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The Board of Directors of the Latino Center on Aging is comprised of outstanding community leaders.

  • Doris Colón*, LMSW, Retired
  • Jean Fuentes, SVP for Human Resources, Fox Television Stations
  • Carrie Matos*, Public Relations Consultant
  • Rafael Piroman, TV Anchorman, WNET-Ch 13
  • Adriene Rosell*, VP of Operations, Elizabeth Seton Children's Center
  • Carmen Delia Sánchez, DSW, Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico (Retired)

*Board Officers


Our South Florida Advisory Board is composed of experts in the field of aging from Broward and Miami-Dade area (In Formation).

  • Dr. Amarilis Acevedo
  • Brenda Centeno
  • Thayra Hausheer
  • Mauro Hernández Sr.
  • María Hidalgo
  • Gabriela Macoto
  • Christina Milan
  • Gloria Orlandi
  • Dr. Dolores Perdomo
  • Mayra Poldo
  • Lymari Rivera
  • Marcia Sapoznik


Our National Board of Advisors is composed of experts in the field of aging from diverse ethnic backgrounds from all regions of the country.

  • Steven Applewhite, DSW, Houston, TX
  • Lourdes Birba, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bethsaida Colón, San Juan, PR
  • José Cuellar, Ph.D., San Francisco, CA
  • Rita DiMartino, New York, NY
  • Rebekah García, New York, NY
  • Celina Gómez, MD, Monterrey-México
  • María Hidalgo, Miami, FL
  • Rafael Lantigua, MD, New York, NY
  • Carmenza Millán, Chicago, IL
  • Félix Nallim, Mendoza, ARG
  • Fernando Pérez, New York, NY
  • Miriam Torres, DSW, Cupey, PR


Mario E. Tapia

Mr. Mario E. Tapia is the founder of the Latino Center on Aging. Mr. Tapia has worked for over thirty years in various aspects regarding the planning and delivery of services to older Americans at the federal, state and local levels.

His first position with the elderly was as Planner/Coordinator for the Somerset County Office on Aging, Somerville, NJ in 1977. Since then he has demonstrated much dedication and commitment to developing and improving access to services for older adults, making a particular effort on behalf of the less fortunate, the frail and the minority older persons.

Mr. Tapia has lectured at numerous colleges, universities and national conventions throughout the United States, as well as abroad. His expertise has been sought by the New York State Office for the Aging and the New Jersey Division on Aging, who both nominated him as a member of their respective state committees preparing for the 1981, the 1995 and the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Mr. Tapia is or has been an active member of the following organizations or groups:

  • Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), National Advisory Board Member
  • Chilean Civic Center - USA, President
  • NYS Mature Worker Task Force, Member
  • NYS Senate Committee on Aging, Advisory Committee Member
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition-NY Chapter, Steering Committee Member

Mr. Tapia received his degree as "Licenciado en Filosofía y Educación" (e.g., Masters in Arts) from the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, is listed in Who's Who Among Hispanic-Americans', since the 1991-92 edition.

WPIX-Ch 11, NY, designated him "Unsung Heroe" on October 2002.

Mr. Tapia received the NY Post Liberty Medal of Freedom at Gracie Mansion, NYC, on October, 2003.

In 1995 Mr. Tapia was declared "Illustrious Son" by his hometown, San Felipe-Chile.


LCA is ever thankful of individuals whom with their tireless efforts have made possible the successful completion of our various tasks: Elena Borda - Elizabeth Borda - Norma Helvestine - Consuelo Mora - Mercedes Ortíz - Duda Penteado - Bianca Sarmiento - Lilian Sepúlveda - Iris Sierra and Rosa Valenzuela.


LCA receives its support from foundations, corporations, labor unions, community groups and individuals committed to the betterment of the lives of Latino elderly, recognizing the numerous contributions they have made to our society.

LATINO CENTER ON AGING - PO Box 800842, Miami, FL 33280 - (305) 647-1150