Pedro Marin – President
Rep. Pedro Marin has honorably served House District 96 in the Georgia General Assembly for the past fifteen years. He has been at the forefront in stopping gang violence, eradicating gang graffiti, and supporting economic development initiatives for Gwinnett County and Georgia. He currently serves on the House Banks & Banking, Economic Development & Tourism, Industry & Labor and Science & Technology Committees. Rep. Marin has created a reputation as an elected official dedicated to being a voice for justice, opportunity, and equality for all people.
Upon moving to Gwinnett County, Rep. Marin immediately recognized a need to build relationships between community and government leaders and the emerging diverse communities in metro Atlanta. He has facilitated countless intercultural relation programs to educate people about minorities, which has been critical in discrediting stereotypes, erasing ignorance, and easing tensions that arise when people are adverse to change. Rep. Marin has also led numerous community organizing efforts to register voters, protect minorities from unfair treatment, and raise awareness about health & educational disparities. He has worked hard to improve relations between Gwinnett County government and the Immigrant community by serving as an advisor and intermediary.
Rep. Marin possesses over 35 years of executive experience in both the private and non-profit sector plus 15 years as a Public Servant. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and while working for Persol, North America he was transferred in 1995 to Gwinnett County, GA. He has been happily married to his wife, Nereida, for 35 years.
Grace Williams – Treasurer
Prior to establishing her Certified Public Accounting firm Grace Williams CPA, PC, Lopez-Williams developed her finance and accounting acumen through positions with Arthur Andersen. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989 and received her MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans and her BBA in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico. In 2013, in addition to the traditional services such accounting, auditing and tax preparation the firm has expanded its services to Financial and Tax Planning; for which Lopez-Williams acquired the following certifications in the Financial and Tax Areas: Financial Advisory Certification, Personal Financial Specialist, FINRA Series 6, 63 and 65 Certification, Certified Tax Resolution Specialist and Tax Couch. Grace Williams CPA PC integrates the traditional accounting services– which is the past with the financial and tax planning– that is the future.
On a professional level, this has meant accolades and recognition among her peers and by the Hispanic community in Atlanta. Williams has been in the local spotlight since the inception of the firm, Lopez-Williams was the first Latino member appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to the Workforce Investment Board. Also, The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bestowed upon her the award of Business Woman of the Year. She was chosen one of Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the organization Women Looking Ahead. Lopez-Williams has a passion for education and for years was the President and Founder of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. For of Hispanic Business Magazine selected Williams among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States, a selection that puts her in the national spotlight.
Evelyn Osorio – Secretary
Evelyn Osorio is the owner of Atlanta Royalty Events, a company dedicated to events planning in Atlanta Georgia. She was born in Puerto Rico where she obtained her teaching degree from Interamerican University in San German. Evelyn moved to Georgia 20 years ago where she has also been working as a special education teacher in Gwinnett County. As a Puerto Rican, Evelyn believes that by having a positive attitude and working with the people of Puerto Rico, they will rise up. Georgia is here for Puerto Rico. We are “Contigo Puerto Rico”.
Raul Thomas – Logistic Director
Chef Raúl Thomas discovered his culinary identity at a young age, watching his mother cook the typical Puerto Rican dishes he is so passionate about.
He is a graduate of the New York School of Food and Hotel Management and over the past 30 years has enjoyed working as a Chef at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, cooking for many celebrities, world leaders, performers, and luminaries. His roots in Atlanta stemmed from an invitation to join Georgia State University as an Executive Chef and that was followed by the opening of his own restaurants.
Chef Raúl’s versatility has expanded to the recent release of two cooking videos which expose his talent, enthusiasm, and passion for food. Chef Raúl’s multiple talents as a chef, restaurateur, food consultant and video author and now theatre owner of Marietta’s New Theatre in the square in Marietta Georgia. Raul’s youngest son Emil Thomas runs the theatre as Artistic Director and they have both teamed up to bring passionate art to the stage. Raul, a native of Puerto Rico has now found a call to help the people from Puerto Rico during this time of need. Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island and has displaced many families including some of his own. When the hurricane Maria hit, he received calls from local chefs and they organized to build a massive relief effort for the island. He has been to Island and continues to distribute aid thru his many great partners.
Isabel Joffre – Communications Director
Isabel Joffre is currently a Commercial Real Estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. She is a highly qualified professional with over 15 years of experience as a Consultant in the technical field and over 10 years of experience as a Real Estate Investor. Her expertise span multiple industries and sectors across domestic and international clients. She is also an accomplished Business Leader with a passion for building relationships, demonstrating strong leadership skills and solving problems.
Born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She started her career as a Technology Consultant and for over a period of 15 years working with companies like Turner and NTT Data serving multiple clients around the world. While traveling often to Atlanta, she fell in love with the Peach State and moved to the city of Suwanee in 2006. Since then she started investing in real estate but went through many struggles by not having an expert to guide her. Because of that experienced, she was inspired to learn more and become proficient in this field.
Today she is a Commercial Real Estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. She represents local and international clients and their interests in buying, selling, leasing, and management of assets. Her team has over 44 years of experience in commercial transactions. She is currently working towards her CCIM designation (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and is a member of various organizations like AGREE (Association of Georgia Real Estate Exchangors), NARHEP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) and is a board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
Pablo J Colon – General Events Director
Chef Pablo J Colon is an Executive Pastry Chef with experience in five stars and five-diamond hotels and resorts with a volume of food sales of to 20 to 25 million dollars. He handles everything related to restaurant operations and he is an expert in designing bakery, pastry layout, controlling food cost, labor cost and recipe development on Chef Tech and Adaco Program.
Chef Pablo Colon is currently in Season 4 of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship taking on holiday-themed culinary challenges and competing against 9 other bakers with the hopes of winning the title of Holiday Baking Champion! He is also in the process of opening his new Puerto Rican bakery here in Atlanta, Pablo’s Bakery & Café LLC.
Born on Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Pablo grew on the green landscapes of Trujillo Alto. He studied in the public school of Rio Piedras High and graduated from the University of Turabo with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. His passion for cooking was born by watching his grandmother Paula Cruz baking exquisites desserts and cooking traditional Puerto Rican food on firewood. He worked for Pueblos Super Market as a Bakery Manager and for different Hotels like Marriot, Hilton, Westin, El Conquistador and Ritz Carlton. He had two business in Puerto Rico, Pajany’s baker and Pablitos Bakery bread. Currently, Pablo works at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. He is happily married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Gamaliel Gomez – Fundraising Director
Mr. Gamaliel Gomez was born in Ponce Puerto Rico. He is the youngest one of 13 siblings. His parents Rev. Elias Gomez Cordero and Rev. Petra Curet de Gomez instructed him in the love of God and for his neighbors. Therefore when God called him he quickly replied: “here I am Lord” ready to do your will.
In 1993, Mr. Gamaliel was recognized for his outstanding work as a community leader by Honorable David Dinkins, former Mayor of New York City. In the year 2000, he moved with his family to the state of Georgia. Here he began to work in different ministries and organizations. Looking to his surroundings and seeing the needs of the communities, he felt the calling of God one more time to begin an organization of religious leaders who were willing to help resolve the social problems affecting our society.Based on his ambition to help others, the United Chaplain International Ministries Inc. was founded, with its central office here in Atlanta.
The mission of his organization is to equip ministers for the service within the ministry of chaplaincy. Equipping them with the knowledge to serve the needy people who are in hospitals, nursing homes, correctional institutions, police departments, rehabilitation centers, shelters, the local community and crisis situations everywhere.
The United Chaplains International Ministries Inc. has given 100% support to other recognized organizations. For the disaster of the Republic of Haiti, they collected $4,000.00 which was put in the hand of the American Red Cross for the victims.
Deborah Torres – Volunteer Director
Deborah Torres was born in New Jersey, but she was raised in Puerto Rico in the town of Toa Alta. Since she was a little girl her family taught her to have compassion for the less fortunate and to embrace a life of service. For 15 years she has been part of a ministry called: The Good Samaritan, which offers assistance on multiple countries and supplies food to kids in need on a daily basis. She currently works with the staff of Gwinnett County School. Her focus is to help the island of Puerto Rico one city at a time. Only by helping each other we will make it happen.