Centro Hispano

Meet the Staff


Edelmira Segovia

Director of Centro Hispano, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

(910) 962.2551


Edelmira Segovia is from Lima, Peru. Her research area is the academic success of ethnic and racial minorities, particularly of Hispanic students at selective colleges or universities. In her 17 years of work with public education, she has served populations underrepresented in higher education, taught world languages (Spanish and ELL), coordinated migrant education programs, and served as diversity and inclusion administrator.

Ed.D. In Leadership And Administration, University Of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012

M.A. In Romance Languages, Appalachian State University, 2003

B.A. In Spanish, University Of North Carolina Wilmington, 1998

ChrisMontero Chris Montero

MI CASA Program Advisor of Centro Hispano; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion



Chris Montero, born in Venezuela, moved to Miami at age 16 to join his Cuban-American family. A graduate of Miami Southridge Senior High School, he travelled to Argentina, where he completed a certificate in radio and journalism, prior to his move to NC. An avid traveler, he began to shoot video in the islands of the Caribbean, also participating in numerous conferences dedicated to the sustainable tourism in St. Kitts, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.

Chris studied film and television production and holds an Associate's Degree from Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington, NC. Chris Montero became a radio personality in 2007 working for Sunrise Broadcasting's La Gran D 98.7 FM. He was the station Production Manager and hosted a daily talk show for more than three years. Chris joined Circle of Courage Foundation, and helped at-risk youth. He is now the MI CASA (Mentors Initiating Community Action, Support and Advocacy) Program Advisor and Centro Hispano's Community Liaison, his mission is to lead high school students into post-secondary education and support Centro Hispano's programming and students. He is currently preparing for a Masters in Business Administration at UNCW.

B.A. Communications Studies. University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012.


María Elena Gaborov, CMI-Spanish

EN>SP Translator & Interpreter/Bilingual Support

(910) 962-2631


María Elena Gaborov earned her degree in Translation through the National University of Córdoba, Argentina and will soon complete her postgraduate education in Scientific and Technical Translation from the same university. In 2012, she became nationally certified through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

María Elena received the 2013 American Translators Association School Outreach Program Award for her contributions to the promotion of translation and interpretation.

She has given several presentations on translation and interpretation at different institutions such as the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.

María Elena currently serves as a Spanish Translator and Interpreter at Centro Hispano, Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Team

Mayra Robles

Mayra Robles

Mayra was born in Wilmington, NC and raised in Rocky Point, NC. She graduated from Heide Trask Senior High School as Salutatorian; during her years as high school student, she participated in Marching Band Color Guard (Captain), National Honors Society, Student Government (President), Science Olympiad, and the School Improvement Team. She has volunteered at the Rocky Point Elementary School since October 2013 assisting both students and teachers. She is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Mayra is currently a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. She is currently part of the UNCW MI CASA and UNCW Education Living-Learning Community Mentoring Programs. Mayra's future plan is either to do her Student- Teaching in Belize or Kuwait.

Jacobed Aragon

Jacobed Aragón

Jocabed Aragón was born in Buena Park, California and moved to North Carolina at the age of 11. Since she was little she has always been involved with the Hispanic community and loves to help such community. She went to Lee Early College and Central Carolina Community College and graduated with a High School Diploma and Associate Degree in Arts. Currently she plans to double major in Film and Communications and hopes to later do projects that would raise awareness about the Hispanic Community's life and struggles.

Giuliana Vaca-Tricerri

Giuliana Vaca-Tricerri

Giuliana is a sophomore student studying at UNCW. She is originally from Portoviejo, Ecuador, and moved to Charlotte, NC at the age of 5. She has a variety of interests and hobbies, including performing, art/design, and robotics. Giuliana plans on majoring in biology and minoring in forensic science. Post-graduation from UNCW, she aspires to continue her studies and eventually acquire her Ph.D and become a forensic medical examiner.

Carlos RamosCarlos Ramos

Carlos Ignacio Ramos was born in San Pedro, California. He attended high school in Mexico at the Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades and finished his senior year at West Brunswick High School. In 2012, he enrolled in Cape Fear Community College, where he quickly exceled. He became a student ambassador for the college; he was also President of the Math club at CFCC, and volunteer at the Cape Fear Museum. His hard work and bright spirit won him the honor of being the youngest to receive the Volunteer of the Year for the Cape Fear Museum. After completing his Associate in Science degree, he transferred to UNCW where he hit the ground running and got involved with Centro Hispano and Catholic Campus Ministry. He holds a leadership position at CCM, and he has become a mentor for the "MI CASA" mentoring program. His work at Centro involves translation and interpretation and having fun at the events. If he is not at Centro Hispano or CCM he is at Dobo Hall studying Biology, his favorite subject and major. He will graduate in May 2016. Then, he plans to take a gap year to prepare for Medical School. He hopes to specialize in family medicine and promote health care among the unprivileged minorities who lack the access to such a vital resource.