Board Of Directors

Spanish American Center, Inc.

112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453

     Tel #: 978-534-3145         Fax #: 978-534-5146 

Board Of Directors News

Next Board of Directors’ Meeting: Jan 9, 2020 – Meeting Postponed

Will post rescheduled date as soon as it is re-scheduled. Please check back for information.



A letter from our incoming Board President, Ms.  Migdalia Velez:

January,  2019

Hello Everyone,

It is with great excitement, pride and honor that I have accepted the nomination for President of the Spanish American Center’s Board of Directors. I am a past employee of the Center (my position was coordinator for youth and family services), and have been an active member on the Board of Directors for over 6 years.

For over 50 years, the Spanish American Center has kept an open door policy in servicing anyone who comes through its doors with needs of hunger, shelter, immigration, language and cultural barriers, educational needs, and many other needs that traditional programs may not be able to assist with.

I have been on many journeys (in regards to servicing families) with our dear executive director Neddy Latimer that have taught me to help others with humility and compassion.  I have counted these work ethics  first and foremost in helping others.

The Board of Directors of the Spanish American Center is a board committed to improving the lives of the Latino / Hispanic communities, and any other community members in need of help. I am proud to be a part of this effort and look forward to working with my Fellow Board Members in continuing to make our Spanish American Center a place where our communities feel welcomed, respect, and valued.

Hola A Todos,

Es con gran alegría, orgullo, y honor que acepto la nominación como Presidenta de La Junta del Centro Hispano Americano. En el pasado, trabaje en el Centro en capacidad de coordinadora de servicios para jóvenes y la familia, y por 6 años, he sido  miembro activo de la Junta de Directores del Centro.

Por más de 50 años, el Centro Hispano Americano ha tenido una póliza de “puerta abierta” en proveer servicios a las personas que entran por  sus puertas con necesidades de hambre, albergué, emigración, idioma y barreras culturales, necesidades educativas, y muchas otras necesidades que programas tradicionales quizás no pueden suplir.

Durante mi tiempo en el Centro como empleada y en ayudar a personas con multiple necesidades, aprendí muchas lecciones con nuestra querida directora ejecutiva Neddy Latimer sobre humildad, respeto, y compasión. Siempre cargo esas éticas de trabajo en mi diario vivir y en ayudar a otros.

La Junta del Centro Hispano Americano se compromete en ayudar a mejorar las vidas de las comunidades Hispanas/Latinas, y todas las comunidades en general que necesiten ayuda. Con orgullo soy parte de este esfuerzo y en trabajar con los otros Miembros de la Junta en continuar los esfuerzos necesarios para que nuestras comunidades se sientan bienvenidas, respetadas y valoradas.

Migdalia Velez


Migdalia Velez, BA,   President (2019)

Migdalia Velez

Migdalia Velez, Program Director, The Family Resource Center, MOC

Richard Letarte, CPA, of Lunenburg, MA – Treasurer (2019)

Richard Letarte (left) at dedication of David Higgins Cocina with Mrs. Higgins

Silvia Taurino, of Leominster, Vice President (2019). SAC Volunteer

Vice President Silvia Taurino

Cheryl A. Boissy,  Secretary (2019)

Cheryl Boissy, LICSW, of Ayer, MA.

Cheryl Boissy, LICSWRetired Social Worker

Luz Torres, Leominster, SAC Reception Volunteer

Mary Yanneth Bermudez-Camp


Mary Yanneth Bermudez-Camp, Esq., Leominster

Ruby Vargas

Ruby Vargas Branch Manager, Main Street Fidelity Bank, Leominster, MA

Leona  Earley Whetzel

Leona Earley Whetzel VP Montachusett Opportunity Council

Jessie Olson

Events Planning, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

Eladia Romero 

Congressional Aide, North Central MA Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

Alberto J. F.  Cardelle, PhD

Provost and Vice President off Academic Affairs, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

Georgie Rodriguez

Linda Velez Scullane

Mt. Wachusett Community College

Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation and Curriculum Pathways


In Memorium  –  John I. Going 

John Going

John Going

LEOMINSTER- John Isaac Going, 66, of Leominster, died Tuesday, January 6, in Sterling Village after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 18, 1948, in Leominster, son of Patricia M. (Supple) and the late Sidney Going, Sr. John graduated from Leominster High School in 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1975, and Master’s degree in Community Counseling in 1992, both from Fitchburg State College. John immersed himself in his community as a Community Service Coordinator for Catholic Charities of North Worcester County, Board of Directors for the Spanish American Center, religious educator and active member at Holy Family of Nazareth Church, and as an election worker for Ward 4. John enjoyed writing poetry. He was involved with several literary magazines and weekly newspapers, including the Tribune and Pioneer. He also enjoyed merengue dancing.

Besides his mother, he leaves his brother, Sidney “Tom” Going, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Leominster; one sister, Sr. Mary Going, OSB, of Martin, KY; and a large community of colleagues and friends.

Besides his father, he was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Mary Supple, his paternal grandparents, Isaac and Mary Alice Going, and one brother, Thomas Philip Going in 1950.

The funeral will be held Saturday, January 10, from Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday, January 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.