Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Dr. Robin Waterman, Founder and Executive Director

Robin Waterman earned her bachelor’s degree from Bates College, with an interdisciplinary focus including anthropology and English. She later earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University, specializing in administration, policy and social policy, after spending more than 20 years in the field of non-profit administration and community-based education. Dr. Waterman has founded and developed community-based education programs for low-income, culturally and linguistically diverse families in Denver, Aurora and Commerce City, also working in this area for three years in rural El Salvador and Mexico. Since 1999, she has worked in Aurora, promoting leadership, self-sufficiency and parent involvement in schools and communities. Dr. Waterman is bilingual and bicultural, and has demonstrated expertise in recognizing the strengths of Latino immigrant families and guiding low-income individuals to simultaneously access services and volunteer time toward program implementation. For these reasons, Dr. Waterman was hired by the Family Resource Center Association in 2007 to create the ACC, and was hired by the ACC Board in 2008 to serve as Executive Director.

Tere Torres, Programs Manager

Teresa Torres began as a volunteer at ACC in 2011 and has been a full-time employee since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a master’s in public health from Capella University. Teresa was born in the United States but spent her high school years with her family in her parents’ hometown of Jalisco, Mexico. Prior to working at ACC, Teresa worked at the Tri-County Health Department, with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Teresa is a trained nutritionist, certified lactation counselor and licensed daycare provider with over 10 years of experience teaching preschool. Teresa is also a certified Health Insurance Navigator. At ACC, Teresa has helped families apply for public and private health insurance, as well as navigate community-based health resources. She also teaches a weekly Cooking Matters class at ACC. Teresa was recently promoted to the position of Programs Manager because of her demonstrated skill in the area of staff and program management. Teresa and her husband live in Denver with their son, Leonardo, and return to Jalisco, Mexico every November to be with extended family.

Dr. Ivan Sosa, Health Access Specialist

Ivan Sosa holds a bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degree in social work, and is a registered psychotherapist. He has received a number of scholarships to support his academic pursuits, including the McDonald’s HACER Scholarship, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and the Latin American Educational Foundation Scholarship. Ivan was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, where he completed his elementary education. Ivan and his family later moved to the US, where they have lived ever since. Ivan has volunteered for the Rape Assistance Hotline and the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC), where he provided translation services to CLC clients, thereby enabling them to obtain pro bono legal services. Ivan would like to become a licensed clinical social worker and help expand ACC’s mental health programs and services. He has worked at ACC since September 2013.

Javier Garcia Arellano, Family Advocate

Javier Garcia has worked as a family advocate at ACC since 2015. He is a graduate of Regis University, where he studied marketing. Javier grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. At ACC, Javier is a Certified Health Navigator with Connect for Health Colorado and has developed expertise in helping mixed status families manage the complexities associated with their differences in legal status. Javier is well-known throughout ACC’s local community as someone who brings a great deal of patience and compassion, as well as skill and knowledge, to his work helping families navigate a myriad of health care resources. In addition to family advocacy work, Javier leads Insanity exercise classes for adults and teens, and coaches CATCH exercise programs for elementary-aged children. Javier also helps promote ACC programs through social media and direct outreach, and recently helped redesign ACC’s website.

Aliria Bello, Educations Programs Coordinator

Aliria Bello is originally from San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela but has lived in the United States for nearly two decades. She studied Education at Universidad de Carabobo, with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language. After moving to the US, she obtained a K-12 teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education and dedicated her career to working with students of diverse linguistic backgrounds. Aliria has over 20 years of experience as an ESL teacher and has taught both children and adults. She also has experience in early childhood education and in coordinating after-school tutoring programs for elementary school children in various school-based and community settings.

Lauren Steidl, Accountant

Lauren Steidl has been ACC’s accountant since 2015. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in professional accountancy from Lipscomb University and has spent the last decade working as an accountant. Her career has focused on serving nonprofit organizations, such as Save Our Youth, where she was a mentor for six years. Since 2016, Lauren has been a volunteer with CrossPurpose, a career and community development organization that seeks to alleviate poverty in the Denver area and beyond. Currently, she is the treasurer of CrossPurpose’s Board of Directors.

Yurima Crowley, Bilingual Programs Assistant

Yurima Crowley is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She and her son moved to the United States in 2015. Yurima initially became involved with ACC as a participant in ACC’s Family Leadership Training Institute. Soon after graduating from that program, she began to volunteer at ACC, taking out a small-business loan and creating a micro-enterprise program. Through this program, Yurima guides members of the ACC community in making jewelry. The jewelry that the participants produce is sold at pop-up markets coordinated by R Bazaar, a nonprofit that honors the journeys of refugees and immigrants through food, art and entrepreneurship. The proceeds are shared among the jewelry makers. Yurima has over ten years of experience making and selling jewelry and previously taught a jewelry making class at La Casita, a community-led education and fitness activity center serving Southwest Denver. She became a full time staff member at ACC in 2018.

Eliza Graumlich, Programs Assistant

Eliza Graumlich has a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College where she studied Spanish, Latin American studies and education. After graduating, Eliza moved to Madrid, Spain, where she worked as a teacher’s assistant at a bilingual public school. She has over five years of experience teaching English to adults and children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and three years of experience as a tutor for America Reads. Additionally, Eliza has worked and volunteered at various nonprofits, including the Seattle Public Library and the Museum of Ventura County. Outside of her work at ACC, she is a freelance translator and an activities leader at the Denver Public Library's Plaza program.

Irene Presper, Programs Assistant | Colorado Vincentian Volunteer Program

Irene Presper is a recent graduate of Wittenberg University, where she received bachelor's degrees in finance and Spanish. During Irene’s time at Wittenberg, she spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain, where she studied at the Universidad de Sevilla and interned in the operations department of a Spanish company. In the past, she has volunteered for ACCESS Women’s Shelter, the Fuller Center for Housing and All-Star Training Club, an integrated sports program for people of all abilities.

Sarah Sadozai, Social Work Intern

Sarah Sadozai is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where she studied psychology and Spanish. While a student, Sarah volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. She also volunteered for the National Center for Children and Families. Prior to working at ACC, she was a research fellow at the National Institute of Health, where she studied rare genetic diseases, and their effects on families. Sarah is currently a social work master’s student at the University of Denver.