About LSP 2017-11-22T23:05:47+00:00

Welcome to the Latino Service Providers

The Latino Service Providers (LSP) works with community partners to engage, collaborate, and exchange valuable information; to increase awareness of available resources, access to programs and services; to influence public policy, delivery of services, enhance inter-agency communication; and to promote professional development within the Latino population.

Latino Service Providers was founded by Latino leaders in 1989, and formalized as a member organization in 1991, in response to helping Latinos in Sonoma County obtain knowledge and access to resources to enrich lives and help improve our communities. Our nonprofit organization is currently comprised of over 1,400 members from a broad spectrum of the community, including a diverse group of individuals, community-based organizations and local businesses. We come together to educate and network in support of the Latino community, to improve access to healthcare, mental health services, education, legal support and other social services available in our area.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly LSP Meetings help members collaborate and create stronger community networks in Sonoma County. Every month a new host agency provides meeting space, a light refreshment and information about their organization, programs and services. Attendees introduce themselves and make announcements about their organizations or groups, and are encouraged to bring educational materials to share. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of the month from 11:30am to 1:00pm. You do not have to be Latino or speak Span­ish to attend. All community members are welcome!

Electronic Newsletter

Weekly electronic newsletters are sent in a timely man­ner to our members. E-newsletters consist of vital infor­mation that is relevant to the Latino community. Announcements include, but are not limited to: Employment opportunities, community events, free or low cost educational classes, low cost health and mental health wellness programs. To submit your announcement, event, program, job opening or other information to be included in the E-Newsletter please click here. Collaborations and Partnerships We strive to develop collaborative relationships with Sonoma County’s agencies by participating in their event planning sessions when appropriate, and as time allows. Our goal is to increase cultural competency, and help advocate for Latinos in Sonoma County. LSP partici­pates in a variety of community events and educational programs that serve the Latino population.

Our Mission:

The LSP mission is to build a healthier community by serving and strengthening Latino families and children, and reducing disparities related to ethnicity or race within Sonoma County.


To invest in a community where Latinos are fully integrated into the larger community by having equal opportunities, support, and access to services in their pursuit of a higher quality of life.  Latino Service Providers of Sonoma County is funded in part by the Sonoma County Mental Health Services Act.


Become a LSP member and receive the Electronic Newsletter and an opportunity to host a LSP meeting.

Bienvenido a Latino Service Providers

Latino Servicios Providers (LSP) trabajan con socios de la comunidad para involucrarse, colaborar e intercambiar información valiosa; aumentar el conocimiento de los recursos disponibles, acceso a programas y servicios; influir en la política pública, la prestación de servicios, mejorar la comunicación interinstitucional; y promover el desarrollo profesional dentro de la población latina.

Latino Service Providers empezó en el año de 1989 y se formalizó en 1991 por líderes Latinos para ayudarse uno al otro a obtener conocimiento y acceso a los recursos que existen en el condado de Sonoma y que pueden enriquecer las vidas en nuestra comunidad.  Actualmente, este grupo está compuesto por más de 1,400 miembros de diversas organizaciones é individuos de la comunidad Latina.

Reuniones Mensuales

Las reuniones mensuales de LSP ayudan a los miembros a colaborar y crear redes más sólidas en comunidad Latina del condado de Sonoma. Cada mes una nueva organización sirve como anfitrión y tendrá la oportunidad de resaltar su programa, los servicios, el personal y su ubicación. El anfitrión ofrece espacio para la reunión y un almuerzo ligero. Después de la presentación por el anfitrión los miembros presentes tienen unos minutos para presentarse y compartir anuncios de su organización ó grupo y se les sugiere traer materiales educativos para compartir. Las reuniones se llevan a cabo generalmente el último jueves de cada mes de 11:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Usted no tiene que ser Latino ó hablar Español. ¡Todos los miembros de la comunidad son bienvenidos! Para más información sobre la próxima reunión haz clic AQUÍ

Boletín Informativo

Los Boletines Electrónicos son escritos en Inglés y son enviados electrónicamente cada semana a nuestros miembros. Los boletines consisten de información valiosa y pertinente a la comunidad Latina. Anuncios incluyen, entre muchos otros: oportunidades de empleo, eventos comunitarios, clases y programas gratuitos ó de bajo costo sobre la educación, salud, inmigración, y la salud mental. Para enviar un anuncio sobre un evento, programa, oportunidad de empleo, entre otros haz clic AQUÍ Para ver el boletín más reciente, haz clic AQUÍ

Colaboraciones y Alianzas

Nos esforzamos por desarrollar relaciones de colaboración con varias agencias del Condado de Sonoma, al participar en las sesiones de planificación de eventos. Nuestro objetivo es aumentar la competencia cultural y ayudar a abogar por los Latinos en el Condado de Sonoma. LSP-SC participa en una variedad de eventos comunitarios y programas educativos que sirven a la comunidad Latina.

Nuestra Misión

La misión de LSP es construir una comunidad más saludable sirviendo y fortaleciendo a familias y niños latinos, y reduciendo las disparidades relacionadas con etnia o raza dentro del condado de Sonoma

Nuestra Visión:

Inventir en una comunidad donde latinos están completamente integradow en la comunidad más grande al tener igualdad de oportunidades, apoto y acesso a servicios en su búsqueda de una mayor calidad de vida.


Conviétase en miembro de LSP y reciba el boletin electronico y la oportunidad de organizar una reunión de LSP.

Wanda Tapia, Executive Director

Ms. Wanda Tapia-Thomsen is a retiree from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) where she served for 29 years in the Family Nutrition & Consumer Sciences, Horticultural and 4-H departments.

She currently serves as the Executive Director/CEO (Co-founder) of the nonprofit Agency Latino Service Providers. She provides administrative oversight and fulfillment of grant requirements in administrative, fiscal and program areas. She manages a budget of over $400,000 which includes the most recently received 5-year grant of over a million dollars from the State Department of Public Health’s “Office of Health Equity” for the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Testimonios Project, involving Spanish speaking Latino high school youth and early college students as community advocates whose aim is to reduce stigma around mental health and secondary goal to expose them to careers in mental health.

Wanda lead the Mi Futuro Mental Health Youth Symposium in 2016, is currently leading the 2018 symposium and served as facilitator in 2017 in partnership with the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Health Sciences Department; was coordinator for the Latino Health and Asian Health Conferences 2009-2014; Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program; 5 a Day Power Play Campaign, Childhood Obesity Coalition and Statewide Human Resources committee. She is an experienced project evaluator and has strong experience in human resource management and supervision.

She currently serves on the Sonoma County Fair & Exposition Board. She is a native of Sonoma County where she resides with her husband Richard. She has 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Daisy Cardenas, Administrative Assistant

Daisy Cardenas is from Richmond, CA and has moved to Sonoma County where she is pursuing her B.A in Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology at Sonoma State University. Daisy is the oldest of 5 children and is a first generation college student. She has interned for Marin County Public Defender’s Office and currently also works as a Got Choices program instructor at the juvenile hall.

Noah Harris, Workforce Development Specialist

Noah Harris, MAOMD, is a multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) professional and U.S. Army Veteran with a career reflecting over 20 years of training, management, leadership, operations, and consulting experience in a range of industries including: non-profit, operations, veterans small business/workforce development, small business finance/lending, risk management/loss prevention, logistics, and education. In addition to his role as Principal/Consulting Partner with Shamana, Inc., Noah serves as Workforce Development Specialist with Latino Service Providers, which serves and strengthens Latino families and children, and reduces disparities related to ethnicity and/or race within Sonoma County.

Noah holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a M.A. in Organization Management & Development from Fielding Graduate University with a concentration in sustainability leadership. Noah is currently completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (neuroscience, resilience, trauma and affective neuropsychology focus) from Palo Alto University. Noah lives with his wife, and twin daughters in Santa Rosa.

Lupe Navarro, Testimonios Project Program Manager

Gemma Bolanos, Testimonio Project Program Coordinator

Oscar Chavez, President

Oscar Chavez is the Assistant Director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. Prior to joining the county, Oscar served as Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in northern California. Prior to moving to Sonoma County he was Director of Business Support Services and Director of Engagement and Public Relations for a large community based organization in Bakersfield, CA.

In his current capacity Oscar oversees the County’s Upstream Investments Initiative; a policy framework designed to strengthen our community’s ability to implement evidence informed practices and shift funding towards prevention.  He is also responsible for the Department’s planning, research and evaluation functions as well as community and client engagement.

Oscar serves on the board of the Community Foundation, Sonoma County; member of the California Stewardship Network, a statewide effort to promote regional economies and civic entrepreneurship; steering committee member for Rise Together, a nine-county Bay Area initiative to cut poverty in half by 2020. He is the past co-chair of the Sonoma County Health Action Council and Sonoma County Innovation Action Council; former trustee, Windsor Unified School District and former commissioner of First 5 Sonoma County.

In 2008 he was chosen as one of the North Bay’s “40 under 40” leaders by the North Bay Business Journal; the recipient of the 2012 Sonoma County Jefferson Award and the 2012 North Bay Business Journal non-profit leadership award. In 2016 his was recognized as a HipGiver by Hispanics in Philanthropy. Oscar lives in Windsor with his wife Christine and their four boys (Cooper, Fischer, Greyson and Harrison).

Mike Runyan, Treasurer

Past owner of Food4Less, now called FoodMaxx. Former Santa Rosa Vice-Mayor and Councilman. Developer and Partner in Skyhawk Village Marketplace. Retail consultant for non-profits in Sonoma County. Has served on over 30 Commissions and Boards in Sonoma County.

Bethany Facendini, Secretary

Bethany Facendini’s mission is to strive for social justice, environmental sustainability, and health equity. She currently works for Sonoma County Regional Parks as the Community Engagement Manager. She has over 25 years of professional experience specializing in program management, experiential education, youth development, grassroots organizing, and community engagement serving diverse populations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Facendini is passionate about working alongside the community to develop strategies to build resiliency and overcome disparities.

She has a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in Environmental & Social Justice from Sonoma State University, and an Urban Environmental Education certificate from Cornell University. Bethany is a fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy and a graduate of the Sonoma County Local Leaders Academy.

Ben Smith, At-Large

Ben Smith is an assistant professor in human development at Sonoma State University. He received a joint PhD in Comparative Human Development and Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Hays International Education Program and the Spencer Education Foundation, among others. He has published on topics in childhood and adolescence, with a focus on the indigenous languages and cultures of Latin America.

Algeo “Che” Casul, At-Large

Che Casul received his Master’s in Public Administration from Sonoma State University with a focus in nonprofit management. Che started working for Habitat for Humanity in late 2015. He comes to us with strong training in nonprofit management, implementation and evaluation, nonprofit fiscal management and fundraising.

Eliot Enriquez, At-Large

Eliot Enriquez is a Program Manager for the Petaluma Health Center (PHC). Among other projects, he has worked extensively on improving the wellbeing of low-income communities in Sonoma County. Before working at PHC, Eliot was a Community Health Manager for Latino Service Providers. Eliot has also served as a Political Consultant for various nationally targeted Democratic races across the United States. During his four years as a political consultant he was also an analyst for targeted Latino communities and served as a Director for numerous federal campaigns across Nevada and New Mexico. Eliot has his B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Chico State University, Chico, CA.

Andrea Carmona, At-Large

My name is Andrea Carmona Aguilar, and I am a Youth Promotor for the Testimonios Project with LSP. I am currently a senior at Piner High School, and a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College. I currently juggle three AP classes at my high school: AP Physics, AP Statistics and AP Literature & Composition. In addition, I am taking two JC classes to complete general education and earn credit for high school classes and those are Psychology 1A and Economy 1: Macroeconomics.

I am focusing on my senior year in preparation for college. I am interested in pursuing Criminal Justice to eventually go to law school to be a lawyer. I will be the first in my family to attend college and am first-generation. I currently am preparing for the SAT and ACT as well as submitting my applications for a variety of colleges and universities throughout the nation. I have always had an interest in Psychology and am currently taking on a senior project that is completely voluntary in focusing on the prison system specifically in San Quentin Federal Prison. I plan on writing a book by the end of my senior year, not to obtain credit, but rather as a personal experience to become accustomed to the environment and analyzing the federal prison system. As a youth promotor, working with the community and its connections that LSP has, it exposes me to a variety of different career interests and opportunities that not only benefit me, but also my family, friends and those around me.

Honorary Members

George Flores

Linda Garcia

Shari Shamsavari

Francisco Vazquez

Advisory Members

Mariano Alvarez

Elizabeth Jovel

Liliana Gallelli

Dolores Cortes-McPherson

Vanessa Robledo

Steve Thomas