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.

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The Team

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Evelyn Esparza

Mexican

Interim Executive Director
Director of Finance and Administration
eesparza@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 153
F (616) 742-0205

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Eloy Baez-Fernandez

Puerto Rican
Language Services Administrative Specialist
ebaez@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 131
F (616) 742-0205

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Paola Carlson

Colombian
Healthcare Promoter
promotora@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200
F (616) 742-0205

Jose Cummings

Jose Cummings

Mexican-Puerto Rican
Career Development Specialist
jcummings@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext
F (616) 742-0205

Omara Espinoza

Omara Espinoza

Mexican
Support to Language Services
interpretations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200
F (616) 742-0205

Alejandro Esterline

Alejandro Esterline

Dominican-American
Translations Coordinator
translations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 131
F (616) 742-0205

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Alva Favela

Mexican-American
Community Support Navigator
afavela@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200
F (616) 742-0205

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Marisol Garcia

Mexican-American
Administrative Assistant
HCWMReceptionist@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200
F (616) 248-0905

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Belkis Lizarazo

Venezuelan
La Escuelita Teacher Support

T (616) 965-9667
F (616) 742-0205

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Olga Martínez

Mexican
Human & Civil Rights Advocate
omartinez@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 112
F (616) 742-0205

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Alejandra Meza

Mexican-American
Family Support Services Manager
ameza@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 113
F (616) 742-0205

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Ana Ortiz

Colombian
CDBG Program Coordinator
aortiz@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 121
F (616) 742-0205

Juan Carlos Pastor

Juan Carlos Pastor

Mexican-Peruvian
Accounting Assistant
HCWMAssistant@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 143
F (616) 742-0205

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Griselda Perez

Mexican
Interpretations Coordinator
interpretations@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 130
F (616) 742-0205

Claudia Pohlen

Claudia Pohlen

Nicaraguan
Workforce Development Manager
cpohlen@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 146
F (616) 742-0205

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Celeny Quintino

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

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Tracy Ramirez

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

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Holly Rea

Italian-French American
Language Services Manager
hrea@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 131
F (616) 742-0205

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Daniela Rojas Cortés

Costa Rican
Communications Support
drojascortes@hispanic-center.org

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Jocelyne Romero

Mexican-American
Accountant
HCWMAccounting@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 143
F (616) 742-0205

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Tamara Monteon

Mexican
Community Support Navigator
tmonteon@hispanic-center.org
T (616) 742-0200 ext 114
F (616) 742-0205

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 - Retired
  • 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
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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

Development and Donor Relationships Manager

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 contact Evelyn Esparza for more information.

Open Positions

There are currently no positions available

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