Meet The Board



    Cecilia has been with United as president since 2012. She has extensive experience in the areas of Management of Community Services, Community Development and coordination of disability and home and community care services.
    Cecilia has also sound knowledge and experience in setting up Planned ActivityGroups for different organisations and local government.
    The main motivation that drives Cecilia's commitment with The Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre Inc is to unify the Spanish speaking community of Victoria to work together for the growth of the organisation and the services delivered to the community, with an ultimately goal that is the establishment of a residential facility for the Spanish community in Victoria.



    Barbara Leon has over 17 years experiencein the community not-for-profit sector, having worked in a vast amount of roles from community development, family support, policy development, counselling and youthwork. Barbara's educational background includes the successfulcompletion of a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Counselling Diploma. Barbara is passionate about the health and well-being of all people, as well as being committed to social justice and to addressing social inequities. Barbara is also interested in promoting cultural diversity and unifying the Spanish speaking community of Victoria.





    Manuel Solano has an extensive experience in the financial and accountant areas.
    He was Accounts Officer at SPCHG. By July 2014 Manuel finalised his Masters in Financial Management and became Finance Co-Ordinator.
    Prior that, Manuel completed a diploma in Business Administration in Brisbane and a Bachelor in Finance and Foreign Trade in Colombia. While he was in Brisbane, he worked as a Sample receipt Officer and afterwards as a Laboratory Technician at ALS. Back in Colombia, where he is from, he was Financial and Administrative Director.
    Manuel was appointed as Treasurer of United in May 2017.


    EXECUTIVE MEMBER "Extensive global Project Management and Process Improvement experience acquired over 25 years working for multinational and not-for-profit organizations in the industries of:

    • Health Care and Social Assistance – Focused on Ageing, Disability and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse sectors

    • Financial 
    • Telecommunication

    For many years I’ve been dedicating my expertise to making a positive lasting impact on the well-being of disadvantaged communities. "