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Susana Espino


Susana is very proud to form part of ABQ Assisted Care en Comunidad as she continues to accomplish her goals and dreams. 

She graduated from CNM and Encuentro as a Home Health Aide (HHA), and completed the elder focused nutrition course offered by Encuentro and Three Sisters Kitchen in 2019. In 2020, Susana completed a class on business development with WESST, followed by another class with Prospera in California, focusing on cooperative business development. In the subsequent years of 2021 and 2022, she continued her studies, taking online classes on gardening and business development. Susana works as a respected nutrition instructor/coach through Presbyterian and Encuentro.

As part of her involvement with Encuentro, she serves as a gardening coordinator, leading various gardening workshops through NM State University. Furthermore, Susana conducts nutrition workshops in Senior Centers in Albuquerque with Presbyterian. Apart from her professional commitments, she actively volunteers for several organizations, including Encuentro and El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos.


Angelica De La Cruz


Angelica is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico. She pursued her education at Encuentro and successfully graduated as a home health aide (HHA) in the summer of 2021. Demonstrating her commitment to continuous improvement, Angelica pursued further training in various areas, including first aid (CPR), nutrition, leadership, computing, and business, among others.

Her dedication to her profession is evident through her love for her job, where her clients’ well-being is of utmost importance. Angelica’s approach to caregiving involves treating her clients with empathy and respect, always ensuring their best interests are met.


Maricela Ramirez


Maricela is originally from Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1981, along with her family. Presently, she holds dual citizenship, both Mexican and US. Maricela pursued her education at CNM, where she successfully completed classes as a CDA in child development. Additionally, she engaged in studies with Encuentro at CNM, specializing in Home Health Aide (HHA).

Continuing her commitment to professional development, Maricela actively participates in various workshops covering diverse topics, such as preparing healthy meals for the clients she cares for. Her approach to taking care of her clients reflects a strong sense of responsibility, love, affection, and respect.

She is bilingual and well-prepared for her profession.

Virginia considers herself to be a happy, kind, and responsible individual. She is hard-working, respectful, and affectionate. Among her passions are her children and grandchildren, whom she deeply cherishes. She takes delight in preparing meals that bring joy to her family’s dining table. As an HHA (Home Health Aide), Virginia finds fulfillment in providing the same attention and love she appreciates receiving. This compassionate nature defines her character.

Virginia received training at Encuentro and CNM to equip herself for the role of caregiving as a home health aide (HHA). She also honed her skills in food preparation at the Three Sister kitchen, specializing in catering to individuals with health conditions such as Diabetes and high cholesterol.  Additionally, she pursued certifications in CPR and First Aid, reinforcing her commitment to being prepared for any situation that may arise.


Brook Bernini

Encuentro's economic opportunities Manager

As the Economic Opportunities Manager at Encuentro, Brook has accompanied and supported ABQ Assisted Care en Comunidad since its inception. She has a masters degree in Geography with a focus on solidarity economies, completed an advanced course on cooperative development, and holds a deep commitment to working towards social and economic justice.

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