“Everyone comes together to support these kids and make dreams happen. It’s definitely challenging but it’s also very satisfying. There’s nothing like when a child is being reunified and they come talk to you with a heart full of gratitude and hope.”
Luis is the Assistant Lead Clinician for Southwest Key Programs at Casa El Presidente. On an average day, Luis works to make sure the physical and mental health needs of the youth in our care are met. This often includes designing and planning group counseling sessions, assisting with psychological follow-ups and making sure his team of 10 clinicians stays organized.
Giving back has always been an integral part of Luis’s life. He lived in Honduras for 10 years, while his family was doing mission work in Central America. He credits his time in Honduras and his exposure to the poorest country in Central America as the driving force behind his desire to work with high-needs populations. Luis says that the best part of his job is seeing the transformation and change in the children who come through Southwest Key Programs.
In previous roles, he has been a private practice therapist, a consultant for the Department of Education and Human Rights for the Mexican government and a Department Director for UCEM University in Mexico. Luis has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Baxter Institute in Honduras, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Harding University in Arkansas and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is a member of the International Association of the Solution-Focus Therapy, the National Association of Christian Counselors, and the National Association of Christian Counselors.