Maria F. Campos Harlow

Executive Director
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Maria Campos-Harlow was welcomed into the Spanish Community of Wallingford first as a Board member, then Board Chair and finally as Executive Director as of the fall of 2010. She has since revitalized the agency in many ways by: developing multiple educational, cultural and health programs for all segments of the Latino community; building alliances with many sectors of the Wallingford social service and municipal government community; and creating programs and activities that have showcased the vibrant Latino cultures. Maria also represents SCOW and her community by serving on many boards and committees. The presence of the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut, the Adelante America programs for youths 13-18 years old and the hosting of the STEM Academy at SCOW are examples of her many accomplishments in rebuilding the organization.

Maria was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, where she received her B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes. She moved to the United States in June, 2001. She has since received a Professional Certificate in Court Interpreting from New York University, as well as a Certificate in Non-Profit Business Excellence for Catholic Leaders at the University of Notre Dame.

Maria has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to creating opportunities to improve the lives of Latinos in the Greater Wallingford area including, in 2014, Midstate Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Award; in 2015, Girls Inc.’s Smart, Strong and Bold Award, Midstate Chamber of Commerce – Hola Committee’s  Shining Star and Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award.

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Monica Vargas-Huertas

Assistant Executive Director
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As a bilingual English/Spanish lawyer, Monica has graduated with a Master’s degree from UConn Law School, as well as a master’s degree in Government and Public Policy and Bachelor’s degree in Law from Externado University in Colombia.

Since she moved to the United States in 2012, Monica has also gained experience working with community based organizations in New Haven and Wallingford, Connecticut where she has been committed to the improvement of low-income populations, in particular Hispanic communities.


Adriana Rodriguez

Children and Youth Program Director
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Adriana began her association with SCOW as a volunteer in 2006. Now, as Children and Youth Program Director, she creates creates, implements and directs the many youth programs at the agency. She serves as friend, mentor, leader, sister-confessor and role model to every student in every youth activity at SCOW.


Maria Pilar Solis

DOJ Accredited Representative and Adult Programs Coordinator
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Pilar, as she is known in our community, was born and raised in Mexico City. She graduated and completed a certificate program in Administration-Accounting from CBTis No.6 Technical School in Mexico City. She moved to the United Stated in June 2003 and joined SCOW as a volunteer that same year. Four years later, Pilar joined the SCOW staff officially as an employee as the Adult Program Coordinator.

She has since obtained various certificates including: Certificate for Volunteer Counselors for the CHOICES Program, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Tomando Control de Su Salud), Diabetes Self- Management Program (Leader for the Diabetes Live Well Program), and most recently she has been accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals as a certified representative.

Her main focus continues to be helping the community to access the essential needs and services in order to adapt and improve themselves in this country.


Lizandra Mejias-Salinas

Client Services Specialist
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Lizandra was born and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. She migrated to Connecticut with her family shortly before her 9th birthday and has lived here since then. After graduating Maloney High School in 1996, she attended Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA for 2 years, where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. She moved back to CT in 1998 and attended Central Connecticut State University. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology.

She has since worked for CT’s Birth-to-Three Program as an Interpreter/Translator & Early Intervention Associate and as a Medical Interpreter/Cultural Mediator for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she gained a professional Certificate in Medical and Community Interpreting from AHEC.

She joined the SCOW team at the end of 2011, where she continues to do what she loves the most…working in the social services field and facilitating communication between Spanish and English speakers.


Steve Knight

Volunteer Development Chairman
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Steve calls Waterbury his hometown, and has lived in Wallingford since 1986.  He received a B.A. degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University.  He owned a freight transportation consulting business from 1987 until his retirement in 2012.

He was elected to the Wallingford Town Council in 1993 and served until 2008, including two terms as Vice Chairman.  In his retirement, Steve serves on the boards and committees of numerous civic and nonprofit organizations in Wallingford, including Wallingford Center Inc., Hubcap Wallingford, Rotary Club of Wallingford, and the Wallingford Republican Town Committee.  He also writes a biweekly column on Wallingford current events for the Record-Journal.

Steve has been a member of SCOW’s board since 2006.  Besides serving as development chair, he is also presently the board treasurer.


Evangeline Mendoza Bourgeois

Volunteer Music Director
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Bilingual, Mexican-American, born and raised in a Mexican community in Arizona. B.A. in Piano; M.A. in Harpsichord.  Extensive experience in performance, teaching of instruments and theory, and direction of choirs. Formal private and classroom teaching at all levels from kindergarten through college seniors.

Evangeline is founder of the Escuela Guadalupana de Musica at SCOW and the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut that currently counts with two chapters, Wallingford and Hartford. The Escuela has educated in music instruction over 100 children ages 7 and up and currently counts with near 50 students.

Judah Lopez

BIA Accredited Representative for Immigration Services
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Originally from Buffalo, NY Judah Lopez relocated to Wallingford in 2011 and began taking Spanish Classes offered at SCOW. She quickly fell in love with the mission of agency and began volunteering. Judah has assisted with the Adelante teen leadership program and was an active board member for five years. Now, as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative, she spends her time volunteering to provide charitable immigration services at SCOW.