Adonis Banegas serves as the Executive Director of The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio). As Executive Director of Concilio, Banegas oversees programs that provide social, educational, cultural, preventative and intervention services to underserved families in the Philadelphia region. Concilio, the oldest Latino non-profit in Philadelphia, serves as a voice for the diverse Latino community around issues impacting children, youth and families, and convenes two major cultural events in Philadelphia each year: The Hispanic Fiesta on Penn’s Landing in July and the Puerto Rican Festival in September, which includes the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Banegas has more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working to expand access to health and social services for vulnerable and underserved populations. That work includes serving as the Program Director at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Program Manager of the Family Planning Council’s Men’s Initiative, Facilitator for Educating Communities for Parenting, Reintegration Worker for Resources for Human Development, and a Prevention Specialist for Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
A true Philadelphia product, Banegas graduated from Samuel S. Fels High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Health Education from Arcadia University. His community involvement includes serving on the board for Deep Roots Charter School and Community Advisory Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Cares Community Fund. Banegas previously serving as a Board Member for Pan American Charter School and the Barbershop Initiative, a program under the University of Pennsylvania. The Latino Connection and the Governor’s Advisory Commission recently recognized Banegas as one of 100 most influential Latinos in Pennsylvania on Latino Affairs.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – El Concilio is pleased to announce that Ms. Janessa Rivera has been hired as the new Deputy Director. Ms. Rivera will coordinate and oversee all administrative program functions of Concilio’s Family Social Services and Community Based Services departments. In addition, Ms. Rivera will work closely with the Executive Director to achieve fundraising goals for the agency in the areas of foundation, government, individual and corporate support. Janessa Rivera is a Southern New Jersey native raised in the small town of Mays Landing by her 1st generation middle class hardworking Puerto Rican parents. Rivera earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration of Social Services from William Paterson University, a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate for organizational development. Rivera has over 15 years of experience in the social services/human services field specifically working with minority and low to moderate-income populations through various nonprofit organizations as well as within the government sector, holding senior management titles for the last 8 years. Most recently Rivera served as the Chief Program Officer at Burlington Community Action Partnership in Burlington County, NJ.
“We are very excited that Ms. Rivera will be joining our organization to continue to support our mission and work in the community. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be a welcomed addition to the leadership of Concilio.” Executive Director, Adonis Banegas.
Yolanda Panzullo joined The Council of Spanish Speaking Organization (Concilio) as a Director of Finance in October 2018 and leads the agencies’ fiscal department.
Prior to joining Concilio, Panzullo has been working with other non-profits for more than 18 years. A graduate of the Universidad Libre de Cali, Colombia where she obtained her CPA certification and began her career as a senior accountant for several companies with businesses in South America.
Civic engagement and volunteerism are very important to Panzullo, for this reason, she has always worked with non-profits.
Oneyra Ortiz is the Fiscal Manager of Concilio. During her 22 years tenure, Oneyra oversees the fiscal administration department with accounting and is part of the management team. Before this position, Oneyra was the Fiscal Secretary for the administration department for Concilio. She is well known for her ability to be the analytical focused and detailed oriented. Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she enjoys going to RV camping around the United States.
Ms. Oral Bestman is the Operating Manager at Concilio, where she oversees operations, banquet hall, and IT strategy. She drives our continued building growth in the lease, IT integration and banquet hall expansion. Ms. Bestman has spent more than nine years part of Concilio’s Executive leadership and development team. Ms. Bestman has complete business responsibility for Building projects, IT growth integration, Supplies purchases, and Banquet Hall Marketing. Ms. Bestman also leads our building safety committee, co-created Concilio annual Hispanic fiesta kids’ corner event and she works closely with our hall clients in planning their event.
Born in West Africa, Liberia
Ms. Bestman has her Master in Information Technology Management and B.S. in Technical Management.
Community Based Services Manager
Adriana T. Rivera MSL, holds a B.A. from Temple University in Communications and a Masters of Science in Leadership from Cabrini University. Professionally Adriana has held positions from entry level to Director in the Education, Behavioral Health, and various non-profit sectors for over 15 years.
Adriana has been actively involved in her community since her teenage years. Joining the National Council of Puerto Rican Rights, Philadelphia, she became the leader of the first youth group. She enjoys being a voice and organizing for the sake of helping others.
Adriana was one of the organizers for Philadelphia’s first Latino Gay Pride festival, became an advisor to Mayor Michael Nutter on LGBTQ affairs, founded Raices Latino Pride Philadelphia, and started the DJ Andi Text Book Scholarship Fund, which helps low-income first-generation students pay for a semester of textbooks. Adriana had worked in the college access profession, helping hundreds of students go to college and saw a need for more assistance.
Currently, Adriana is treasurer of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women’s (NACOPRW) Philadelphia chapter and former faculty member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC).
Adriana serves on Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs as a commissioner representing Philadelphia County. Adriana has received the Hero of the Year award from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, recognized by the House of Beauty Pageant, named a Phenomenal Woman by the Phenomenal Women’s Committee for her work in the Latino LGBT community, and was recognized in 2018 as one of Pennsylvania’s 100 Most Influential Latino Leaders. Adriana currently resides in Philadelphia where she is a part-time DJ, Emcee, and Professional Development Facilitator.