Staff

 

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Spanish American Center Staff , Phone extensions, Hours/Days in the office.

 Please note: Most of our Staff are bilingual (English/Spanish) and Bicultural; with special sensitivity for the needs of their Hispanic neighbors and clients. There is availability of Spanish caseworkers on site daily.

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Neddy Latimer

Executive Director

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

E-Mail Contact via web site

Phone: 978-534-3145 ext. 118

Years Employed at the Spanish American Center: 28

Education:  In Business Administration in Puerto Rico

Awards: Citizen of The Year Award, 1999; Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, 2003; LUK Crisis Center Founder’s Award, 2006. Citations: Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives and General Court (Senate).

Neddy Latimer, Director, SAC (left)

Neddy Latimer, Director, SAC (left)

Community Boards: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Goals for the Future of the Agency: The completion of our commercial grade kitchen facility and youth room. To continue to seek more funding to support programs and staff for the improvement of the quality of life for clients and the community at large in greater-Leominster.


Maria Alicea 


Wanda Ruiz

 


Christina Gonzales –  Activities Coordinator, Summer Program at SAC, Food Pantry Coordinator

Days in Office: M – F until 4:30;   978-534-3145 ext. 112

Education: BA Springfield College, Human Services

 


Claire Toomey – M – F Until 4:30 – Office Assistant to Director, Neddy Latimer

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Miguel “Mickey” Guzman, BA          

 Family Advocate

(Information & Referral Specialist, Elder Services Coordinator and Notary Public)

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, from 8:30am – 2:00pm.

e-Mail contact via web site

Phone: 978-534-3145  extension 114

Years employed at the Spanish American Center: 19 years.

Degrees and Certifications:

* BA in Bilingual Education, with Minor in Psychology  – Lake Forest College, Illinois
* Multiple Certificates in Education (including Adult Basic Education and GED Programs)
* Multiple Certificates in Health & Human Services  – including HIV/AIDS, Education & Welfare, Social Security/SSI Services, Youth and Elder Services, and Legal Services.

Work philosophy:  “I’m very interested in providing support to my clients (specifically to help those less fortunate, economically disadvantaged, underprivileged, and with cultural and linguistic barriers). My personal goal is to empower my clients so that they may become self-sufficient in the future.”

Awards Received:
* DSS Social Worker of the Year Award
* United Way’s Day of Caring Volunteer Certificate
* Mt. Wachusett Community College’s Unsung Heroes Award
* Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Certificate
* Leominster Youth Soccer League Best Coach Award

Community Participation:  Presently, I serve on the Leominster
Youth Soccer League, Homelessness Coalition, Leominster Community Coalition, National Alliance on Mental Health, and FCUU Parish Committee.

Interests:  performing music with my family band, Fa’Unida, dancing, playing cards and dominoes, coaching soccer, participating in church activities (First Church Unitarian Universalist of Leominster), and supporting the New York Yankees.

(cab 8/17)

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Monica RodriguezDomestic Violence Counselor Assistant

Days in office: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Hours available: Wednesday- 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday – 1:00pm till 4:30pm; Friday 9:00am- 1:00pm.

e-Mail contact via web site

Telephone #: 978-534-3145 X 111

Education:   Fitchburg State University

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Developmental Concentration and a Spanish Minor
  • Community Healthlink/ Lipton Early Intervention “Self- Regulation for Children” Training
  • Serv Safe certified in Food Handling

Interests and Goals for clients: My goal is to help clients achieve a sense of self-determination. It’s important to motivate clients in ways that help them feel like they have taken control of their lives once again. In the case of Domestic Violence victims, self-determination is an important step towards achieving a stable life.

Community Involvement:

  • Practicum at Lipton Early Intervention Program
  • Vital Impact Chaplain
  • Member at La Iglesia de Dios Inc. District C in Fitchburg, MA (church)
  • Member of the Youth Committee at church. I am the State Secretary of the Youth in La Iglesia de Dios Inc. District C. ( 17 churches across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut).

Hobbies: Reading Novels/Romantic Novels. Watching soap operas (tv novelas).

Professional Organizations:

  • The Fitchburg State University Chapter of Psi Chi –  Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology

Wish list for SAC:

“More funding and more services to male victims of domestic violence. . .have our own domestic violence shelter, and bring back the substance abuse programs that the SAC once was involved with. . .I love how family oriented we are. We, as an organization, embody the Hispanic Culture when it comes to feeling like we are all a family. Its great knowing that we support one another. . . I see that the SAC can minimize the language barriers one step at a time, by helping clients feel comfortable in their own community.”

(cab 10/14)

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Susan O’Brien

Grants and Program Planner

Susan O’Brien worked for MOC for 22 years as Director of the ProHealth Division (now Nutrition and Wellness). When she retired in 2007, she made real her desire to get involved with the Spanish American Center. She has been writing grants and helping in other administrative capacities since the Fall of 2007. She loves being at the Center and helping promote the mission of the organization. She also gets lots of help in her attempts to become fluent in Spanish. Being mostly retired, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, traveling to California and Mexico and spending time with friends and loved ones.

How to contact: Call the Center at 978-534-3145 and leave a message with the Executive Director, or e-mail Susan directly at her Spanish American Center account:

eMail via web site

(cab 10/14)

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Nicolas Formaggia, JD
NicF SAC

Domestic Violence Advocate/Generalist

Years employed at SAC: 9,Days In Office -As scheduled by director.

Phone: 978-534-3145 ext  119

eMail via web site

Education/Certification:

Massachusetts School of Law, JD

Fitchburg State University, BS – Sociology

BI Facilitator – Holy Family Hospital

Spanish-English Interpreter – AHEC, Worcester

Mediator, CAC Worcester

Notary Public / Justice of the Peace – Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Advanced VITA/Tax Preparation – US Internal Revenue Service

Interests and Goals for Clients: Interested in assisting clients in the achievement of their full potentially elimination of barriers hat prevent them from succeeding.

Community Involvement: WhiteRibbon Day Ambassador;  Twin Cities  CDC Board of Directors, 2009-2012

Awards Received – YWCA Great Guys award, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation- Language Services Quality Improvement Award

Hobbies: Playing Sax (badly), hiking (slowly)

Professional Organizations: National Notary Association, Massachusetts Bar Association.

What I Love About My Job/Community:   Our community is like a large family.

What Impact I See For The SAC in Enhancing Hispanic Culture/Civic Engagement/Quality of Life in Leominster:  “The Hispanic community faces challenges that can be divided between chronic and circumstantial. Chronic challenges like language barriers and immigration status require both to actively address them by providing services and opportunities to clients that ameliorate the situation, while at the same time impose on SAC the the commitment to advocate for change.These are conditions that involve long term work. Circumstantial challenges require a more flexible approach and need to be addressed according to the specific situation. A clear example of this was the Center’s response to local housing collapse and efforts to address predatory lending practices. The Center responded by setting up legal aid, pre-foreclosure education, loan modification alternative housing search, etc. The SAC remains a dynamic organization that works proactively to address chronic issues that affect the community as well as those that develop contemporaneously.”

 


Maria Pernerewski – Teacher/Coordinator ESL Program, Saturday Mornings

eMail Maria via web site

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Andy Mercik, Finance Manager,  ext  121

eMail Andy via web site


The Board and Staff of the Leominster Spanish American Center will be dedicating a memorial tree and garden bench in Enoelia’s memory on the grounds of the Spanish American Center, 112 Spruce Street, Leominster on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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