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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.

Cesar Godinez | Chair

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.

Yvonne Sosa | Vice Chair

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.   

Jacqueline Huscroft-D’Angelo, Ph.D. | Secretary

As a research scientist, Jacqueline works collaboratively to develop and evaluate interventions to address the educational and family needs of students in out of home care settings and those with disabilities. This work focuses on improving educational outcomes, parents’ involvement in school and understanding of special education, health literacy, and professional development for educators working with these students. She appreciates and values the contributions the Latino Center of the Midlands makes in the community and is honored to serve on the board. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and volunteering in the community.

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.

Gabbie Kott

Gabbie is an attorney at Baird Holm LLP that practices in commercial real estate and agriculture finance. She joined the Latino Center board in order to connect with the Latinx community and to give back to the community. In her free time, Gabbie enjoys baking pastries, reading, and trying new restaurants around town.

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.

Stephan Becerra 

Stephan Becerra is an experienced business leader who is passionate about developing, implementing and leading the execution of strategies for companies focused on the agribusiness sector. He is the principal and founder of Apex Ag Consulting and is currently working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise as the U.S. agri-tech sector business development manager. Stephan joined the Latino Center Board to help support both current and future business leaders and entrepreneurship initiatives in the Latino community. During his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Virginia, gardening and spending time with family.

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.

Advisory Board

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

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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