El Centro Hispano is a non‐profit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization. The Center works on improving the quality of life for the Hispanic families living in Northeast Arkansas. We are dedicated to the individual success of the people of Hispanic origin. We are a non‐denominational organization that primarily serves the Hispanic community, but does not refuse service to anyone in need regardless of ethnicity, religion, or gender.

El Centro Hispano provides services in six different areas: social, legal, educational, health, cultural and civic engagement. There is a variety of services provided under each category.

El Centro Hispano is a United Way member agency and has received assistance from the City of Jonesboro, the Craighead County Community Foundation, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.


El Centro Hispano was founded by Sister Elaine Willett in 1997 as an outreach program from the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro as a response to the increasing population of Latinos in Northeast Arkansas.

In January of 2004, the number of Hispanics was estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000 in Jonesboro, so, with the future in mind, the BS Catholic Church made the decision to change the facility into a non-profit, to be called Hispanic Community Services Center, Inc. (HCSI). Later that year she was involved in the purchase of the present facility. She remained the Executive Director until Gina Gomez accepted the position in 2005.

Sister Elaine has continued to work tirelessly to assist the Hispanics in their struggle to become active and productive members of the community. She maintains an office at Blessed Sacrament to serve the Hispanic community with religious needs and also volunteers heavily at El Centro Hispano.

Our Team

Gina Gomez

Executive Director

Leandro Braslavsky Soldi

Finance Director

Carolina Elmore

Programs Coordinator

Verónica Ocampo

Verónica Ocampo

Front Desk Specialist

Angelyn Arnold

Angelyn Arnold

AmeriCorps VISTA member

Caitlyn Hinkle

Caitlyn Hinkle

AmeriCorps VISTA member

Lhen Olegario

Lhen Olegario

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Board of Directors

Connie Hill - Chair

Hospital Administrator
St. Bernards Heart and Vascular

Michael Polk - Vice-Chair / Treasurer

Vice President
Evolve Bank & Trust

Martie Shull - Secretary

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Arkansas State University Newport

Rev. Dr. Charles Coleman

Engineering Technician &
Technologist CAD Consultant

Michael Givens

Hospital Administrator
St. Bernards Medical Center

Dr. Susan Hanrahan

A-State College of Nursing and Health Professions

Stacy Hindman

Director of Nutritional Services
St. Bernards Medical Center

Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

Professor of Metabolic Engineering
Arkansas State University

Ilsia Nuhung

Chief Information Officer / Co-Founder
Arkansas Early Learning, Inc.

Michael Patterson

Chief Information Officer / Co-Founder
Arkansas Early Learning, Inc.

Ernesto Saucedo

NE Arkansas Regional Manager

Luis Sanabria

Professor of Metabolic Engineering
Arkansas State University

Dennis Zolper

Law Office of Dennis Zolper


Chair: Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Ph.D., Professor, Arkansas State University

Vice-Chair: Ernesto Saucedo- NE Arkansas Regional Manager, SG360

Secretary: Ilsia Nuhung- Employment Center Manager, St. Bernards

Treasurer: Leandro Braslavsky- Finance Director, El Centro Hispano

Membership Development Coordinator: Veronica Anchondo- Teacher, Montessori Schools Jonesboro

Event/Program Coordinator: Gina Gomez- Executive Director, El Centro Hispano

Finance Committee 

Michael Polk

Leandro Braslavsky

Susan Hanrahan

Long Range Planning

Special Events Planning

Public Relations