Meet the Staff


NatalieNatalie V. Picazo, M.A.

Interim Director of Centro Hispano; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

(910) 962.2551

Ms. Picazo began the role of Interim Director of Centro Hispano on August 1, 2013. She facilitates Centro Hispano’s diversity missions to support the rapidly growing number of Hispanic students applying, attending, and completing degrees at UNCW through heritage and demographic workshops, community outreach, Hispanic faculty and staff networking, opportunities for bilingual students, culturally focused pre-college advising, professional networking, and student resources including study area, cultural library, and student organizations. She also is the new co-chair of the Latino Alliance for Southeastern North Carolina.

Masters of Arts in Teaching . East Carolina University, 2002.

Bachelor of Social Work. Appalachian State University, 1997.


ChrisMonteroChris Montero

MI CASA Program Advisor of Centro Hispano; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


Chris Montero, born in Venezuela, moved to Miami at age 16 to join his Cuban-American family. A graduate of Miami Southridge Senior High School, he travelled to Argentina, where he completed a certificate in radio and journalism, prior to his move to NC. An avid traveler, he began to shoot video in the islands of the Caribbean, also participating in numerous conferences dedicated to the sustainable tourism in St. Kitts, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.

Chris studied film and television production and holds an Associate’s Degree from Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington, NC. Chris Montero became a radio personality in 2007 working for Sunrise Broadcasting’s La Gran D 98.7 FM. He was the station Production Manager and hosted a daily talk show for more than three years. Chris joined Circle of Courage Foundation, and helped at-risk youth. He is now the MI CASA (Mentors Initiating Community Action, Support and Advocacy) Program Advisor and Centro Hispano’s Community Liaison, his mission is to lead high school students into post-secondary education and support Centro Hispano’s programming and students. He is currently preparing for a Masters in Business Administration at UNCW.

B.A. Communications Studies. University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2012.


Rafael Aita

Spanish Interpreter/ Translator; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


Rafael was born in Chiclayo, Peru. He lived in Chiclayo for 15 years before moving to Peru’s capital in order to improve his tennis qualities and potentially earn a scholarship in the United States. He comes from a family of elite athletes who have represented Peru in several occasions and different sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

Rafael graduated from UNCW with a degree in Business administration with a concentration in Finance, earning academics and athletics honors. He played in the UNCW men’s tennis varsity team earning several awards at a national and conference level.  Rafael has won CAA player-of-the- year twice. Furthermore his team won the CAA championships three out of the four years he played at UNCW. Rafael has also enjoyed representing his country at the highest level of competition; he was included in the 2014 Peruvian Davis Cup team.

He is currently preparing to take the CFA (chartered financial analyst) level 1 examination. He is also planning to come back to his alma mater to earn his MBA trough the IMBA program next year.

B.S. Business Administration. University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2014.


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