Elgin, IL—Dianha Ortega-Ehreth has been named the new Executive Director of Centro de Información, a leading non-profit organization serving Hispanic and immigrant communities in Elgin, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park.

    Ortega-Ehreth started August 15, 2022 and brings nearly 30 years of professional and volunteer experience working in a variety of non-profit organizations. “We are happy to announce the appointment of Dianha as Centro’s new Executive Director,” said Sergio Rodriguez, president of Centro’s Board of Directors. “She has a diverse set of experiences and perspectives, as well as a strong commitment to our communities.”

    “As an immigrant myself, knowing where to get help and feeling welcome is everything,” says Ortega-Ehreth, who is most excited to strengthen and prepare Centro for an increase of immigrants predicted to arrive in the U.S. in the coming years. “I’m excited and ready to serve. It is an honor to be selected to lead this highly respected organization.”

    Centro de Información is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, looking back on five decades of serving some of the most vulnerable individuals in the Elgin Area. These services include immigration and naturalization services, educational seminars, bilingual advocacy and referrals, employment support, an emergency food pantry, and much more.

    “The services that Centro provides are valuable, clearly, to Spanish speaking immigrants,” says Ortega-Ehreth, “but its mission benefits the whole community because there are immigrants in every neighborhood.” Populations of Elgin, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park are at least 47 percent, 51 percent, and 38 percent Hispanic, according to the most recent census data.

    Ortega-Ehreth succeeds Jaime Garcia, a founding member of Centro de Información who served as Executive Director for 15 years.

    Centro de Informacion is a certified 501c3 that exists to empower Hispanics with the ability to effectively integrate into the greater community through the facilitation of information, education, citizenship, and well-being. 

    For more information, visit www.centrodeinformacion.org.