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The Latino Center of the Midlands prides itself on having a strong, dedicated staff full of individuals committed to the development and growth of the Latino community.

Albert Varas | Chief Executive Officer

Albert Varas served as Executive Director of the Latino Center from 2017 – 2020 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2021. During his time at the Center, he has cultivated new strategic relationships with community organizations, funders, and other partners. During his free time, Albert can be found tending to his garden, exploring local hiking trails, and spending time with his wife and two young children.

Silvia Velez | Chief Operating Officer

Silvia Velez has been part of the Latino Center of the Midlands team since January 2010 and currently serves as Operations Director. In her position, Silvia oversees the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the organization. Silvia loves spending her free time reading a good book, traveling to new places, listening to music, and working out.

Tyler Wilcox | Chief Financial Officer

Tyler Wilcox has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Latino Center of the Midlands since December of 2018. As our Chief Financial Officer, Tyler works diligently to identify growth opportunities while simultaneously gaining funding for all the programs we offer. Tyler considers himself an outdoors person and spends most of his free time camping, fishing, and golfing.

Viridiana Almanza | Family and Community Well-Being Program Director

Viridiana Almanza joined the Latino Center in 2019 as our Family and Community Well-Being Program Director. Viridiana oversees designs and implements Health and Well-Being, and Social Integration programs for our families. Viridiana enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and mentoring young women in her community during her free time.

Carmen Chagolla | Pathways to Success Senior Program Manager

Carmen Chagolla joined the Latino Center in 2014 as a Student Advocate and now serves as the Senior Program Manager for the Pathways to Success program. In her role, Carmen oversees the Attendance, Parental Engagement, and Círculos programming. Carmen’s free time is spent dancing, listening to music, watching movies, participating in community involvement activities, and spending time with her friends and family.

Abraham Mora | Siembra Nebraska Team Manager

Abraham Mora joined the Latino Center as Siembra Nebraska Team Manager in March 2021. In his role, Abraham creates internship opportunities and professional development for youth in our community. Abraham loves to spend time outside during his free time on his bike, at a disc golf course, or at a campsite.

Abigail Ceremuga | ESL Instructor

Abigail Ceremuga joined the Latino Center as an ESL 2 instructor in January of 2020. Abigail is an ELL teacher at Omaha South High School and has had the pleasure to teach some of her daytime student’s parents in the evenings. In her free time, Abigail enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

Carlos Muñoz | Computer Literacy Instructor

Carlos Muñoz started at the Latino Center of the Midlands in October of 2020 to assist with the distribution of CARES Act funds to the community. Afterward, he joined the team permanently as a Computer and Literacy Instructor, helping adult learners familiarize themselves with both computer hardware and software. Outside of his work at the Latino Center, Carlos works with different companies in sales, marketing, and radio broadcasting.

Colton Schlines | Social Integration Coordinator

Colton Schlines joined the Latino Center in May 2022 as the Social Integration Coordinator. Colton leads the Family and Community Well-Being department’s community support by helping clients apply for resources and also by referring them to outside assistance programs. In his spare time he likes hanging out with friends and going out dancing.

Diana Linares | Siembra Salud Specialist

Diana Linares joined the Latino Center in May 2021 as a Siembra Salud Specialist. Diana works directly with families to provide them with the tools and resources necessary to live a healthy life.  In her free time, Diana loves to cook delicious Mexican food for her friends and family.

Efrén García | Siembra Salud Specialist

Efrén García joined the Latino Center as a Siembra Salud specialist in June 2021. In his role, Efrén educates families in our community on basic gardening skills, nutrition, and available social services in Omaha. In his free time, Efrén loves listening to music, hiking, watching movies, lifting weights, and traveling.

Eh Tha You Moo | Siembra Carreras Coordinator

Eh Tha You Moo joined the Latino Center as Siembra Nebraska Carreras Coordinator in January 2022. She assists the Siembra Nebraska Team Manager in creating opportunities for youth in the community to shape their own future. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and learning how to play guitar in her free time.

Emily Nuss | Family and Community Well-Being Manager

Emily Nuss joined the Latino Center in March 2022 as our Family and Community Well-Being Manager. Emily creates and implements our Social Integration and Health and Well-Being programs that support our families. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, walking her dogs, and relaxing with a good book.

Felipe Rincón Hernández | Círculos Facilitator for Nemilistli

Felipe joined the Latino Center in April 2022 as a Family Strengthening Coach. In his role, he facilitates our Nemilistli Talking Circle, which supports healthy relationships between parents and their children through cultural dialogue. In his free time, Felipe in his free time likes to read, work on his PC, and learn more about computer hardware and software.

Francisco Salinas | Student Advocate at Bellevue West

Francisco joined the Latino Center in 2020 as a Student Advocate at Bellevue West High School. He was drawn to the Latino Center when offered the opportunity to motivate students and to show them the value of quality education. Outside of the office Francisco can be found with his two dogs at home, on a trail, or at the park.

George Machuca | Pre-GED Instructor

George Machuca joined the Latino Center as a Pre-GED instructor in August of 2021. George prepares students in reading, writing, mathematics, and other subjects on the GED exam. In his free time, George likes to read and discover new places in Omaha.

Guadalupe Perez Aguilar | Student Advocate at Norris Middle School

Guadalupe (Lupe) Perez-Aguilar joined the Latino Center in December 2019 as a Student Advocate at Norris Middle School. Lupe pushes her students to be who they are while supporting them academically. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and taking care of her indoor plants.

James DeMott | ESL Instructor

James DeMott joined the Latino Center of the Midlands in April 2021 as an ESL teacher. James has had experience teaching students in many different multicultural environments. James likes to run, read, write, and ice skate in his free time, especially with his family and friends.

Jim Cunningham | Office Manager

Jim has been supporting our community through several different programs with the Latino Center of the Midlands since July 2017. His passion for teaching has allowed him to teach ESL classes, lead our Siembra Construccion internship, and now serve as Office Manager. Jim loves to golf, cheer on Creighton basketball, and go shopping with his wife.

Joanna Preciado Alvarez | Health and Well-Being Practicum

Joanna Preciado Alvarez joined the Latino Center in January of 2022 as a Health and Well-Being practicum student. Joanna works with the Healthy Kids Club by implementing the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go! Curriculum and helps coordinate health and well-being events for the community. In her free time, Joanna enjoys spending quality time with her family, taking her dog on walks, and reading books.

Joel Perez | Siembra Salud Specialist

Joel Perez joined the Latino Center as Siembra Salud Specialist in April 2022. He enjoys sharing knowledge with Omaha families about gardening techniques and improving their ability to live healthier lives. In his free time, he loves spending quality time with his family, playing video games, watching movies and maintaining his vegetable gardening.

Lizbeth Hermosillo-Najar | Communications Specialist

Lizbeth Hermosillo-Najar joined the Latino Center as an intern in September 2021, and later became Communications Specialist in February 2022. Lizbeth creatively communicates and develops relationships within the organization as well as the public to promote brand awareness. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food with her family and friends.

Lizbeth Rosas | Student Advocate at Marrs Middle School

Lizbeth Rosas joined the Latino Center in January of 2022 as the Student Advocate at Marrs Middle School. What she enjoys most about her role is the ability to be a positive influence in students’ lives. In her free time, Lizbeth loves spending time with her dog and two cats. If she’s not with her furry friends, she can be found with family, listening to true crime podcasts, or reading a book!

Luis Morales

Luis joined the Latino Center staff as a photographer in September 2020. In his role, Luis attends Latino Center events to capture photos and afterwards uses them to design compelling marketing materials. In his freetime, Luis likes to tinker with his cars, play piano, or strum a Mac Demarco cover on his guitar.

Mahatma Largaespada | Círculos Program Supervisor

Mahatma joined the Latino Center in October 2014 as a Student Advocate, and now serves as Supervisor of our three Círculos programs. As a supervisor for our Círculos program, Mahatma develops cultural leadership programming and events for Pathways to Success students. Mahatma enjoys spending time playing with his dog, Loki, and expressing himself creatively through painting and drawing.

Maria Ojeda Rosas | Social Integration Practicum

Maria Ojeda Rosas joined the Latino Center in February 2022 as a Family and Community Well-Being practicum student. Maria helps with social integration by providing support to community members through making referrals, filling out applications, and translating/interpreting documents. In her spare time, Maria enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time with her family.

Maria Ramsey | Literacy Instructor

Maria has been volunteering at Latino Center for many years but became the literacy instructor in September 2017. She is passionate about helping others and loves seeing her students read for the first time. During her free time, Maria enjoys dancing, cooking, oil painting, and playing tennis.

Nate Van Haute | Marketing & Communications Manager

Nate Van Haute joined the Latino Center of the Midlands as Communications Coordinator in February of 2020. He manages all of the organization’s communications channels and also leads the Siembra Medios Media Internship program. In his free time, Nate enjoys reading, traveling, and coaching soccer.

Octavio Sordo | GED Instructor

Octavio has been teaching our community in multiple positions at the Latino Center since October of 2007. His education and his passion for helping the community have made him a versatile instructor who has helped hundreds of students obtain their GED. During his free time, Octavio enjoys sports and continuously learning by studying.

Rosana Perri | Front Desk/ Administrative Assistant

Rosana has been a constant figure at the Latino Center of the Midlands since August of 2007 and currently serves as Front Desk/ Administrative Assistant. Her constant dedication to her community and joyful spirit has enabled her to help a multitude of individuals throughout the Omaha Metro. During her free time, Rosana enjoys picking up a good book to read and taking time to meditate.

Ruth Morales | ESL Instructor

Ruth has been helping the LCM community since 2017 as an instructor in our Adult Education program. She believes people who come to our organization want to become a better version of themselves, and with her passion, she hopes to bring self-empowerment to individuals. When she has free time, she enjoys reading books and going on bike rides around the town.

Shelby Varilek | Student Advocate at Ralston High School

Shelby Varilek joined the Latino Center as a Student Advocate at Ralston High School in January 2020. Shelby values the opportunity to help students achieve their goals and see a bright future for themselves. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, watching movies, walking her dogs, and taking care of her many plants.

Taylor Wilton-Cooper | Siembra Raíces Coordinator

Taylor Wilton-Cooper joined the Latino Center as the Siembra Raices Coordinator in February 2022. In her role as the Siembra Raices Coordinator, Taylor works with student interns who are interested in working with plants, animals, food, and natural resources while developing college and career readiness skills. In her free time, Taylor enjoys journaling, mentoring students, and spending time with her cats and plants at home.

Xochitl Rincón Hernández | Student Advocate at Omaha South High School

Xochitl Rincón Hernández joined the Latino Center of the Midlands in March 2022 as Student Advocate at Omaha South High School. In her role, she helps students recognize their potential and motivates them to continue pursuing their dreams. In her free time, Xochitl enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Yicel Hernandez | ESL Instructor

Yicel joined our team in May of 2018 as an ESL Instructor. Her passion for supporting others in their academic journey led her to the Latino Center. Yicel finds joy in pushing her students to advance their careers through learning the English language. During her free time, she enjoys playing tennis matches, reading a good book, and volunteering at other organizations.

Header image courtesy of IRIS22 Productions

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