is the recently-appointed coordinator for Casa San José’s new office located at Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge, Beaver County. Milena was born and raised in Cuba, and has lived overseas in Central and South America, and Africa. She is the mother of four adult children, and brings to Casa San José a vibrant personality, a commitment to service, and a straightforward approach to getting things done.
She holds a bachelors degree in planning, and has worked as a development program planner in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and as a volunteer in social and economic
development projects in Bolivia, El Salvador, and Mozambique. Milena also spent six years as a Spanish instructor at St. James School in Sewickley, and performed substitute teaching for children attending kindergarten through high school. Over the years, Milena has also worked as a private tutor of the Spanish language, and speaks conversational Portuguese as well.
Her breadth of experience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean uniquely positions her to understand the historic, social, and cultural contexts of many Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Her knowledge of the functioning of schools and school districts make her a powerful advocate for children, especially English-learners. The fact that she herself was once an English language learner along with her two oldest children affords her a deep understanding of many of the primary assimilation issues facing refugee and immigrant families.