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MEET OUR FOUNDER

Maria Alfaro is a passionate mental health advocate who has combined her love for behavioral health, education and most importantly her lived experiences with mental illness to fuel a mental health movement that is bringing forth systematic social change.   At the age of 15, Maria found herself learning about her mothers bipolar disorder and quickly realized there was no culturally relevant support outlet for her to turn to.  So she created one.  This realization and the nonexistent mental health education in school systems led her to form what is today: Que Paso Latinx.  She is a first-generation Salvadoran American from Yonkers, New York.  She is a published author and a motivational speaker.  Maria holds a bachelor’s in behavioral sciences and a master’s in organizational leadership.  She has over 8 years of experience in the healthcare field and serves as our Executive Director.  

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Thania Silva

Thania is a passionate poetry writer who has transformed her pain into action. She is a childhood sexual abuse advocate; using her experience to help others. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in sociology from Stony Brook University. Thania is proud to be a board member of Que Paso Latinx.

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Jasabel Ramirez

Jasabel is a Puerto Rican & Mexican American born

and raised in Yonkers, New York. She is the host of the "Becoming a Sunflower" podcast.  Jasabel holds a  bachelors in social work from Mercy College who supports adults with disabilities in her current employment.  Jasabel uses her voice to empower, educate, and heal herself and her community. 

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”                                                                      —Ryunosuke Satoro