Founded nearly twenty years ago, Nueva Luz is still dedicated to improving the community and helping those in need.
Pastor Max Rodas, Executive Director
Pastor Max Rodas has been involved in responding to the challenges faced by urban communities in Cleveland, Ohio since 1988. For the last 18 years he has been the Founder and Executive Director of Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, a non-profit organization addressing the root causes of systemic poverty and health inequities. Under his leadership, Nueva Luz has evolved from a belief to a faith-based organization providing culturally competent services to over 3,000 individuals both in Cleveland and Lorain, Ohio.
From a state and national perspective, Max Rodas serves as an organizational strategist for his ecclesiastical denomination; especially committed to Latino capacity building, youth counseling and the development of urban leadership. He has served as a Trustee for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Cleveland Commissioner to both Governor Strickland and Governor’s Kasich’s Commission on Latino Affairs and member of The Greater Cleveland Hispanic Roundtable. On the national level, he represents Ohio at the National Latino Evangelical Coalition as it relates to salient Latino issues such as education, safety and business development.
In 2010 President Barack Obama invited Kim and Max to the White House to recognized them for their commitment to health disparities, youth development and making this world a greater place for all.
Kim Rodas, Chief Operations Officer
Since 2006, Kim Rodas has served as the Clinical/Program Director of Proyecto Luz. Before holding this position, Kim served as the Director of Services and Social Work Case Manager at Proyecto Luz between 2000-2006. In that role, Kim conducted intake interviews, psychosocial assessments, developed individual service plans, co-facilitated group psychotherapy and created resource guides for HIV Early Intervention Program.
Kim Rodas is a proud alumni of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Graduating in 2002 with a concentration in Adult Mental Health and her B.S.W. in 2001 from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.