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
NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS
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
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
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.
ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS
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 - 576 Fifth Avenue, Suite 903, New York, NY 10036 - (212) 330-8120