El Concilio Is A Non-Profit, Community-Focused Organization That Seeks To Help Latinx Residents Support Their Families, Contribute To Society And Appreciate Their Cultural Significance In The Region.


To enable and promote the prosperity of the Latinx Community.


A thriving Latinx community, equipped to preserve distinct cultural identities within the broader community.


  • Respect for Human Dignity
  • Service and Leadership
  • Authentic Collaborations
  • Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Respect for Diverse Cultural Traditions
  • Embrace Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Adrian Vazquez

Executive Director

Irving Quintero

Associate Director

Jessica Cortes

Director of Programs cortes@elconciliokzoo.org

Otto "Tito" Asbeury

Academia Azteca Coordinator asbeury@elconciliokzoo.org

Nicholas "Niko" Talamantez

Fund Development & Marketing

Zayra Bujanos

Community Engagement

Irene Bello

Community Health Navigator


AARP Foundation Support Specialist

Celestina Robles

Administrative Coordinator

Martha Herrera

AARP Foundation Support Specialist

Jeff Geromin

Preschool Director

Jocelyn Velasco

Preschool Asst. Teacher

Eva Ramirez

Academia Azteca Coach

Dulce Servin-Torres

Road To Success Coach

Giselle Gutierrez-Monroy

Preschool Teacher Aide

El Concilio has more than 40 years of experience in providing services, programs, advocacy and creating partnerships to support the needs of the Latinx community in the greater Kalamazoo area.As a liaison between potential clients and service agencies, the Council seeks to meet the needs of a special population often hindered by language barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with service agencies and institutions.

Through the programs and services offered, the goal of the Council is to assist Hispanics in attaining self-sufficiency and a higher level of social and economic well-being.  The Council also strives to nourish and encourage the diverse cultural heritage of the Hispanic population.

The Hispanic American Council has been advocating and providing culturally sensitive services for Hispanics since 1981. In the early 1970’s, a group of Hispanics affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church met regularly to recite the rosary and discuss issues affecting the Hispanic community.

When an elected official made a public racial remark this group organized into The Spanish-Speaking Steering Committee to educate the community about Hispanics, their needs, and their contributions to Kalamazoo.  This committee grew into the Hispanic American Council and became a 501(c)3 organization in January 1981.

On November 2nd of 2017, El Concilio became the new official name of the Hispanic American Council – El Concilio will continue serving the Latino community of greater Kalamazoo and partners.


Maria Luisa Diaz

Huntington Bank

Sandra Calderón-Huezo

Vice President
YWCA Kalamazoo

Fidel Salas

EDP Renewables NA, Civil Inspector

Susan Hernandez

Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate

Luis Garcia

Board Member
Business Owner

Angel L Gullon-Rivera, Ph.D

Board Member
Western Michigan University

Phil Cruz

Board Member
Community Member

Diana Hernandez

Board Member
Western Michigan University Retiree

Perla Ascencio

Board Member
Kalamazoo Promise

Mark McKeon

Board Member
Stryker Corporation

Ariel Castillo

Board Member
Miller Davis Construction Corp.

Rachel Viñales

Board Member
Kalamazoo Defenders

Lissette Mira-Amaya

Emeritus Board Member

Bob Ezell

Emeritus Board Member

Roberto Flacheir

Emeritus Board Member

Our Vision

A thriving Latino community, equipped to preserve distinct cultural identities within the broader community.

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