Artistic Director

Shirley Bittlingmaier, Artistic Director

Shirley Bittlingmaier is from Sincelejo, Colombia. At the age of five, Shirley began her interest in dance and poetry. Shirley’s mother supported her in her pursuit to become an artist.

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Board of Directors 2018-2020

Indira Danner, President

Henry Ignacio Padrón-Morales, Vice-President

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.

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Erica Carreras, Secretary

Evelyn D’Agostino, 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.

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Jazmin Ruiz,  Director of Programs

Jazmin is a Toxicologist at Xerox.  She moved from Houston to Rochester, NY in 2016.

Explaining where she is from is not a simple answer because she comes from a military family. She was born in Germany, grew up in Texas, and her family is from Colon, Panama.

Jazmin is dedicated to giving back to the community no matter where she lives.  She currently volunteers for various local organizations around the city including the YWCA, Xerox Science Consultant Program, the City of Rochester’s Pillars of Hope, and the Rochester Latino Rotary Club.   Jazmin joined the GCLER board in 2018.

Jazmin holds a doctorate degree in Environmental Toxicology and a Masters in Public Health.

Committees 2018-2020

Juddy Gomez, Fundraiser Coordinator

Larissa Rosario & Melissa Bailey, Creative Coordinators

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