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Our Board of Directors

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Joy Huyck (Co-Founder, Chair & Center Director)

Joy studied at Columbia International University and holds a BA in Christian Education. She has worked with children of all ages for over 17 years, including 12 years in preschool and after school program administration. She studied Spanish abroad in Flamingo, Costa Rica and Bogotá, Colombia.

  

Luz Stella Giraldo Mosquera (Co-Founder, Vice Chair & Business Manager)

A native of Colombia, Luz has her Bachelor’s Degree in System Engineering with a Minor in Business and Information Technology; Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems from Universidad ICESI. She has twenty four years experience in Information Technology including design of databases and payroll management. She is involved in the community through Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Migrant Ministry, teaching Spanish at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, and St. David Hispanic Ministry Committee. Luz is bilingual (English/Spanish).

Amanda Holland (Treasurer)

Amanda is a graduate from Columbia College where she majored in Spanish and minored in Communications. Most of her undergraduate studies revolved around bilingual education and she spent much of her extra time volunteering with preschools and after-school programs teaching Spanish to children of all ages. Amanda also founded a children’s program, Nuestro Lenguaje, in 2011 that outreaches to elementary aged children who speak Spanish as a heritage language. Nuestro Lenguaje is a free program designed to help improve language and literacy skills in both English and Spanish. Amanda has a passion for literacy, especially bi-literacy and is currently working at Richland Library where she enjoys reaching out to people of all ages.

Clay Jeffcoat (Secretary)

Clay is a graduate of USC with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. He serves as the Access Technology and Project Magnify Coordinator in the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Vision Outreach Program. Clay’s administrative duties include the creation, revision and management of all contracts with outside entities for his department. He also currently consults with the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Braille Production Center located at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood. In his spare time, Clay enjoys antique radio restoration, helping others with computer related issues and spending time with family. Clay and his wife have a child who graduated from My Amigos. They value the education from My Amigos and other traits taught such as manners and appreciation of other cultures. As a result, their child is very outgoing and willing to associate with all individuals, no matter their ethnicity.

Nikki Lindler

Nikki studied Elementary Education at Columbia College and loves working with children. She has worked with children of all ages for over five years and is the former Assistant Director of My Amigos. She and her husband are new parents to a baby boy who they hope to enroll in My Amigos when he is ready for preschool. Nikki is an active volunteer at My Amigos as well as her home church, St. David Lutheran where she teaches Sunday School and helps in the nursery.

Kate Noel Wells

Kate Noel Wells holds a B.A. and Master’s degree in Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has lived in South Carolina more than seven years, the first three of which she served as Spanish teacher and co-chair of the ESOL department at Saluda High School. Kate Noel has a passion for the Spanish language and culture and has sponsored several children through Children International over the past 15 years (currently in the Dominican Republic and Honduras). In addition to her work in education, Kate Noel is a licensed real estate agent with The Jeff Riley Team of Keller Williams.

Advisory Committee/Non-Voting Members

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Diana Peck Maki (Former Treasurer)

Diana provides over 25 years of experience in the accounting field including the financial reporting of Hospice Care Charity, a non-profit entity addressing the needs of hospice patients where insurance coverage ends. She possesses strong technical report writing and analysis capabilities. With over 10 years of experience teaching Bible study and Sunday School to all ages, Diana is also an active volunteer for several community outreach programs, a few of which include: Sistercare, Lexington’s Race Against Hunger and one of the founding volunteers of Operation Turkey which touches over 2,300 of the hungry in the community during Thanksgiving.

Rocio Zalba, Ph.D. (Former Chair)

Rocio is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Columbia College where she teaches Spanish language, Literature and Culture under the Division of Languages and Literatures. Throughout her career she has become an advocate for the Hispanic community and tirelessly works at promoting the diversity and richness of the Hispanic cultures, both in her classes and in the various cultural and educational events she has organized. A native from Argentina, she received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Toronto, Canada. Many of her scholarly presentations and publications explore performance and theatre of the southern cone in the twentieth century. Last but not least, she is the proud mother of Tomas and Lucia, her three year old twins.

Nina Moreno, Ph.D. (Former Vice Chair)

Nina is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches Spanish, Linguistics as well as Teacher Training courses in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. A native from Ecuador, she earned her MAT in Spanish from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Spain), and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University ( Washington, DC, USA). Her work focuses on the external and internal factors affecting the acquisition of a second/foreign language. Most recently, she has begun to explore inter- and intra-ethnic linguistic attitudes within the local Hispanic community. Traveling to new places, near and far, is a passion of hers, and one which she hopes to continue fostering whenever possible.

Amy Snodgrass (Former Chair)

Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and her Master’s degree in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland where she served as the head of public relations for the University's Peace Society. She led a team who effectively designed, advertised and executed a combination of 70 speaking engagements, debates, workshops, fundraisers, protests, and learning excursions at the collegiate level. She continues to be persistent in the fight for peace and justice at the national and local level in both the fields of law and community outreach. Amy is a working mom of a son, who is currently enrolled in My Amigos and a daughter, who is a graduate of My Amigos and is continuing her bilingual education in Lexington’s Language Immersion program. Amy has also served as a liaison between My Amigos parents and the Board of Directors and has taken the lead role in organizing two of our major fundraisers.

Sally Hughes

Sally studied Spanish at University of South Carolina. She regularly volunteered at My Amigos while she was completing her undergraduate degree and eventually served as the Office Assistant for a brief period. She continues to actively volunteer as she is currently working on her Master’s Degree.