#SOMOS – #ChangeTheNarrative

Kurma Murrain

Kurma is an AFRO LATINA, a poet, a dancer, and a woman that works with passion for what she wants!

She moved to the United States from Colombia 15 years ago and she lived in China for one year. She loves to share stories about how a foreigner deals with “simple” issues in a foreign land, especially when one doesn’t speak the language and/ or look anything like the natives.

 

Kurma graduated from la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her works include the books, “Esta Soy”, “In the Prism of Your Soul”, and “Café, Amor y el Sueño Americano”, stories and poetry about her life experiences living in other countries.

 

Kurma is an active LACCC Member, loves to work with the community, and volunteers to help many organizations in her free time.

 

Erlan Martinez

Erlan is a LATINO entrepreneur, philanthropist, and outgoing member of our community!

He was born and raised in Honduras. His family decided to move to the US in 2012 to pursue “The American Dream” and create a better future for the next generations.

 

Erlan graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Business Marketing. He decided to move to Charlotte, NC in pursuit of achieving his entrepreneurial goals. His business journey started in 2016 when he opened his own digital media marketing agency and now he performs in the marketing space as a business developer with PROforma Think Ink.

 

Erlan successfully pivoted his business, while also helping towns affected by hurricanes in Honduras. He’s an active LACCC Member and we are proud of having him as part of the LACCC Board of Directors.

 

Sylvia Oben

Sylvia is a LATIN AMERICAN multimedia reporter, fun & friendly nature lover, philanthropist, and loves to inform our Latinx community about what is happening in our city, especially in Spanish!

She was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Charlotte in 2018 to work as a journalist in Telemundo Charlotte.

 

Sylvia graduated from Purdue University with a major in Communications and has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Throughout her career she has worked with “La Raza” in Chicago, and “Mundo Hispánico” in Texas, covering different topics like the hurricanes Harvey and Michael, the immigration crisis on the border, the elections 2020, and recently the COVID19 pandemic. She has won some awards for her journalistic and pro-immigrant investigative work.

 

Sylvia went through hard times to get her Master’s Degree in Journalism but now she uses it to make people’s lives better. She actively informs the community about the LACCC Events and Programs and we love to work with her.

 

Anthony Valderrama

Anthony is an AMERICAN first-generation student, proud of his Hispanic Heritage, that loves to share his knowledge & experience to provide college awareness to younger Latinx generations and #ChangeTheNarrative in our community!

 

“I may not have had the guidance I needed as an adolescent, but now I feel like it’s my time to be the guide within the next generation”

 

Anthony was born in Kearny, New Jersey but his parents are from Lima Peru. His family moved from New Jersey to Charlotte in 2006 in search of a better / newly developed community.

 

He is very involved on campus. He’s the VP of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity – UNCC Chapter, and Marketing Chair for the Hispanic College Awareness Program. He also has a personal business where he customizes hand-painted sneakers, enjoys hanging around nature and being physically active doing skateboarding or playing soccer.

 

Luis Dieguez

Luis is a LATINO financial professional that loves to educate the community to create a better plan for their future and #ChangeTheNarrative about Latinx in our community!

 

Luis was born & raised in Guatemala and moved to the US in 2008, graduated from Rollins College with a major in Psychology, and moved from Orlando to Charlotte in 2019 to support his wife’s growing career.

 

He enjoys coaching baseball at his son’s little league and makes his part to empower the Latinx community by connecting them with each other, at a professional and personal level.

 

QC Javi

QC Javi is a LATINO influencer that loves to promote our Latinx community and educate everyone to #ChangeTheNarrative in the Queen City!

Javi is proud of his Hispanic heritage and works every day to showcase different Latin personalities, organizations, and businesses.

 

Javi was born and raised in Mexico, but his family moved to the US in 1999 in search of a better style of life. He graduated from UNC Charlotte with a major in Marketing and Graphic Design.

 

He loves to go to Latin concerts, festivals and enjoy our delicious food. He represents our Latin culture every day by showing how positive and great every country in Latin America is.

 

Irisol Gonzalez

Irisol is a LATINA visual artist, muralist, and painter that loves to promote the art of our Latinx community and #ChangeTheNarrative in the Queen City!

 

Irisol was born & raised in Costa Rica and moved to the US in 2000, graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in Psychology and Political Sciences, and moved to Charlotte in 2013 because of a new job opportunity.

 

Irisol wakes up every day excited to enjoy the present. She loves to dance, go to music festivals, farmer markets, art openings, and do ashtanga vinyasa yoga. She is an active LACCC Member and participates in many community activities.

 

Jailen Peguero

Jailen is a competitive LATIN baseball relief pitcher who gives it all in his life, for his team, family, friends, and community. Working hard to #ChangeTheNarrative about Latinos in the community!

 

Jailen was born & raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to the US in 2000 as an international free agent for the Houston Astros, making his professional debut in 2002 with the Low-A Tri-City ValleyCats. In 2021, Jailen signed with the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

 

Jailen is a passionate Manga Fan, Reggae lover, and loves to participate in community activities.