Ramona R. Reyes is a dedicated leader who serves as the director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at Catholic Social Services. In her role, she plays a crucial part in assisting immigrant Hispanic families through various programs and services. The center's mission is to provide a welcoming environment that fosters community building, strengthens families, improves economic status, and promotes health and well-being.
Prior to her work at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, Ramona had a successful career spanning 24 years at Nationwide Insurance, showcasing her commitment to serving her community both within and outside her professional roles.
In addition to her impressive career, Ramona is an advocate for education and community involvement. She currently serves on the Columbus School Board, where she is in her third term. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic elected member of the Board. As Vice President of the board, she chairs the Public Engagement Committee, which plays a vital role in organizing the annual Columbus City Schools Children's Day celebrations.
Ramona's own educational journey brought her to Columbus when she was awarded the Campbell Soup Migrant Scholarship, a scholarship designed for children of migrant farmworking families. This scholarship enabled her to attend the Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Transportation Logistics.
Beyond her roles in education and community service, Ramona serves on the boards of various organizations, including East Coast Migrant Head Start, Mt. Carmel School of Nursing, and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) Board of Trustees. Additionally, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Ramona's dedication and contributions to her community have not gone unnoticed. She has received several accolades, including the Champions of Diversity Pioneer award and an EXPY from Experience Columbus. She was also named a Columbus Crew Hispanic Hero and a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan. Her achievements have been highlighted in publications such as the Women's Book and the 2013 WELD - Women You Should Know Calendar.
Ramona R. Reyes's unwavering commitment to education, community engagement, and service to others exemplifies her as a true leader and advocate for positive change in her community.