Meet the La Paz Team
Jessica Cliche | Director, Community Health and Wellness
Jessica has worked with La Paz for over 8 years, serving as a volunteer for one year prior to joining the staff. A native of Guatemala, Jessica is passionate about serving the Chattanooga Latino community which is largely Guatemalan. Her work as the Director of Community Health and Wellness helps promote health education including pre-natal, nutrition, diabetes prevention and women’s health education. She believes in empowering others through education and in the importance of building relationships within the community. Her work includes the Promotoras de Salud program – a community based program that trains grassroots leaders (promotoras) to provide health and wellness education in their own neighborhoods.
Stacy Johnson | CEO/Executive Director
Stacy has been on the La Paz team since 2004, serving as a board member prior to joining the staff as the Executive Director in 2008. After extensive travel and volunteer work in Latin America, Stacy developed a passion for working with Latino communities. Her work at La Paz encompasses all areas of the organization including operations, growth and fundraising efforts. She loves working with her staff who is committed to the La Paz mission and the Chattanooga community.
Vivian Lozano | Director, Social Impact
Vivian has been with La Paz since 2012 and manages the organization’s Social Impact department. Her passion for her work stems from early experiences as part of an immigrant family from Colombia. She grew up in Northwest Georgia seeing the language and cultural barriers her family faced. It is important to her to help others find resources to address these barriers. At La Paz, Vivian oversees client services including case management and referrals, client assessments and social services. She also coordinates workshops for community members including community safety events, and legal rights sessions. Vivian works with other organizations to help provide more inclusive services for the Latino community.
Ana Mancebo | Coordinator, Social Impact
Ana joined the La Paz team in 2017. She immigrated to the United States at a young age with her family who is from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Her goal is to help Latinos, women and minorities access the tools and resources they need to thrive. At La Paz, Ana provides client services including case management and referrals, client assessments and social services. She assists with workshops for community members including community safety events, and legal rights sessions. Her work focuses on providing culturally relevant services to those most in need in our community.
Angela Garcia | Director, Marketing and Business Development
Angela joined La Paz after serving on the organization’s board of directors and being involved in its mission since 2004. She moved to Chattanooga in 2002 from her native Colombia. She has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and has worked as the Managing Editor for Noticias Libres, the Spanish language publication of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Angela is passionate about working for the community, especially in engaging and empowering the Latino community. She leads La Paz’s marketing and business development efforts including business partnerships, consulting services and Compañía, La Paz’s membership initiative.
Lily Sanchez | Coordinator, Communications and Business Development
Lily joined La Paz in 2017 after serving as the Executive Assistant for the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. Born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic she has always been passionate about Latino advocacy and empowerment in the United States. Lily lived in the Dominican Republic for 6 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she served as the Spanish Language Editor for the student newspaper, The University Echo. At La Paz, Lily provides communication support to the organization by creating collateral for events and programs and represents the organization at a variety of events. She also helps facilitate and manage memberships and events for Compañía, La Paz's membership initiative for Latino professionals in Chattanooga.