Meet Our Team

Mayra Medina-Núñez

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and came to the United States when she was fourteen years old as an unaccompanied minor. Mayra completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles in 2012. She has worked in the faith-based and humanitarian non-profit sector for over ten years, providing immigration and social service resources to marginalized communities. As a migrant, Zapotec- indigenous-mother, and woman of color, she is deeply empathetic to the plight of many of our minors and their parents looking for refuge in the United States. Mayra is married and loves to chase after her three young sons.

Frida Aldapa

OPERATIONS AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Before coming on board as part of our team in September of 2019, Frida knew of The Center through members of the United Methodist Church. Frida believes that through empathy and horizontal solidarity, people of color and Black folk from all corners of the globe and any gender, can continue to create a happier, healthier and safer future for each other. Frida enjoys reading PoC and Black literature, spending time with her two pups and having lovely talks with kiddos. Frida also enjoys giving and receiving warm consented hugs and food when pandemics are not around. 

Mairym Medina-Sanchez

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR

Mairym received her Master’s Degree in Law from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and her Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She is passionate about fighting and advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. She joined our team in September of 2019 as our coordinator of legal immigration services. Mairym lives in Valencia, California with her husband and her younger daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and dancing to salsa music.

Nancy Avelino

SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR

First involved in the RCC as a volunteer, Nancy supports the RCC’s mission to create a safe space for Central American children and families to feel welcomed, supported, and heard. She was moved by pioneers and former staff, Amanda Escobar Romero and Abril Escobar Romero’s work in advocating for the needs of Central American refugees and was delighted to join the team as a Program Assistant in 2018. Nancy graduated with a Master’s Degree in CSUN’s Social Work Program and her goal is to positively contribute to the mental health needs of immigrant communities like those served by the San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center. She is now the Social Services Coordinator. 

Mercedes Dolores

GROUNDSKEEPER

Born in Colima, Mexico, Doña Meche has made the SFV area her home for over 30 years. She is the mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 7 grandchildren, she enjoys attending her church (North Hills United Methodist Mission Church) and serving others. In her spare time, she loves tidying up her home and spending time with her grandchildren.

Magdaly Vivas Tirado

OFFICE ASSISTANT FOR THE LEGAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Magdaly is a Puerto Rican woman who has a Juris Doctor in Law from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Magdaly has been passionate about Immigration since her college years. She joined the RCC as a Legal Assistant supporting the Immigration Legal Service Department. She cares deeply about supporting resilient populations and one of her goals is to take and pass the California Bar Examination to practice as an Immigration Lawyer in the state of California. Magdaly lives in California with her husband and some family members. She enjoys spending time with God, her family and her friends. Magdaly enjoys riding AVT Four track, bikes, and Dune Buggy. She also likes to read, cook, fish, hunt, camp, and go on road trips to different places in the US. Magdaly’s favorite passage in the Bible is Acts 16:31.