Board of Trustees
The members of IACO Board of Trustees are elected each four years and are chosen among the leaders and professionals that through their work have proven their concern for the wellbeing of the immigrant community.
Lorenzo Hernández – President
Mr. Hernandez holds a Master Degree from Rutgers the State University and a Certificate in Field Instruction in Social Work from Yeshiva University. Former Executive Director of the Hispanic Information Center of Passaic, Inc., he held office from 1976 to 2012. An active member of society, Mr. Hernandez has served since 1982 in the Passaic County Human Services Council Current members State Human Services Advisory-Member; NJ Hispanic Directors Association; Vesting Home Makers of Passaic County (Home Care Options) Members; Founder-President, Hispanics United of Passaic County; Chairperson, Passaic Drug Partnership Health/Social service Committee and Co-founder Passaic Youth Link Partnership Committee. Mr. Hernandez has received numerous awards, the Passaic County HSAC The Berlin Wiesler Award; Visiting Homemaker of Passaic County; NJ General Assembly Resolution for Meritorious Service & Leadership; Outstanding Citizen Award-City of Passaic Civic Leader Award-Hispanic American Police & Fire Fighters Assoc. of the City of Passaic as well as others.
Carlos M. González –Vice President
Council Member Carlos Gonzalez is a dedicated leader with an international background in the financial and legal sectors. Sworn into office in July 2006 as a council member at-large, Gonzalez is committed to public service and community development and proud to serve the diverse communities of Newark. In 1979, Gonzalez graduated magna cum laude from the International Institute of the Americas, receiving a Master’s of Science of Accounting (MSA). While pursuing his master’s degree, Gonzalez also became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Full of self-determination and ambition, Gonzalez used his savings to become a full-time law student. In 1992, he earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University and went on to work with a Wall Street law firm, where he specialized in public finance (municipal bonds). An entrepreneur with strong roots in Newark, Gonzalez opened his law office in 1996 on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark. He has established a reputable firm specializing in real estate, bankruptcy, and family matters while also serving on the board of trustees at Essex County College. Gonzalez is an active member of the following professional organizations: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), New York Bar Association and Hispanic Bar.
Mark Parry – Secretary
Mr. Parry graduated with a Degree in Law from the University of Pennsylvania and specialized in Immigration Law from Yale University. Attorney at Law is principal of his law firm, with over twenty years of experience in Immigration Law. Mr. Parry is well respect in the field of Immigration Law. He served as President for the Legal Service Committee – Immigration Policy Network of New Jersey, is affiliated with the American Association of Immigration Attorneys – New Jersey Chapter and is member of the NJ Bar Immigration Ethics Committee. Respect for his extensive experience, Mr. Parry is often request to appear in symposiums and conferences related to Immigration. For over thirteen years he has collaborated with IACO offering legal counsel to its membership.
Daniel Santo Pietro – Treasurer
Historian and specialist in political sciences, Santo Pietro was, during 12 years, executive director of the Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey, a network of thirty-two Hispanic organized community based organizations in New Jersey. He previously had nearly twenty-five years international experience in working with non-profits. Actually, Santo Pietro is Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Latino Action Network, an organization that is committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society. Mr. Santo Pietro received a B.A. from Harvard College History of America and Graduate Studies as a Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil and Stanford University in Latin American Studies/Political Science. He is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.
Victor Javier Solano – Member
Victor Javier Solano is the weekend news anchor of Univision 41, and reporter of News Univision 41. He has worked for more than twenty years in journalism in TV. He earned a journalism degree in his native Colombia before becoming a reporter and TV anchor in the capital, Bogota. In 1995, after working eight years in Colombia, Solano was sent to Washington, DC as the correspondent for a Colombian TV news program. Two years later, he joined CBS Telenoticias, a Spanish-language news network organized by CBS. He spent the next seven years as a news anchor and reporter for Telemundo in Chicago and New York before joining Univision 41 in the summer of 2006. As an anchor and reporter, Solano puts his experience serving the Hispanic community. In 2008, Victor Javier was recognized with the award Association of Critics in Entertainment for his excellent work as a journalist.
Ileana J. Montes, Esq.-Vocal
Ileana J. Montes is a lawyer with 16 years of experience in multifaceted legal matters. She is a staunch advocate for client’s rights, specializing in highly personalized legal services in immigration procedures.
Sandra P. Banguero-Vocal
Sandra P. Banguero is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the national and international field. She has overseen public relations in different non-profit organizations. The institutions in which Sandra Banguero has worked included: The new Hudson and North Jersey Media Group. This allowed her to serve the informational needs of the Hispanic community in a direct way.
Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.A.T. World Languages, and theater actress graduated from La Escuela de Formación de Actores del Teatro Libre in Bogotá, Colombia. Jimena has participated on more than 25 plays, and she has been invited to international festivals. She has worked with ID Studio Performance and Research Center, NY since 2001. Jimena worked with Alianza Dominicana between 2002 to 2004 teaching drama classes in their after school programs. She worked on several plays in Natives Theater in Queens, NY, and volunteered at Center for Traditional Music and Dance, CTMD, NY, from 2003 to 2005. In 2006 she won the Swing Space Award provided by LLCM in NYC, and in 2007 won the Puffin Foundation award in Teaneck, NJ. Jimena was the director and producer of “La Guía del Inmigrante en TV Pública” while working at IACO in Passaic, NJ. Jimena was President of the Instituto de Cultura y Arte Latinoamericano, ICAL where she used to direct a theater educational project, and teach Spanish to children and adults, from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, Jimena participated in the XIII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Bogota, Colombia, where she performed the lead role of “País de Bicicleta” (Bicycle Country) de Nilo Cruz. From 2013 ‑ 2015 she got her first job as a Spanish teacher in Hackensack High School. Then, from 2015 to 2018 she worked for Ramapo Indian Hills HS District. In 2018 Jimena created a curriculum for citizenship applicants and developed a series of instructional tools to serve this community. She is currently working at Pascack Valley HS District where she definitely feels that she is in the right place, and she hopes to continue serving and growing as an educator. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Bergen Community College for three years.
Juana I. Inurritegui-Vocal
Juana Inurritegui is a Social worker, a graduate of Rutgers State University. He served in the Social Services office since 2010 and has been a great help in guiding the Organization to provide better service to the community. Their support for the challenges we face as an organization of immigration issues have helped us to improve the representation of the community in immigratory related issues.