Ethnic Support Council is a grassroots organization established in 1989 to work toward meeting the needs of our growing, diverse community.

About ESC

Ethnic Support Council was formed in 1989 when compassionate community members witnessed the challenges Vietnamese and Cambodian refugee families faced while trying to adjust to life in the community. Services were established to assist refugees with education, social services and employment. Today, the ESC celebrates the success of past clients and families while continuing to serve the diverse population, many from the Latino community and most recently migrants from the Pacific Islands.




Board of Directors

The Ethnic Support Council Board of Directors meets at 5:15 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the ESC meeting room. Those unable to attend in person, may participate via Zoom. 

Meetings, which usually last an hour or a bit longer, are open to the public. 

If you're interested in joining the board, please text President Cindy Lopez Werth at 360-751-4427 or email her at

Cindy Lopez Werth



Huyen Truong

Vice President

Tina Smith


David Vasquez


Elle Couto

Ariana Muro

Brandon Nickel

Jessenia Perez


James Hill

Executive Director


Jovita Potter

Bilingual Services Manager


Talia Churchman

Bilingual Services Advocate


Sally Hembree

Outreach Coordinator


Lisa Zepeda

Bilingual Advocate


  • Malcolm Forbes

    Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

  • Robert Alan
    Cultural Differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diverstiy brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity  
    Robert Alan
  • Wesley Scott Johnson

    A great organization! Connects newcomers to the community. Helps them to become successful members of our community.


    Wesley Scott Johnson
    Board Member
  • Andrea Crenshaw

    Excellent organization that brings people together, raises cultural awareness, and bridges cultural differences.

    Andrea Crenshaw
    Community Member