EASTON — The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center recently promoted Dr. Lorelly Solano to a full-time advancement manager.
Solano joined ChesMRC in September 2017 as a part-time Hispanic outreach coordinator. In her former role, she coordinated the Talbot Language and Cultural Competence project, a multi-agency initiative reaching nearly 1,000 people, which brought professionalization to the field of bilingual interpretation and explored the topic of cross-cultural dynamics at the community level.
ChesMRC Executive Director Matthew Peters said Solano’s role will be crucial to support ChesMRC expansion, as the organization continues to increase its capacity and community stature.
Solano said it has been a smooth transition to her new role, which entails cultivating donor relations, taking charge of communications and marketing, fundraising and long-term program building and development. She also will continue to coordinate the Language and Cultural Competence program.
“Everything about ChesMRC has always been smooth,” she said. “Even two years ago on my first day of work, I just felt like I knew everybody and we had known each other all our lives ... It was exciting to know I was a good fit in the organization.”
Though the two-year Language and Cultural Competence program has concluded officially, ChesMRC is in the works of drafting new project objectives.
Solano also received recognition as a licensed community interpreter instructor, after teaching a 44-hour certificate program at Chesapeake College this past spring. Thirty-eight individuals have graduated from the program as a result of ChesMRC’s efforts.
Chesapeake College is accepting applications for the non-credit Community Interpreter International Program this fall. Program 1 runs from Sept. 7 to 28, and Program 2 runs from Oct. 5 to 26.
The staff and board of directors recommended Solano’s promotion, highlighting her commitment toward the organization and professional abilities.
“Dr. Solano has a deep understanding of our organization and mission, and has proven herself more than capable as a coordinator and manager,” Peters said.
“We have fantastic people on staff and very supportive board members that also come with a lot of experience in this field,” Solano said.
In the meantime, the nonprofit organization is buzzing with excitement as it moves its headquarters to 331-333 E. Dover St. in Easton to better serve its client base in the East End Neighborhood.
Founded in November 2012, ChesMRC empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of the community. Since its inception, ChesMRC has assisted over 3,500 non-English-speaking adults and children in Talbot and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.chesmrc.org.
The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center Inc. has been designated as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) and a public charity under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.