Belisa M. Urbina
Founder and Executive Director
Belisa is the co-founder of Ser familia, has been married for 30 years and has 5 children and 3 granddaughters.
Miguel A. Urbina
Co-Founder and Programs Director
Miguel was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He studied Business Administration, majoring in Management at the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to Georgia in 1999. He has been a business owner in Cobb County since the year 2000.
In 2001 he co-founded Renovación Conyugal, Inc. which later became Ser Familia, Inc. His energy, hard work and love for this project have fueled it and allow it to grow and expand through the state, benefiting more than 3,000 Latinos every year. He has worked since the organization’s foundation as a volunteer, supervising the different programs, dedicating his efforts particularly to the couples’ program.
He is married to Belisa and is the proud father of 5 kids and grandfather of 3 beautiful girls.
Miguel is one of the co-founders of Ser Familia, his energy, hard work and love for this project have fueled it and allow it to grow and expand through the state.
Monica was born and raised in the Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Georgia with her husband Marco and 2 children in 2002. She has a technical administrative degree and studied 2 years of psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
She has worked for over 25 years in the areas of sales, logistics and accounting. With her husband Marco she has been a volunteer of Ser Familia since 2007. She has been trained to deliver our couple´s program and is a certified trainer for Strengthening Families and How to avoid marrying a jerk. She´s proud to become a part of Ser Familia Staff, because she firmly believes that our programs create an impact in our Latino community.
Monica has been a volunteer of Ser Familia since 2007.
One life, deserves all the effort.
Marianela Matheus, MEd, LPC, RPT
Clinical Coordinator / Counselor
Marianela Matheus has over 30 years of clinical experience that pulls from various places. She is a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia with a Licensure in Psychology from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello from Venezuela and a Masters in Counseling with a Specialization in Couples and Families from Georgia State University. She has obtained a Floortime Advanced Certification in developmental play therapy and is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She enjoys working with people of all ages from an analytical, neuro diversity and emotional regulation basis.
Marianela is an open-minded and compassionate therapist who uses a strength based, solution-focused approach to address the challenges her clients are facing. Her approach is to use evidenced based techniques to help empower her clients to have confidence to make better life decisions. She also helps clients assess their own readiness for change, and identify the obstacles that are preventing them from making changes and achieving their goals.
Marianela is a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor with vast clinical experience, she is an open-minded and compassionate therapist.
María García, MA, LAPC, NCC
Maria was born and raised in Mexico. She has a Bachelors degree in graphic design and moved to Georgia in 2001. After working for Turner Broadcasting Systems for 14 years and life changing events she decided to change careers and obtained her Master's degree in Community Counseling.
Maria is a Bilingual Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She is a solution-focused counselor dedicated to help children, individuals, families and couples achieve lifetime goals. With compassion and practical feedback, she incorporates conventional and alternative approaches helping clients overcome life challenges as well as long standing patterns.
Maria incorporates conventional and alternative approaches helping clients overcome life challenges as well as long standing patterns.
Juan Marrero Toledo, McMFCC
Juan Marrero Toledo, McMFCC has been working with marriages for over 25 years. He has a master in counseling from Phoenix University with a specialty in Families, Marriage, and Children. He is a member of the Counseling Association of Puerto Rico. He has a bachelors in business administration from the Metropolitan University (UMET) of San Juan, Puerto Rico and a certification of Human Resources and Labor Rights from the Superior Education Institute.
In his work experience Juan has been president of the Fernando Martinez Caula Foundation (2001-2003). Speaker and Couple´s mentor at Renovación Conyugal Puerto Rico (1988 – 2010). He has participated in the family congress in Costa Rica, as well as several Radio programs and TV in Puerto Rico. He is a producer and manager of the program “Mi Otra Mitad” on Tiva Tv channel 8.1 in Puerto Rico. In his practice Juan focuses on creating an environment of empathy with the client so that therapy can be effective. His focus is directed to a humanist therapy that serves as support to help people resolve difficulties and conflicts that can arise in their journey, helping them create a better quality of life.
Juan focuses on creating an environment of empathy with the client so that therapy can be effective.
Lizbeth is originally from Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States in 2009. She lived in Delaware for 7 years, then she moved to Georgia in 2016 with her husband and two children. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She later continued her studies in the area of Psychological Counseling, at the Ana G. Mendez University in Puerto Rico.
She worked for several years with adolescents with disabilities and, with great satisfaction, she helped families to understand and work in a positive way with their children. She worked in the area of Domestic Violence, helping Latina women and their children to get ahead. She was also a Head Start teacher serving Latino children between the ages of 3 and 5. Her passion is to help with love and respect to those who need it.
Lizbeth's passion is to help those who need her with love and respect.
Administrative Assistant – Smyrna Location
Marinés was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico but moved to the state of Georgia along with her daughter in 2017. She is an experienced Administrative Professional with a strong trajectory of working in the civic & social organizations industry. Skilled in Customer Acquisition, Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Administration, and Contact Centers. She has a Journalism Degree from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.
Marinés es una profesional administrativa con una fuerte trayectoria de trabajo en organizaciones cívicas y sociales.
Migdalia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager her family moved to South Jersey were she attended Glassboro State College. During that time she worked with Casa Prac a Social Services Organization helping families. She later went to work for Farmer Workers Inc. as an ESL substitute teacher. Her passion for the community kept growing and joined the Vineland Rescue Squad as an EMT.
After she moved to Cape Coral Florida she helped grow the Big Backpack event and organize over 300 volunteers which hand out more than 2,500 backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children. Migdalia and her husband moved to Georgia in 2016. She joined Ser Familia as a case Manager, where she is happy pursuing her desire of serving the Latino community.
Migdalia feels happy working at Ser Familia where she pursues her desire of serving the Latino community.
Marlen Adames, MS
Marlen was born in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 12 she moved to New York City where she grew, studied, and eventually formed a family. In 2001 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management. In 2008 she decided to turn her life around and began a Master’s degree in Mental Health. Since 2011 she works as a counselor helping families, children and adolescents. Marlen has 2 sons, a daughter and two adorable grandchildren. In 2004 she moved to Georgia with her children in search of a better quality of life.
Since 2011, Marlen works as a counselor helping families, children and adolescents.
Administrative Assistant – Acworth Location
Elsa is originally from Manatí, Puerto Rico and moved to Georgia in 2016, along with her husband and son. She has an associate degree in Computer Programming from the Universidad Interamericana in Arecibo in Puerto Rico. She was part of the Pastoral Family group of the Our Lady of Fatima parish, in Puerto Rico. She has developed in the administrative field for more than 20 years in different business environments, from multinational pharmacists to small family offices. She also specialized in the field of Health and Safety, training staff on how to work safely and efficiently.
Ser Familia is her first full time job in Georgia. Elsa is very proud of the positive impact Ser Family services have on the Latino community in Georgia.
Elsa is very proud of the positive impact Ser Family services have on the Latino community in Georgia.