MADISON —The board of directors for Centro Hispano of Dane County held elections on Thursday, Jan. 3, to elect officers for their executive board. Gloria Reyes was elected president of the board of directors and will succeed Brenda Gonzalez, who brought exemplary leadership and dedication to the agency the past two years. Also, in the board of directors vote, A. David Dahmer was elected vice president, Andrea Ramirez was elected treasurer, and Sujhey Beisser was elected secretary.
Centro Hispano of Dane County works to improve the quality of life for Latinos and others living in Dane County by empowering youth, strengthening families, and engaging the community. Currently, its largest program area is academic support and youth development work with Latino youth. Centro Hispano’s goal is to see Latino youth prepared to succeed in life by finishing high school, being prepared for post-secondary education, and engaging positively in their communities.
Gloria Reyes is a detective for the special investigations unit for the Madison Police Department. She is president of the Dane co-chapter of Latino Peace Officers Association, a UW-Madison graduate and former Centro Hispano scholarship winner.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as president of Centro Hispano Board of Directors,” Reyes says. “This is an opportunity to give back to a community that once helped me and it is an opportunity to lead, empower, and give voice to our Latino community. I am looking forward to working with our wonderful staff, leaders, and community in collaboration on what we are all trying to achieve and that is to improve the quality of life for our families and youth in Dane County.”
About the executive officers:
A. David Dahmer has been Editor in Chief of the Madison Times Weekly Newspaper for seven and a half years. For over a decade, he has been heavily involved in Madison’s minority communities — specifically the Latino community. He is the 2010 NAACP Unsung Hero Service Award winner for leadership efforts in advancing the mission and goals of the NAACP and untiring service to the community and is the 2007 Waterbearer Award winner for outstanding contributions to the community. He has been a Centro board member since 2010 and executive board member since 2011.
Andrea Ramirez is a graduate of Binghamton University with a degree in Financial Economics. She worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City as part of the Transfer Pricing practice providing economic consulting services to multinationals. During her time at PwC she was also part of the global markets team for PwC's Advisory business. More recently, Ramirez worked in El Salvador and Costa Rica as a Kiva Fellow, working with Kiva's partners rolling out training programs, assisting in the design of new policies, among other projects. During that time she also had the opportunity to meet many borrowers in the field, learn about their businesses and the impact that micro-finance has had in their lives.
Sujhey Beisser was born and raised in Venezuela. She graduated from Instituto Universitario Santa Maria in 1998 with a degree in General Administration and moved to Madison in 2001. She has worked at Park Bank since 2002 where she is currently an assistant branch manager. She has been a Centro Hispano board member since 2008 and an executive board member since 2010. She is an active volunteer with the Junior Achievement program at Horizon Elementary School in Sun Prairie — teaching 2nd graders about our community.