Our Identity

We are a welcoming community center serving as a source of essential information and as a gathering place for the civic participation of multicultural  families in our community.  We bring positive change to the community by facilitating the integration of families to East Tennessee.
Our mission is to promote empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services.

Our Story

In 2005, Centro Hispano became a 501c3 non-profit organization. Knoxville had a large unmet need to have a central place where internationals, especially Latinos,  could learn English and find resources to help them improve their lives. In 2010, with the assistance of the Helen Ross McNabb Center and Knox County, Centro Hispano found a home at 2455 Sutherland Avenue in the John Tarleton Campus.

Our Team


Claudia Caballero
Executive Director

Megan Barolet-Fogarty
Children’s Programs Coordinator

Jaquelinne Padilla
Office Manager/Information and Referral Coordinator

Brandon Ledford
Adult Education Coordinator

Onsite Afterschool Lead Teacher

Board of Directors

    •    Jeennyfer Castellanos (Board Chair) - Mexico
    •    Charles Christiansen (Treasurer) - USA
    •    Richard Duncan (Secretary) - USA
•    Jessica Bocangel - USA
•    Shawn Conklin - USA
•    James Costa - USA
    •    Roberto Crichlow - Bolivia
•    Christopher Rivera - Mexico
    •    Matt Tillery - USA


Our Partners


Funding Sponsors