HOLA is a small, grassroots Latino organization based in NE Ohio focusing on Advocacy, Community Organizing and Civic Engagement.






Executive Director: Veronica Isabel Dahlberg

Board of Directors

Gladys Figueroa Stec – Gladys has served as the Victim Advocate for the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s office since 1998. She is a co-founder of HOLA and a long-time ambassador for the organization. She graduated from Lake Erie College, in Painesville, with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the mother of two active young boys.

Rev. Dr. Alan Brown is the pastor for Painesville Hispanic Church. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and  lived in Costa Rica for six years and then with his family in Celaya, Mexico for fourteen years. Alan brings a deep appreciation of Hispanic culture to HOLA. He and his wife, Phyllis, adopted six Mexican siblings in 2002 and moved to Painesville in 2011. He has participated consistently in HOLA since 2012. Alan has a B.BA from Texas Christian University and a Th.M and D.Min from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Marty Cephas has long been active in civic and community projects, including Zonta International, which supports international women’s issues, After School Discovery, and the ADDA, the Ashtabula Downtown Development Organization.

Dora Acosta is a longtime resident of Painesville. She is married with four beautiful children. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a marketing degree. She recently became a U.S. citizen and voted for the first time in the 2016 general election.

Elizabeth Perez is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, who achieved the rank of staff sergeant. She graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University, in 2014, and is a licensed social worker.  She is a member of the Lake County Marine Corps Service League, and has been active with HOLA for more than three years. She has three children.