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.

Madison Sauls Madison Sauls

Graduate Assistant, Centro Hispano; Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


Madison was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC and is proud to call her three sisters and parents her best friends. After high school, she moved from the corn fields of Goldsboro to the big city of Raleigh, NC to attend North Carolina State University. She majored in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature, and dabbled in many other subjects, such as Kingdom of Fungi and Orienteering. She studied abroad at La Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Quito Ecuador, and was thrilled to learn about the world beyond North Carolina. 

In 2013, she joined a flock of Seahawks as she started her Masters in Psychology here at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington! She is currently studying cognitive neuropsychology under Dr. William Overman. She is happy to be working with the staff at Centro Hispano and hopes to continue her involvement in cultural diversity at UNCW and throughout her career.

B.A. Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2012

B.A. Spanish Language and Literatre, North Carolina State University, 2012

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