Wanda Acevedo is certainly a Latina we can look up to. As a single parent and a survivor of domestic violence Wanda has overcome some of life’s toughest challenges. In 1995, she sought residency at the Wilson Commencement Park, which is a self-contained community where low-income, single-parent families work toward transitioning from public assistance to financial independence. Determined to make the best her situation, Wanda focused on her family, career and education. Her dedication and commitment to her employers have earned her much advancement. As well, her exemplary commitment to a higher education, despite unique challenges adult learners face, did not go undetected by her professors.
Today, Wanda, who at one time was a resident of the Wilson Commencement Park, is now the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the organization.
Below are some of Wanda’s professional accomplishments and noted awards:
- In 2003 joined the ranks of management as a Program Manager for the Puerto Rican Youth Development (PRYD).
- In 2006, managed the homeless shelter for women and children for the Catholic Family Center.
- In 2008, Housing Coordinator for Wilson Commencement Park
- In 2009, Director of Programs for Wilson Commencement Park.
- In 2012, Chief Operating Officer for Wilson Commencement Park.
- In 2014, promoted to Interim Chief Executive Officer at Wilson Commencement Park.
- Awarded the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Award “Outstanding Adult Student Award”
- Awarded the SUNY Empire State College “Outstanding Adult Student Award”
- In 2014, obtained her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College.
Additionally, Wanda has taken time out of her hectic schedule to have served on the Latinas Unidas Board as the Treasurer in 2013 and early 2014.
Congratulations for all of your accomplishments. On behalf of your sisters at Latinas Unidas, thank you for your work with our organization and we wish you the best on your new endeavors!