Chris Gattegno, Executive Director
Aime Soto, Receptionist
Aime joined ACC during November of 2022. She has 8 years of customer service experience from being a manager at a cellular service store. She is passionate about helping families and making them feel welcomed. Aime is married and is a mother to 2 kids. She enjoys reading and spending time with her kids during her free time.
Luisa Candelaria, Education Programs Manager
Luisa Candelaria joined ACC in August of 2022. Luisa is ACC’s Education Programs Manager. Luisa manages ACC’s Parents as Teachers Program, Early Childhood Program, Tutoring Program along with ACC’s Citizenship Program. She received her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She worked approximately nineteen years in the Denver Public Schools in various capacities. Her last position was working at the District level for the Office of Parent Engagement. This role allowed Luisa to work directly with parents to help bridge the academic achievement gap by helping families to navigate systems, engage in educational initiatives, and learn ways to help their children to be academically successful. Luisa also has experience working in non-profit. Luisa is passionate about parent involvement and knowledge about human development across domains, youth empowerment and helping families to receive services that promote stability and family preservation.
Dany Aguirre, Tutoring Program Coordinator
Health Access Team
Monserrat Mendoza, Health Programs Manager
Monserrat Mendoza Rojas dedicated her life to education as a parent and teacher for more than ten years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Administration; earned Masters’ in Education. Family, Education and supporting the community means everything to Monserrat.
She grew up in Mexico and lived there for 31 years, then in August 2018 immigrated to the United States and has lived in Denver, Colorado for more than three years. She is married and has a child who is 10 years old. Monserrat has been a teacher for about 10 years at Childhood, Elementary, University and High school. She loves teaching Spanish to others. Also, she has volunteered and worked in different non profit organizations located in Denver, Colorado. She understands the importance of communication and connectedness in families and education.During her free time, Monserrat enjoys spending time with family, cooking Mexican food and exploring nature.
Iris Macias Patient Navigator, Bilingual Health Access Specialist
Iris joined ACC during August of 2022. She comes to us from a medical setting, working as a Patient Navigator. Iris has 20 years of experience in the medical field. She worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado for 8 years and Saint Joseph Hospital for 5 years, helping families navigate through their medical care and understanding their medical insurance coverage. Iris enjoys helping families with English as their second language. She studied in Mexico City at UAM Azcapoltzalco as an exchange student, teaching English as a second language. She believes that educating our community and families is a big step in keeping them healthy and continuing to use resources as they are available for them, in our community. She enjoys helping families achieve their goals and understanding the medical insurance world. To Iris, it is important for families to be comfortable and understand so they may be empowered to do something for their health.
Armando B Hammond, Bilingual Health Access Specialist
Armando joined ACC during October of 2022. He is coming from a customer service setting working at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the USVI and Denver Colorado over 10 years; winning 5-star award twice in those 10 years. Armando also worked at MorningStar Senior Living as their dining room manager, where he managed independent, assisted, memory care and the residents dining rooms. Armando also has experience in the healthcare industry, working for people that experience homelessness as well as the Children’s Hospital in the pulmonary department as a Patient Navigator.
Armando is a people person that believes in giving back to the community that has given him so much, using his experience working with a multicultural group.
Robert Natiello, Data & Evaluation Specialist
Robert joined ACC in February of 2021. They graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Robert is passionate about using data to improve lives. They are very grateful to have the opportunity to learn from the community ACC serves.
Andrea Hernandez, Marketing & Communications Manager
Andrea joined ACC in September of 2021! She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Spanish language, literature and culture in May of 2021. At ACC, Andrea coordinates outreach events for our center to attend and engage with the community, manages ACC’s social media pages and coordinates monthly Community Advisory Board meetings. She has always been passionate about working with the Latinx community, as she comes from a Mexican family and background. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys listening to live music and attending poetry slams! Andrea believes in the power of community, and that everyone should do their part in empowering marginalized communities and communities of color.
Dr. Robin Waterman, Founding Executive Director
Dr. Robin Waterman stepped down from her Executive Director role in 2021 after over fourteen years of agency stewardship. Under her leadership the ACC grew exponentially, earning the trust of the community andn funders alike. Wh 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.