About Us

Jesús Rosa

Chairman of the Board

Jesús Rosa is a 1989 graduate of Boston College with a degree in Economics. He has experience working with businesses in the non-profit and for profit arena, in the public and private sector and as an entrepreneur. He has experience in community organizing and working with Chambers of Commerce. He currently holds a Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers license and is employed by UPS as an Enterprise Accounts Account Executive. He is married to Tracy and they are the proud parents of two young boys. 

Sylvia Ruiz

Member of the Board

Sylvia Ruiz is an independent insurance broker with Group Health Specialists, a  Broker/Consulting firm which works exclusively with small business and individuals, providing professional and expert advice in choosing a group health insurance plan.  As a member of the Group Health Specialists’ team, Sylvia was trained to handle the administration of the day-to-day aspects of group health insurance; ranging from billing issues to additions and deletions of employees.  She serves as a liaison between the plans’ participants and the insurance companies at all times.
 
Sylvia is fluent in Spanish and has knowledge of Portuguese.  Sylvia is a Certified Medical Interpreter by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  She has volunteered her time at various not-for-profits, community-based organizations including Open Door Free Medical Clinic and Framingham Adult ESL Plus.
 
Prior to joining, Group Health Specialist, Sylvia worked as a Legal Assistant for Shapiro & Kreisman; a Framingham-based law firm who represents institutional lenders in foreclosures, bankruptcies and evictions. 
 
Sylvia became a Member of the Board of the Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce and joined the Event Committee, where she works on securing new events for the HACC. 

Ramona Salas

Treasurer

As an Administrator and Manager of the City of Boston’s Compensation Plans, she is responsible for the development, analyzing and recommending reconsideration of existing positions, classes and pay grades and establishing new job classifications.  Assist in the development and administration of Human Resource policies and procedures ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws, rules and regulations and City of Boston Ordinances.  Hire, train, manage, evaluate and motivate staff.
Evaluates staffing requirements and recommend staffing levels to department heads.   Manage departmental fiscal accountability in conjunction with the City Budget Director and Auditor to ensure proper departmental staffing levels are maintained.  Implemented and manages the city’s Career Center by becoming the city’s expert on their Recruiting Center.
Assists in in-service training programs to Personnel Officers, in the implementation of City policy and procedures and State and Federal mandates, including Performance Review Management,  Zero Tolerance for Violence, EEO and Anti-Harassment, FLSA, and American with Disabilities Act.
Represents the City as subject matter expert at union contract grievances, hearings and arbitrations regarding identification and problem resolution relative to classification and compensation issues.
Member of the Comite Cultural Borinqueno de Massachusetts, Board of Directors. Orchestrated, developed and implemented a 501©3 non-profit that concentrates on keeping our Hispanic youth in school with incentives of scholarships for continuing education.
2005 to Present-Vice Chair, Board of Directors, City of Boston Credit Union with 18,700Members and 284 million in Deposits
Past Co-Chair,  School Site Board, West Roxbury Urban Science Academy, Co-Chair.  Reviewed and approved school budget focusing on recruiting and retaining the most qualified educational workforce.
YMCA’s Training Inc. Program Volunteer liaison on ESL, Job Skills Development, Resume Writing, Interview Skills Enhancement and Dress for Success.
Ms. Salas Received her Master of Education in Management  fromCambridge College. She is a long time resident of Hyde Park.

Miryam Cissero

Member of the Board

Originally from South America, Miryam brings unparalleled energy and enthusiasm as well as experience and leadership to the Board.
She started as an Immigration Specialist for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later worked for the U.S. Federal Government until 2007.  During law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Moriarty  at Suffolk Probate and Family Court and was selcted by the U.S. Department of Commerce to capture partnership alliances and later oversee and direct the population statistical data in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Malden.
Miryam believes in empowering small business, communities, and the immgirant sector, though education, communication, awareness, and motivation.  She is an active volunteer at the Boston Bar Volunteer Lawyer Project, Centro Latino, and serves a Board member at East Boston’s non-profit NOAH.
Miryam holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Boston University and is a licensed Attorney in Boston. She serves as Of Counsel to two law firms in Boston and also has offices located in East Boston, Revere, and Brighton. Her practice entails licensing, business law, and real estate law for a variety of clients located primarily in the East Boston, Revere, Lawrence, and Lynn areas. Her hobbie is real estate investment.
 

Saritin Rizzuto

Member of the Board

Saritin works at Metro Credit Union as a Community Relations & Business Development Officer. She began a distinguished career in the nonprofit sector over twenty years ago working as a peer leader for the public health department, with a goal of going into communities with at-risk youth to educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Since those early days, Saritin has been “doing for others” in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others: as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence.
 
Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a community leader. She is a board member of the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and has successfully organized Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
 
Saritin was nominated by Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash and Stop and Compare Supermarkets, a neighborhood supermarket chain serving the Hispanic and ethnic populations of Boston and Providence, for her tireless dedication to community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.
 
She has also been  recognized as a “community social capitalist” by Social Capital, Inc. (SCI), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on building community thought civic engagement and partnership. Saritin was one of six recipients of the award presented at the annual SCI Social Capitalist Lunch in April.

Juan A. Gomez

Member of the Board

Mr. Gomez is President & CEO of Worcester County’s largest Latino non-profit agency with an annual budget of almost $ 3.1 Million and 43 employees.  Centro’s mission is “To Serve, Empower & Advocate for the greater Worcester Community”.  Among some of the most popular programs and services offered at CLA are our emergency food pantry, our Latino Elder Program, and our annual Latin American Festival.  In addition to his roll at CLA, this spring, Mr. Gomez joined Becker College in Worcester MA as an Adjunct Professor, teaching intercultural communication.
 
Mr. Gomez became Centro Las Americas’ Executive Director in March of 2007 after serving in a number of rolls on the Board of Directors.  He has an AA in Business Management from Quinsigamond Community College, a BA in Business Administration from Assumption College, a Graduate Certificate in Human Service Management from Clark University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Clark University.  Mr. Gomez served 4 & ½ years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from which he was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
 
He has served on the board of, and helped establish numerous civic, business and charitable organizations in Worcester and throughout MA.  He is member of the MA Council of Human Service Providers, past President of the Board of Directors of the Latino Business Association of Worcester County, a member of the World Affairs Council, Worcester Chapter, Worcester Rotary Club, and the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of MA.  He served 5 ½ years on the Worcester City Council and as its Vice Chairman from January 2004 to January 2006.
 
Among his awards, he has received recognition by the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund for his work in community service while at Assumption College, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship award for public service while at QCC, the Greater Worcester Jay Cees Outstanding Young Leader Award in 1994, and most recently (May 2005) the Outstanding Dominican American Citizen award presented by the President of the Dominican Republic in a gala dinner at the Dominican Embassy in Washington, DC.  The latest award was presented as a result of his work as an elected official and for helping organize the New England response to the Jimany tragedy which occurred in 2004 in Jimany-Dominican Republic.  Also in 2004 Professor Jeffrey Gerson and Dr. Karol Hardy-Fanta published “Latino Politics in Massachusetts”, a recount of the political gains of Latinos across the Commonwealth.  Mr. Gomez is the author of the chapter on Worcester.   
 
Juan is the proud father of two sons, Juan Eric Gomez, 25, is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College, and holds a BS in Psychology from Anna Maria College, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology; and James Andre Gomez, 21, who is a Junior at Anna Maria College.  Juan was born in Santurce Puerto Rico of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, and has lived in Worcester 34 years.
 

Among his interests, Juan enjoys music and dancing, current affairs, enjoying Sunday dinners with his sons, and golf.