Hampton Roads’ (HR) Hispanic – Local Organizations

HR: Hispanic Cultural Sites

Dancer Groups

  1. Beatriz Amberman’s Hispanic Folk Ballet
    POC: Beatriz Amberman, The Hispanic Folk Ballet Founder & Director (bmexart@aol.com) at (757) 619-5728
    Mailing Address: 921 Eastern Shore Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    (The group is not active at this time, but we are sometimes able to participate in special events)
  2. “El Rincon de Espana” Club
    POC: Mati Olson at 757-340-5683 or Maria Pilar Jackson (piluca@verizon.net) at 757-880-2367 or 766-0578
  3. Flamenco Arts Cultural Development – Flamenco Vision Dance Company
    WEB SITE: http://www.flamenco-arts.org/
    POC: Jose Giocamea (jose@flamenco-arts.org), President of Flamenco Arts Cultural Development at 888-2FLAMENCO (888-235-2636) or Gloria E. Gald�n-Chapman(flamencovision@juno.com) at (757) 495-4041.
  4. Hispanic and Latino Resources — Office of Intercultural Relations
    WEB SITE:http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/oir/cultures/latino/
  5. Flamenco Dance Company – Carmen Lewis y Las Revoltosas
    Non-profit performing group 
    POC: Vikki Allen (FlamencoDeCarmen@aol.com) at (757) 474-0526 or 474-4751
    Mailing Address: 502 Open Greens Court, Virginia Bch, VA 23462-6452
  6. Tloke-Nahuake Traditional Aztec Dancers
    POC: Isela Salinas (ixtli@thetribalmarket.com) at (757) 320-1144
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 15032, Newport News, VA 23608
  7. Mambo Room
    POC: (757) 351-6092
    Location: 2200 Colonial Avenue, Suite 4, Norfolk VA 23517
    POC: nfo@mamboroomdance.com
  8. Panamanian Folkloric Folklore of Hampton Roads
    A non-profit organization that displays authentic folkloric dances of Panama, characterized by the joy, cadence, rhythm and beat.
    POC: Aura Robinson, Founder & Director (Aura247841@aol.com) at (757) 879-0392
    Mailing Address: 307 Robbs Cort, Newport News, VA 23608
    Alternate POC: Argelis Wesley-Spruill, Event Coordinator (panamargy17@aol.com or panamargy@hotmail.com) at (757) 412-9937
  9. Panamanian Folkloric Folklore of Williamsburg
    A non-profit organization that promotes Panamanian culture through its folkloric, artistic and musical manifestations. 
    POC: Everitt Brown (panadance@cox.net), Founder & Director at 757-810-5449
    Mailing Address: 114 Devonshire Dr.,Williamsburg VA 23188

Musical Groups/Bands

  1. Latin 5 Productions
    POC: Joey Joe Melendez“DJ Joey Joe”(j.m.melendez@ngc.com) or Robin Lugo, “DJ Rob”
    Celullar: (757) 581-7040
  2. LP Music Productions of VA
    POC: Berto Soto, Manager (lpmusic1@aol.com), at (757) 887-8101
  3. Roberto, International Entertainer
    POC: Roberto Henriquez (robertoinc@aol.com) at (757) 877-0610
  4. Salsa y Mas Latin American Orchestra
    POC: Efrain Velazquez, Director (salsaymas@earthlink.com), at (757) 407-9152 or 463-1940

HR: Hispanic Immigation Services/Inmigracion

  1. Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia 
    Phone:(757) 827-5078 or (866) 534-5243
    LSEVA LASEV provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of Accomack, Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, James City, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Yorktown
  2. Refugee and Immigration Services
    POC: Tanya Gonzalez, Immigrant Community Liaison at 355-4559
    Address: 811 Cathedral Place – Richmond, VA 23220
    This program provides information on community resources, immigration counseling, citizenship preparation services, assistance for refugees, English instruction for refugees and
    youth services. Spanish speaking staff available.
  3. Servicios de Inmigracion de la Diocesis Catolica de Richmond
    Mailing Address: 1615 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA 2366
    POC: 757-247-3600 ext. 10
  4. Traducciones para Inmigracin – Oficina de St. Gregorio
    Mailing Address: 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd,Virginia Beach, VA
    POC: Sra. Janice Sigala (jas@stgregorysva.org) at (757) 497-8330 ext. 367
  5. Departamento de Inmigracion y Naturalizacion (INS)
    Mailing Address: Norfolk Commerce Park, 5280 Henneman Dr., Norfolk, VA 23513

HR: Hispanic Media Sites

  1. El ECO de Virginia – First Hispanic (free) Newspaper since 1991
    POC: Publisher/Editor, Augusto Ratti-Angulo (elecodeva@yahoo.com) at (757) 625-1341
    Mailing Address: 204 Brackenridge Ave Norfolk, Virginia 23505
  2. Nuevas Raoces
    Spanish-language weekly newspaper serving Richmond, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke and the entire Shenandoah Valley
    POC: Tim Loughran (timtula@aol.com) at (804) 405-3307
  3. Sabor Hampton Roads – web site 
    POC: Sandra Sanchez, General Managersandra@saborhr.com, Tracy Holland, General Managertracy@saborhr.com, or Caroline Stauffer, Managing Editorcaroline@saborhr.com at (757) 228-1122
    Sabor Hampton Roads, LLC is striving to make a difference in the Hampton Roads Hispanic community. Goal: To strengthen and support our Hispanic community by developing a comprehensive network as we aim to be your first and best source for Hispanic resources and unique opportunities.   
  4. Tidewater Hispanic – (free) Newspaper
    POC: Owners: Alex & Regina Gomez(twhispanic@msn.com) at (757) 474-1233 or (cel) 753-1388
    Mailing Address: PO BOX 64128, Virginia Beach, VA 23467-4128
  5. La Voz Hispana de Virginia magazine
    Monthly Hispanic language magazine distributed throughout Virginia
    POC: Barbara A. Cornicello (editor@lavozhispana.us), Editor at (804) 437-3790
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 73533, Richmond, VA 23235

HR: Hispanic Radio Programs

  1. La Primera – WARV, 100.3 FM – Spanish Radio Programming [Richmond area] POC: Willie Castillo (Willie.Castillo@radiolaprimera.com), Program Director
    Address: La Primera 100.3 FM, P.O. Box 4573, Glen Allen, VA 23058
  2. Radio Selecta 1050
    Address: 700 Monticello Ave. Suite 301 Norfolk, VA 23510
    POC: 757-627-9899 / Fax: 757-627-0123
  3. Radio Nueva Vida
    POC: 757-855-1626 or 292-1830
    Address: 5160 Beamon Rd Norfolk Va 23505
  4. Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM – Family-Friendly Spanish-language radio 
    POC: Glen Motto at (804) 353-8544
    Live streaming at www.wbtk.com 

HR: Hispanic Educational Organizations

  1. Adult Education/GED test (for people over 18 years old)
    POC: 768-6140 or 768-6141[Chesterfield/Colonial Heights, VA] Spanish GED test is available if requested at time of registration. Applicant must have a social security number and a valid driver’s license. Currently there is no Spanish GED preparation available through Adult Education. Locations vary. 
  2. College of William & Mary (W&M) – Hispanic Cultural Organization (HCO) 
    WEB SITE(S): Spanish House or web.wm.edu/so/hco/
    POC: Melissa Figueroa (hispan@wm.edu), HCO President or Jennifer Carey (jacare@wm.edu), HCO secretary at 757-221-1449
  3. Girl Scout Council of Colonial – Hispanic Outreach
    POC: Ms. Stayce Sedwick (StayceS@gsccc.org) or Angelina Lopez (angelinal@gsccc.com)
  4. James Madison University (JMU) – Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
    WEB SITE: http://beinvolved.jmu.edu/organization/lsa 
  5. Norfolk State University (NSU) – Spanish Club
    POC: Ms. Isabel Killough, Advisor at 757-823-2903 (ikillough@nsu.edu)
  6. Old Dominion University (ODU) – Hispanic/Latino Resources
    Biweekly meetings held from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at ODU Webb University Center, Cape Charles Room
  7. Old Dominion University (ODU) – Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR)
    Address: Old Dominion University, 2109 Webb University Center, Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0524

HR: Hispanic Professional Organizations

    1. Association of Hispanic Americans of Richmond (AHAR) of Richmond
      POC: Tanya Gonzalez at 314-2554 or Josie Guzman at 755-1106
      4412 Fields tone Ct. Richmond, VA 23234
      AHAR provides a positive environment in which families can practice sports, cultural and social activities in an environment free of drugs, alcohol, weapons, and tobacco.The AHAR seeks to acclimate recent Hispanic immigrants and educate the community about Hispanic culture. POC: (804) 745-6164

    2. Hispanic American Heritage Committee (HAHC) @ Fort Eustis & Fort Story
      HAHC chair: MIL: Gladys Torres, (torresg@atsc.army.mil)
    3. Hispanic Heritage Committee (HHC) @ Langley Air Force Base
      HHC Chair: Major Maria D. Flores, 764-0545, maria.flores@langley.af.mil
    4. “El Rincon de Espana” Club – cultural & social Spanish club established in 1982
      POC: Maria Pilar Jackson (piluca@verizon.net) at 757-880-2367 or 766-0578
      Club’s Mission Statement: “To advocate, inform, educate, promote and facilitate the success of the Spanish Traditions and Culture here in Hampton Roads and regional communitieso. 
    5. Governor Bob McDonell’s Latino Board Commission (VLAB)
      POC: Michel Zajur (Current Chair) (804) 306-4404zajur1@aol.com or Beatriz Amberman (Immediate Past Chair) at bmexart@aol.comAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino community in Virginia more than doubled between 1990 and 2000 – from a population of about 160,000 to 329,540 in 2000 comprising approximately 5% of the state’s population. 
    6. Hispanic Community Dialogue (HCD) Civil Group
      POC: Beatriz Amberman (bmexart@aol.com), HCD Founder at (757) 619-5728 or (757) 619-5728
      Mailing Address: 921 Eastern Shore Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23454HCD is an independent initiative to increase civic participation in relevant Hispanic issues.
      HCD’s Mission Statement: To help reach individuals and organizations interested in strengthening human relations and civility in the Hispanic community.
      HCD’s Goal: To provide a forum for the discussion of ideas and networking. The expression of diverse viewpoints are welcome and encouraged. 
    7. Hispanic Committee of Virginia/Comite Hispano de Virginia
      Mailing Address: 5827 Columbia Pike, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22041
      Phone: (703) 671-5666
    8. Hispanic Professional Women’s Association (HPWA).
      POC: Laura Ramirez Drain (laura@hpwa.org), HPWA Founder
      Mailing Address: 2121 K Street Suite 800 |Washington, DC 20037
      Phone: 1-888-240-2554 | Blackberry 202 250-0887
    9. Hispanic Interdenominational Civil Commitee of Tidewater (HICCT)
      POC: Oscar Lissa (oscarlissa@aol.com) at (757) 406-2265
    10. Iberoamerican Cultural Foundation – Alexandria, VA
      WEB SITE: http://www.iberoamerican.org
    11. Panamanian Folkloric Folklore of Hampton Roads
      A non-profit organization that promotes Panamanian culture through its folkloric, artistic and musical manifestations. 
      POC: Aura Robinson (Aura247841@aol.com), Founder & Director at (757) 879-0392
      Alternate POC: Argelis Wesley-Spruill (panamargy17@aol.com), Event Coordinator at (757) 412-9937
      Mailing Address: 307 Robbs Cort, Newport News, VA 23608
    12. Ministerio Hispano de St. Gregory / St. Gregory Hispanic Ministry
    13. Mailing Address: 5345 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23462-1896
      POC: Sra. Janice Sigala (jas@stgregorysva.org) at (757) 497-8330 ext. 367 Schedules of Spanish masses / Misas Catolicas


  1. Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
    Hablan Espanol
    POC: Barbara Cornicello, PEATC Director of Communications and Outreach) at cornicello@peatc.org or 804-819-1999 (office)
    PEATC is Virginia’s parent education, support, training and information center committed to helping families, schools and communities build positive futures for Virginia’s children. Our focus is on children with disabilities. PEATC are Virginia’s Parent Involvement Resource Center funded by the US Department of Education to improve children’s school success with a particular emphasis on culturally, linguistically, educationally, economically and geographically diverse families and the schools, programs and communities who serve them.
  2. The National Organization for the Advancement of Hispanics in Virginia
    POC: 540-372-3437
    Address: Princess Anne St 2217,Fredericksburg, Va 22401-3353
  3. SomosPrimos
    Publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues.
    POC: Mimi Lozano, publisher/founder atMIMILOZANO@aol.com
  4. Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of Virginia:**Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HRHCC) – Est. MAY 2004
    Mailing Address: 445 Grafton Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692
    Satellite Office: 208 E. Plume Street, Suite 304, Norfolk, VA 23510
    Office Phone Number: (757) 348-9969
    POC: Carlos Espinoza, HRHCC President at 757-575-6910 cell (757) 348-9969 office or
    Gloria Day, HRHCC Administrative Assistant / BAH Director, (757) 348-9969 / (757) 725-2807 atgloria@hamptonroadshispanic.org** Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Virginia (HCCCV) – established FEBRUARY 2000 
    POC: Jackie Kemper (jackiekemper@yahoo.com), HCCCV President at 674-5470 or Marcelo Cornicello, Chairman, 437-3790
    Address: P.O. Box 73533 – Richmond, Virginia 23235

    ** Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    POC: Michel Zajur (zajur1@aol.com), Chairman of the Board – Richmond, VA (vahispaniccc@aol.com)
    Phone: (804) 225-1471 / FAX: (804) 272-5304
    VHCC sponsors TrabajaVa.com – a Bilingual Career Network

    VHCC is a state-wide chamber which exists to build bridges among our communities in Virginia, and abroad. Their headquarters is in Richmond, where they conduct and promote events throughout the Commonwealth.

  5. Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) 
    POC: info@valhen.orgVALHEN is the only state-wide, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization which supports, promotes, and advocates for Latino success and advancement in higher education, to ensure that every Latino in Virginia is college and career ready for the benefit and betterment of the Commonwealth of Virginia.VALHEN has four signature programs: 1) VALHEN Hispanic College Institute (www.valhen.org/hci); 2) VALHENEncuentro (www.valhen.org/encuentro); 3) VALHEN’sScholarships (www.valhen.org/scholarships); and 4) VALHEN Lecture Series (www.valhen.org/lectureseries).


  6. VA Caribbean (VCACA) – non-profit HR organization
    POC:Michael Forde, VCACA President
  7. Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (HRC).
    HRC is a non-profit HR organization
    POC: Beatriz Amberman, HRC member (757) 619-5728 atbmexart@aol.com
  8. Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)*
    POC: Chair: Edgar Aranda Yanoc (Edgar@justice4all.org), (703) 778-3450 at or Vice Chair: Beatriz Amberman (bmexart@aol.com), (757) 619-5728
    *Honorable J. Walter Tejada, VACOLAO founding & current member. 
  9. World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads 
    POC: Council’s office at 757-464-0200 or Email atworldaffairs1@aol.com
    The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads is a registered (section 501c3) non-profit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding and awareness of and interest in matters of international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy.

HR: Hispanic School Organizations


  1. College of William & Mary (W&M) – Hispanic Cultural Organization (HCO) 
    WEB SITE: web.wm.edu/so/hco/
  2. Girl Scout Council of Colonial – Hispanic Outreach
    POC: Ms. Angelina Lopez, Hispanic Outreach Counsoler (angelinal@gsccc.com) at TBD
  3. James Madison University (JMU) – Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
    WEB SITE: http://beinvolved.jmu.edu/organization/lsa
  4. Newport News High School – Spanish teacher
    POC: Ms. Barbara Dowdy, French/Spanish Spanish teacher (barbaradowdy2002@yahoo.com) at TBD
  5. Norfolk State University (NSU) – Spanish Club
    POC: Ms. Gloria Rodriguez-Tisdom, NSU AA Director (grodriguez@nsu.edu) at TBD or Courtney Brewer, Vice President of NSU Spanish Club (cmnette@aol.com)
  6. Old Dominion University (ODU) – Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
    WEB SITE:http://www.homestead.com/LatinoStudentAlliance/final.html
    Biweekly meetings held from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at ODU Webb University Center, Cape Charles Room
  7. Old Dominion University (ODU) – MultiCultural Student Services (MSS)
    WEB SITE: http://studentservices.odu.edu/mss/

HR: Hispanic Religious Spanish Services

    1. >>>> Note services times/dates listed are subject to change. Contact POCs for updates. <<<<


  1. Catholic Massess in Spanish within the Hampton Roads Area
  2. WEB SITE:http://www.stgregoryvabeach.org/index.php/ministerio-hispano/misas-en-espanol
    • [Newport News] Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) Church
      Address: 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601
      Sunday Mass celebrated in Spanish each week
      OLMC Church Spanish Mass @ 2 PM
      Address: 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601
      POC: Hispanic Ministry Coordinator at 595-0385 Ext. 136
      WEB SITE: www.olmc.org
    • [Hampton/Buckroe Beach] St. Joseph’s/San Jose
      Address: 414 Buckroe Avenue, Hampton, VA (757) 851-8800
      POC: Deacon Joe Gonzalez (JMG020732@aol.com) at (757) 851-2402
      Fellowship with pot-luck of Latin dishes at Saint Joseph’s (in Cordiar Hall) every 4th Saturday of the month (after Mass ends) at 9 PM.
    • [Virginia Beach] Saint Gregory
      Address: 5345 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23462-1896
      POC:Sra. Janice Sigala (jas@stgregorysva.org) at (757) 497-8330 ext. 367, or Fax 757 490 1492
      Check Schedules at Ministerio Hispano de St. Gregory/St. Gregory Hispanic Ministry
  3. Iglesia Cristiana Camino A La Luz – Spanish Pentecostal Church
    Address: 1044 Big Bethel Road, Hampton
    POC: Rev. Felix J. Nieves
    Phone: (757) 827-6968
    Services: Tues.,Thurs., & Friday @ 8 PM, and Sundays @ 2 PM
  4. Iglesia De Dios Adonai
    85160 Beamon Rd, Norfolk, VA
    POC: Pastor Carlos Ramos at (757) 287-7442
    Services: Wednesdays @ 7 PM, Fridays @ 7:30 PM and Sundays @ 9:45 AM
  5. Iglesia de Dios Bethel
    Address: (Located at Cornerstone Church of God) 465 Glenrock Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
    POC: Pastor Harold Rodriguez at 757 749-4354 or email:Bethel4God@live.com
    Services: Wednesday @ 7pm / Sunday @2pm
  6. Iglesia de Dios de Denbigh – Ministerio Hispano
    Address: 1233 Shields Road, Newport News, VA
    POC: Rev. Elba Vazquez at 757-874-4013
  7. Iglesia De Dios Eben-Ezer
    1101 Eaglewood Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    Phone: (757) 422-2997 / Email: info@ebenezernorfolk.com
    Services: Wednesday and Fridays @ 7 PM, and Sundays (2 Services) @ 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM