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Board Officers

Guillermo Gomez, Chair

Banker, Regional President-Commercial Banking, Florida market

Woodforest National Bank

I support HUF because: I can't think of anything more powerful than helping people to realize their full potential.

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Charles Tatelbaum, Chair-Elect


Tripp Scott

I support HUF because: I am involved with Hispanic Unity because of its mission and commitment to the community to provide education and support services (without charge) to those residents who strive to reach the American Dream. As a son of parents who came to this country seeking to reach that goal, their success was based in part on those that were willing to help them in their new home. Hispanic Unity continues the century old tradition of helping others reach and exceed their aspirations for themselves and their families. 

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Melida Akiti, Secretary

Vice President

Memorial Healthcare System

I support HUF because: “I take passion in serving my community. I strongly believe in giving back as part of our mission in life.”

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Jorge González, Treasurer

Community Volunteer

I support HUF because: As an immigrant myself, I can readily identify with and feel strongly about HUF’s mission.

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Steve Sampier, Past-Chair

I am involved with Hispanic Unity because: it allows me to work with some of the most dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners in all of South Florida to make a real difference.

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Board Members

Dr. Rolando García

President of South Campus and the Partnership Centers

Broward College

I support HUF because:…working together and empowering our community we can change lives for the better and make a positive impact on the world. Being a child of immigrants, I want to help and guide those walking a similar path in adjusting to a new life in a new country.


Dan Herz

DFH Business Consultants Inc.

Private Hard Money Lender

I support HUF because: I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in America and feel all immigrants should have the same opportunities to work hard and prosper that I have had.

Malena Dorn

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

I support HUF because:…of the incredibly rewarding feeling it gives me to know that I made a difference in someone’s life, or assisted in making a change for the good in the community …

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John Guerrero

VP & COO Dealership Operations

JM Family Enterprise, Inc.

I support HUF because of the wonderful work that Hispanic Unity does in our community.  I know from personal experiences how hard it is to immigrate to a new country, with a new language, culture, environment, etc.  Helping these folks get on their feet and helping them move forward is an incredible thing.

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Hector M. Lima

Vice President – Worldwide Professional Services 

Citrix Systems, Inc.

I support HUF because: I believe in the value of empowerment. What sets HUF apart is we train and enable new Americans to succeed independently.

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Rolando J. Mora

Senior Manager, FEDTAX


I support HUF because: I honestly believe that our mission is one which deserves much more attention in our community and is extremely close to my heart. My family would have never survived when arriving from Cuba without organizations like HUF.

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Christina Paradowski


Tripp Scott P.A.

I support Hispanic Unity because: "I want to pay it forward. Uprooting and moving your family is a challenge all on its own, but when it involves moving to a new country with a different language and an unfamiliar way of life, it can be completely overwhelming. Hispanic Unity provides a built-in community to help our neighbors acclimate to their new lives and learn to navigate through everyday situations we take for granted. This way, they will be fully equipped to fulfill their potential as civically, socially, and professionally engaged members of our community. And one day, they, too, will pay it forward."

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Emma Pfister

Tax Partner

Templeton & Company, LLP

I support HUF because: I am involved with Hispanic Unity because I believe that the mission of empowering immigrants to become self-sustaining individuals in American society by giving them the tools to help themselves is key. As a child of immigrants who grew up in this country, this is very close to my heart.

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Al Quintana

Broadcast & Brand Marketing


I support and am actively involved with Hispanic Unity because I have a great deal of admiration for immigrants who come to the United States and are willing to work hard to create a better life for themselves and their families.

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Lucia Rodriguez

Sr. Director, Multicultural Marketing


I support HUF because...As an immigrant, I know the level of courage and perseverance that is needed to successfully navigate the journey towards achieving the American dream. I also know how critical it is to have the right support and guidance along the way. I want to give back to that same community that has supported and guided me in my own journey. I feel passionate about the mission of the organization and truly treasure this opportunity to serve.

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Legal Counsel

Catalina Avalos

Legal Counsel

Tripp Scott, P.A.

Board Member Emeritus

Catalina Avalos

Rae Chorowski

Jorge DeApodaca

Daniel Schevis

Juan Carlos Arias

Nydia Menéndez



Menéndez Law Firm

I support HUF because: I love what HUF does and how HUF does it.

María Elena Ferrer

Yvonne Lopez

Manny Baerga, Founder

Rosie Puello Burkman

Pembroke Pines Commisioner Angelo Castillo

Carlos García

Hyram Montero, P.A.

Arnold Nazur, CPA, CFE

Dr. Maritza Paz

Andrés Pintaluga

J. E. Piriz

Marta Prado, R.N.

María Sanjuan

Diana Wasserman-Rubin, Founder

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.