Gladys Serrano Named Interim CEO of Hispanic Counseling Center

Posted: 06/01/2015

Serrano Returns from Retirement to Work With the HCC During Leadership Transition


Hempstead, NY, June 1, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) announced today that former HCC Executive Director Gladys Serrano, who led the multi-service agency from 1990 to 2012, has been named interim CEO.  


“It is with enthusiasm that I return to guide the continued growth and vitality of the Hispanic Counseling Center,” said Serrano, who came out of retirement at the bequest of the Board of Directors. 


“My commitment to the Board of Directors, the dedicated staff, and families throughout the community is genuine and heartfelt,” Serrano added. 


The HCC Board of Directors is conducting a search for a CEO to take the agency to the next level in its mission of providing comprehensive human services for Latino families and all in the area who seek help.  Serrano was a natural choice for the interim, given her 35-plus years of work in the Hispanic community. 


James R. Dolan, Jr., DSW, LCSW, Director of Community Services, Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services, said, “The Hispanic Counseling Center provides valuable behavioral health services; and I am confident that the agency’s Board, and its founder, Gladys Serrano, who has returned as interim CEO, will assure that HCC continues to provide outstanding care to those they serve, for many years to come.” 


“Thirty-some years ago, the few programs that served the needs of the Hispanic community were run out of a store front,” said Serrano, who earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1984.


Today, the HCC is located at 344 Fulton Avenue in Hempstead in a 27,000-square-foot building.  It owns and rents out an attached building of 12,000 square feet.  Nine coordinators, a staff of 55, and two bilingual psychiatrists serve the community through 12 programs, which operate under a $5.3 million budget. 


While the Board engages in a CEO search, Serrano’s priority will be to preserve HCC’s reputation as the premiere agency serving the needs of the bilingual/bicultural community.  


Serrano said she will address budget and funding issues and work to assure that the Mental Health Clinic gets appropriate support.  She also hopes to bring back an afterschool homework and tutoring program to assist children of parents who work multiple jobs.


“We want everyone to know that the HCC is alive and well, offering a wide range of services that are open to everyone in this community,” Serrano said.  “In my first week back at the agency, I see that former clients are doing well and in some cases their children are using the services today.”   


The agency was initially established in 1977 by the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction to provide substance abuse treatment services to the County’s growing Latino population.  HCC provided the only substance abuse program and became the first agency for Latinos to offer a mental health program. 

Hispanic Counseling Centerís 1st Annual Casino Night Fit for a King

Posted: 05/12/2015

Masquerade-Themed Fundraiser Held at Prestigious Oheka Castle

HEMPSTEAD, HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2015 — Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC), a multi-service not for profit agency that provides bilingual treatment and prevention services in the areas of mental health, alcoholism, substance abuse, and youth and family services, held its First Annual Casino Night at the majestic Oheka Castle in Huntington. Guests were in the spirit of the night as they donned masks to embrace the event’s masquerade theme. Everyone relished a wonderful variety of fine food and a spectacular selection of wine as they enjoyed playing the tables including: blackjack, roulette and craps.

            WNBC’s Long Island Reporter Greg Cergol emceed the event welcoming guests and speaking about the importance of agencies like HCC and the value their programs and services bring to the Long Island communities they serve.

            The event opened with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a lavish open buffet with a variety of food stations. The event was highlighted with an impressive wine tasting, generously provided by Franny Lew Wine & Liquors of Fresh Meadows. Nearly 13 different wine vendors collaborated with Franny Lew Wine & Liquors to showcase a variety of whites, reds and other liquors. Wine orders were accepted during the event and in true charitable fashion, Franny Lew will generously donate a portion of the proceeds to HCC.

            “We’d like to thank the loyal friends and sponsors who not only attended, but provided exceptional support to ensure that our inaugural Casino Night was a huge success,” said ­­­­­­­­­ HCC Board Member Nanette Malebranche, who is also the Fundraising Committee Chairperson. “The evening was filled with excitement and fabulous food. All proceeds from this event go towards HCC’s invaluable community programs and services. We are most grateful for everyone’s generosity and support.”           

Event Sponsors included North Shore LIJ Care Connects and NY Digital Products. The Casino Sponsor, North Shore LIJ, provided the casino entertainment, which was thrilling and exciting for all in attendance.