MEET THE TEAM

Current Staff

Jackie Larson

Executive Director/

Chief Executive Officer

Abraham Hernandez

Chief Communications Officer

Sherry Almquist

LITC Program Director

Delmy Chang de Trujillo

Community Resources Director

Gerardo Fong

Health Promotion Department Director

Benjamin Bush

Chief Innovations Officer

Geraldine Cole

LITC Coordinator

Leslie Perez

Health Educator

George Correa

Health Educator/

Community Health worker

Rosie Gonzalez

Community Health Worker

Sueyzen Fong

Health Educator

Mariah Tuttle

Health Educator

Wendy Cabral

Workforce Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

Paul H. Thompson

Paul H. Thompson served as president of Weber State University from 1990 to 2002. Paul has been a member of the Centro Hispano Board of Trustees since 2016. He is active in other community organizations including the boards of The Refuge and Utah Valley University. Paul has also been working to increase the availability of affordable housing in Utah County. He served on the faculty of BYU for 17 years and was the president of Weber State University for 12 years.


Junior Clark

Junior is the VP of Strategy and Product at LeaderFactor, a global assessment and training company that works with organizations to measure and improve psychological safety.


He leads the team that has built LeaderFactor.app which is now used globally by dozens of the Fortune 1000 including Amazon, Meta, Google, Nestle, VMware, Coca-Cola, and The World Bank. He believes in the creative and destructive powers of technology and is devoted to the institutional mission to "Influence the world for good at scale."


Junior holds a BS in Management Strategy from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business where he served as program president. He has lived in England, the United States, Ecuador, and currently lives in Utah with his wife and two daughters.



Gabe Villamizar

Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah (Silicon Slopes) Gabe Villamizar is currently the Director of Marketing at Lucid Software (makers of Lucidchart & Lucidspark), the visual collaboration platform with over 40 million individual customers/users in 180 countries. Gabe has been recognized as a marketing and sales thought leader by LinkedIn, Forbes, Forrester, and Salesforce.


Gabriel Villamizar's LinkedIn Learning courses (Social Selling with LinkedIn, Social Media SEO, and Social Selling with Twitter) have been viewed by 100,000+ sales and marketing professionals worldwide. Whenever Gabe isn't tweeting (@GabeVillamizar), he's most likely spending time with his fam, making arepas, flying his drone, or cooking on his Traeger grill.


Geidy Achecar Hatch

Geidy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah in 2003. She received her Juris Doctorate from J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU in 2014. Geidy has worked in Family, Personal Injury, and Immigration Law and now focuses on immigration law at her own solo practice helping clients all over the United States. Geidy grew up in the Bronx in New York City where her family immigrated when she was a child and she speaks fluent Spanish. Her upbringing and culture have contributed to her passion for serving the Latino community. Geidy served as the Co-executive director of the Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she worked as a legal fellow for Senator Luz Robles of the Utah State Senate, and she served as a Truancy Court Judge in the Nebo School District for four years. Geidy remains dedicated to the cause of diversity and inclusivity , currently, she serves on the board of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion as co-chair of the PLEDGE committee, and she is one of nine members of the newly appointed board for the Conviction Integrity Unit.


Claudia Barillas

Claudia grew up in Los Angeles, CA after her family emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico. She is a first generation college graduate from Cal State LA with a BA in Social Work with an emphasis in child abuse and family violence. Claudia has worked in a variety of settings within the social work field over the years and currently leads the Student and Family Advocates in the Provo City School District, a sub-department of Student Services which focuses on working with migrant, refugee, immigrant and at-risk youth and families.


Claudia is also the director of Ella Rises, a non profit organization that supports young Latinas by providing enriching opportunities in the areas of Art, Music, STEM and Mental Health with a strong focus on cultural reconnection. She loves to dedicate her time and energy to folkloric dance, camping and spending time with her husband and two kids.


John Woolley

John Woolley, a native of Utah, is currently the Western Region President of VillageMD a healthcare services company. His prior experiences include CEO of Hatfield Medical Group, a board member at Eastern Airlines, SVP of Growth at Oak Street Health (NYSE: OSH), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Boston Consulting Group. He also worked for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Chicagoland area working with the Spanish speaking population.


John received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford. He is married, has three wonderful children and loves living in Utah by the mountains.