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 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. She aspires to be able to work with women in prisons as a counselor.
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
Guadalupe (Lupe) Navarro joined Latino Service Providers as a Board Member in October 2016. Impressed by LSP work, Lupe later pursued and was selected for the Testimonios Project Program Manager position in March 2017. Lupe comes to us from the bay area (Oakland), with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Masters of Arts-Education in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from Sonoma State University. Her passion for education, and that of others has led her to be an employee of the following for the past 12 years: Sonoma State University-Admissions & Records, Oakland Unified School District-Human Resources Department & Charter Schools Office, and Santa Rosa Junior College joint partnership with Petaluma City School-Gateway to College. In addition, she enjoys translating educational workshops in Spanish for the Sonoma County Libraries.
Lupe is an advocate of education, mentor to students in high school and college, and devoted to her role as Program Manager. Aside from work, she enjoys great hikes, books from Victor Villaseñor, and being the best mother she can be to her boys!
Gemma Bolaños, Testimonio Project Program Coordinator
Gemma Bolaños was born and raised in Santa Anita, Jalisco. At the age of eleven, Gemma migrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings. Gemma graduated from Sonoma Valley High School and later attended Sonoma State University in where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her experience includes working with at risk-youth, doing outreach and being an ambassador for Sonoma State University. Gemma has also worked with various non-profit organizations in Sonoma County, which have provided her with a broader knowledge of the various services that are available to members of the community. Gemma worked as a program instructor for the Girl Scouts “Got Choices” program at Los Guilicos Juvenile Hall and Sierra Youth Center. She also served as an Intern for The Sonoma County Pretrial Services Office. She aspires to obtain a Masters in Behavioral Health and become a Probation Officer in the near future.