Board Members


Executive Board


President - Gloria E. Perez-Matos

Born and raised in NYC, Gloria moved to Rochester in 1986. Her knowledge of her culture comes from strong family ties where many of her family members were either musicians or dancers.

Gloria is currently the Special Events Coordinator/Bilingual for the City of Rochester. She has served her community in this position for the last 12 years of her 23 years employed with the City of Rochester.

She is also the Founder and Choreographer for “Oshunmiyeye…an Afro-Caribbean Dance Company” dedicated to preserving our culture through the arts of music and dance. She has also served on several other community event committees in various capacities. ¡Que Viva La Tradición!

Vice President - Axel Colon


Treasurer - Germaine Matos

Born and raised in the Bronx, Germaine moved to Rochester in 1986. Her knowledge of her Puerto Rican heritage comes from her grandmother Maria Perez and her grandfather Ramon Perez who were from Ponce and Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.

Germaine is currently employed with the Rochester City School District. She has served her community with the district for 7 years. She graduated from East High School in Rochester NY and has a degree in Business Administration. She is also an alumni of the Latino Leadership Development Program (LLDP). Germaine enjoys raising her eight year old granddaughter and takes pride in teaching her to be a proud and educated Latina.



Nemesio Martinez Vellon

Nemesio is one of the founders of the PPORNY. He is currently Chairman of the Entertainment Committee. He works as Coordinating Chaplain at Livingston Correctional Facility (Catholic) and has been appointed as permanent Deacon at Holy Apostles Church. He is a producer of the Don Vellon program at WEPL 97.1 FM. Every Sunday from 6:00 am until 10:00 am.


Volunteers/Committee Members



Gilbert Ricardo Perez

Gilbert Ricardo Perez (“Gil”) came to Rochester, New York with his family from Cuba at the age of eight years old. Gil is a product of the Rochester City School District. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and then received a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law. Gil and his wife Laurie have been married for 38 years. They have three daughters, Siobhan, Kirsten and Ashley, who work as teachers in the Rochester City School District. Also a son, Justin who works as an attorney.