For questions or comments, contact Program Manager, Karina Vogel at *protected email* or 704-907-0974.
Board of Directors
Ashley is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A.in Urban Studies and a minor in Spanish. She received her Masters from UNC Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning with a focus on housing and community development. She is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Social Capital at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Ashley first became involved with Circle de Luz through its partnership with the Junior League of Charlotte and is excited to continue her involvement as a board member. She works with research and data all day, so in her free time she loves to use the other side of her brain and do anything that is creative and crafty.She lives in Huntersville, NC with her husband Kevin and their rescue cat (that thinks he’s a dog) Milton.
Vanessa works in Development and Alumni Relations at Johnson and Wales University. Originally involved with Circle de Luz through our partnership with the Junior League, she joined the board in July of 2013 in order to deepen her involvement. As treasurer she provides strategic financial guidance to the organization as well as help to pursue financial sustainability and IRS compliance. In addition, she serves as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Symphony Guild of Charlotte and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Project Management Office. She has been with the company over 30 years and is active in the Charlotte community where she resides. Leslie has been focused on helping kids navigate high school and beyond, first as President of the Vance High School PTO and then as a mentor for the GENTS program which focused on helping at risk male students graduate from high school. After being a program donor to Circle de Luz for the past couple of years, Leslie looks forward to contributing as an active board member.
Rosie is an author, speaker, and educator. She is the author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina. Raised in Columbia, SC, she is of Puerto Rican descent and now lives in Davidson, NC with her husband and son.
Jocelyn is a founding board member of Circle de Luz, and has been part of this amazing organization since its inception. As a proud Puerto Rican hailing from New York City she is honored to serve in the Charlotte Latino community and help empower young women to pursue their possibilities by way of further education. Jocelyn serves as Relationships Chair for Circle de Luz and is passionate about diversity/inclusion and making sure our communities are seen and heard. She works in Compliance and Administration and is currently pursuing her degree in International Business. She resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband and two sons.
Karina Vogel, PMP – Program Manager
Karina is a native of Lima, Peru currently living in Charlotte, NC with her husband Stephen and her rescue pup Layla. She is a graduate from UNC-Charlotte University with a B.S. in Accounting and has recently obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Prior to joining Circle de Luz, Karina worked in the corporate world for nearly 20 years holding several administrative, operational, financial, and project management positions. She enjoys cooking, salsa dancing, paddle boarding, and running.