Diana Shapiro, MFT (MFC41975)
Facilitator, Program Founder/Director
Diana is a licensed psychotherapist with experience working with immigrants from Latin America. She began this work as an independent contractor with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, providing psychological evaluations to individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. due to persecution in their countries of origin. She continues to work with EBSC, as well as private attorneys, to evaluate immigrants for legal asylum.
Diana founded OLAS as a response both to the extent of the abuse and mistreatment of sexual minorities in many parts of Latin America and also to their openness to, and eagerness for, mental health treatment.
Diana speaks English and Spanish.
Francisca Lizana, MFTi (IMF97841)
Facilitator, Asst. Director
(Supervised by Karen Palamos MFC 38971)
Francisca is a bilingual Marriage and Family therapist registered intern specialized in Expressive Arts therapy. Originally from Chile, she trained in the UK and US with the vision to provide therapeutic services through the arts to communities in need. In the US, she worked with Latino youth and their families through advocacy and counseling, recovery and prevention. Additionally, she collaborated working with women survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal and with refugees and migrants in Chile.
Francisca has presented work and led workshops in conferences nationally and internationally. Lately, she has worked as a school counselor for an international school and finished a private practice internship where she worked mostly with Spanish speakers, including immigrant victims of crime.
Joaquin is now a permanent U.S. resident who started as a participant in OLAS in 2014. After attending several events, Joaquin was asked to join the OLAS staff as an event co-facilitator. Joaquin works in construction and lives with his partner of 9 years and his two beloved dogs. Joaquin speaks English and Spanish.