We Are?

EUP is a service-oriented organization. Estamos Unidos originated as a Latino community-based group in the Harrisburg area in 2002. It began as a group of volunteers who helped Hispanic children in three main areas: Cultural Heritage, Educational Advancement and Mentoring Programs.

  • Cultural Events
  • Educational Programs
  • Scholarship Fundraiser
  • Mentoring
  • Silence Auction
  • Latino Gala Night
  • Children’s Christmas Party
  • Summer Multicultural Picnic
Years of Experience
Executive Board Members

Hertor Ortiz


Dr. Hector Richard Ortiz is the President of H & R Communications and Consulting Services and a Communications Consultant for La Voz Latina Central, a Regional Bilingual Newspaper. Previously, Dr. Ortiz served as Senior Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships, Office of Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, at Central Penn College. Previously, Dr. Ortiz served at Central Penn College as an assistant professor and Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Office of Health Equity.
Dr. Hector Ortiz is the founder of several Latino organizations and serves in various other local and national boards and committees. He is the founder and former president of Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania.

America Schwartz


America Schwartz has been a member of Estamos Unidos for 12 years. She has been volunteer for several organizations such as Special Olympics of PA, Jefferson’s Award program at Highmark, The Civic Club of Harrisburg, American Literacy Organization, Children’s Miracle Network and Christian Life Assembly. She currently serves as EUP secretary.

Ryan Rivera


Ryan is the Assistant Branch Manager of the Members 1st FCU in Middletown and has been with the organization for over 6 years! Prior to joining Members 1st, Ryan served in the Army National Guard. Through his professional career, Ryan has served his community through multiple avenues. He has had the privilege to work directly with our youth by coaching various softball and basketball teams in the local area. Most recently, Ryan served as a Co-Chair on the City Living Committee for Harrisburg Young Professionals and helped organize different events through Harrisburg to promote the city. Ryan has volunteered for several organizations such as The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and Harrisburg Young Professionals.

Board of Directors

America Schwartz


Hector Ortiz

HR Ortiz Communications

Sarah Inés Ramírez

Immediate Past President (Eup advisor)

Dr. Sarah Inés Ramírez was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Jersey City, NJ.  Since joining Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center she has built a local, regional, and national reputation in the areas of health equity for underserved populations, has developed curricula focused on culturally responsive healthcare and empathy formation in medical learners, and has leveraged community engagement as a way to provide education and empower Hispanic communities and stakeholders. As President of EUP she works to promote and support community-engaged programming efforts throughout the Harrisburg community.

Kruger Gaibor 

Board Member

Kruger Gaibor is a passionate marketer, and a dedicated community advocate with a profound commitment to making a positive impact for seniors, local professionals, and college students in Dauphin County. A recent graduate of Penn State Harrisburg, Kruger actively engages with multiple nonprofits, focusing on uplifting and supporting students with scholarship opportunities and informing seniors about their government healthcare resources in the region. With a drive to foster meaningful connections and create lasting change, Kruger finds fulfillment in using marketing strategies to advance the causes that matter most to the community.

Amanda Batista

Board Member

Amanda is former President of Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania. She has been an active volunteer/member of Estamos Unidos for 18 years. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a minor in Sociology, a minor in Women Studies, a certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Amanda is a former Dauphin County Judicial Center Officer, former civilian employee of the PA State Police PICS Unit. Amanda has held every position on the Executive Board of Estamos Unidos. Amanda is also a previous scholarship recipient of Estamos Unidos. She has coordinated many of our events such as the Multicultural Picnics, Galas, and Fiesta del Niño’s Children’s Christmas Parties. Amanda has also served on many boards relating to her children’s sports interests. She is currently a Community Coordinator/Outreach for several organizations.

Evita Vidot-Cotta

Board Member

Evita Vidot-Cotta, Puerto Rican decent from Bronx, New York is a family development coordinator for Tri County Community Action since 2013, promoting child development, family support and positive parent-child interaction. Evita served in the U.S. Army from 1996-2000 Active Duty as a Unit Supply Specialist. Evita is one of the founding members of Estamos Unidos and has been a board member and volunteer since 2002. Evita is also a founding member of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center and volunteer. Evita has volunteered with various organizations such as PAL (Police Athletic League), Soccer coach for Harrisburg City and Youth mentor. Whenever there are events in the community, Evita loves to be there to help. Evita is the Dauphin County 2014 Jefferson Award Winner and Central PA National Winner. Evita’s passion is helping people and making a difference, volunteering is rewarding and always looking for opportunities to continue doing what she loves.

Catherine E. Walters

Legal Counsel


Catherine E. Walters provides exclusive management-side labor and employment services for employers of all sizes, including privately and publicly held companies, government contractors, institutions of higher education, health care providers, trade associations, and other non-profit organizations.  Her practice spans an array of industries, including financial and banking, manufacturing, defense contracting, education, health care, professional services, insurance, construction, technology, retail, real estate, transportation, restaurants, and hospitality.  Catherine’s extensive experience and collaborative skills enable her to partner with her clients to develop creative, practical, business-oriented solutions to their legal challenges.  She focuses on identifying current and emerging trends to provide clients with proactive legal advice aimed at managing and preventing emerging risks.  Her emphasis on strategic thinking and focused solutions enables her to provide employers with the sophisticated counsel that has become necessary in today’s complex business environment.  Catherine regularly appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies where she handles both employment and traditional labor matters.

Mateo Latorraca

Board Member


Mateo Rodrigo, a graduate in Business Development and Government Relations from Franklin and Marshall College, serves as a Special Assistant in the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, Office of Critical Investments. With expertise in domestic and international relations, cultivated through a study abroad experience in South America.
Mateo oversees the implementation of federal programs directing $22 billion into the state. His pivotal role encompasses leading state initiatives in workforce development, clean energy transition, and housing. At the forefront of leading program design and implementation for Home Efficiency Rebates (HOMES/HER) and Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR), he showcases a steadfast commitment to advancing energy efficiency and housing solutions through community development. He has played a pivotal role in shaping the design and execution strategy of the Commonwealth Workforce Transformation Program (CWTP), a flagship initiative by Governor Shapiro aimed at creating 10,000 new jobs over the next 5 years.
Beyond his governmental responsibilities, Mateo is currently spearheading a local initiative to bring the Miami Nightlife experience to Harrisburg while raising awareness about homelessness through non-profit partnerships. Bridging communities together through local education and cultural celebration, Mateo emerges as a transformative figure dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of Pennsylvania’s communities.

90000$In Scholarpships Offered
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We are moved more than 4280 homes to another destination
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We are moved more than 4280 homes to another destination
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We are moved more than 4280 homes to another destination
20000+Happy Families
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We are moved more than 4280 homes to another destination
Board of Directors

We are Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania  

EUP provides cultural awareness through the arts, traditions, and family values and assists our community,

especially our Hispanic students, through integration into the community at large.