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 five different areas: social, legal, educational, health, and cultural. 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 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

Ariel Snyder

On-site Attorney

Marc Smith

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Melissa Martin

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Kevin Canarte

Front Desk Specialist

Morgan Massie

DeltaCorps Member

Leticia Fernandez

DeltaCorps Member

Elsa Scott

DeltaCorps 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

Dr. Susan Hanrahan

A-State College of Nursing and Health Professions

Michael Givens

Hospital Administrator
St. Bernards Medical Center

Stacy Hindman

Director of Nutritional Services
St. Bernards Medical Center

Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

Professor of Metabolic Engineering
Arkansas State University

Dennis Zolper

Law Office of Dennis Zolper

Ernesto Saucedo

NE Arkansas Regional Manager

Michael Patterson

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


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