Our Story

Our Story2018-08-23T00:43:34+00:00

Our Story

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.

Staff Members

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
(858) 509-2590

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
(858) 356-4297

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
(858) 461-8979

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.

Victoria Carter, Program Assistant & Student Liaison
(858) 509-2590

Victoria joined Casa de Amistad in January 2017 as our Program Assistant, and is now our current Student Liaison. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016, and holds two bachelor’s degrees in French Language and Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in human rights.  

Victoria was previously a student at Casa de Amistad. She began attending the program when she was in kindergarten, and participated until she graduated high school. Reflecting on her participation in Casa de Amistad, she feels her participation in the program over so many years helped prepare her to succeed as a first-generation college student. Now as the Student Liaison, she is directly involved in shaping the experiences of our middle school and high school students,and helping our graduating seniors pursue higher education, too.

When Victoria was in second grade, she wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Today, she is currently applying to law school, where she hopes to specialize in either human rights or immigration law. In her free time, she enjoys reading and seeing live music.

Board of Directors

  • Sarah Wiley-Henriksen, Board President
  • Tyler Wagner, Vice President
  • George “Joe” LaBreche, Treasurer
  • Myles Rush, Secretary
  • Randall Peterson, Board Member
  • Jan Wier, Board Member
  • John Sweeten, Board Member
  • Katherine Timm, Board Member