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Our Board
of Directors

The members of the Latino Center of the Midlands board of directors are the foundation of our organization. These esteemed members of our organization have helped form our mission and continue to encourage growth within our community.

Dulce Sherman | Board President

Dulce is the Owner & Chief Executive Advisor of Sherman Executive Consulting. She has served as Board President for the Latino Center for 2 years. She embraces the opportunity to creatively problem solve and lead with others to create positive change in the Latino community. During her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, helping organize community events, gardening, and baking.

Erin Van Zee | Vice President

Erin’s drive to serve, educate, and create community engagement led her to seek out an organization that incorporates all of these aspects into its programming. Erin embraces the opportunity to become more involved in her community and is excited to be able to help the organization grow. During her free time, she enjoys staying active, being outdoors, and spending quality time with her husband, family, and two rescue pups Ziggy and Zelda.

Julissa Lara | Secretary

Julissa Lara currently serves as a board member of the Latino Center of the Midlands and is recognized as one of the founders of the Mutual of Omaha resource group, Latino Employee Connections (LEC). Her community connections have helped the Latino Center multiply its impact. Julissa has two young boys, Diego and Samuel, and in their free time they love to travel, especially cruising.

Jack Round | Treasurer

Jack’s respect for and belief in the team and mission led him to join the Board at the Latino Center of the Midlands in November of 2018. He is passionate about seeing people and organizations reach their potential. His experience has allowed him to take a leadership role on the Board as the treasurer. During his free time, he enjoys enriching his time with music, reading, and art.

Rev. Ernesto Medina

Rev. Ernesto’s firm beliefs have enabled him to fulfill several roles on the Board throughout his nine years. Rev. Ernesto finds it exciting to be on the cutting edge of the changing Latino community and appreciates the Latino Center of the Midlands’ positive influence in a pluralistic reality. During his free time, Rev. Ernesto enjoys reflecting and thinking outside of the box, traveling near and far, and playing a nice round of disc golf.

Sara McCue

Sara joined the Board at the Latino Center two years ago after she recognized our organization was continuously striving to enhance the lives of Latinos in our community. During her time on the Board, Sara has enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with her fellow Board members, all of whom demonstrate a desire to support and celebrate our Latino community. During her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, singing karaoke, collecting vinyl, and spoiling her dog, Macey.

Yuriko Doku

Yuriko recently joined the Board at the Latino Center. She currently works as the Assistant Director of the UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). For the last 16 years, she has been instrumental in developing an office that represents the Latinx community in Omaha and across Nebraska through research and engagement. Yuriko has participated in various Latino-based nonprofit organizations in Omaha as a board member. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son by attending her son’s soccer games and traveling.

Shavonne Washington-Krauth

Shavonne Washington-Krauth is the Director of Culture & Inclusion for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. She joined the Latino Center board as a way to help enact her passion of helping others be the best versions of themselves, and to give back to the community. In her free time, Shavonne enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Yvonne Sosa

Yvonne Sosa is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Nebraska. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, College of Law. She is new to this set of Board of Directors although she has served the Latino Center of the Midlands on the Board of Directors in the past. Yvonne joined the Latino Center board again to remain active in the South Omaha community, and ensure the continued success of the organization because LCM provided services to her in the past. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and the company of her family.   

Cesar Godinez

Cesar Godinez was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, raised in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from high school in Lexington, Nebraska. Cesar has many years of experience in the Construction Industry, and currently is a Senior Project Manager at CBRE Healthcare. Cesar has been an active volunteer in the community for many years, which is what led him to serve on the Latino Center of the Midlands’ Board. In his free time, Cesar and his family love swimming and boating at the lake, traveling, and playing different sports.

Advisory Board

Andy Ruback

Chief Executive Officer
Flood Communications

B.J. Reed, PhD

Retired Senior Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs
University of Nebraska

Christian Espinoza Torres

Program Administrator
Small and Emerging Small
Business Program

Esther Mejia

President & CCO
E Creative

John Levy

Vice President
William and Ruth Scott
Family Foundation

Leia Baez

Douglas County Public
Information Officer
Omaha-Douglas Civic Center

Maria Vazquez, PhD

Vice President of Student Affairs
Metropolitan Community College

Rony Ortega, PhD

Principal of Bryan High School
Omaha Public Schools

Troy Romero, PhD

Goodrich Scholarship Program
University Of Nebraska at Omaha

Header image courtesy of IRIS22 Productions

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