• (434) 531-0104
  • info@sinbarrerascville.org
  • Charlottesville, VA

About Our Team


Our Staff

Our staff members are the backbone of the day-to-day operations and impact. They are dedicated individuals who are passionate about the organization’s mission and work tirelessly to achieve its goals. They are the heart and soul of the organization, and their contributions make a significant difference in the lives of those served by the organization.

Chayla Rowley, Volunteer Manager

Chayla’s life journey has taken her from Maputo (Mozambique) to Charlottesville with many stops in between. Her education includes a BS and MS in Civil Engineering for Developing Communities from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MA in Refugee Integration from Dublin City University in Ireland. Her diverse career includes time as a civil engineer in the U.S. government conserving natural resources and promoting civil rights to working for Sin Barreras – twice! Chayla understands very well just how much life can change and what a difference it makes to have caring people alongside you throughout those changes. She feels honored to facilitate caring connections at Sin Barreras through her role as Volunteer Coordinator.

Shirley Varela, Education Program Manager

Shirley was born in Palmira, Colombia, grew up in Queens, NYC, and has lived in North Carolina for the past 12 years. Her career has ranged from working with extension programs at Universities to corporate jobs in education and technology, always with a focus on program or project management. Shirley holds a MS in Family Life and Youth Development from North Carolina State University, focusing on Nonprofit Management and Latino Leadership. As an immigrant, she understands the community’s struggles and feels strongly about the power of education on the community. She believes that at Sin Barreras, we can help break the barriers and limitations that the community faces and help provide educational programs tailored to their needs.

Ximena Lopez, Client Services Operator

Ximena is our Client Service Coordinator for our Charlottesville office. She grew up in Charlottesville and knows Sin Barreras from the other side as a client and member of our community. She is new to the nonprofit world, but has had multiple customer facing positions, and is organized and focused, which serves her well in this position.

Ellie Ransom, Fundraising Office Support

Ellie is so excited to join the Sin Barreras team as a fundraiser. A 2023 graduate from the College of William and Mary, Ellie majored in Hispanic Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Social Problems, Policy and Justice. She held numerous jobs and internships throughout college, including a fellowship with the NAACP, teaching Spanish in the Hispanic Studies department, and a life-changing Human Rights internship in La Plata, Argentina. A Charlottesville native, she’s happy to be back home working to support her immigrant neighbors. Ellie is an avid traveler and artist, and is fueled by seeking social justice and multicultural experiences in all aspects of her life.

Stephanie Martin, Fundraising Office Support

Stephanie is a nonprofit executive with a drive to improve the health of communities across central Virginia by increasing access to essential healthcare services, addressing social determinants of health, and removing barriers to care. She is a skilled grant writer and an experienced community organizer well versed in developing strategic plans, needs assessments, and programs that are designed to improve health equity and address the social determinants of health. Stephanie holds a Doctorate Degree in Healthcare Administration, A Master of Science Degree in Human Services with a specialization in nonprofit management, and a Bachelor of Science degree with an English Major.

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