Latino Educational Training Institute
Since 1998: Information • Education • Training • Leadership
About LETI
Mission, Background, Administration

Welcome! ¡Bienvenido!

LETI is dedicated to strengthening relationships between Latinos and the wider community. We provide an array of services to that purpose. We also sponsor community events in and around our Lynnwood headquarters, including our annual Latino Expo; health fairs, workshops and other personal and family development activities.

We all face the need to have a good life every day. We all experience a desire to conquer what may seem to be an impossible challenge. What defines us is how willing we are to do what must be done so we may be where we want to be. There always is a new way to make ourselves better than ever. LETI’'s aim in all that we do is to develop a future of hope, lifelong achievement, self-realization and well-being among all Latinos.


Our Mission • Nuestra Misión

To facilitate the personal and financial success of Spanish-speaking and bilingual persons and inspire Latino youth to pursue their dreams and become leaders in their communities. LETI strives to support family success and wellbeing through education, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.

Facilitar el éxito personal y financiero de las personas bilingües y de habla hispana e inspirar a los jóvenes latinos a perseguir sus sueños y convertirse en líderes en sus comunidades. LETI se esfuerza por apoyar el éxito y el bienestar familiar a través de la educación, la conciencia cultural y la responsabilidad social.

Languages • Idiomas

Escoja/choose ENGLISH ESPAÑOL

LETI's History • La Historia de LETI

This summary information is under redevelopment. See also the News section.

Esta informacion se desarrolla de nuevo. Vea tambien nuestro boletiín noticiero.



Este sitio web está hecho completamente de electrones reciclados.

Support

LETI is supported primarily by members of the community. We also appreciate grants and other support by cooperating non-profit organizations and generous business sponsors.
The first step in joining our efforts is to register as a member of this website. As a registered member you can post comments and communicate directly with other members. All program participants should register, so that they will receive important scheduling information.

El primer paso de apoyo es registrarse como miembro de este sitio. Como miembro Ud. puede agregar noticias y comunicar directamente con otros miembros. Todos participantes en nuestros programas deben registrarse para que reciban información como horarios y tareas.

Sponsor LETI or one of our programs with a donation in cash or in kind. We offer recognition of our valued sponsors prominently on this site and at public events. Contact our office Monday through Friday discuss the possibilities.

Patrocina o LETI o un programa específica con su regalo de efectivo o servicio. Reconocimos las contribuciones de nuestros patrocinadores en este sitio y durante eventos públicos. Contacte nuestra oficina de lunes a viernes para discutir las posibilidades.

Volunteers are the heart of LETI. They teach classes, organize events, serve as translators, guides and facilitators, create this website and much more. We invite your participation. Please write to us via the Contacts form or call us Monday through Friday.

Los voluntarios son el corazón de LETI. Enseñan, organizan, traducen, guian y facilitan, crean y mantienen este sitio y much mas. Les invitamos a participar. Favor de escribirnos o llamenos de lunes a viernes.



Management Team • Gerencia

Executive Director, Rosario Reyes
Associate Director, Tom Laing
Health and Wellness Coordinator, Marisol Bejarano
Website Manager, Rees Clark

Board of Directors • Junta de Directores

Rosario Reyes
Founder and President
Originally from Peru, Rosario founded LETI in 1998. She has served as president and executive director and chairs the board of directors. Her background is in engineering and social service administration.
Rees Clark, Ph.D.
Vice-president and Director
Member, chairs communications committee. He is Volunteer Acting Director of LETI Vocational School and also manages the LETI website. His background is in higher education, public administration, systems analysis, web applications and customer relations management. In recent years his business activities have emphasized IT support for environmental remediation firms.
Diana Morelli, Ph.D.
Director
Ph. D. in Romance Languages and Linguistics Diana Morelli-Klima created, developed, marketed and taught programs in both Spanish and English. Diana began collaborated with LETI and their partners to create a Latino Leadership program for college students in the northwest region. Her expertise as an educator was essential to the development of the program structure and curriculum. As one of the instructors in the program she expects excellence, and students perform because they don’t want to let her down.

She maintained a highly visible Latin community profile through promotions and community gathering and activities, and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Latino Leadership Initiative.

As the founder and only Director of the Latino Business Retention and Expansion program at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Diana has instructed, mentored and provided business advising to hundreds of Latin business owners resulting in improved business operations and expanded business capacity. Diana is a founder of her own consulting firm, Productive Management Systems.

She also created and produced promotional video for television, taught Creative Writing and Literacy Program for the Homeless, delivered Keynote speeches to diverse audiences.

Mel Cossette
Director
Mel Cossette is the Executive Director/Principal Investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU) and Project: Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM) funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program housed at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA.

Mel has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing education, has developed technician training programs for industry and educational institutions, is a Master Mentor with the NSF ATE Mentor-Connect project, serves on numerous committees and national boards and worked in various industries prior to holding administrative positions in the community and technical college system.

Alfredo Chancco
Drector
My name is Alfredo Chancco and I am originally from Lima-Peru. I am a Systems Engineer Senior for Seattle Children's Hospital. As an accomplished Systems Engineer, I enjoy using my personal and technical skills to integrate diverse technologies into complex infrastructures in collaboration with highly competent peers. One of my latest accomplishments was being instrumental in the migration of 100's of applications from one data center to another with negligible downtime.

I graduated from University of Arkansas in 1989 with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Outside of work I enjoy playing soccer and table tennis in the regular basis. I also take pride in participating in ethnic fairs selling Peruvian arts and crafts and using that opportunity to promote and explain the rich Peruvian culture.

Furthermore, I am a board member of the Latino Educational Training Institute LETI, an entity that assists the Latino community with their integration into this culture, providing them but not limited to resources, tools and leadership skills.

Giselle Zapata-Garcia
Director
Chairs fundraising committee.

Bio forthcoming.

Claire Peinado
Director
Vice President of Student Services with a demonstrated history working in higher education. Skilled in Academic Advising, Community Engagement and K-12 Pipeline Development, High Impact Learning and Retention Practices, Grant Writing, and Strategic Planning. Strong emphasis on educational equity through reflective practice, civic engagement, and professional development of staff and students. Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from University of Washington and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
René Acevedo Rodriguez
Director
My name is Rene Acevedo Rodriguez. I was born in Huajuapan de Leon Oaxaca, Mexico. I worked last year as a Family Support Specialist with the Everett School District and have a Business Administration and Retail Associates degree from Everett Community College. I am currently Vice President of the FOUNDATION FOR ACADEMIC ENDEAVORS, a board member of the Latino Educational Training Institute, providing support for adult, post-secondary students to develop leadership skills.

My future goal is to obtain a teaching certificate further to deepen my understanding of families and the educational system and to be able to continue my work as a Family Support Specialist. I am married to my wife Oriss Acevedo and have two beautiful kids Jazmin and Santiago. During the weekends I run my part- time DJ business and lighting production for local bands. My hobbies are spending time with my family, listening to music, and community involvement.

Sally Guzman
Director
Sally Guzmán Reyes is the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Edmonds School District, where she has worked since 2014. At Edmonds School District she coordinates the district strategies, policies, and trainings around family engagement as a tool for improving student learning. Mrs. Guzmán Reyes has worked in direct service to families for over 7 years and has a vast array of experience in working with nonprofits. Her passion is working in education, fighting for equity, and leading to create antiracist systems. A current graduate student at the University of Washington's Leadership for Learning Doctoral program, she also holds a masters' in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Communications and Social Science with a minor in Anthropology. Mrs. Guzmán Reyes is a bilingual, bi-cultural first-generation Latina born in Peru and immigrating to Lynnwood, WA when she was 5 years old with her family. She is married with 2 children.


Team LETI

Program Staff

Marisol Bejarano
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Supervises our popular seminar series Bienestar Total de lal Mujer Latina. Coordinates in liaison with LETI Vocational School.
Felisa García Castellanos
Instructor, Career Coach
Felisa manages our Career Coaching program and offers classes on career advancement.

Volunteers

Eliana Pesola
Communications Associate
Coordinates publicity and member notifications.

Administrative Staff

Nelly Romero
Staff Assistant
Nelly maintains our membership and mailing lists.
Arlet Astorga
Staff Assistant
Arlet is a recent university graduate and former participant in LETI's Latino Leadership Initiative. She brings a solid background in administrative procedures development and has demonstrated her skills during previous periods of volunteer activity with LETI.
Irina Korchemnaya
Staff Writer
Irina comes to us from Moscow, Russia, where she was a journalist and public relations specialist.
Tom Laing 3d
Asst. Executive Director, Accountant
Tom brings over 20 years of accounting, financial management and grant writing experience to the LETI team. He has recently managed the annual Latino Expo for several years while it grew from 20 to 100 participating merchants and organizations and from 200-300 to 1,000 attendees.




We, the board of directors and the executive staff of LETI, reaffirm our values of inclusion, non-discrimination, and service to our clients and community members. We also reaffirm our commitment to work with, support and assist the Latino community regardless of immigration experience and status, nationality, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. Our offices and training center are safe spaces for anyone, free from the dangers of discrimination, bigotry, hate, and other forms of abuse.