On September 16th, 2013 the new Executive Director, Sam Centellas, will start his tenure at La Casa de Amistad. Sam moved to the South Bend area to work for IU South Bend where he worked for four years as Director of Student Life before becoming a Regional Director for Ivy Tech Community College North Central Region.
Sam was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and his family moved to Michigan when he was in the 1st grade. He attended Western Michigan University where he studied Engineering, Communication and Art. He received his Bachelor of Science with honors and went on to Grand Valley State University. There he earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on College Student Affairs Leadership.
Sam has held volunteer board roles in the community and nationally. He volunteers with the United Way and many other community groups here in South Bend. Recently Sam was appointed by the Mayor and Common Council to the Diversity Utilization Board for the City of South Bend and to the advisory board for the School of Education at IUSB.
This is an exciting time as we celebrate 40 years at La Casa de Amistad and bring on a new Executive Director! Please check out our page of events and activities and celebrate with us! Anniversary Events