Board of Directors

Pedro De Armas

President

Pedro De Armas is originally from Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing / Communications. He owns El Informador Newspaper, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the Lowcountry.

Ignacio Carrillo

Vice President

Ignacio Carrillo is the founder of Cardel Wine Imports & Wholesale, a wine imports company located in Charleston, SC.

Kelley Whitaker

Secretary

Kellye is a successful entrepreneur and business development consultant with 20 years of extensive experience helping small and disadvantaged businesses grow through technical assistance and business development.

Jonathan Gómez

Board member

Charlie O'Brian

Board member

Mr. O’Brien holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Scranton and an MBA from Rider University.

Diana Saillant

Board member

As founder and CEO of Saillant Language Consulting, LLC since 2009, Diana has connected private organizations, social service agencies, schools, and government agencies to Hispanic businesses and the community. Her organization provides certified language translation and interpretation, delivers training to become nationally certified in healthcare Interpreter, and offers Continuing Education courses needed to maintain the national requirements for Medical interpreters.

Nilsy Rapalo

Board member

Author of the book “Spiritual Immigration: A Path of Inspiration and Wellness”. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of personal growth. She is also the wellness director of Circulos de Bienestar, where she offers change and action. She has been awarded as the “employee of the year” by the Mental Health Department in 2007, Woman of the Year in 2015 and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 2016.

Howard Taylor

Board member

Attorney at Law