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ASPIRA of Illinois – Leadership Through Education

Board of Directors

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Antonia Pantoja’s Legacy

The Directors for the Board of ASPIRA have experience in nonprofit organizations, business, and education. Each Director volunteers their time and is dedicated to advancing the mission of ASPIRA and preserving its legacy.





Dr. Armen Alvarez
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance,
Associate Director


David S. Rodriguez 
Attorney at Law, Rodriguez
Law Group

Vice Chairperson, Treasurer/Finance

Yolanda Frontany
U.S. Bank, CRA Mortgage Retail Branch Manager

Vice Chairperson,

Rosemary Lugo-Gross 
Director of Strategic Alliances – North American Sales

Vice Chairperson,

Marco Morales
State of Illinois – Employment Security

Vice Chairperson,

Cynthia Yuqui
T.H.E. Management Inc.
Office Manager

 Parent Director

Luis A. Martínez
Lead Architect – City Colleges
of Chicago


Dr. Rosanna S. Diaz
Consultant, Educator, Coach, Realtor


Debra Cruz
Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender


Luis Diaz-Perez
Exelon/Com Ed Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs


Gabriela Gonzalez
College Student

Student Director

Anthony Pritchett
High School Student

Student Director

For further information, please contact our Board Liaison Maggie Garcia at margarcia@aspirail.org or 773-303-3560

Meeting Calendar

All meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
It is advised to confirm the meeting date and time at 773-303-3560

Location: ASPIRA Business and Finance High School 2989 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor Media Center

Aspira Board of Directors Meetings SY 2023-2024

Monday, July 31, 2023 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

 – Regular Meeting

 – Annual Meeting

 – Regular Meeting

 – Regular Meeting

 – Regular Meeting

 – Regular Meeting

Public Comment Guidelines

ASPIRA is committed to fostering community engagement and to hear from members of the community. To further this commitment we welcome public comment at each Board of Directors meeting.

Please follow the public comment guidelines outlined below (A detailed policy is at the bottom in a PDF format)

  • A person seeking to address the Board will make their request at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the meeting.
  • Requests received less than 24 hours in advance will be referred to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
  • Requests can be made via email at margarcia@aspirail.org or by calling (773) 252-0970

To make a request, the following information is required by email or telephone:

  1. The date of the meeting the requestor would like to speak.
  2. The name of the person requesting to make public comment.
  3. Indicate if the person making the request to speak is a parent, student, employee, or member of the community.
  4. The telephone number of the person making the request to make a public comment.
  5. A clear description of the issue the person will present to the Board of Directors
  6. Does the person need a interpreter (indicate the language)
  7. If applicable: Presentations must be submitted with the request (for example, copies of hand-outs)

Public Comment Policy.pdf