Who We Are

Helping first generation Latino students achieve their goals.

Our Mission

Empower first generation Latino youth to enroll and graduate from college by providing students with the knowledge and support they need to achieve their dreams.

Our Vision

We strive to ensure that all Latino youth have the opportunity to earn a college degree and better position themselves for a more promising future.

Higher education paves the way for a better and brighter future, especially in a rapidly evolving economy. Latino U seeks to level the playing field by partnering with first-generation Latino youth to help them realize their potential and work towards achieving their dreams. Through advocacy, community education and student workshops, Latino U promotes college enrollment and prepares students for their journey to college graduation.

Planning for college and making college a successful, affordable experience can be a challenge. Our programs educate, guide and support students through the complex process, including submitting applications, qualifying for financial aid and admissions. We provide bilingual, culturally-relevant assistance to help Latino students and their families achieve their dreams.

The Latino U Team

Latino U College Access was formed by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals with exemplary careers in non-profit management, business and education.

We each share a commitment and passion to the mission of Latino U. Together with the assistance of volunteers, community partners and collaborators, we are committed to ensuring that Latino youth attain equity and opportunity for a brighter future.

Board of Directors

    Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, MPA
    Founder, Executive Director

    Joseph Fanelli
    Treasurer
    Chief Financial Officer, Bunge Limited (Retired)

    Al Gutierrez
    President
    Executive Managing Director, Colliers International

    Connie Grossman, CPA
    Finance Director, Chemlube International

    Evelyn Harris
    Corporate Marketing Professional and Impact100 Westchester

    Laura Martinez
    Vice President, Marketing Global Risk Manager, Morgan Stanley

    Jane Matluck, Esq.
    Attorney and Community Outreach Educator

    Stephen Moroney
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, TD Bank

    Sean Nataro
    Secretary
    Deputy General Counsel, Healthfirst

    Kenneth G. Ray, PC
    Attorney, Tulis Wilkes Huff & Geiger, LLP

    Diane Rosenthal
    Vice President
    Executive Director, Rye Youth Council

    Nathalie Vanheusden
    Global Head EAs, Oliver Wyman

    Melissa J. Torres
    [Director Emeritus]
    Senior Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of NY

Intern Staff

We welcome and value interns to support our staff and programs.  Interns will gain valuable work experience while helping achieve our mission.

Advisory Council

  • Andrea Beltran Ruggiero, MPA, Founding Board Member, Director Special Programs, Open Door Family Medial Center
  • James Cotto, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Robert Cummings, Partner, Dunbar Educational Consultants
  • Felix Flores, Retired, Elementary School Principal, Ossining Union Free School District
  • Janine Ting Jansen, HR Business Partner & Analyst, S&P Global
  • Dr. Joseph Pastore, Professor Emeritus, Pace University
  • Carol Pouchie, Co-President, Community Resource Center
  • Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, President CEO, Edwin Gould Foundation
  • Dr. Rebecca Tekula, Executive Director, Wilson Center for Social Enterprise, Pace University
  • Joe Torres, News Anchor, Reporter, WABC TV

Student Advisory Group

Our Student Advisory Group share their personal insight and ideas for programs and participate in student outreach. This dynamic group of high school and college students, both Latino and non-Latino, are our link to the youth we serve and give a youthful voice to all we do.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Latino U College Access a 501 (c) (3) organization?

Latino U College Access is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Where do you provide services?

We offer workshops and volunteer “college coaching” programs in participating school districts in Westchester County, New York. We are available to host information sessions at other locations when scheduling permits.

How can I refer someone who needs your services?

Please email a request and provide the student’s information, grade, school and the town / city they live in to us at info@latinou.org