Staff and Board

 Staff & Team

Rosalinda Roper is the Executive Director of El Zócalo. She was born in Mexico and moved to Arkansas in 2014. She has worked in bilingual roles in clinics and in a real estate company. She also worked in the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock.

Kelsey Lam is the Development Manager.  She was the former Director of El Zócalo.  She has worked with indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Douglas Ponce is the Financial Literacy Coordinator with El Zócalo.  He is originally from El Salvador and has worked with Central American non-profits for over 30 years.

Liz De Jong is the lead ESL teacher and coordinates educational programming.  She studied ESL and previously taught English to refugees.

Laura Mendiola is the Life Coach and Emotional Health Program Coordinator.  She trained as a social worker in Mexico.

LaTasha Moore is the Health Program Coordinator.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a Master of Public Health. She has worked as a Medical Interpreter for over 4 years.

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Our current interns are Courtney Marsden, Adam Kleinerman, Dianna Leal, and Ana Romero.


Our Board of Directors is comprised of Rachel Townsend, Leslie Adkins, Grace Waddell and Sarah Donaghy.

Founding Team Member

We also want to recognize Sara Mullally Broussard co-founded El Zocalo in 2011 and served the organization as a dedicated volunteer and director through 2015.  She previously served in Casa Marianella immigrant shelter in Austin, TX and taught Spanish in the North Little Rock School District.