Board of Directors
The Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County is composed of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and advocates for educational equity in Palm Beach County. The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors made up of diverse volunteers dedicated to HEC’s goals and values.
Dr. Joaquin Garcia has worked for many years to reach out to the Hispanic Community, encouraging civic participation, and the exercise of their voting rights. He is committed to ensuring that decisions that affect the lives of Hispanics are made by leaders who understand the richness they bring to the community and truly represent and understand the needs of Hispanics in Palm Beach County.
In the Business arena, Dr. Garcia is the President of G & G Enterprises of Palm Beach, Real Estate Holding Company and Vice President of El Cid Animal Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Practice for Small Animals.
He is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the “Education Committee”. Being directly involved in the selection and adjudication of “Triunfo” scholarships for excellence; benefitting senior students throughout Palm Beach County. He is a regular speaker on the topic of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases for the Police Department of the City of West Palm Beach in their highly succesful “Prostitution Impact Prevention Program”; Additionally, Dr Garcia has provided leadership to the HIV community by assisting organizations usch as the Comprehensive Aids Program (CAP) and COMPASS.
He is a current member of the Palm Beach Advisory Committee Homeless Resource Center and served as Chairman for “Downtown Helping Hands”, for the betterment of the homeless population of Palm Beach County and a constant volunteer for the Vicker’s House to name a few.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he lived in Spain and Puerto Rico and attended Medical School at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, becoming a medical doctor in 1988. Dr. Garcia currently resides in West Palm Beach.
John Ramoss has enjoyed thirty-five years in government as an urban and regional planner. His experiences have afforded him opportunities to exercise his skills involving Intergovernmental Relations and especially concerning complex intergovernmental web of plans, policies, and regulations. He takes great pride in successfully navigating Federal, State, County, and regional channels toward the betterment of communities. His strongest asset has always been to pull together diverse mixtures of persons and personalities in the drive toward one objective and it is his intention to continue applying these talents to the benefit of the quality of life for the community at large. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
Aimee Cernicharo is a human rights lawyer at St Thomas University Human Rights Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Nova Southeastern University Shephard Broad Law Center. As an undergraduate, she was a a National Hispanic Special Scholar and the recipient of the Dade County Alumni Award. In law school, she received the Minority Participation in Legal Education Scholarship from the State of Florida and was Executive Editor of the Nova Law Review.
Aimee is the 2013 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, First Vice Chair of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Inc. , and a member fo the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Palm Beach County. Aimee was a panelist and facilitator for the Community Chats for Action, an initiative to bring together the West Palm Beach Community for an open discussion on race and ethnicity. She is also a member of the Human Trafficking Coalition of Palm Beach County and a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County.
Carlos F. Diaz is professor Emeritus in The Collage of Education at of education at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to his tenure at FAU, he was a professor of political science/education at Broward College and a middle school social studies/bilingual teacher in the Palm Beach County schools. He has been a co-author or editor of four books as well as written many chapters /articles in other publications. His research and writing has focused on multicultural and global education as well as equity/social justice in education.
Cathy Anaya-Wolf has not only committed herself to helping children and families through her work as the Director of ASPIRA Palm Beach, but is also one of the most active and committed community leaders for the past 21 years. Her philosophy is to use her role as the Director of a social service agency to strengthen and advance the Palm Beach County Hispanic Community and to improve the lives of children and families from all cultural backgrounds. Her community involvement includes hard work with numerous boards and committees.
Presently Mrs. Anaya-Wolf spends many hours volunteering on many Boards throughout Palm Beach County such as the Education Commission of Palm Beach County, Juvenile Justice Board, and School District, Safe Schools Advisory Committee. Mrs. Anaya-Wolf has been asked to be part of many initiatives such as CARE (Community Advocates for Reform in Education,) that promoted equity and equality in education for minority populations and brought to the forefront about the quality of the delivery of academic services to children and Palm Beach Community College Diversity Committee, Lake Worth Campus, to assist in the creation and adoption of a diversity plan that impacted all departments within the college.
Mrs. Anaya- Wolf graduated in 1990 Summa Cum Laude from Saint Thomas University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology. In 2000 was the recipient of a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship to attend the Institute for Non-For-Profit Management at Columbia University were she completed a master’s certificate in the area of business administration. She also attended in 1999, the public policy institute at Nova Southeastern University as well as many other training certifications. She is presently married and a proud mother of a beautiful baby girl.