April 20, 2018

BBBSOS Announces New Program Director Ochoa Brings Passion for Social Services and Civic Engagement to Mentoring Organization

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CRANSTON, R.I. (December 18, 2017)—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) is pleased to announce that Tiana Ochoa was hired as Program Director in November. With a Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College, Ochoa is an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with 14 years of work in various roles within the social services field. She previously worked for BBBSOS from 2003 to 2005 as a case manager.
“I attribute my personal successes to those who mentored me through the years and helped me realize my full potential,” Ochoa said. “I am thrilled to return to the BBBSOS team in this new role. I know first-hand that the work that we do matters, and I look forward to connecting with our families, volunteers and stakeholders.”
The mentoring organization welcomed Ochoa’s return. “It’s very exciting to have Tiana return to serve in the role of Program Director,” said Katje Afonseca, executive director of BBBSOS. "Her clinical background and passion for supporting the growth and development of young people will enhance our ability to provide high quality mentoring services in Rhode Island.”
In addition to her experience helping children and families thrive and reach their full potential, Ochoa is also committed to civic engagement. She currently serves on the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee, Congressman Jim Langevin’s Diversity and Equality Advisory Committee, and as President of the Guatemalan Center of New England.
Born in Guatemala, Ochoa moved to Rhode Island at age fifteen. She currently lives in Providence and enjoys all things New England.
BBBSOS provides young Rhode Islanders with mentors who motivate and empower them to make positive decisions, improve academic results, avoid risky behaviors, and grow in a way that will positively impact the community.
To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community or to find volunteer opportunities, visit www.BBBSOS.org, email mentoring@bbbsos.org or call 401-921-2434, ext. 101.

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