Omaha, Neb., January 30, 2017—The Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) is pleased to announce the selection of Albert Varas as its new Executive Director.  Current Board President, Julissa Lara, indicated she is pleased to make this announcement after working closely with the search committee in the selection process. “The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Albert will be an excellent steward of the LCM’s mission and a leader and advocate for LCM’s youth, adults and families,” said Lara.  “Albert’s experience will help us build on the LCM’s historic successes and improve upon our ability to meet the evolving needs of the community we serve.”

Varas has dedicated his life to supporting the advancement of underserved youth and families.  His professional career and service work has focused in the areas of education, nonprofits, business, and public health. In his new role, Varas will be responsible for the overall strategy and administration of the agency, as well as growing the organization’s network and awareness of programs and services. “I am honored to have been selected for this great opportunity.  I am committed to increasing the organization’s standing within the community and of working closely with our partners, donors and key stakeholders to maximize the opportunities for the clients, students and families we serve,” said Varas.

The mission of the Latino Center of the Midlands is to enhance the lives of the Heartland Latino Community by supporting the education and development of our youth and adults; promoting comprehensive engagement of our families in all facets of their lives; and by fostering leadership through a variety of services and activities.

About Latino Center of the Midlands:

Located in the heart of South Omaha, the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) is one of the oldest and most respected Latino-serving community-based organizations in Nebraska.  In 2016, the LCM celebrated its 45th anniversary.  Initially called the Chicano Awareness Center, the vision of the Latino Center of the Midlands is to empower youth and families through education and awareness to build a stronger and more engaged community.  Our program areas include Adult Basic Education, Community Services and Technical Assistance, and Pathways to Success. The Latino Center of the Midlands relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private foundations and government grants to provide these programs and services in the community.  To learn more, visit us online at and follow us on social media via FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.