About Us

Starting in 1997, and incorporated in 2002, the Center of Help began serving the low-income Latino population living in the Allen Apartments in Annapolis. It now serves more than 2,500 clients per year at the Gardner Center on Forest Drive.

The Center

The Center

The Center is the only nonprofit organization in the community assisting Hispanic/Latino and other immigrants to assimilate into American culture, language and customs. The strength of the organization is that our services and educational programs are offered in a culturally-appropriate, stable and safe environment by a committed and passionate group of staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.

Our services and educational programs help us to fulfill our mission, which stipulates, “The Center of Help’s mission is to empower, educate and connect immigrants with resources to promote self-sufficiency and to advocate for the successful integration of the immigrant community into Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas.” In addition, the Center of Help organizes social and celebratory events for the Annapolis community to share and enjoy the different traditions of the Hispanic/Latino communities.

Our Board of Directors

Management Team

Center of Help Administration

Kirsten Clark, Interim Executive Director

Rosibel Gomez, Operation Manager/Client Advocate


Client Advocates

Sandra Steiner, Lead Client Advocate


Shannon Rommel

Claudia Hernandez

 Jenny O’Neil



Ana María Phillips, Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-C

Linda Cifizzari, Bookkeeper

Justin Poole, Accountant


Adult Education

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church members, Citizenship classes

Samuel Cordero-Puchales, Computer teacher

ESL Adult Education Faculty:
Judy Bajoris, Eloise Ullman, Jake Ruth, Heather Knipschild, Patricia Hertzler, Barbara Thomas, Healther Boyd, Tarsheka Thompson, Terri Hocking, Beth Kitchen, William Hocking, Jean Gruber, Donna Almond, Dolores Gomez White, Molly Sherwood.

Youth Education

Victoria Marinzel, Education Coordinator

Gabriel Rodriguez, Guitar Teacher 

Tatiana J Klein – Leadership and Learning Program Coordinator

Kelley Tindle, Teacher 

Phyllis Saroff, Art Teacher

Margarita Chi, Engineering and Coding Teacher 

Anne Marie Nolan, Director String Program