Our mission is to provide instruction and services to people with disabilities to reach their fullest potential toward a productive and independent life in the community. Esperanza means hope, expectation, promise, prospect, and confidence.
Esperanza Community Services began as a school in 1969, created in response to the lack of services available to students whose learning needs were not being met in traditional classrooms. Our founder, Guadalupe Reyes, was driven to help her son Bobby, whose developmental disabilities were caused by spinal meningitis. Guadalupe Reyes made Esperanza School a place where students with developmental disabilities found a solid foundation of education, support, and encouragement upon which they could grow.
For 50 years, we have built a strong and positive reputation among families as a trusted and caring service provider, and we are uniquely positioned to support our diverse community. Esperanza is truly an anchor for the individuals and families we serve, providing the help and hope that many have been unable to find elsewhere.
Senior Director of Programs
Director of Finance & Administration
Director of Communications & Outreach
Board of Directors
Aaron McKay, Chair
Snakes and Lattes
Suzanne Ritzler, Secretary
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood, & Boyer P.A.
Howard Goodfriend, Director
Raymond James Financial Services
Nicole Montanye, Director
Heather Morris, Director
Andrew Soep, Director
Tempus Labs, Inc.
Jenelle Wittmann, Director
Zagone Studios/Imagining This/For the Love of Chocolate Foundation
Staci Yesner, Director
Jenn Bane, Director
M Harris & Co.