About Us

Founded in 1978, the goal of the Hispanic Center is to provide unmet social services to the Hispanic Community in Greater West Michigan.

Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Park, the largest Latino neighborhood in Grand Rapids, the Hispanic Center is able to directly serve more than 10,000 individuals annually. Not limited to Grand Rapids, we seek to address the needs of Latinos in West Michigan. The staff is largely bilingual and multi-cultural. We understand our Latino neighbors, connect with them, and work to achieve self-sufficiency together.

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is a non-profit 501(c) (3) community-based organization.

Our Mission

TO EDUCATE, TO ADVOCATE, TO EMPOWER.

HCWM Staff Photo October 2020

The Team

Amanda

Amanda Aguirre

Mexican-American
Workforce Development Manager
aaguirre@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 560
D (616) 246-0560

Evelyn Photo

Evelyn Esparza

Mexican
Executive Director
eesparza@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 562
D (616) 246-0561

Eloy Photo

Eloy Baez-Fernandez

Puerto Rican
Language Services Administrative Specialist
ebaez@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 563
D (616) 246-0562

Omara Espinoza

Omara Espinoza

Mexican
Support to Language Services
interpretations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext. 194
D (616) 742-0194

Alejandro Esterline

Alejandro Esterline

Dominican-American
Translations Coordinator
translations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 283
D (616) 246-0936

Alva Photo

Alva Favela

Mexican-American
Community Support Navigator
afavela@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext. 570
D (616) 246-0570

Marisol Photo

Marisol Garcia

Mexican-American
Community Support Navigator
mgarcia@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 572
D (616) 246-0572

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Belkis Lizarazo

Venezuelan                            Administrative Assistant                            hcwmreceptionist@hispanic-center.org    T (616) 742-0200 ext 0573                          D (616) 246-0573

Olga Photo

Olga Martínez

Mexican
Human & Civil Rights Advocate
omartinez@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 198
D (616) 742-0198

Alejandra Photo

Alejandra Meza

Mexican-American
Family Support Services Manager
ameza@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 575
D (616) 246-0575

Youth Program Coordinator

T (616) 742-0200 ext 567
D (616) 246-0567

Juan Carlos Pastor

Juan Carlos Pastor

Mexican-Peruvian
Accounting Assistant
HCWMAssistant@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 571
D (616) 246-0571

Gris Photo

Griselda Perez

Mexican
Interpretations Coordinator
interpretations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 194
D (616) 742-0194

Claudia Pohlen

Claudia Pohlen

Nicaraguan
Fund Development and Communications Manager
cpohlen@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 221
D (616) 742-0221

Celeny Photo

Celeny Quintino

Mexican
La Escuelita Lead Teacher
cquintino@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 965-9667
D (616) 742-0205

Tracy Photo

Tracy Ramirez

Mexican
La Escuelita Teacher Assistant
tramirez@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 965-9667
D (616) 742-0205

Holly Photo

Holly Rea

Italian-French American
Language Services Manager
hrea@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 566
D (616) 246-0566

Jocelyne Photo

Jocelyne Romero

Mexican-American
Accounting Manager
HCWMAccounting@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 561
D (616) 246-0563

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan Board of Directors

  • Attah Obande, Board Chair - Spring GR
  • Patrick Lonergan, Trustee - Fifth Third Bank
  • Karla Amaya-Leone, Trustee - Home Sweet Homes
  • Tony Baker, Trustee - Ferris State University
  • Kristin Ekkens, Trustee -Singularity University
  • Susan Ledy, Trustee - Grand Rapids Community College
  • Javier Cervantes, Trustee- Grand Rapids Public Schools 
  • Monica Steimle-App, Trustee - Rockford Construction
  • Roberto Peña, Trustee -
  • Lance Zoerhof, Trustee - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
  • Jessica Podvin, Treasurer - D.K. Weiss Accounting
  • Mario Castillo, Trustee - Transnation Title Agency
  • Abraham Garcia, Trustee - DTE
  • Dante Villareal, Trsutee- Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Careers Photo

Careers

The success of our organization hinges on our team. We are made up of individuals who are compassionate, mission driven, and are willing to participate in all of our fundraising and awareness efforts.

If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out the career form, upload your resume and cover letter and we'll follow up with you. Make sure to indicate which position you are applying for.

Open Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our volunteers and interns and appreciate their work so much! If you’d like to join us, we have a great office culture where you’ll be welcomed as a valued member of the team.

Whether you’re looking for short term, occasional, or regular opportunities, we’re flexible about getting you involved with something that works for you!

Please fill out the form below for more information.

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