John Martinez, Executive Director
John Martinez has over 20 years of experience working with community-based organizations, (CBO’s) and community development corporations (CDC’s) throughout the United States in the areas of asset-based economic development – workforce, education, and business investment initiatives, organizational development, and community development. His professional work experience includes: leading a statewide community action agency, directing a rural USDA supported enterprise community, leading an urban school-to-work initiative, and serving as the National Director of Workforce Development for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a Washington, DC based Civil Right and Advocacy Organization. John is the Vice-Chair of the MAFO Board of Directors– a National Partnership of Rural Communities and Farmworker Organizations. He is a summa cum laude graduate in political science from the University of New Mexico and holds a Master of Science degree from Louisiana State University at Shreveport.
Prior to joining Centro Campesino in 2011, Maria worked in senior accounting positions for both non-profit and profit sectors serving as controller for YWCA of South Florida, including controller for EFC Management and 15 years at Ryder Logistics Systems, Inc. where she was a senior financial analyst/consultant. She has over 20 years of accounting experience. Maria holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Florida and both an MBA and a Masters in Professional Accountancy from Barry University.
Bill Sevilla, Director of Community Development and Asset Building
Bill has more than 30 years of experience working as an accomplished financial services executive in the lending line leadership and large-scale process innovation. He has a proven track record in building and leading high-performance teams (mortgage loan production, CRA lending, underwriting, and foreclosure prevention) leading to business growth and improved customer satisfaction. Team player, leader and motivator. His professional career includes Capital Bank, JP Morgan Chase, BankUnited, and with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida as a Homeownership Center Manager. He has Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University, Washington, D.C., and is a certified Financial Coach and a Homebuyer Education Trainer. Fully bilingual (English + Spanish).
Barbara Cesar, Director of Education
Barbara has extensive experience managing programs for Unaccompanied Children, including the education department, residential cottages, kitchen, and etc., in a fast pace 24 hour a day service environment at His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens, and at the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in Clearwater, Florida. She has manages educational and shelter services for Refuges, worked as a Shelter and Children’s advocate and has been an active member of the Florida Human Trafficking Coalition in several regions of the state. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and she is completing a M.S. in Public Administration at Barry University.
Jorge left his work as a private builder in 2008 to take charge of Centro Campesino’s construction services, including homebuilding, land acquisition and rural weatherization/rehab. He is a licensed Florida General Contractor license # CGC1509706, with 29 years of experience in home building and construction management. He holds a B.S. degree in architecture from the University of Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Cartagena, Colombia.
Chris, who came to Centro Campesino as a carpenter’s assistant, has spent 28 years of his career working for the organization in Miami and eight rural counties. He is a master carpenter and supervises field operations, assigning projects and managing contractor compliance. In the state network of weatherization/rehab service providers, Chris is frequently asked to assist new providers in training their staff due to his extensive experience. He loves sports and devotes much of his spare time to coaching girls high school softball and volunteers as a school bus driver transporting children on field trips.
Marvin Diaz joined Centro Campesino in 1996 as a maintenance technician. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for Centro Campesino’s affordable rentals, the 91-unit Palm Villas apartments and the 31-unit Biscayne Senior Housing and coordinates maintenance operations for all Centro Campesino facilities in Miami-Dade County. Marvin is certified in pool, refrigerator maintenance and A/C repair. He is also certified as an occupancy specialist. He was educated in Costa Rica, where he trained in bank accounting and attained his certification in basic essentials for enterprise development.
Juan Carlos came to Centro Campesino in February 2012 as a housing counselor and was promoted to program manager of Homebuyer/Homeowner Solutions in May, 2013. In this role, he supervises homeownership and foreclosure prevention services and staff, coordinates workshops at Centro Campesino and throughout Miami-Dade County and serves his own caseload of homebuyer clients. Prior to coming to Centro Campesino, Juan Carlos spent twelve years as a certified housing counselor, first with Acorn Housing Corporation, which later became Affordable Housing Centers of America. He has numerous certifications in financial coaching, pre-purchase and homeownership education, fair lending and mortgage lending fundamentals. He holds a Technical Degree from the Economic Institute of Havana from Havana, Cuba.