also oversee the group’s firstever, national fundraising campaign in 2012. An Eloy, Arizona native, Chávez is a Yale graduate and attorney. She has held top posts in Arizona state government and vital positions in the U.S. government. Chávez was chief executive director of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas before being promoted as the national organization’s 19th director. She will assume her new office at the Girl Scouts National Convention in November.
Three join Sí Se Puede The Chandler-based Sí Se Puede Foundation announced the addition of three elected members to its executive board. John Hernandez, president/CEO of PRfect Media, is the new chairman. Pablo Cavazos, managing partner of Pablo Cavazos, CPA, PLLC, is the new treasurer, and Carmen Cornejo, owner of Critical Mass Communications, is the new secretary. The Sí Se Puede Foundation provides
at-risk youth a support system to encourage educational achievement.
Solley elected to AWEE board Anna Solley, president of Phoenix College, was elected secretary of the board of directors of the nonprofit Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.
40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 The 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards, presented by Chicanos Por La Causa and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, recently unveiled its 2011 winners. This year, SRP’s Tony Moya will be honored with the inaugural Líder Award. Other award recipients include Alexander Anaya, Amy Felix, Andrea Diaz, Angela Gonzales, Angelica Degadillo, Beethoven Felix, Carlos Duarte, Christina Spicer, Daniel Fernandez, Diana Payan, Dulce Matuz, Elmer Ramon, Gabriela Cardenas, Ixchel del Castillo, Jacob Rosell, Jaime Natividad, Jennifer Sanchez, Jessica Aquino, Jesus Acosta, Jimmie Munoz and Johnny Rojas. Also, Jose Rivas, Jose Romero, Joseph Larios, Lilia Alvarez, Lisa Torres, Lorenzo Castillo, Mari Valenzuela, Marian Zapata-Rossa, Marisol Flores-Aguirre, Marithe Sandoval, Maritza Felix, Mary Parada, Noemi Bohn, Rebecca Jimenez, Rosa Villalpando, Sergio Cossio, Suzie Ortiz Ratley, Tanya Muniz, Xavier Carpio and Zipatly Mendoza.
Rivera-Ashford’s work celebrated Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford’s book My Nana’s Remedies/ Los Remedios de mi Nana, received two prizes in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest. Her book earned first place in the Cultural Diversity category and in the Family Matters category. It also received honorable mention in the Educational category. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press published the book.
Esquer at ASU law college Andrea Esquer has joined the Civil Justice Clinic’s homeowner-advocacy unit at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University as assistant director. Esquer was formerly an assistant to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.
Flinn-Brown fellows selected The fall 2011 Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy fellows have been announced. They include Magdalena Barajas, advisor to the Pima County Board of Supervisors; attorney Tony Gonzales of Flagstaff; Daniel Gonzales Jr., intern in the office of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords; Lea Marquez Peterson, president/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Beatriz Elisabeth Rendon, ASU associate vice president for educational outreach. Four other Arizonans
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have been tapped for the Spring 2012 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy including Carl Zaragoza, deputy state director, Stand for Children, and Deborah Gonzalez, chief academic officer, ASU/University Public Schools. The Academy is a project of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
Mendoza-Denton receives civil discourse grant Norma Mendoza-Denton, an associate professor of linguistic anthropology at the University of Arizona, is among four researchers selected to receive grants from UA’s newly created National Institute for Civil Discourse. Mendoza-Denton’s research focuses on “conflict talk” during town hall meetings hosted by former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during the 2000s. She hopes to develop a better understanding of the microdynamics of conflict, particularly in town hall meetings.
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