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.
Dayra Vazquez – Promotora De Salud
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 Mom’s Quit for 2 Program. 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 – Advocate
Mei-Ling, 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.
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
Jose Luis Mas (Emeritus)
Portia Gonzalez-McDade (Emeritus)