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Erika Shell Castro

Erika’s love for Latin America began when she was working for Habitat for Humanity International as an International Partner in Guatemala.  After serving for three years she returned with her husband Sergio (who was her Spanish teacher in Guatemala!) to Central Ohio where she worked as the Executive Director of a small non-profit advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities. This led to her being hired to work on the Ohio Family and Children First Initiative in Governor Voinovich’s office.

Erika’s next career move was to build the Language Services program for OhioHealth, the largest health care system in Central Ohio. After building the program from the ground up she was recruited to work for Language Access Network, a start up tech company providing interpretation over video for deaf and Limited English Proficient patients and providers. In addition to building a career in Language Services for a company that is now the largest provider of video interpreting in the US, Erika has helped to found La Clinica Latina at The Ohio State University serving uninsured Latino immigrants and LEON, a Latino immigrant advocacy organization.

After some life changing events Erika decided to return to what she loves most, working in the non-profit world! In 2010, Erika was hired as the Executive Director of Montaña de Luz. What she finds most rewarding about this work is the ability to touch and transform the life of a child. Erika understands the realities of poverty and discrimination for people living in Honduras and is honored to be a part of an organization and to work with the supporters to create transformational experiences for the children we are fortunate to care for.