All HOPES programs are staffed with dedicated professionals who have extensive experience and hold the necessary credentials for their field of expertise. Staff members are multi-lingual and ethnically diverse. HOPES recognizes the importance of ongoing professional development and provides opportunities for staff to enroll in specialized courses, workshops and credentialing programs.


Management & Staff Directory


Ora Welch, M. Ed.
President & CEO

Simona Ovanezian


Senior Management

Yvrose Augustin
Director, Finance and Accounting

Jessica Palencia
Director, Human Resources

Joselyn Estevez Vargas, MS. Ed.
Director, Children & Family Services


Early Childhood Services

Barbara Panas, MA. Ed
Manager, Early Childhood Development and Education

Maria Rivas
Manager, Early Head Start Program

Yvette A. Ypelaar, MA. Ed.
Manager, Monitoring Systems & Analysis


Community Programs

Evelyn Mercado
Manager, Community Programs



Ismael Acosta
Manager, Information Systems

Ana Mejia
Manager, Facilities