Our new Board President
Sujhey C. Beisser
Originally from Venezuela, Sujhey Beisser is the branch manager of Park Bank, in Sun Prairie. She is also a mother of two and a culinary chef in her spare time. She has had a long history of leadership with Centro Hispano of Dane County since immigrating to the US. "I started on the board in April of 2008. During my first 6 years on the board I served as Treasurer in 2 different terms, 3 years total and Secretary 1 year. I have been member of the Executive Committee during the hiring process of the Executive Director in two opportunities. Member of the membership committee for 5 years, and Chair of scholarship committee for 4 years. I also started the silent auction during the banquet of 2010 (with the help of Brenda Gonzalez and Tania Ibarra!)". Centro is proud to welcome Sujhey as our new Board Chair.
Welcome Maria Alvarez-Stroud!
Three new board members join the Centro Hispano Board of Directors this year including Maria Alvarez-Stroud. Maria has long been involved in the community in several roles. In her role as Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, she created a strategic framework to address broadband as and economic development initiative applying and receiving federal grants totaling over 30 million dollars for this effort.
She is currently the Director of UW-Extension Broadband and E-Commerce Education Center. She has over 25 years of executive experience and will bring a wealth of capacity to the Board in the areas of strategic advancement, fund development and change management.
Youth Programming @ Centro
Latino Youth Summit back at Centro Hispano!
This year’s Latino youth summit shifted locations to Centro Hispano, were 8th grade Latino students listened to a keynote address by UW Professor Carolina Sarmiento and took part in a number of workshops talking about identity, culture, their environment and careers/aspirations. Thank you to MGE for continuing to sponsor the event and continuing to support Centro. We look forward to returning to the UW in 2016!
Escalera High School students start Summer Internship program!
Escalera students started this summer with sessions at Centro and internships at sites across the city including CUNA, the Mayor’s Office, Dane Arts, and four placements at UW-Health. We are exciting to have the energy of the kids in-house this summer and are looking forward to their end of the year project presentation. Welcome youth!
The Gardens at Centro are growing! The ‘fruit’ of the community’s labor is a space where families learn about nutrition, food preservation, and a space that is the seed for discussions around food equity, farming, and broader career paths…We paint our new shed – build by Operation Fresh Start – soon! Stay tuned! And hope you will join us in community.
Wellness Classes continue on Fridays!
Wellness at Centro
Come and move that skeleton! Over the past several months Centro has been hosting zumba and yoga classes. In the upcoming months Centro’s zumba classes will be twice a week… look out for belly dancing and traditional Mexican folkloric dancing in the near future.