Resource and Referral Coordinator
Nelly begins her duties as Executive Director in April 2019. She has lived Steamboat Springs for 16 years. Initially she managed a local restaurant and then began working with the Yampa Valley’s immigrant community through her years of work with NW Colorado Health(VNA) and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
"Being an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges and hardships that people face when starting a new life in a foreign country. Personally accomplishing the process to obtain U.S. citizenship has given me invaluable experience in immigrants’ rights and the processes/statutes associated with gaining citizenship. I am able to share my experiences with those who are tackling the same obstacles and this has established a strong connection and bond of trust between myself and the immigrant community."
Nelly attended Ricardo Palma University, a highly esteemed institution of learning in her home country of Peru, studying multiple languages as well as how to teach and translate those languages. She is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in French.
"I truly am passionate about working with immigrants in our community and I actively strive to help them reach higher standards of living. I am dedicated to advocating for their rights as active members of our community and country."
Jerry is a veteran of creating and implementing educational content for organizations and individuals. He believes the more we give the happier we feel.
With over 25 years of work both nationally and internationally, Jerry has experienced, first hand, the profound impact education has on individuals, families, and communities.
While originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jerry made Central America home after graduation. During his time there he worked as part of an International team of volunteers focusing on developing and implementing literacy programs for children and adults.
In 2017, Jerry brought his experience in marketing and passion for community service here to Steamboat and is looking forward to contributing to the cultural exchange between the diverse communities in North West Colorado.
Renzo R. Walton
Resource and Referral Coordinator
Renzo attended the British Academy of English in Lima, Peru from 1995 to 2002. During that period of time, he also studied the Italian language and completed a twelve-month Microsoft Office workshop at Cibertec Institute in Lima, Peru. Then he attended the Peruvian University of Sciences, studying health sciences in medicine and oral surgery from 2002 until 2008. During his studies, he worked for five summers at employment agencies within the area.
Renzo had been managing a local Steamboat business for several years when he started working for Integrated Community as a trained interpreter in October 2015. He became our Resource and Referral Coordinator in January 2016.
He has continued to improve his knowledge in his field of expertise by attending a medical terminology class at Colorado Mountain College and currently also provides services as a medical interpreter at UC Health YVMC.
Renzo is accredited by the US Dept of Justice as a specially qualified non-lawyer to represent immigrants, and he is a citizenship trainer.
He is a board member of local youth literacy organization Book Trails, planning committee member of Holiday Exchange Market (HEM) Routt County United Way, Patient Advisory Council (PAC)for Yampa Valley Medical Associates, planning committee member of Dia de Los Muertos in The Boat CIIC, Member of Routt County Navigation Network, and Steamboat Spanish Conversation Group host.
Born in the USA and raised in Mexico, Irene returned to Steamboat during middle school and graduated from Steamboat High School. She attended Colorado Northwestern Community College and obtained her Early Childhood Education Director Qualifications. Irene attended the Parents as Teachers training and plans on using this training and education to help her Latino community and families with young children. Irene has been in the Early Childhood field for 7 years.
Irene started interpreting for Integrated Community in 2014. She and her husband have two young daughters and are passionate about raising them to be bilingual and proud of their heritage. Irene and her family enjoy giving back to the community through volunteering and helping others.
Irene currently serves Co-Chair of First Impressions, Chair of Latinx Alliance, and is a member of the It's About Kids Network which is the Colorado Children's Campaigns statewide network.
She also attends different community meetings to give a voice to our immigrant population.
She joined our team in June 2017 working closely with our Latinx families by providing Bright By 3, Madres Enseñando, Raising a Reader, Listo para Kinder, and Learning Box. Irene believes that each parent should get the support they need in their native language to become the first and most important teacher in their child's life.
Maria Paula Gonzalez
Maria Paula joined the team at Integrated Community (CIIC) in August
Born in Colombia, Maria Paula has been traveling back and forth from Bogota to Steamboat Since 2004. Attending the majority of her teen
years at Steamboat Springs High School. She attended the University of America, Bogota, Colombia studying Petroleum Engineering before
finally making the decision to permanently make Steamboat her home in April 2016.
Maria Paula continued adding professional development to her resume by training in the field of professional interpretation. She worked for UC Health Yampa Valley Medical Center as a pre-
admissions and scheduling specialist. In this capacity, Maria Paula’s medical interpretation skills have been a critical link for Spanish speakers to be able to understand and be in control of their own care.
As Maria Paula shared with Executive Director, Nelly Navarro, “My skills, passion, and experience make me a perfect fit for the position as a coordinator at CIIC. As a teen immigrant, I learned the challenges we all face in starting a new life in a new country. That is my main motivation to want to give back to our community and add value to
people’s lives. I want to help bridge the gap between languages and help break cultural barriers that people still face every day.”
Maria Paula serves in the board of Advocates of Routt County where she also volunteers at the Crisis Line and is a member of the local
Latino Group Latinx Alliance.
Program Support Specialist
Cailin supports the various programs at Integrated Community including resource and referral, billing, accounts receivable, and payments to independently contracted interpreters.
Cailin has a background in multicultural and bilingual education. From Madison, Wisconsin, Cailin’s adventure as a Spanish language learner began in middle school through the public school system. Before graduating high school in 2005, Cailin studied abroad in Chile for six months. She truly accredits that time in her life to her continued commitment to multiculturalism and multilingual advocacy.
In 2009, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in Spanish Studies and a bachelor’s in Dance. She later returned to school for her elementary teaching license and bilingual education certification. Prior to moving to Steamboat Springs in December of 2019, Cailin taught in elementary schools in Nevada and Wisconsin. In addition to working at Integrated Community, she is the part-time biliteracy teacher at Soda Creek elementary. Cailin is currently pursuing her master’s in Educational Leadership and hopes to someday lead a dual language immersion program in Routt county.