Phentermine NLBHA - The National Latino Behavioral Health Association - 2017-2018 JTR Scholarship Recipients

2017-2018 JTR Scholarship Recipients

  • Julianita Casaus

    Julianita Casaus

    Julianita G. Casaus was born and raised in northern New Mexico. She is an active student and community member who frequently organizes donation drives for those who are in need. Ms. Casaus is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers 2017 Outstanding NMHU Student of the Year Award. Ms. Casaus is a first generation college graduate who is attending New Mexico Highlands University working towards dual degrees, a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration. She aims to serve the rural communities of New Mexico and assist in improving child wellbeing outcomes.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Marcos Castellano

    Marcos Castellano

    My name is Marcos Castellano I’m 22 and I was born and raised in the beautiful Espanola Valley located in Northern New Mexico. I come from a big supportive family, my parents are Lawrence and Frances Castellano. I am a recent graduate from New Mexico State University with my Bachelors of Social Work with a Minor in Counseling Educational Psychology. I plan to continue my education at New Mexico State University in the Fall of 2017 for my Masters of Social Work. After graduation, I plan to stay in the state of New Mexico and find employment in a behavioral health setting addressing the behavioral health needs of those in my community. Down the road, after much experience, I would like to start my own clinic that provides behavioral health care services. Receiving my Master’s in Social Work will help me become better equipped in my future career path. My Latino culture and heritage have been the foundation of my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Claudia DeSantiago

    Claudia DeSantiago

    My name is Claudia DeSantiago, I'm a mom, proud Latina and a graduate student in the school of social work at New Mexico Highlands University. I was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico but have lived in Albuquerque most of my life and consider it home. I have a passion for substance abuse reduction and prevention. I plan on working very hard to make a difference in that community. I am honored to have been chosen by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and hope to do great things with them.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Ruth Ibanez

    Ruth Ibanez

    My name is Ruth Ibanez and I attend New Mexico State University. I am a first generation college student and will soon begin my senior year in the bachelors of social work program. I am a dedicated student who has a passion for educating and helping the Latino population on mental health concerns. My goal is to help reduce mental health problems throughout the state of New Mexico that effect the youth population as well as mothers.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Juliana Loretto

    Juliana Loretto

    Juliana Loretto is a compassionate, strong willed and loving mother of two. She completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2015 from New Mexico Highlands University. She is a dedicated student and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. Juliana is a Native New Mexican and upon completion of her graduate degree she would like to advocate, support, and work for those in her community who are under privileged.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Dulce Medina Bustos

    Dulce Medina Bustos

    I am originally from Mexico and came to the United States when I was 15 years old. I have since earned a double bachelor degree in Business Administration. I have been working at a mental health agency for the past 7 years. I’ve held different positions within the company and have had the seen the need Latino’s have in regards to mental health services especially in their own language. I have helped my Latino community in many ways, particularly with interpretations. I decided that more needed to be done to help the Latino community so I have decided to return to school and pursue my Masters degree in Social Work.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Anayansi Ortega-Trinidad

    Anayansi Ortega-Trinidad

    Anayansi Ortega-Trinidad is twenty-one years old; she was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Albuquerque, NM. Her mother is a Chicana, her father is an immigrant from El Salvador, and Anayansi identifies as a Latinx and Chicana. Anayansi has been studying at New Mexico State University since 2014, and expects to graduate in spring 2018 with a major in Social Work and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Upon her graduation from New Mexico State University, Anayansi hopes to attend graduate school and earn her masters in Social Work. Anayansi is very grateful to the National Latino Behavioral Health Association for the incredible opportunity, and very honored to be selected as a recipient of the 2017-2018 JTR Scholarship Award.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Andrea Valdez

    Andrea Valdez

    My name is Andrea Valdez and I am a mother, a Latina and was raised in beautiful Northern New Mexico. I originally obtained my Bachelors in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2007 and have been working in the field of child welfare and mental health ever since. My work experience has shown me the need for mental health services for the Latino population particularly in the rural areas where services are limited. This need has encouraged me return to school for my Masters in Social Work so that I can be part of the solution and provide mental health services to the Latino population.