Board of Directors 2022-2023
This organization is organized exclusively for charitable purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Therefore, no money raised or earned by the Grupo Cultural Latinos En Rochester, Inc may be distributed to its members or officers except for reasonable compensation for services rendered or to make payments in the furtherance of the purpose of the organization.
Carlos Chediak, a graduate of Miami Dade College Associates of Arts in Business administration, Certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids, and Strong Nation. Serves as Senior Program Specialist, Zumba, fitness and choreographer instructor for Luis S. Wolf JCC of Greater Rochester, CEO and Founder of Modern Watertown LLC, and Artistic Director Of Grupo Cultural Latinos en Rochester.
Born in La Habana, Cuba, and raised in Cuenca, Spain with more than 16 years in the show business world. Ever since I was a child I had a passion for the Arts, music, and entertainment. My artistic career started as an artistic director and producer assistant in 2006 for Miami Globo Theater. Since 2018 Carlos has been an instructor for Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids, and Strong Nation for the YMCA and JCC in northern NY and Rochester. Carlos of Latinx identity loves to help the community in preserving, protecting, promoting, and honoring Hispanic culture.
Carlos is a proud husband and mentor to others. His new dedication to the organizations she serves has not only inspired his audience but has managed to help create an awareness of Latin American culture while integrating the culture and diversity of others.
Pilar is a Chilean-American born in Michigan who grew up in Chile, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Agronomy Engineering. She moved to Rochester in 2015 to complete her graduate studies at the University of Rochester where she received her Master of Science in Finance from Simon Business School. She also has a Global MBA from the Universidad de Chile. Pilar has 13 years of experience in Supply Chain and Planning and has worked in North and South America, with partners and customers all over the world, including North, Central, and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Pilar has volunteered throughout the years with several organizations. She has been a volunteer with Gcler for about 2 years and has supported the organization and implementation of several events during this time. She has also volunteered with the Rochester Humane Society – Lollypop Farm, providing love and care for dogs, and Foodlink Foodbank in Rochester. She currently volunteers with the University of Rochester Alumni Association leading the Chile Alumni Network. Pilar also is a member of the DE&I Committee at the Rochester Women’s Network (non-profit).
Pilar is a Voice-Over artist, a Dog-Lover, and enjoys crafts such as needle felting, reading, writing, and learning new skills. She is also a dancer and singer with the Mexican culture group “Alma de Mexico”. She is an avid world traveler and is always curious and eager to visit new places and learn about different cultures, food, and history.
Henry Ignacio Padrón-Morales
Henry brings years of experience to our board. He is a kindergarten teacher in the Rochester City School District in the Dual Language program at James PB Duffy School 12.
His board experiences include:
- Genesee Ecumenical Ministries
- Spanish Action Coalition
- Puerto Rican Festival Inc.
- National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights
- Young Audiences
- Action for A Better Community
He is a founding member of:
- Spanish Action Coalition
- Salmorejo Poetry and Percussion Ensemble
- Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center
- National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights
- Borinquen Dance
- Rochester Latino Theatre Company
Henry participates in a broad range of activist, artistic, and intellectual pursuits. He is a published author whose work is archived in the Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies. He teaches and is involved at Writers and Books. He has written, collaborated, and been published in poetry anthologies, academic subject matter focusing in early childhood education, and linguistic research.
I look forward to joining this amazing board and establishing the Centro Cultural Latino in our region as a source for the entire community to learn and grow.
Natalia is an Afro-Dominican who grew up on Long Island. Much of her childhood was spent around Latin culture, as her family was heavily involved in Latin film, entertainment and music industries. Being a 2nd generation American, she holds close family roots to the Dominican Republic and enjoys celebrating her heritage with family and community members. She moved to Rochester, NY in the summer of 2021 and felt like home when joining this organization. She resides in the South Wedge accompanied by her 3-year-old child, husband, and their Australian Cattle dog.
Natalia enjoys staying active in her community through volunteering. She has a developing background in marketing and communication. She formerly interned for PromGirl as their Social Media Manager. During her time at PromGirl she worked on launching successful global marketing campaigns and strategies for millions of viewers.
Natalia was also Miss Teen New York USA in 2016. She learned valuable skills in nonprofit work, volunteering, and marketing during her time representing New York. Additionally Natalia has been on both sides of the camera, featured in campaigns for Morphe, Aetna, Scholastic; as well as assisting in outreach and casting for large productions in the Latin music and film markets. In her free time, she is a photographer who loves creating art, inspired by social good and bringing visibility to LGBTQ+ identities. She currently works as a Tele-banker ESL Federal Credit Union. She has volunteered for several organizations and places including, Best Buddies, UNICEF, Smile Train, children’s hospitals, Relay for Life, as well as others where she hopes to continue growing and helping people in her community and beyond. Natalia believes wholeheartedly that GCLER is the next step in her journey to foster change and couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the board.
Founder & Treasurer
Evelyn D’Agostino is the Founder & Treasurer of Grupo Cultural Latinos En Rochester. She was born in Panama in the town of Arraiján. In 2006 Evelyn brought her drive and Passion to Western New York.
A graduate of the Catholic University Santa Maria La Antigua of Panama; Evelyn serves as one of the Xerox Corporation International Logistics Analysts for Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, she is a board member of HAPA (Hispanic association for professional advancement) at Xerox in the Rochester Chapter.
She has held many board positions with well-established and accomplished organizations such as UNICEF as a member of the Advisory Board, Amnesty International, Rochester La Voz News Paper, and The Memorial Art Gallery Latino and Hispanic Family Day Planning Committee. Ms. D’Agostino is a proud mother of two children, a wife, and she is often seen as a mentor to others. Her dedication to the organizations she serves has not only inspired her audience but has managed to help create an awareness of Latin Americann folklore while integrating the culture and diversity of others.
I have seen how the beauty of art and dance help our community with a renewed spirit of hope, better able to handle the problems they face and bring families together.
Erica Alma Carreras founder member of Grupo Cultural Latinos En Rochester, Inc, originally from Rochester NY and proud of her “nuyorican” identity. Motherhood has been her greatest challenge and greatest blessing, she is a stay at home mom of four. Together with her husband Joel, who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, strive to keep those cultures relevant in their children’s lives.
Paola is a Puerto Rican born “nuyorican” who grew up on the shores of Long Island and moved to Rochester for school. From participating in a multitude of Latinx parades and events, volunteering and the arts have always been a huge part of her life. During her time at RIT she was part of a multitude of programs and groups including the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the RIT Orchestra. After graduating with a Bachelor in Exhibition Design and Management from the Institute of Technology she works full-time at SPOON, an exhibition, and events company. When she is not planning events you can find her playing violin, sewing or crafting with her fiance and dog.