Karen Cline
Executive Director

I have a passion for the Spanish culture having lived in Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. It is my desire to provide a place where immigrants can come to receive help and instruction in their quest to become productive citizens of this great country.

  • B.A. in Criminal Justice and Spanish from Troy State University
  • Masters of Education from Rivier College
  • 15 years Education/administration experience
  • Former CEO and founder of nonprofit Education Center in GA
  • Former missionary to S. America and Spain for 6 years
  • Former Law Enforcement officer

Our Board

  • Dr. Rodriguez practiced Emergency Medicine for over 20 years and was residency trained at the University of California at San Francisco. He completed a Fellowship in Primary Sports Medicine at the University of California in San Diego and certified In Age Management Medicine. In addition to his Emergency Medicine practice as Director of Emergency Medicine Services , he worked in the Department 0f Orthopedics of Patuxent Medical Group.

    Dr. Rudi Sr. Board Member Center of Help Annapolis MD
    Dr. Rudi President of the Board
  • Mark J. Hoffmann Vice President – Board Role Vice President – Job Title at work Mark has 20 years banking and retail executive leadership experience. He currently manages multiple locations in Annapolis, AA County, as a VP for Capital One Bank. Areas of expertise are small business lending, credit, and managing cash flow. He has also served as a multi-unit leader and Store Director for national retailers JC Penney and Circuit City. Mark has worked with the Center since 2014. He enjoys being involved in, and working to give back to the local community. He and his family are long term residents of Annapolis.

    Mark Hoffmann Board Vicepresident
  • Waleska Casiano initiated her career as an Attorney for the General Services Administration (GSA) in Puerto Rico as the Director of the Legal Office. In November 2013, Waleska opened her private practice as an immigration attorney in Crofton, Maryland. She works with the Hispanic community in Maryland. Also Waleska became a board member for the Center of Help, a non-profit organization to help the immigrant community in Anne Arundel County. Waleska offers free consultations once a month.

    Waleska Casiano Secretary
  • Ms. Rodriguez is the owner of Caliente Grill in Annapolis and the Hispanic Liaison for the City of Annapolis. Ms. Rodriguez is fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish, along with having an extensive knowledgeable of the public school system education and the opportunities for students’ achievements.

    Roxanna Rodriguez Board member
  • Ms. Dillon has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising at the local, regional and national level. She has helped education, public policy and service organizations to expand their outreach, build new partnerships and increase resources. Debra’s focus in the community is to help individuals and families obtain the skills and resources they need to become self-sufficient. Debra works at Dillon Wealth Management, a full service wealth management practice committed to helping people achieve their financial goals.

    Debra Dillon Board member
  • Ms. Trudy served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the Maryland housing finance agency, the Community Development Administration. She was responsible for a variety of public lending and subsidy programs totally $500 million annually. Prior to that, she was for four years the HUD Director of the Office of Planning, Washington, DC where she was responsible for a variety of planning and regional housing programs. She begin her housing career serving for 10 years as Director of the Housing Division of the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she developed innovative regional housing programs and headed a regional housing authority.

    Trudy McFall Board member
  • CDR Thomas Wagener, USN, PhD is a permanent military professor and chair of the Languages and Cultures Department at the U.S.Naval Academy.

    Thomas Wagener Board member
  • Carolina Seldes, originally from Colombia, is a Senior Program Manager and President of ITnova. She has over 17 years of experience as a technical and project manager. Her background includes a bachelor degree Electronic Engineering, and an equivalent master’s degree in Finance from Columbia University in New York. Ms. Seldes is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional), ITIL (Information and Technology Infrastructure Library), and (CEP) Cloud Essentials Professional – CompTIA. Ms. Seldes is a board member of the Anne Arundel Community College foundation where she serves as a member of the financial and investment committee.

    Carolina Seldes
    Carolina Seldes Treasurer