Elky Araya, who is originally from Costa Rica, has called Douglasville, GA home for the past 20 years. During that time, she graduated from Alexander High School and was admitted to Kennesaw State University. From 2002 to 2006, Elky worked at a nonprofit mental health center, CETPA, in Norcross that also focuses on Latino mental health. During her time at CETPA she was involved in the Soy Unica Soy Latina After School Program, which was a community effort to reach out and engage Spanish-speaking students and their parents. She was additionally involved in the drug and alcohol prevention curriculum and helped educate parents on substance abuse prevention best practices. While at CETPA, Elky was also involved in multiple Gang Prevention Organizations, which was a collaborative effort between Cobb and Douglas County.
Elky currently works at Home Depot in their Installation Services Department, where she coordinates window installations, supports the sales team, and helps in staff development and training. Prior to her work at Home Depot, Elky was active in helping to manage her parent’s small businesses and was a youth leader of the Hispanic Youth Group at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Douglasville. Elky looks forward to bringing her passion and experience into ALAS and believes the organization will have a great impact on the Hispanic community and the State of Georgia in general.