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, “T​he Center of Help exists to assist Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally, and economically in order to become contributive citizens in the Anne Arundel Community.” 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

Sandra Steiner, Lead Client Advocate

Jenny O’Neil, Client Advocate

Ana María Phillips, Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-C

Linda Cifizzari, Bookkeeper

Justin Poole, Accountant

Donna Anderson, Grant Writer Director

Adult Education

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church members, Citizenship classes

Samuel Cordero-Puchales, Computer and Financial Literacy Teacher

ESL Adult Education Faculty:
Ellen Dinerman, 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

Erin Lynn Schweers, Art Teacher MPYOC

Teresa Voisos, Book Club MPYOC

Gabriel Rodriguez, Guitar Teacher LLP and MPYOC Programs

Tatiana J Klein – Leadership and Learning Program Coordinator

Kelley Tindle, Teacher Leadership and Learning Program (LLP)

Ant Lavorgna, Art Teacher LLP

Phyllis Saroff, Art Teacher LLP

Margarita Chi, Engineering and Coding Teacher LLP and MPYOC

Dominic Raico, Engineering and Coding Teacher LLP

Gregory Acholonu, GCA Children’s Chess Club