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).

Preston Eberlyn – Program Officer

Preston J. Eberlyn, a Columbus, Ohio native, joined the Ohio Hispanic Coalition in May of 2017 as their Program Officer. He brings many years of nonprofit experience in administration, marketing, and development to the Coalition.

Preston graduated, magna cum laude, from The University of Findlay with a BA in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Emphasis and Political Science and minors in Political Communication and Public Administration. Preston was recognized as a Founders’ Son of The University of Findlay in April of 2015. He completed his Master of Public Administration from Wright State University, and is completing his thesis for his MA in International and Comparative Politics. Preston has been active in regional theatre productions in the Dayton area, as well as in Columbus.


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.


Odaliz Freytes – Youth and Education Program Coordinator Odaliz previously held positions for 6 years as an ESL teacher in the Puerto Rico School system. She also worked in New York state as a Community Health Worker with an organization’s migrant program, dedicated to help farmworkers to overcome barriers and access healthcare. These opportunities lead her to work in the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, where she will combine her experience as a teacher and Community Health worker to help Latino youth and the Latino community in general. Being a Latina herself motivates her even more to help breaking the barriers for the Latinos in need. Odaliz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English as a Second Language, a teacher’s certification from Puerto Rico and multiple trainings in other areas. She likes to spend time with her family, and to participate in different motivation and support  groups in church.



Nora Yepez-Ornelas- Resource Development, AmeriCorps VISTA

Nora Yepez-Ornelas currently serves as the Resource Development 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, and serving as a resource to the community. Nora, originally from Hilliard, OH, graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology with a track in pre-law. While at Ohio University, Nora served as President of Alpha Psi Lambda Eta Chapter and as Communications Chair in the Hispanic and Latino Student Union. In the past, Nora has worked as an Office Assistant at the Ohio University Division of Film and as a Student Manager in Ohio University’s Culinary Services. She plans on attending law school in Fall 2017 to pursue her goal of becoming and immigration lawyer.

Joe Eierman- Health, AmeriCorps VISTA

Joe Eierman 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. Joe is a recent graduate, August 2016, from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Professional Writing. He is planning on attending graduate school to pursue a degree in Clinical Counseling.



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)