holds a medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Lourdes is proud to be a part of Mano a Mano because it is a respected and trustworthy organization that values equality and provides quality service.
Megan McKenna, Director of Strategy & Development, joined Mano a Mano as its third executive director in 2014 and in 2017 transitioned into the organization's first Director of Strategy & Development. Megan is responsible for implementing the organization's multi-year resource development and diversification plan, communications and marketing, and other strategic priorities.
She has over a decade of experience working in community development, research and policy analysis, and planning and evaluation in the United States and Latin America. Megan holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from The University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University. She is bilingual English/Spanish and partially accredited by the Department of Justice to practice immigration law.
Carla Rosales, Director of Operations,has been with the organization for nearly a decade. Carla is responsible for the oversight of all agency facilities, financial management, relationship with all outside vendors, and all supportive services such as childcare and reception.
Originally from Michoacán Mexico, Carla is a graduate of Round Lake High School and holds an Office Administrator certificate from the College of Lake County. Carla is proud to be a part of Mano a Mano because she enjoys helping other people and being a part of her community.
Jael Mejia, Program Manager, joined Mano a Mano in 2014, first as the outreach coordinator and later moving into program coordination and management. She currently oversees the Engaged Citizen Program and the Productive Parents Program. Jael is a DOJ Accredited Representative, allowing her to represent clients before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Jael holds an Associate's degree in Paralegal Studies and currently is pursuing a Bachelor's degree. Jael is originally from Mexico City, Mexico and is proud to be a part of Mano a Mano in our work of empowering immigrants from all backgrounds to thrive and actively engage in American life.
Astrid Martinez, Program Manager, joined Mano a Mano in November 2017. She oversees the Healthy Families and Successful Children programs. Astrid is the daughter of immigrant parents from Guatemala and they have lived in the Round Lake Area for the past 20 years.
Astrid received her Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Science, followed by her Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She spent 7 years as a Teaching Assistant for English Language Learners and Special Education programs at Round Lake Area Schools. She comes to Mano a Mano with a great passion for equity in education and health to help the immigrant population specifically to educate and provide resources in order to help them develop into valuable and skilled community members.