Board President 2008 - Present

 

Wilmer Olivencia Jr. was born and raised in the city of Buffalo. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Wanda for 23 yrs. and has three children, Jasmine (24), Kayla (22), and Michael (21), years old. He is also the proud Abuelito to Isabella and Matthew. Wilmer is currently the Program Coordinator for the city of Buffalo’s Anti-Graffiti & Clean City Program.

 

In this current position, he is responsible and oversees three divisions: the Mayors Impact Team, the Mayors Board-up Team and finally the Mayors Anti-Graffiti team. Wilmer grew up watching his Grandfather, Dad and Uncles always working to maintain the Puerto Rican Culture alive by coordinating and being a part of the major events that show cases the Puerto Rican Culture throughout our great city.

 

Wilmer has continued the legacy left by his family and continues to enhance what they helped start. Wilmer has been an active member to the center for over 25 yr. When he is not working or volunteering his time at the center he enjoys camping and spending time with his family and friends.

Wilmer Olivencia Jr.

Vice President 2016 – Present

Board Member 2008 – Present

 

Luis A. Reyes was born in Dunkirk NY but moved to the city of Buffalo at an early age. He attended Buffalo Public schools and Studied Travel & Tourism. He is happily married to his Lovely wife Rut and has 6 Children and 2 grandchildren.

 

Luis has worked for the city of Buffalo for the past 10 years in the City Clerk’s office and has been a Board member to the Olivencia Community Center for the pass 10 yrs., He oversees the centers Hall rentals and plays and intricate part with every major event held in the building. Luis enjoys eating out and traveling.

Luis A. Reyes

Board Member 1998 – Present

Treasurer 2016 – Present

 

As a board member, Christina manages many aspects of the Community Center to include the bar, which sometimes you will see her enjoying time behind mixing up cocktails for her patrons. The people she has met while volunteering at the Community Center have become more like family than friends.

 

As Pucho’s granddaughter and Chito’s daughter, Christina has taken on the role of following her beloved ancestor’s footsteps in serving her community.

 

Christina’s full time place of employment is with the Erie County Department of Personnel as a Senior Payroll Roster Clerk. She is the devoted mother to two amazing children Dominic and Danica. On her off time you may see her enjoying live music or spending time at home with her family.

Christina N. Olivencia

Board Member 2010 – Present

Scholarship Fund 2012 – Present

 

Felicia Cruz has worked Human Service for 14 years now .Completing her associates degree and BA in Social work. She has worked as a HIV, substance abuse and mental health advocate, and with the homeless.

 

Prior to this, she served in the United States Marine Corps .  She served as a Sgt. in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Cruz prides herself in being a single mom with strong family ties.

 

She is the granddaughter of the late Sylvia Rodríguez who dedicated her life to serving the Hispanic community both personally and professionally.

Felicia Cruz

Linda Maurás

Secretary 2018 – Present

 

Linda Maurás is an educator and has worked for the Buffalo Public Schools, for fourteen years as a Spanish teacher and Bilingual education teacher.

 

Ms. Maurás was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Lackwanna, New York, where she graduated from Lackawanna High School. She received a dual Bachelor degree from the State College of Buffalo, New York, in Science in Elementary Education and Arts in Spanish Literature. She also received an Advanced Certification and Ed.M. in Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension in Spanish, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

 

Ms. Maurás is the mother of one daughter, Erica Webster and one grandson, Camryn Dalton. As the daughter of one of the founding fathers of the Agustín "Pucho" Olivencia Center, community leader, civil rights leader, and employee of the NYS Division of Human Rights, Mr. Pedro Maurás, Ms. Maurás, has dedicated herself to serving her community and defending the rights of Hispanic/Latino people; especially the educational rights of bilingual children. In her free time she enjoys going to read to children, attending plays, and reading Spanish literature.

Brian Bridges

Board Member 2018 – Present

 

Mr. Bridges is a life-long learner and educator. He has work in education for the past 23 years in both the Buffalo Public Schools and the Cheektowaga Central School District as a school social worker, assistant principal, and principal.

 

Mr. Bridges started his career working as a social worker in various community agencies such as Beecher Boys and Girls Club, Geneva B. Scruggs, BFNC, Mid Erie, Catholic Charities, and the Friendship House. Mr. Bridges grew up on the lower Westside of Buffalo right in the heart of the Hispanic Community where he attended School #36, Herman Badillo #76, and Grover Cleveland High School. Mr. Bridges then went on to receive two Bachelor degrees in Social Science Interdisciplinary and Sociology, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University at Buffalo. He then received his second Master’s Degree in School Administration Supervision from Canisius College.

 

Mr. Bridges has a love and passion for kids and his community. His goal is to give back to the community who once gave so much to him to be the man and professional he is today. His words of wisdom, which he always lives by, are to advocate, appreciate, and take accountability.

Board Member 2018 - Present

 

Viviana Colondres-Yantin was born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Lackawanna, New York since 1994. She is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

 

She is a very active member in her church, St. Anthony’s, in Lackawanna, New York and volunteers much of her time there and in the community. Her motivation is to help the community and her neighbors.

Viviana Colondres-Yantin