Anna has worked with farmworkers in North Carolina, as an outreach worker, and California, as a graduate student, researching heat stress and grape workers’ rights. She grew up in North Carolina, but her first experience with farmworkers was as a SAF intern in 2007. She was Executive Director of the NC Farmworkers’ Project before joining SAF as Program Director. She is excited to continue helping new generations of students connect with farmworkers and find their place in the movement.
As a child, Victoria passed corn, tobacco, and wheat fields riding from her hometown of Florence, SC to her mother's jobs in Hartsville, Timmonsville, and Johnsonville. Still, she was a newcomer to the farmworker movement as an ITF Intern in 2018. Victoria returns to SAF as a Grassroots Organizer. After multiple international experiences, she is now dedicated to unveiling the injustices occurring in her own corner of the world.
Sandra is from Costa Rica, where she started her nonprofit work. She first came to the U.S. to study environmental science and moved to North Carolina in 1998. She’s passionate about environmental protection, access to education for Latinx students, and farmworker justice. Sandra worked for Triangle Community Foundation for ten years, connecting organizations with funding opportunities. As Assistant Director, she focuses on the organization’s finances and policies, fundraising, and communications.
Dannette grew up in Ohio and moved to North Carolina in 1992 to attend Duke University. She has worked as a labor organizer, on U.S. policy in Central and South America, and on Black land tenure. Dannette lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She studies Black intellectual history in graduate school. She also loves yoga, baking bread, gardening, and nurturing her children’s passions and talents.
Librado Mendoza Sosa
Librado was born in Veracruz, Mexico and moved to Siler City, NC at a young age. He graduated from Guilford College in 2020 and obtained a certification from Duke in non-profit management in 2021. During his time at Guilford, Librado was an intern and program assistant with SAF’s Into the Fields program. Librado is excited to continue to learn and fight for farmworker justice through coordinating the ITF program.
Communications Arts Director
Joanna Welborn was born and raised in western North Carolina. While studying studying Sociology and Spanish at Appalachian State University, she first got involved with the farmworker movement through the SAF Into the Fields Internship. She went on to study documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. As Communications Arts Director, Joanna coordinates SAF's communications, alumni, and documentary work.
Sylvia Zapata Shoemaker
Sylvia is a third generation Texan, a Winston-Salem State University and La Joya High School graduate. She is a SAF ITF alumna with over 13 years of working in the government sector and is currently attending online classes to obtain a Master's in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a former farmworker child, Sylvia is honored to be able to serve the farmworker community in this new role.
Youth Organizing Director
Ramón is from a small farming town in Jalisco, Mexico. His family has worked in the fields, food processing, and manufacturing plants in California and North Carolina. Ramón participated in SAF’s Levante program in High School and the Into the Fields program in college. Ramón joined the SAF staff in 2011 and has directed various programs and projects. Currently Ramón directs the Levante Leadership Institute and is co-director of the Hacia los Campos summer theater group.