Board

Board of Directors
2016-2017
(As of the Annual Meeting of the
membership on May 11, 2016)

 

Lorenzo Ariza Salsa A La Salsa Restaurant
Maria Boyle J & B Group
Susana de Leon De Leon and Nestor LLP
Thomas Pantalion U.S. Bank
Norma Garces El Colegio Charter School
Uri Camarena MEDA
Andre Goodlet Hormel Foods
Juan Cervantes State Farm Insurance
Rose Lindsay City of Minneapolis- Community Planning and Economic Development
Iris Ramos The Law Office of Iris Ramos
Christopher Romano Thrivent Financial Services

 

Lorenzo Ariza – Board Member
Lorenzo has served on the LEDC board for 3 years, and has previously been chairman of the finance committee for
the past two years. Lorenzo learned about LEDC while working as a cook at a restaurant. He received technical assistance from the organization to create his own business. Today, Lorenzo owns two restaurants. He credits LEDC for having supported him in order to successfully open and operate his restaurants.

María Mejía de Boyle – Vice Chair
Maria Isabel Mejia de Boyle is originally from Toluca, Mexico. As a Human Resources Consultant for J&B Group, Maria provides Human Resources services and trainings to all associates. Before joining J&B Group, Maria functioned as a human resources generalist/training consultant, at Employers Association Inc., where she developed, and delivered trainings in leadership, diversity, safety and harassment.

Susana De Leon – Board Member
Susana De Leon is co-owner of De Leon and Nestor LLP, a law firm based in south Minneapolis. Susana is an attorney who has been deeply involved with her community by supporting and directing social justice initiatives. Her passion is to mobilize communities in the Twin Cities and greater MN in support of immigration reform. She served on the board of directors for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and the Legal Rights Center. She founded and currently directs the Aztec dancing group Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue, where she has been teaching new generations on such artistic expression.

Norma Garces – Board Member
Norma Garces is the current executive director of El Colegio in Minneapolis. She is a talented bilingual/bicultural educator and accomplished leader with a long history of working with immigrant youth, youth of color and their families that goes back over 18 years. She worked at Hennepin County for many years, and the Minneapolis Public Schools in various capacities, and she is a former Executive Director of La Escuelita. Norma has a passion for increasing the academic achievement of all youth in Minneapolis.

Uri Camarena – Secretary
Uri Camarena, a native from Mexico, came to the Twin Cities after graduating from high school in Guadalajara, Mexico. Uri received a BS from the University of Minnesota followed by an MBA from the University of Saint Mary’s MN. Uri has 30 years of UPS diversified corporate experience with a strong background in operations, communications and public relations. Currently, Mr. Camarena is working as a Business Consultant for the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) a non-profit organization where Mr. Camarena has served seven years and has been able to help other entrepreneurs.

Andre Goodlett – Board Member
Andre Goodlett is a graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, NC with a degree in Sociology. He joined Hormel with over 25 years of HR experience. For the past 14 years, Andre’s primary focus has been within corporate diversity and inclusion while working for Cummins, Inc., The Hershey Company and Kellogg Company. Andre’s primary mission is to prepare Hormel culture for increasingly more diverse marketplace and position itself for success in the 21st century. His desire is to make the Austin, MN area a more vibrant community through the creation of a viable minority middle class.

Rose Lindsay – Co Chair
Rose is a Business Partner of Latino Communications Network (LCN Media). She graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota, and earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. Rose helped launched Latino Communications Network Media in 2000 and was the original publisher of Vida y Sabor magazine, and its corresponding website.  While working at LCN, Rose helped grow the company from $60,000 to $1 million in annual sales. She is currently Marketing Specialist at City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Iris Ramos- Board Member
Iris earned her B.A. and J.D. at the University of Minnesota. Coming to this country as a child with her family, without knowing English, she was able to continue her studies in order to serve the needs of the increasing Latino community in the Twin Cities. In 2012, Iris started her own law firm, The Law Office of Iris Ramos, which serves the Latino community in immigration, family and civil litigation. Her community involvement includes: Legal Clinics at the Consulate of Ecuador and LEDC, volunteer attorney at Immigration Law Center and Metropolitan Economic Development Association and additional Pro Bono representation.

Christopher Romano- Treasurer
Christopher Romano is currently the Director of Strategic Operations at Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit, membership-owned financial services organization in Minneapolis. Prior to his tenure at Thrivent, Chris served as the Executive Director of the Riverview Economic Development Association (REDA). He spent time at La Oportunidad, Inc., a Minneapolis-based non-profit that works to support Latino families and youth, he also served for two years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua assisting local small business owners. Chris earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota where he was named a NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs) scholar.