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

Ran Solis

District Manager

Wells Fargo Bank

First Treasurer

Eric Faurote Ph.D.
Financial Consultant
AXA Advisors

First Secretary

Catherine D. Lang
State Nebraska Business Development Center
University of Nebraska

Juan Zuluaga
Business Relationship Manager
US Bank

Merlyn Menjibar
Owner
Twins Daycare

First Vice-President

Maria Valentin
Administrative Director
South Omaha Surgical Canter

Second Treasurer

Carol Russell
Community Advocate and Volunteer

Second Secretary

Elia Rivera
Owner
Melina’s Salsa, Chips and More

Yolanda Diaz
Owner
Little Miss Fashion

Staff

Marta Sonia Londono

Marta Sonia Londono

Executive Director

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

Marta Sonia also worked as a business consultant for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development from 2014 to 2016. In this position, she supported the growth of several Latino businesses throughout the state of Nebraska.

A native of Colombia, Marta Sonia moved to the United States 18 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.

Marta Sonia has received several awards throughout her career, including being recognized as one of five outstanding young executives of the year by the Colombian Medellín chapter of the Junior Chamber in 1995. She earned recognition as Latina of the Year in Omaha, Nebraska in 2006. She also received an award for leadership in the area of business and economics from the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference in 2008.

In June of 2008, Marta Sonia graduated from the Omaha Leadership Program offered by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

Marta Sonia served as community development coordinator for Lutheran Family Services and as director of the Centro Latino of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was one of the founders of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as executive director of this organization for three years.

Claudia Zapata

Childcare & Projects Development Coordinator

Claudia, originally from Colombia, is a public relations and marketing professional. She has over 10 years of experience in that field, plus 5 years of experience specific to childcare development, that she is using to help her clients fulfill their dreams. Claudia previously worked with Provider’s Network Inc. (PNI), along with serving as was a volunteer in MLCDC in the childcare program prior to accepting this position. She is a Realtor in Florida with Berkshire Hataway HomeServices, and in the process to get her Nebraska Real Estate License. She enjoys supporting the growth of her clients, stating, “I love God with all my heart, and love to serve others.”

Marcela Morales

Business Development and Micro-Lending Coordinator

Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Marcela Morales moved to the United States when she was six years old. She graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a minor in French, which she can speak in conversation along with proficiency in the English and Spanish languages. Prior to her new position with MLCDC, Marcela worked as an intern with the organization while attending Creighton from 2009-12, and most recently served as Coordinator of the Childcare Development Program in 2016. Marcela also has three years of experience with consumer lending at Centris Federal Credit Union and several years of experience in business development at MLCDC.