Diana Shapiro, MFT (MFC41975)
Program Founder/Director, Facilitator
Diana is a licensed psychotherapist with several years of 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.
Adela Pedroza, MBA
Adela brings 20 years of business experience to OLAS. She was a Senior Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, where she advised leaders on better understanding their customers, and managed customer research projects. Adela has managed international customer research projects, and has a background in commercial real estate and human resources. Adela currently conducts customer research for a variety of industries, in addition to her work at OLAS. She has an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing and Market Research.
Adela served as a member of the OLAS Advisory Committee since its inception and is eager to help OLAS maintain its strength and grow in upcoming years.
Francisca Lizana, MFT (MFC103989)
Clinical Director, Facilitator
Francisca is a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 103989) specializing 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 children and adults in community settings. In the US, she has worked with Latino youth and their families through advocacy and counseling, and with adults in substance abuse recovery and prevention. Alongside, she has worked as a school counselor, through nonprofit agencies.
As of late, she works as an Social-Emotional Specialist at an international school and in her own private practice. She has collaborated working with women survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal and with refugees and migrants in Chile. Francisca has presented and led workshops in conferences nationally and internationally. She is very happy to be part of the OLAS community as the Clinical Director.
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.