Since 1997, Casa de Amistad, a non-profit organization, has served children and families in coastal North County San Diego through education and mentoring programs. Its academic mentoring program has grown from serving 3 children on its first night to serving over 250 children and their families annually.
Casa de Amistad students are from school districts throughout coastal North County San Diego, including:
- Solana Beach School District
- Del Mar Union School District
- Encinitas Union School District
- Cardiff School District
- Carlsbad Unified School District
- San Dieguito Union High School District.
Over the past two decades, teachers in participating school districts have seen improved grades among Casa students, and 100% of students from Casa de Amistad’s graduating high school class of 2018 have enrolled in post-secondary education. In helping to overcome barriers to education, we are empowering these students and transforming a new generation of leaders in California.
Casa de Amistad continues to grow thanks to its dedicated staff members. Please hover over photos to see current photo.
Nicole Mione-Green, Executive Director
Nicole has been with Casa de Amistad since 2006. During her tenure, she has extended Casa de Amistad’s outreach into the community. Under her leadership, Casa de Amistad has been able to offer many new and innovative programs. She has also created numerous strategic partnerships with other local nonprofit organizations.
Nicole has worked in education in both the United States and Mexico. She has received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, San Marcos. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program at the University of San Diego. When Nicole was seven years old, she wanted to be a teacher.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys going to the beautiful beaches in Cardiff and Encinitas with her husband, seven-year-old daughter, and five-year-old son. She also likes to take her ten-month-old lab, Mavis, for walks in their neighborhood.
Deanna Wolf, Program Coordinator
Deanna began working with Casa de Amistad in July 2017 as our Program Coordinator. She is thrilled to be part of an organization so dedicated to children and their families. Deanna firmly believes in education’s power for positive change. Each week, she is inspired by the remarkable young people at Casa.
Deanna holds a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of San Diego. She has worked in the nonprofit sector and higher education. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and taught third grade in Washington, DC. When Deanna was in first grade, she wanted to be a Girl Scout Leader.
When she’s not at Casa, Deanna enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and time spent outdoors with friends. She likes nothing better than to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Catalina Beltran, Parent Coordinator
Catalina has been working at Casa de Amistad since 2011. In that time, she has worked as our Program Assistant and is now our Parent Coordinator. Catalina is a graduate of California State University, San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She has also earned a BLCAD teaching credential.
In 1997, Catalina was one of the first Casa de Amistad students. She completed her homework with a handful of other students and a few volunteers. Her best memory of Casa de Amistad was the relationship she developed with her volunteer, and she fondly recalls the field trips to visit local colleges.
Catalina thoroughly enjoys working as our Parent Coordinator, communicating with and engaging the parents at Casa de Amistad. Catalina appreciates her role in creating a space for parents to feel comfortable and secure. When Catalina was in second grade, she wanted to be a teacher. In Catalina’s free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Arturo Sotelo, Program Assistant & Student Liaison
Arturo has been working for Casa de Amistad as the Program Assistant and Student Liaison since July 2018. Arturo is a proud Casa de Amistad alumni who participated as a student and mentor from 2002 until he graduated high school in 2012. Arturo credits much of his academic success to his Casa mentors, and the continued support from the Solana Beach community.
Arturo attended college in Los Angeles, graduating with a BA in Latin American Studies and Chicano Studies from UCLA. When Arturo was in first grade he wanted to be a doctor. After working for the City of Santa Monica and reflecting on his experience as a first-generation college student, Arturo decided to work towards improving the education systems and closing academic gaps among low income communities. He is currently working to get into a law program in California.
In his free time, Arturo enjoys delicious meals with his family, godsons, and friends. He also enjoys going to hip-hop and spoken word events, just as much as he loves to lay on the sunny beaches of Solana Beach.
Corey Ford, Pre-K Program Teacher & Encinitas Site Coordinator
Corey joined the Casa team in the summer of 2018. A San Diego native and longtime resident of Solana Beach whose three children attend school here, she loves working with the children and families in her community through her work at Casa.
Before working at Casa de Amistad, Corey served in various roles in the Solana Beach School District including Skyline Co-Site President for the Solana Beach Schools Foundation. She also previously worked as an elementary school teacher with a focus on second language learners, a writer, a program officer at the World Affairs Council, and a photography producer. She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University. Since 2014, she has enjoyed working as a guest teacher in the Solana Beach District. When she was in second grade, she wanted to be teacher.
In her free time, her favorite activities are spending time with family, playing tennis, traveling, and reading.
Board of Directors
- Katherine Timm, Board President
- Tyler Wagner, Vice President
- John Sweeten, Treasurer
- Rachel Scherba, Secretary
- Kenneth Deremer, Board Member
- Gordon Hanson, Board Member
- Jan Wier, Board Member
- Jorge Sanchez, Board Member
- David Leshner, Board Member