Carisa Lopez-Ramirez has been part of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada since February 1999. Her career started as the Lead Case Manager for the St. Vincent HELP Apartments which provided transitional housing to homeless single men and women. She transferred to the Meals-on Wheels Program in 2001 to begin a pilot position as Care Coordinator serving homebound seniors. This led to her first management position overseeing the following programs: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Senior Medication Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
She was offered the directorship position for the agency’s Migration and Refugee Services in November 2005 and shortly promoted to Vice President of Immigration and Migration Services (VP). As VP, she is responsible for the overall operation of the Immigration Services, English Language Program and the Migration and Refugee Services. In this role, she is federally recognized as the State Refugee Coordinator for Nevada which provides guidance and oversight to all refugee service providers in our state. She is known to demonstrate competency in the areas of leadership, grant writing and compliance, program implementation and evaluation, public relations, personnel coaching and fiscal management.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Rich, and have two children.
The Jameson Fellowship focuses on leadership and recognizes individuals – of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, sectors, and organizations - for their contributions to southern Nevada. The Fellowship is an investment in relationships and aims to build a solid and connected leadership base across the nonprofit sector.