Gil Bernardino, M.S.

Founder and Executive Director
Gil Bernardino was born in Tapioles de Campos, a small farm town of 200 people, province of Zamora, Spain.  He was born the third of six children.  Gil and his siblings attended school during the day and worked in the fields in the afternoons and summers, helping his father harvest wheat and take care of the farm animals.  Gil’s parents Baudilio and Piedad provided him with a humanistic foundation that sustained and nurtured his personality and life. At the age 16 Gil was sent to Madrid to become a teacher.  During those years, he lived with Gonzalo ...

Sarah Brewster, Ph.D, JD,LMSW.

Chief Director of Services and Operations
Dr. Sarah Brewster is the Chief Director of Services and Operations at Círculo de la Hispanidad.  As such, she oversees programming for children, adults and families and has also supervised the  development of Círculo Center, the organization’s ...

Nora Martinez, BA

Fiscal Director
Ms. Martinez is Círculo’s newest member of its administrative team. Ms. Martinez is a graduate of Queens College in Accounting and Information Systems.   She brings enthusiasm to her work at Círculo, helping to develop systems and protocols ...


Jacky Sleefe


Zulay Carson

Accounts Receivables/Fiscal dept.

Katherine Mora

Accounts Payable


Cynthia Mejia

YDDP Director

Elizabeth Garcia

Youth Services Director, Hempstead

Ariel Sotelo

Housing Director

Sari Vayda T.R.

Partners After-School Director, Long Beach

Frederika Jospeh, M.S.

HIV MSA Prevention and Education

Blanca Nunez

Ryan White Transportation Director

Sandra Huertas

Early Intervention Specialist


Martha Aizaga

Domestic Violence Liaison

Marvin Williams

Linkage Coordinator

Silvia Gallegos M.S.W., M.A.

Domestic Violence Advocate; Salva Program

Lyanne Solano

HIV/AIDS Case Manager

Emma Martinez

ESL/GED Coordinator

Cesar Nuesi

Behavior Intervention Specialist

Angie Santi

Program Assistant Ryan White Transportation / Early Intervention Services

Federica Joseph

HIV/AIDS Program Director