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Mary J. Treglia Staff

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Becky

Executive Director

Becky Carlson has a long history of helping Siouxland community members. Carlson began her professional career with the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and has also held positions with the Center for Siouxland and the Siouxland District Health Department.  Mary J Treglia Community House has always held a special place in Becky’s heart, and is excited to continue to promote  MJTCH mission within the community.

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Balbina

Front Desk Coordinator

Babi has worked at Mary J. Treglia Community House since 2017. Babi graduated from Briar Cliff University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2012, and has been working in the non-profit world for the last 8 years. She has always had a passion for helping people in a way that makes their lives easier. She is currently working on her DOJ Accreditation. She enjoys spending her time off painting and drawing.

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Sarah

Lead English Language Learning (ELL) Teacher

Sarah loves teaching Adult ELL because the students have such inspiring life stories! It takes a lot of courage to learn a language as an adult, and some of Mary J. Treglia Community House learners are additionally just getting used to school. Sarah started teaching ELL as a conversation partner  when she was studying Spanish. She went on to get her Master’s in TESOL at the University of Minnesota where she met refugees and immigrants from many countries. Language is very important to Sarah. She hopes to continue building language exchange opportunities in our community. 

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Maria

Interpretations and Translations Director

Maria started working with Mary Treglia as Interpretations & Translations Manager the summer of 2019. She has worked in the medical field as an interpreter and translator for many years. She obtained a medical certification and is currently working on getting her court certification through the State of Nebraska Judicial Branch. Maria recruits Interpreters in many languages to assist in the high volume of request for translation and interpretations. Maria immigrated to the US as a student and now has a degree in Education.

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Ashley

Preschool Teacher

Ashley began her first year teaching at Mary J Treglia in September of 2018 after graduating from Morningside College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement. She has a K-6 teaching license and is working towards her early childhood endorsement. She has received trainings in the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-3 (ECERS-3) and Medical Administration. “I have a passion for children and adore being a part of their growth and development. Through professional development trainings I share my love of lifelong learning with the children and staff. The first years of life are so influential for children. I truly believe the Mary J. Treglia Community House creates a rich environment of education in all areas. Best of all, we celebrate diversity and the beautiful world around us.”

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Andrea

DOJ Representative and Preschool Director

Andrea Paret is our DOJ Representative and Preschool Director.

She joined MJTCH in 2017.  Bringing over 10 years of experience of volunteering with a non-profit offering immigration legal services, she completed the required training and received her Department of Justice accreditation in 2018. She is offering immigration legal services to our clients together with our immigration attorney.  Besides working directly with clients on their individual cases, Andrea also offers workshops and presentations to the community to help build bridges and increase mutual understanding. Andrea is tri-lingual in English, Spanish, and German.

Andrea came to MJTCH with over 25 years of experience teaching and directing preschools in Guatemala, Germany and the United States.  She has two bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education and a M.S. in Agricultural Education.  “I love working with young children who are so eager to learn and explore. To be able to support them during their amazing development and growth at this age is a privilege.” She is excited about the well-qualified and dedicated staff in our classroom and the diversity we have represented in our preschool families.

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Fatiya

Service Coordinator
(Oromo Interpretation and Translation, Refugee Services, Family Services)

Fatiya has worked for Mary J. Treglia Community House since 2013. She enjoys working at MJTCH because the work she does is life changing. Fatiya has pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education and has recently found a passion for immigration and refugee services. Fatiya has many hats at Mary J. Treglia Community House, and she speaks 4 different languages! Immigrating as a refugee from Ethiopia herself, she knows the struggle that people face when entering a new country. 

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Gigo

Family Services

Gigo has worked for Mary Treglia for several years in our  Family Services Department helping our clients connect to many different services in our community. He feels his role at MJTCH can be described as more of a calling than just a career because of his ability to help make life better for those he helps. Gigo was born and raised in Siouxland and has a true passion for helping our immigrant community. He also loves to read and travel all over the world.

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Laura

Refugee Services Director

Laura started working at Mary J. Treglia Community House in 2019 after graduating with her degree in social work from Briar Cliff University. Laura wears many hats at MJTCH and enjoys challenging herself to always learn something new. Laura’s favorite part of working with refugees is learning about their different cultures, and acquiring services the new arrivals need in order to be successful in the United States. 

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Amy

Immigration Attorney

Amy first practiced immigration law in La Crosse, Wisconsin and has practiced at MJTCH since moving to the area in 2014. Amy grew up in Carroll, Iowa and graduated from Creighton University and the University of Iowa College of Law. Amy is fluent in Spanish.

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Tiffany

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Tiffany joined Mary J. Treglia Community House in June of 2019. Prior to coming to MJTCH, she worked one year in the Elk Point Jefferson School District as a special education paraprofessional and 11 years as a preschool teacher and in-home childcare provider. She has both infant and toddler Associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. Tiffany adds, “I find joy in witnessing a child learn something new and take great pride in knowing that I have influenced that. The impact that I make in their lives makes for an even bigger and completely gratifying impact in my own life. I am fortunate to be teaching in such a wonderful place and I love being a part of such a wonderful organization. I look forward to many more years here!”

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Monique

Service Coordinator/ Preschool Teacher Aid

Monique became a member of the Mary J. Treglia team in September of 2019. She has evolved into a multi-rolled part of the Community House. First and foremost, she is the preschool aide, supporting our students in their development and learning. She is also a Service Coordinator, assisting at the front desk and in the adult English classes. Previously, Monique was a preschool teacher and substitute. She has her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Halıma

Service Coordinator

Halima joined MJTCH this year as a Service Coordinator. Working specifically with the English Language Learner program, Halima assists teachers in the placement of students based on testing scores, tutors pre-literacy students,  maintains student records, and updates the attendance data. Halima is bilingual with Somali as her first language.

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Carol

Citizenship Teacher

Carol has been at MJTCH the longest. When Carol first joined MJTCH, it was as the Preschool instructor. During her time here, Carol has taught Level 1 English Language Learners class and eventually moved to teaching Citizenship Classes.

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Carmen

Office Coordinator

Carmen Stark came to Mary J. Treglia Community House to teach ELL Level 1 in the fall of 2017 after retiring from public school education.  She studied at Wayne State College and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish Education 7-12 and Elementary Education K-6 as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an English as a Second Language endorsement. Carmen chose MJTCH because of her continued desire to make a positive impact on our immigrant community.  She is currently the Office Manager at MJTCH doing much of the behind the scenes office work and bookkeeping.  Although she is not working directly with clients, Carmen truly enjoys doing her part to keep this wonderful organization running smoothly.

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Jeanette

ELL Teacher

Jeanette is a life-long educator and advocate in our community. She brings her expertise in multi-level teaching to our beginning adult ELL class. Jeanette is as a local author of children’s books and shares her love of language, written and spoken, with her students.

Mission Statement

We believe cultural diversity strengthens our community. We strive to identify and respond to the needs of the immigrant population in Siouxland through education, services, advocacy, and celebration of diversity. Through these efforts, Mary Treglia Community House makes possible the self-sufficiency and empowerment of the individual.

Our mission is to welcome, educate, empower, and advocate for all new Siouxlanders.

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Support Mary J. Treglia

Mary Treglia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift is tax-deductible. To make a financial contribution, please contact the Executive Director, at director@marytreglia.org or (712) 258-5137. You may also mail your contribution to 900 Jennings Street, Sioux City, IA 51105.

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