Ohio Hispanic Coalition


Josue Vicente – Executive Director

Mr. Josue Vicente is Executive Director of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, a non-profit organization serving the Hispanic/Latino community in Ohio. Mr. Vicente is responsible for creating and executing bilingual programs in health, safety, youth and education.  He coordinates and organizes special events, builds and maintains partnerships between the Hispanic/Latino community and English service providers, as well as being responsible to implement (supervise) the interpreter’s services for central Ohio. In addition Mr. Vicente was elected President for LULAC Franklin County chapter, one of the biggest and oldest advocacy organizations in the nation.

Mr. Vicente has plenty of experience in rescue and emergency services in his native country of  Mexico.  He also serves as instructor volunteer for Franklin County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  Mr. Vicente is part of the Board of Director’s for Refuge and Immigrant Chamber of Commerce, The Breathing Association, Young Professionals of Columbus, and Columbus Neighborhood Heath Centers.   Mr. Vicente was elected to represent the Mexican community in 2009-2012 through the Mexican Foreign Affairs, Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME).

Kaitlyn Kendall-Sperry – Program Officer

Kaitlyn is the program officer for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. This is Kaitlyn’s second year as program officer. She previously held positions for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and one year as a staff member of the Coalition. She works with all the departments regarding grant writing, program management, reporting for most of the programs in the Coalition. Kaitlyn holds two Bachelors of Arts degrees in International Studies and in Spanish. Her proudest work achievement happened when the first grant she had assisted in writing caused the Coalition to have three separate grants to help fund an afterschool program. She likes to read, garden, and practice yoga in her spare time.

Jesslene Ames – East Side Coordinator

Jesslene received her B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University in 2009. Upon graduation, she spent one year teaching English as a Second Language in to elementary and middle school students in South Korea. Jesslene taught Pre-K at Jane’s Montessori Academy for two years prior to working as a Program Coordinator for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. Jesslene has completed several semesters of Education courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Ohio State University, and Columbus State Community College.

Jose Morales Crispin – West Side Coordinator

Jose coordinates and creates daily lesson plans that facilitate students’ development, especially within the context of language. Jose also supervise professional staff members, teach students, and monitor progress through regular assessments  and establish and maintain relationships between students’ teachers which allows for constant progress of student learning between the classroom and the After School Program. Jose has over four years of experience in teaching English to Elementary, Middle and High School students. Prior to moving to Ohio, Jose taught English at various schools in Palencia, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a BA in ESL from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus and is currently finishing a Post-Baccalaureate in World Languages, Spanish at Otterbein University.

Dr. Tera McIntosh – Program Officer

Tera has been the Part Time Program Officer since 2013 for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. She oversees reporting, funding, staffing, and program development for the Youth and Education programs offered through the Coalition. Tera is also Affiliate Faculty at Antioch University where she teaches in the Management Department. Tera McIntosh received her BS from Slippery Rock University in Recreation Therapy, her MS from Carlow University in Non-Profit Management, and her PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change. Most recently, Tera co-founded Gay for Good Columbus, a social welfare and environmental service non-profit in Columbus, OH. She sits on the board for Angry Capitalist Ventures, a social entrepreneurship nonprofit out of Cincinnati, OH, and also The Garden of Peace Project, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh, PA. Tera was recently nominated “The Top 5 LGBT Professionals creating a better Columbus” by Quorum Magazine.  In her free time Tera performs slam poetry and volunteers. As a slam poet Tera competed at the national level in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

Choilen Rubio – Interpreter Services Coordinator

Choilen “Choi” Rubio is the Interpreter Services/Promotores de Salud Coordinator. She supervises and trains Interpreters and Promotoras de Salud. Choi also does the billing and payroll for the Interpreters. She started with the Coalition as a Spanish Interpreter and is now the main telephone Interpreter in the office. Along with regular office duties, Choi assists in the scheduling, promoting, and setting up for Coalition events and programs.

Choi immigrated from Cuba with her parents in 1970, in one of the last flights of “Operation Pedro Pan” and was raised in Columbus. Prior to working with the Coalition, Choi lived in Bucyrus, Ohio for 24 years. She had her own private daycare in her home and was a live in Nanny for 2 different families. Throughout those years, she had a hand in raising over 90 children. This does not include the numerous children she cared for in the 4 years she was a foster mom. Her love of helping people is what brought her to the Coalition.

Dayra Vazquez – Promotora De Salud, Comprando Rico y Sano

Dayra started working for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition in March 2014 in accounts payable. She has gone on to work in interpreting, Youth and Education, After School Program and as a Promotora de Salud. Currently Dayra is the lead Promotora de Salud in the Coalition’s Comprando Rico y Sano Program. The program educates the community on health issues caused by dieting habits, how to eat healthier, and shop smarter. She is a Certified Ohio Benefit Bank Counselor and assists people who may qualify and are interested in applying for SNAP benefits most commonly known as food stamps. She is very involved with the Hispanic Community and personally interacts with members of the community on a daily basis.

John Ramos – Citizenship Instructor

John Ramos possesses an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Guaynabo, PR and a BBA from the Universidad Central de Bayamon, Bayamon, PR. Ramos is a fully bilingual (English/Spanish) specialized adult learning educator/instructor certified by the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development at Maxwell Air Force Base Montgomery, AL. Since 2009, John has been an instructor and course developer for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Training under the umbrella of the DLA Human Resources. His previous experience include working as a facilitator and part-time lecturer for various higher learning centers, universities/colleges which takes account of the American University campus in Bayamon and Manati, PR, the Universidad Del Este campus in Carolina, PR and the RCJ Technical Group Institute in Yauco, PR.

Mei-Ling Cerezo – Advocate

Mei-Ling Cerezo, a retired Licensed Social Worker from Puerto Rico, came to Ohio with her husband in 2015 to be close to her children, who are residents of Ohio. Mei-Ling works as a Promotora de Salud, Victim Advocate in the Domestic Violence &Sexual Assault Program. Graduated from the Universidad Sagrado Corazon, San Juan Puerto Rico with two bachelor’s degrees ;one in Sociology and another in Social Work. Before coming to Ohio she worked at  a variety  of  programs and  in different capacities in Puerto Rico;  she started as a Medical Social Worker, and  then as  Supervisor in the Mental Health Prevention Program at San Juan Municipal Department of Health. Later  transition to a role as a Coordinator for an Even Start Program, then as Community Social Worker and Interstate Social Worker for New York Foundling. Her passion has always been helping others and strengthening families. Working with OHCO has given her  the opportunity to serve and support the Hispanic Community in Central Ohio.

Marisa Gonzalez – Advocate

Marisa Gonzalez, Promotora de Salud of the Domestic Violence Program, has been with the Ohio Hispanic Coalition since 2008. From 2002 to 2007, Marisa worked for PathStone, as a Field Service Specialist and Family Case Worker. While there, she worked with at-risk youth in the job training program as well as the domestic violence and sexual assault program. Marisa is culturally competent in providing empowerment workshops, is trained in HIV testing, and has achieved the Certification of the National Child Passenger Safety and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In addition, she is part of the Franklin County Violence Against Women Advisory Board, from the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, along with the other agencies, regularly collaborates with other domestic violence service providers, law enforcement and court assistance programs to provide comprehensive services to LEP victims. Marisa is currently studying for an Associate of Arts at Columbus State Community College.  She has studied Criminal Justice at the University of Findlay and credits her background as a farm worker for her inspiration to want to help immigrant women with multiple barriers.



Paloma Arroyo – Youth and Education, AmeriCorps VISTA

Paloma Arroyo currently serves as the Youth and Education VISTA at the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. Her primary role is to assist the Coalition through capacity building; this involves working on grants to increase OHCO’s funding, researching various methods to improve programming under Youth & Education, and serving as a resource to the community. Paloma, originally from Aurora, IL, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a B.A in Political Science and 3 complimenting minors. While at Ohio State, Paloma served as President of the Latino Student Association and as a representative of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Diversity Committee. In the past, Paloma has worked as a Diversity Ambassador for OSU’s Undergraduate Admissions and as a Page for the Ohio Senate’s 15th District. She is committed to helping the Latin@ community of central Ohio and beyond.

Dane Dickey – Health, AmeriCorps VISTA

Dane Dickey is currently the Health VISTA for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. He builds and enhances the capacity of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s Health programs. His goal for his service year is to expand and increase the capability of OHCO’s Health programs by increasing and diversifying funding sources. Dane Dickey is a recent graduate, May 2015, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in Chemistry. He is currently applying for enrollment into medical school for the fall of 2016.

Daniel Marchese – Marketing and Fundraising, AmeriCorps VISTA

Daniel Marchese works with all of the programs and services at the Coalition. He creates and implements marketing efforts in order to increase visibility and funding for our programs. He also organizes events and benefits, and takes care of our social media.

Daniel joined the Coalition in 2015, he has spent time working with hispanic population in Columbus at the ESL Service Center, an organization that prepares non-native english speakers to obtain a High School Diploma. Daniel is a Columbus native; he attended and graduated from The Ohio State University where he studied Spanish.

Board of Directors


Kenny Ramos (Chairman)

Julia Arbini-Carbonell (President/CEO)

Tarsicio “Quicho” Perez Suarez

Jesus Ovalle

Cecilia Castillo

Jose Luis Mas (Emeritus)

Portia Gonzalez-McDade (Emeritus)