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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES OF THE GREAT LAKES BAY HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE. At SVSU, we prepare graduates to be leaders and contributors in their communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. We transform lives through educational excellence and dynamic partnerships. Distinctive opportunities for growth and a state-of-the-art campus highlight SVSU’s commitment to a culture of collaboration and innovation.




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MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES - Nina Hageness, Host of Somos Hispanos Program WELCOME TO SVSU Dr. Donald Bachand, President of Saginaw Valley State University National Anthem performed by Patrick Olivarez American G.I. Forum Honor Guard INVOCATION Dr. Julian and Ava Gonzales of Greater Dimensions Church DINNER RECOGNITION OF SPECIAL GUESTS AND SPONSORS Leona Flores, GLBHLI Board KEY NOTE SPEAKER Mary Ann Gomez Orta, President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. SPECIAL RECOGNITION Monica B. Reyes, GLBHLI Director PRESENTATION OF THE GUADALUPE GOMEZ LEADERSHIP AWARD Gomez Family PRESENTATION OF THE DANIEL SOZA ALUMNI LEADERSHIP AWARD Soza Family, GLBHLI Board, GLBHLI Alumni WORDS FROM AMBASSADOR REPRESENTATIVE April Zeilinger, GLBHLI Ambassador, PRESENTATION OF GLBHLI’s GRADUATES Rosa Morales, National Association of Hispanic Journalist, Latino Banner, GLBHLI Board INTRODUCTION OF 2020 AMBASSADORS – 11th Cohort Monica B. Reyes, GLBHLI Executive Director Commissioner of the Hispanic Latino Commission of MI CLOSING REMARKS Cresencio Hernandez, GLBHLI Board



ary Ann Gomez Orta joined the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) in 2011. Prior to joining CHLI, she was the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She is a former Corporate Marketing Manager with Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation. She managed multi-million advertising and marketing campaigns, collaborated with advertising and public relations firms as well as multilingual broadcast, print and outdoor media to executive local, regional and national promotions. She represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as a National Alliance Development Consultant and managed business development and multi-cultural projects for small and mid-size public relations agencies and national ones. Mary Ann currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility; Co-Chair of the New America Alliance Latina Caucus Washington, D.C. Chapter; Co-Chair of the College Relations Committee for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Miami Chapter and member of the Latino Jewish Leadership Council. Mrs. Orta is a teacher at heart. She has taught public relations, business, marketing and public speaking at American University, University of Phoenix and Heald College. She has also conducted workshops for small

business owners on marketing, public speaking tips for women, networking and Hispanic marketing. She is a former board member of the University of the Pacific’s Alumni Association; former President of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project; and former member of the Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation. Mary Ann earned a B.A. in Communications at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and an M.B.A. at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She strongly believes that diverse points of view create exponentially better results for all and it is with that passion and commitment she prepares and promotes Hispanic college students to be global leaders at CHLI. Gomez Orta is extremely proud of her parents. Her father is from Michoacán, Mexico and her mother is from Brownsville, Texas. They raised five children while working in the fields of California’s Central Valley and encouraged and watched as all five earned undergraduate degrees and two went on to obtain master's degrees. The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community's Economic Progress with a focus on Social Responsibility and Global Competitiveness.

2019 GLBHLI GRADUATES Antonio Hernandez

• Business Owner, Barber and employed at Uno's restaurant. • Graduate of Lompoc Adult School Education.

Tony states that he has had a lot of great experiences this year, but his favorite was getting to know his classmates on the canoe trip! Tony shared that his favorite volunteer experience was going to the Old Town Christian Outreach Center and serving over 500 people in the community. This opportunity taught him how easy it is to make a small difference in people's lives and the community. Tony is currently studying for his Property and Casualty license for work in the insurance industry. In the long term would like to pursue a career in teaching.

Daniel Villanueva

• Mechanical Engineer, Consumers Energy • Graduated from Florida International University (FIU).

Daniel felt that the Nexteer Class was one of his favorite due to the content, proven to be excellent for both personal self-esteem and leadership. The Christian outreach was an excellent experience both socially and spiritually. For the future he plans on being able to contribute socially where he can, professionally he will exercise the content of the training to expand his understanding of people and efficiently provide his new learned leadership skills where needed

Alcus Smith Sr.

• Supervisor in Gas Distribution at Consumers Energy Headquarters in Flint. • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University.

His favorite experience was being able to meet and network with people that he would have never met before. His favorite volunteer experience was and is serving the community i.e. food, coat giveaways, etc. Alcus plans are to continue to motivate people to be a better person in this life, despite all the negativity that is around us!

Mario Elias Hernandez

• Team Leader, Morley Inc. • Graduated from Redwood High School, Visalia, California

There were so many great moments and events this year, but my favorite would have to be when we created an ofrenda, this was my first time ever. We were at the Saginaw Art Museum for their Dia de Los Muertos event. This experience, as well as others, has helped me feel more confident and proud of my heritage. It was truly inspiring to see so many admirable causes that need good people. I feel that I can really make a difference, that I can be a part of something to bring a positive change to where we live. At the Christian Outreach Center, we volunteered in helping over 500 families in need during the Christmas holiday, which was a humbling experience. I plan to return to help the local families in need and also volunteering for regional elections in our area. My hope is to become more politically involved in the community.

2019 GLBHLI GRADUATES Michael Angel Hernandez

• Son of Josephine and the late Angel Hernandez. • He is currently a Remote Cyber Security Analyst for General Atomics, San Diego, CA. • DJ and owner at Definite Sound Entertainment. • 1988 Graduate of Nouvel Catholic Central High School. • Graduate of Ferris State University – Information Security & Intelligence /Computer Forensics. • Graduate of Delta College with a degree in Information Security & Technology.

Michael believes that it was a privilege and an honor to be a part of this prestigious program. He applauds and congratulates his fellow classmates. Michael wants to thank them for the long and dedicated commitment as he has now gained new lifelong friends. He believes that the program has expanded his leadership skills in many ways, in both his personal and professional life. The program taught him how to explore new ideas and communicate more effectively. It has opened his mind to the importance of becoming more involved in his community and providing hope for those in need. Michael appreciates all he has learned as he prepares to take his newly acquired skills to the next level.

Arturo Lopez

• Born and raised in Fresnillo, Zacatecas Mexico. • Business owner and builder of SJT Pro Solutions, LLC a construction and remodeling

and his slogan says, “You dream it, we build it”. He came to the United States when he was in high school. He later found his true passion, construction. On May 10th, 2018 one of his biggest dreams became true, to become a citizen of the United States of America. Being in the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute program has been one of the best experiences of his life because it has opened so many doors for him and his business. But most importantly it has taught him how to become more involved with the community. Some of his best experiences was to volunteer at the East Side Soup Kitchen, and the Christian Outreach; it has made him realize how lucky he is to have what he has and that everything counts when trying to help. This program is one of the best experiences of his life and he hopes that the program can continue for many more years so that people can obtain personal growth and provide great services to the community.

Melissa Sue Ramos

• Account Manager for Brown & Brown of Central Michigan. • She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Michigan-Flint and a

Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan-Flint. Mellissa felt that the program assisted in both personal and professional growth. Each of the required seminars and workshops provided valuable lessons and encouraged you to see ideas and goals from a new perspective. Melissa is thankful to the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute for opening the door to many volunteer opportunities in the community. Although all our volunteer opportunities were valuable, Melissa particularly enjoyed participating in the Riverfront Beautification Day. She explained that before this year she had no idea that this event existed, even though 2018 was the 16th annual event. Melissa explained that it is a wonderful feeling knowing that you can assist in making your community a wonderful place to live and work. Melissa is very grateful to be an Ambassador of the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute and cannot measure the level of knowledge, growth, and wonderful relationships she has gained as a result of being a member of the institute. As an Ambassador of the program her goal is to continue volunteering in the community and encourage others to do the same.

2019 GLBHLI GRADUATES Tasha Marie LaForest

• Administrative Specialist for the Karn Generating Complex, Consumers Energy. • Graduate of Bay City Central in 2001.

GLBBHI Class has been a tremendous learning experience in regard to the Hispanic Community. There were many things we do not learn in schools that really opened my eyes to the Hispanic heritage. Tasha enjoyed all the networking and gaining a new family with all her fellow classmates. Tasha explains that the volunteering touched her heart in ways she cannot explain and feels it has brought her closer to her community. Volunteering for the Soup Kitchen and the Underground Railroad were her favorite organizations to help. Impacting individual's daily lives and realizing how many people in our community need help was a heartfelt journey for her. Tasha says that she will continue to provide assistance to the organizations that need it the most and have the most impact in our communities. Tasha’s plans for the future are to continue growing into a model leader and transition into a leadership role that bring fresh ideas and skills to the table.

April Zeilinger

• Marketing Director at her family business in Frankenmuth, Zeilinger Wool Company • Reese High School graduate. • April also worked 20 years in financial institutions with 18 years of that time in credit

unions April’s favorite experience of the year was learning more about herself with the self-assessment and felt that it boosted her confidence. Aprils favorite volunteer experience was at the East Side Soup Kitchen. The staff and volunteers made the experience enjoyable. The people we served were appreciative and it was heartwarming.

Nina M. Martinez

• First Student Location Manager for Bridgeport Spaulding Schools. Nina states that she had so many great experiences in this leadership program and met some amazing people. Nina explained that the leadership classes were very knowledgeable and eye opening for her. Some of her favorite experiences were volunteering at different events in the community. The two events that stood out the most were the Beautification Day & Christian Outreach Center. Volunteering on Beautification Day, helping clean up our parks and painting along the riverfront were nice to be a part of to make our city shine again. The Christian outreach center food give away was a joy to be able to help a couple hundred families receive food for the holidays as well as gifts for the children. Nina’s plans for the future are to stay actively involved in the community, continuing to volunteer at different events, and to encourage our young adults the importance of getting involved.

2019 GLBHLI GRADUATES Felice Marie Tansley

• Manager of St. Julian Winery In Frankenmuth.

Felice explains the program has given her firsthand experience of what is in need for the community. Some of her most memorable experiences were volunteering at the East Side soup kitchen serving people that count on that meal, helping with the Beautification Day painting, planting flowers, laying mulch cleaning up the Riverfront. Felice felt that the volunteering done as part of the program taught her about a world she never knew, that was right in her own back yard.

Fenis Soza

• President and entrepreneur of Fenis Inc. • Attended Delta College student and a current student of life.

Her favorite experience this year has been meeting and getting to know her classmates, alumni and other leaders in the community. Her favorite volunteer experience that really touched her heart was helping with Christmas with Angels. Knowing that we were able to bring the joy and spirit of Christmas to several children in our own community was one of the most rewarding experiences this past year and the generosity of our community proved that together we can accomplish anything. She plans to continue to be an example of leadership as well as advocating for the Hispanic community with a focus on women’s health.

Joshua Alejandro Allen

• Machine operator at Nexteer Automotive • Graduate of Arthur Hill High School.

One of his favorite experiences this year was the class at the Saginaw Chambers of Commerce in which we had discussions about politics and the immediate impact we can have as leaders in our neighborhoods and communities... “Change your zip code to change the world!”. Joshua’s favorite volunteer experience was the Christian Outreach food giveaway. About 10 years ago as his family fell on tough times, they were blessed with free food at these giveaway events; so being on both sides (receiving and volunteering) is truly humbling and gratifying. It’s a life changing experience! Joshua’s plans for the future are to make his first impressions count and stand out with his name; the only true measurement of leadership. He also intends to join some meaningful boards & councils to use his voice and implement change that counts.


Thanks to our Graduation Supporting Sponsors Duperon Corporation ~ Morley Companies Inc ~ Demo & Remodeling ~ AT&T Pioneers The Greater Michigan Construction Academy ________________________________________

Special Thanks to our Program Host and Sponsors Orientation –Myers Briggs Assessment GLBHLI & SVSU QBQ Leadership & Harvest of the Empire GLBHLI LIVE@LEAD Heidi Shearer, HQ Wellness Hispanic Latino Cultural & Awareness Day Guest Speaker Felipe Lopez Sustaita of Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan Nexteer Excellence in Leadership Myiesha Smith~ NEXTEER ~ Kim Berg Networking Day GLBHLI Board and Leona Flores Consumers Energy Day-Decision Making Cresencio Hernandez III, GLBHLI Alumni ~ Saginaw Art Museum, Marcella Mosqueda Duperon Education Day Tammy Cavanaugh, GLBHLI Alumni ~ Terry Duperon ~ Vicky Popp Wrap-Up Program Dr. Donald Bachand ~ Monica B. Reyes, SVSU Program/Training/Coordination Monica B. Reyes, GLBHLI Executive Director Volunteer Coordinator Leia Lopez-Gamboa, GLBHLI Alumni ________________________________________

Special thanks to our GLBHLI Alumni and Community Members that continue to support the program by volunteering: Leslie Medel, James Hernandez, Catalina Soto, Andrea Sanchez, Tammy Cavenaugh-Medel, Cresencio Hernandez, Debbie Vasquez-Hinderliter, Miguel Gomez, Marina Jimenez, Leona Flores, Dan Soza, Staci Rosales, Paula Bebout, Catarina Barajas, Abriana Hernandez, Inez Perez, Rosa Morales and Sonia Severin. Thank you to all our registration workers, door greeters and volunteers, many of who are our alumni. Thank you to the many supporters through the year as well, we have too many to name here, you know who you are, and we thank you!


Cresencio Hernandez III President

Marina Jimenez Secretary

Leona Flores Tresurer

Sein Benavides

Miguel Gomez

Monica B. Reyes Executive Director

Bobby DeLeon

Frank Medel Jr.

Andrea Sanchez

Daniel Soza III

Fenis Soza Program Director

PAST RECIPIENTS Guadalupe Gomez Community Service & Leadership Award

The Late Daniel Soza Jr.

2010 – Kathleen Chantaca 2011 – Carmen Stricker 2012 – Coral Dean 2013 – Melissa Garcia 2014 – Efrain Garcia 2015 – Veronica Strudgeon 2016 – Miguel Gomez &Dalia Smith 2017 – Sara Lamblin 2018 – Dennis Medel 2019-

Elviz Machul

Mamie Thorns Ph.D

Rosa Morales

Louie Garcia

Danilo Sirias Ph.D Faculty Advisor

PAST RECIPIENTS Daniel G. Soza Jr. GLBHLI Alumni Leadership Award 2015 – Adam Gonzalez 2016 – Javier Ruiz 2017 – Andrea Sanchez 2018 – Sein Benavidez 2019-

ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORTED THROUGH 2018 ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORTED THROUGH DECEMBER 2018 Keith Mayer, Class of 2010 •President of the Grand Valley State University Rugby Old Boys’ Association – 2003-Current •Vice President of the Tri-Cities Barbarians’ Rugby Club – 2007-2013 •NCC Media Honored Affiliate – 2014 Kathleen Chantaca-Kubczak Class of 2010 •Michigan Education Association Representative Assembly At-Large Delegate- Representing Minority - 3-year term •Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Support Staff Association Michael Reyes Class of 2010 •TMO Consumers Energy -Gas Distribution •Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute’s (GLBHLI’s) Alumni •Member Local 104 Leticia Porras Maurer Class of 2010 •Enrolled in Naturopathic Program •Featured in the D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition Newsletter and Nosotros Los Latinos Magazine – 2018 •Guest speaker for Handley Elementary School – 2015 and 2018 •Earned a Natural Wellness Consultant Degree – 2017 •Developed and facilitated a Wellness Workshop for the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Business Association (GLBHBA) – 2017 •Guest speaker for the SVSU Rotract Club – 2016 •Guest speaker for Weight of Women’s Group – 2013 •Coordinated a class for the GLBHLI –2011 •GLBHLI’s Board Member – 2011 and 2012 Justin Jaime Class of 2010 •Became Owner/President of Michigan Pipe & Valve – Saginaw – 2012 •Graduated from University of Michigan and Ross School of Business with MBA – 2014 •Opened Michigan Pipe & Valve - Mt. Pleasant – 2017 •Opened Michigan Pipe & Valve – Genesee – 2018 •Opened Michigan Poly Pipe - Grand Ledge – 2018 Tammy Medel Class of 2011 •Promoted to Senior Project Manager, Duperon Corporation – 2019 •Project Manager, Duperon Corporation – 2011 to Present •Recipient of the 2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan, The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan •GLBHLI’s Graduation Committee – 2014 to Present •Facilitator of GLBHLI’s Classes at Duperon Corporation – 2014 to Present •Executive Board, GLBHBA – 2016 – 2017 •Member of the Latino Alumni Chapter of SVSU: Co-Chair, The Student Engagement Committee 2014 – 2015 •Mexican American Council Volunteer – 2015 •Saginaw Spirit Day Volunteer, Saginaw Spirit – 2011 – 2014 •Small Business Owner, Curves for Women, Hemlock, MI •Bachelor’s Degree; Cum Laude, SVSU Fernando A. Garcia Class of 2011 •President of the HBA – 2011 •President (WM) of Saginaw Masonic Lodge #77 – 2011 •Opened my own business “The Muscle Factory” •Earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from Kettering University – 2014 •Attending for MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business – 2018 •Started as Director of Sales for Ubisense Inc., a Global leader in Enterprise Location Intelligence Solutions – 2017 Daniel Soza Class of 2011 •Received the National President's Award for Boy Scouts of America – 2012 •Elected State Vice President for LLEAD (Latino Leaders for the Enhancement of Advocacy & Development) •Director of Samaritas Community Center – 2015 •Saginaw Public School Foundation Board •Heart of the City Award for Outstanding Nonprofit from MI Banner – 2018 •Boy Scouts of America’s Whitney Young Service Award 0 Vale La Pena – 2018 •Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Leadership Institute Ambassador – 2016 •Selected for Cohort Henry Marsh Public Policy Institute – 2016 Victor Gomez Class of 2011 •Appointed to Saginaw Community Foundation Board – 2012 •Appointed to the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity Board – 2017

Elvis Machul Class of 2011 •Founder of Christmas With Angels, “Bringing the gift of Christmas to families in need” – 2017 •Vice President of the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Business Association – 2018 •Alumni Leadership Saginaw County “Best Class Ever – 2016 •Promoted Finance Director for Garber Buick – 2015 •Earned his MBA from Richard DeVos Graduate School, Northwood University –- 2012 •Elvis was recognized for his philanthropy efforts by the Garber Automotive Group – 2012 to 2018 •He Chaired the Great Lakes Bay Regional Habitat for Humanity Revitalization Project on the behalf of Garber Buick •Chaired the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Fundraising efforts on the behalf of Garber Buick •Participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up Event •United Way Board of Directors – 2013 to 2018 •GLBHLI’s Board of Directors – 2015 to 2018 Yolanda Collier Class of 2011 •Earn her Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from SVSU •Director of Faith Formation, St. Mark Parish, Au Gres, MI Leslie Medel Class of 2011 •Currently a Career Manager for Michigan Works PATH Program •Bachelors of Business Administration, Northwood University •Program Mentor – GLBHLI – 2017 •Christmas With Angels Committee – 2017 •GLBHLI Representative for L.E.A.D. – 2017 to 2018 •Graduation Committee – GLBHLI -2018 Carmen Stricker Class of 2011 •Assistant Director of Freshman Operations, Promotion, SVSU •Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University •Recipient of the Top 50 Latinas Award of Michigan – 2018 •Graduate of Leadership Saginaw County Class of 2018 •SVSU’s Staff Member of the Month – 2017 •Nosotros Los Latinos Contributing Writer – 2016 - Present •Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Big Couple Program – 2015 to Present •American G.I. Forum Women’s Chapter Member – 2009 to Present •St. Joseph Church, Youth Group Director – 2015 to 2017 •YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, Mentor – 2015 to 2017 •SVSU Rotaract Club, Advisor ¬– 2015 to 2017 •GLBHLI’s Board, Trustee – 2015 to 2017 •GLBHBA Member – 2014 to 2016 •Somos Hispanos Advisory’s Board – 2011 to 2016 •Bridge Center for Racial Harmony’s Board – 2014 to 2015 •Saginaw Public Library Board Trustee – 2010 to 2015 •The Guadalupe Gomez Community Service & Leadership Award – 2011 MariLisa Lopez Class of 2012 •Promoted to Supervisor, Provider of Information Management •Appointed to the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony’s Board •Was selected Employee of the Year by “Health Plus of Michigan” – 2012 Melissa Sausedo-Garcia Class of 2012 •Hired as a Branch Manager for Team One’s Credit Union – 2012 •Promoted to Communication Center Supervisor for Team One’s Credit Union – 2014 •Promoted to Member Service Supervisor for Team One’s Credit Union – 2017 •Former Member of Energize Bay Area Young Professionals Network – 2012 to 2014 •Board of Director for The Underground Railroad – 2012 to 2016 •Board Trustee/Treasurer for the Public Libraries of Saginaw –¬ 2014 - Present •Recipient of the GLBHLI “Guadalupe Gomez Community Service & Leadership Award” Class of 2012 •Recipient of the Top 50 Latinas in Michigan Award – 2018 Sean Ortega Class of 2012 •Account Manager – The Dow Chemical Company •Bachelor’s Business Administration, Cum Laude – Northwood University – 2012 •Former Board Member – Saginaw County Animal Control Advisory Board Anjela Guijosa Class of 2012 •Earned her BBA from Northwood •Entered her Master's Program at SVSU •Member of Valley Society of Human Resource Management

ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORTED THROUGH 2018 Javier Ruiz Class of 2013 •Past Chair for M.A.P. Hispanic Outreach Team-Consumers Energy •Lifetime Boy Scouts of America Leader and Scout Master •Former United Way Mason County member •Knights of Columbus •American Legion •Prism Awardee Consumers Energy for Exemplary Diversity Achievements – 2016 •Daniel G. Soza Jr. Alumni Leadership Award – 2016 Roxanne Chantaca Class of 2013 •Nominated for Michigan Teacher of the Year – 2019 to 2020 •Intake Advisor-Expansion Advisory Committee-Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. •Nosotros Los Latinos Culture Award ¬– 2018 •K-Onda All Time Achievement Award – 2017 •Saginaw Spirit Hockey Team Most Spirited Teacher – 2017 •NAACP Game Changer Award – 2016 •Union Civica Mexicana Adelante Culture Award – 2011 •Tri-Valley Teacher of the Year, Arthur Hill High School – 2011 •Teacher of the Year, South Middle School – 2003 •Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year – 2003 Debbie Vasquez-Hinderliter Class of 2013 •2013 Delta Graduate with High Honors and Member of the Phi Theta Kappa – 2013 •CAN Council Full Time Volunteer •Habitat for Humanity Volunteer with the At-Risk Youth Organizer •NAACP’s Achievement Recognition Award – 2015 •Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, 2015 Outstanding Hispanic Leader Award for Advocate of the Year •GLBHLI’s New Ambassador Coordinator – 2014 to Present •Latino Leaders for Enhancement of Advocacy and Development (LLEAD) Steering Committee •LLEAD Voter Registration Drive Chairperson – 2016 •President, Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association – 2017 •Union Steward HealthSource AFSCME Local 933-003 Adelina Gutierrez Class of 2013 •Morley Companies’ Roadside Quality Assessor •Advisory Board Member of Q-TV Delta College Somos Hispanos program •Delta College Alumni - Associate in Science with Honors – 2016 •Awarded Delta College President's Champions for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award – 2016 •Current student at University Michigan-Flint; Public Health Major •Recipient of Outstanding Student Award of the University of Michigan, Flint – 2018 •Public Health Student Organization Board Member •Volunteer for the Hospice Team Flint site Cresencio Hernandez Class of 2013 •Past Chair of HOT Consumers Energy •Advising Manager for Consumers Energy Minority Advisory Panel •Promoted to Senior Engineering Analysis II- Site Instrument and Control Lead •Promoted to Site Operations Manager II •Past President of the GLBHBA – 2014 •Committee Member for the State Of Michigan-Minority Office of New Americans. •Member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) •Asst. Baseball Coach for Heritage High School Summer Program •Technical Advisory Group member of the Electric and Power Research Institute. •GLBHLI’s Advisory Board Member for Consumers Energy •Recipient of Inclusion Champion Award recipient for Consumers Energy – 2018 Rebecca Delgado-Tracy Class of 2013 •Promotion to Human Resource Administrator at The Dow Chemical Company – 2017 •Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Business Association’s Executive Secretary – 2013 Coral Dean Class of 2013 •Appointed to the Board of Directors for The Bridge Center (Formerly Bridge Center for Racial Harmony) •Member of the Racial Justice Committee for the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region •Advisory Board Member of Q-TV Delta College, Somos Hispanos program •Recipient of the GLBHLI’s – “Guadalupe Gomez Community Service & Leadership Award” – 2013 Victoria Trevino-Foster Class of 2013 •Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Management from SVSU •Employed with Chemical Bank as a Compliance Specialist - 2016 •Queen of La Union Civica Mexicana – 2013 •Newly Elected Board Member for Girls on the Run - Saginaw Bay – 2015

Andrea Sanchez Class of 2014 •Bachelor’s Business Administration, Cum Laude – Northwood University – 2014 •Underground Railroad – Empowerment Dinner Committee •Hired as Business Development, Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union – 2016 •Appointed to GLBHLI’s Board •Received GLBLI’s Daniel Soza Award – 2016 •The Great Lake Bay Health Centers - Fund Development Team/Ambassador •United Way of Saginaw – Financial Stability Community Change Team •Sacred Heart AIDS Run & Walk Great Lakes Bay Region – Run & Walk Committee •SVSU – Diversity Advisory Council •Received NAACP Award – 2017 •Executive Board - Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association •Active Member of Young Professional Network – 2014 •United Way – READ Program Terri Ortega-Hibbard Class of 2014 •Board Member of Saginaw Health Plan •Elected Bboard Member of the Saginaw Rescue Mission •Past Board of Directors of Positive Results Downtown Saginaw (known as PRIDE) Efrain Garcia Class of 2014 •Board of Directors, Michigan Association USA Boxing – 2015 to Present •Director, East Michigan Golden Gloves – 2016 to Present •Owner & Director of Saginaw Boxing Club Established 2013 to Present •Recipient of the GLBHLI’s “Guadalupe Gomez Community Service & Leadership Award” Class – 2014 •Owner & Operator of G & G Demo & Remodeling business established 2016 Cynthia Reyes-Betancourt Class of 2014 •Earned her MSA, from Central Michigan University - 2014 •Executive Board Member Saginaw Promise •Advisory Board Member of MCAN Michigan College Access Network •Advisory Board Member of LCAN Local Collee Network •Member Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association •Member of ALSAME-Advocates for Latino Student Advancement In Michigan Education •Received Employee Award from the Delta College Office of Equity Diversity & Inclusion Program – 2014 •Somos Hispanos Program Host - Delta College Q-TV 2012 to 2013 Adam Gonzalez Class of 2014 •American G.I. Forum - Past Commander, Board Officer, Scholarship Committee Chairman and Honor Guard •St Joseph Catholic Church- Lector •American Federation of Government Employees - Member •Graduate of GLBHLI – 2013 •GLBHLI’s Past Board Member •Great Lakes Bay HBA Member •PSA Star of the Month - 2014 •LLEAD Associate •Recipient of Daniel Soza Award •Recipient of Directors Coin Aleda E Lutz VAMC, Director Dr. Ginny Creasman •ICare Award- Advocacy - ICare Award- Commitment •Special Emphasis Program Manager Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center- Hispanic Program •Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer •Henry Marsh Institute of Public Policy Cohort – 2018 •Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza Board- Vice President, 2nd Term •Saginaw Leadership Class of 2019 Adelina Gutierrez Class of 2014 •Morley Companies Promoted Quality Assessor for Allstate/GM Roadside Department •Elected Full Time Board Member of Delta College’s Somos Hispanos Program (was a student board member before) – 2015 Jose Enderi Class of 2014 •Promoted to Staff Program Manager at Nexteer – 2017 Salina Urivez Class of 2014 •Graduated from Delta College with Honors, Associates in Business Studies – 2017 •Received Advanced Certificate in Health Insurance Coding & Claims Specialist.

ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORTED THROUGH 2018 James A Hernandez Class of 2015 •Bachelors’ of Social Work - SVSU •Master in Educational Leadership - SVSU •GLBHLI’s Alumni Coordinator with Old Town Christian Outreach Center •Board of Directors Underground Railroad •Financial Aid Counselor at SVSU •GLBHLI’s Alumni Member •SVSU Alumni Employee – Chair •Board of Directors member -Underground Railroad Inc. (Duplicate entry - Remove) •SVSU’s Latino Alumni Chapter – Member Melinda Moreno Class of 2015 •Bay County United Way Volunteer – 2015 to Present •Financial Secretary for United Steelworkers Local 15157 – 2015 to Present •Treasurer for the Michigan Mosquito Control Association – 2018 to Present Marina Jimenez Class of 2015 •Program Coordinator, Meetings & Incentives; Morley Companies •Bachelors of Business Administration, SVSU – 2014 •GLBHLI’s Board of Directors Secretary 2015 – Present •GLBHBA Executive Board Secretary – 2016

Anna Maria Flores Class of 2016 •Manager, Honors College Community Engagement, Wayne State University – 20016 to Present •Recipient of Top 50 Latinas of Michigan Recipient, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan – 2018 •Ph.D., Communication, Wayne State University – 2017 •Treasurer, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Wayne State University – 2017 to Present Leah Flores Class of 2016 •Benefit Education Specialist with Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan •Bachelors and Masters from Northwood University Priscilla Cantu Class of 2017 •Started job at Region VII Area Agency on Aging (Information Specialist/ MMAP Counselor) – 2017 •Certified Michigan Medicare/ Medicaid Assistance Program Counselor – 2018 •Christmas with Angels Board – 2017 to 2018

Sonia Angelica Severin Class of 2015 •Board Member for The Underground Railroad – 2016 •Elected Vice-Chair of Underground Railroad Board of Directors •Nominated for YWCA #52Weeks 52Women, Highlighting 52 Outstanding Women in the Great Lakes Regions •NAACP Achievement Recognition Award – 2016

Marcella Mosqueda Class of 2017 •Dean of Students, Windover High School •ALICE Instructor (Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), Windover High School •Restorative Practices and Circles Trainer, Eastern Michigan •Vice President of Recruitment and Retention, Michigan Great Lakes Bay Alumnae Association (Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.) •Sub-Committee Chair of Community Education and Learning for the Culture Awareness Coalition (Midland Area Community Foundation) •Adult Learner Team Member, Midland Area Community Foundation •Recipient of the Top 50 Latinas of Michigan, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan – 2018

Michelle Luna Class of 2015 •Currently working at Advance Dentistry South Florida Administrative Support Specialist. •ABC Warehouse Office Support Specialist •Member of LLEAD

Lucille Pagan Class of 2017 •Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, DeVos Graduate School - Northwood University –– 2019 to Present •MBA ‘18 - DeVos Graduate School, Northwood University

Michele Reynolds Class of 2015 •Speaker at YWCA Women’s Empowerment Symposium – 2018 •Started PhD program at Central MI University – 2018 •Chair of Discovery Day at Nouvel Elementary – 2017 •Assistant Director of Student Affairs for CMU College of Medicine •Completed her first marathon •Adjunct Faculty for SVSU •Board of Directors for the United Way of Saginaw County – 2017 to Present •Recipient of Humanism Award from the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Central Michigan University Chapter •Recipient 52 Women of 52 Weeks Recognition from YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region

Inez Soza Perez Class of 2018 • Recipient of the Top 50 Latinas in Michigan by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan – 2018 • Recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award – 2017 • AT&T Women of Finance Circle Mentoring Circle Mentee •AT&T Finance & Billing Operations Diversity & Inclusion Committee member • Christmas With Angels Committee Member • AT&T Pioneers Fundraising Committee Member • AT&T Technical Internship Program • AT&T Service Excellence Award – 2016 • AT&T Service Excellence Award – 2015 •GLHBLI’s Graduation Committee Member •Greater Dimensions Church Events Planning Committee •Heritage High School Wrestling Parent Liaison

Catalina Soto Class of 2015 •Bachelors of Business Administration, Cum Laude – Northwood University – 2007 •Brown & Brown of Central MI, Implementation Coordinator •Underground Railroad Board Member – 2013 to 2015 •St. Joseph Church Choir Member & Catechism Teacher Raquel Ledesma Class of 2015 •Graduate of Henry Mash Institute for Public Policy – 2018 •Promoted to Associate Director of Support Services – 2018 •Sherwood Elementary PTO President, September – 2018 to Present •Doctoral Student (Ed.D) at Central Michigan University – 2016 to Present •Received a Masters of Arts in Administrative Science from SVSU – 2015 •SVSU Alumni Association Board Member – 2015 to Present •SVSU Latino Alumni Chapter Chair, March 2015 to Present •YWCA Great Lakes Bay Racial Justice Committee Member – 2015 to Present •READ Association Mentor – 2015 to 2016 Leia Lopez- Gamboa Class of 2016 •Latino Leaders for Enhancement of Advocacy and Development (LLEAD) Steering Committee – 2016 •LLEAD Voter Registration Drive Co-Chair – 2016 •Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association Executive Board, VP of Communication – 2017 •GLBHLI’s Volunteer Coordinator – 2017 to Present •Promoted to General Manager, JC Penney Bay City MI – 2017 •Recipient of the Top 50 Latinas of Michigan Award, Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan

And many more, this is just a brief view of our Accomplishments! Congratulations to you all!

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Congratulations on your achievement to the 2019 Ambassadors and to the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute on your 10th anniversary! MAY THIS BE JUST THE BEGINNING OF YOUR LEADERSHIP JOURNEY!


Congratulations Mario, our 2018 Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute graduate. We have many opportunities, including openings for bilingual speakers.


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Congratulations to Tasha Laforest, Alcus Smith and Daniel Villanueva, the most recent Consumers Energy graduates of the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute. Your commitment to customer, community and culture help fulfill our promise to bring safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to Michigan homes and businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.

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The GREAT LAKES BAY HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE is proud to celebrate their 10th Anniversary!


¡Felicidades! Congratulations to the 2019 Hispanic Leadership Institute Graduates! The Julian Samora Research Institute celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Bay Institute.

¡Suerte! Continue efforts to make the world a better place for ALL.

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Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute on their 10th Anniversary from the Saginaw Law Enforcement. CREATING REGIONAL LEADERS!

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