Hilda Rosario Escher – President & CEO
Gladys Pedraza-Burgos – Chief Operations Officer
Ruperto Montero – Chief Financial Officer
Michael Wyatt – Director of Corporate Compliance
Patricia Cruz-Irving – Director of Development and Communications
David Nuñez – Director of Information Technology
Elisa DeJesus – Director of Family Services
Grisell Marin – Director of Developmental Disabilities
Ida Perez – Director of Children Services and Family Sustainability
As the president and CEO of Ibero, Hilda Rosario Escher is well-known for serving as a voice and advocate for individuals and families in need of support during difficult times. Because of her background and experience, she is able to speak on behalf of the Latino community while creating understanding and awareness among multiple audiences. “It’s important for people to know that Ibero serves people of all backgrounds and the impact that it can have on these individuals. I am a product of Ibero. Because of the support I received here, I was able to succeed. There are so many people with great potential, and we have the power to help them reach that potential, with the support of the community,” said Hilda during an interview about her role at Ibero and in the community.
With more than 25 years of experience in the human services field, Hilda is able to provide a wealth of knowledge on the programs and strategies that benefit our clients and the entire community. Her extensive background includes work in the fields of: developmental disabilities, foster care, adoption, day care and employment/training services. Through Ibero, Hilda substantially increased services for the developmentally disabled by focusing on infrastructure improvement. During her tenure in the foster care program, Hilda succeeded in decreasing the length of stay for children by implementing the model approach “Partnership in Parenting” training for foster parents.
Hilda was born and raised in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She currently resides in the City of Rochester with her husband, Doug Escher. She is the proud mother of two children and three grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, volunteering and learning about different cultures. Hilda is the past President of the Rochester Psychiatric Center Board. She also sits on the Executive Committee for the Council of Agency Executives, University of Rochester Center for Community Health and is a member of the Provider Council. She is the past Chair of Coordinated Care Services board of directors.
Hilda attended the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, Education and Social Work. She also completed the Non-for-Profit Leadership Program at Roberts Wesleyan College.