About Us

MLCDC provides individuals with opportunities to generate economic growth and develop a sustainable future in the Midlands

MLCDC Mission

MLCDC provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth by providing financing products, development services and community development that advances their ability to develop a sustainable future in the Midlands.

MLCDC Vision

MLCDC will be a catalyst for a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community enriched by Latino influence, economic results, culture and leadership.

Values

Leadership
Education
Well Being
Economic Growth
Inclusivity

Board

Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors works with PASSION for the mission of the organization.  They are volunteers  working with the “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.”

President

Marcos Hernandez
VP of Corporate Social Responsibility
US Bank

Treasurer

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Adam Emberton
Branch Manager
Great Western Bank

Secretary

Catherine D. Lang
State Director
Nebraska Business Development Center

Carol Russell
Community Advocate and Volunteer

Yolanda Diaz
Owner
Little Miss Fashion

Sarah Mohan, MS
Boys Town
Training Consultant – Youth Care Training

 

Staff

Marta Sonia Londoño Mejía

Marta Sonia Londoño Mejía

Executive Director

Marta Sonia Londoño Mejia founded the Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation in 2006, an organization that provides low-income communities with opportunities to generate economic growth for a sustainable future in the Midlands. She has served as executive director of MLCDC for more than eight years and previously served as president of the Board of Directors for two years.

A native of Colombia, Marta Sonia moved to the United States 19 years ago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance and a master’s in business administration from EAFIT University. She also attended Berkeley University for a specialization in business administration, finance, global business management, marketing and project management.

Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya

Advance Fund CDFI Director

Juan Montoya is the CDFI Advance Fund Director where he manages a diverse, growing small business loan profile. Montoya has prior experience as the program coordinator at Creighton University, where he helped with the design and development of community programs that focus on minority populations and as a business consultant for bilingual businesses in Nebraska. He has served on MLCDC’s Loan Review Committee since 2017.

Georgina Ospina de Nuñez

Georgina Ospina de Nuñez

Micro-Business Specialist

Georgina Ospina de Nuñez is the Micro-Business Specialist where she develops and conducts outreach programs through networking and training with potential and current MLCDC’s clients. She oversees the reporting of demographics of clients and statistics of services offered by MLCDC in business development.

Georgina is originally from Colombia and has volunteered with MLCDC since 2013.

Asaad Mahdi

Asaad Mahdi

Outreach and Translator Childcare Program

Dr. Mahdi has his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University Kebensaan Malaysia and more than 20 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level in the United States and overseas(Iraq and Malaysia). He also has experience with preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. He was a principal of an international school in Malaysia for three years and has held other positions such as the director of planning and sustainable development division in the ministry of Environment, Baghdad Iraq.

Dr. Mahdi will work with the refugee and immigrant community (Asian and African) residing in Nebraska to identify their needs and how  MLCDC can help them succeed. Dr. Mahdi will collaborate with the development of culturally competent curriculum and resource materials in English and Arabic, promoting MLCDC’s childcare programs and services. He will also perform data analysis on childcares in Nebraska and Iowa and periodic reports.