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The 2009 Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos edition A Message from the Publisher…

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WELCOME

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nce again, it’s a tremendous privilege for us to be able to recognize the accomplishments and successes of many Latinos that honor

of our people. These role models are dedicated to uplifting the lives of others, while individually to become better leaders so they can make a difference from the top. In 2009, our fourth year, the process of choosing the voting committee became a lot more demanding as we looked deeper into the nominee’s work, to verify their selection was as accurate as possible. Valley. Some awardees are well known and visible within the community but, many more are considered invisible. These leaders work behind closed doors, achieving and making a huge difference that will not just affect their family, but impact our society on a whole. Latinos are a powerful group of very diverse people linked by a common heritage. This heritage has united us together to form a powerful force that the nation and world have recognized. Latinos are the largest minority in the nation. It is our hopes that as we continue to gain strength through our numbers, we will remain diligent in our efforts to highlight the greatness of our people by producing this publication. Our efforts to acknowledge our mon, shared goal. A goal to unify our community and affect positive change. Thank all of you for your diligence and hard work in achieving your accomplishments. As we achieve, let’s not rest on our success but, keep striving ple of what determination and leadership can achieve. Congratulations!

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Miguel Angel Concepciรณn Thomas

Karina Calva Coordinadora del รกrea de comunidades Promueve y elabora programas del Instituto de educaciรณn, salud, cultura, deportes y ecoBinacional de Salud y la implementaciรณn de la Ventanilla de Salud en las instalaciones del

Pennsylvania State Director for Democracia USA and AHORA. A non-partisan and leadership development organization which seek to increase the prominence and participation of Latinos in the American democratic process. ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania as its Youth Congreso on a consulting basis.

en Relaciones Internacionales. Community Relations Coordinator, Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia:

Director para Pensilvania de Democracia USA y AHORA.

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Nefertiti Jรกquez Cynthia F. Figueroa

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Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Services. Appointed to that position in nity Based Prevention Services and serves as the lead for the alignment of all prevention services

nment reporter at the CBS station, WFOR-4, since 2004. where she studied political science and public policy.

key City wide initiatives. Born in Puerto Rico in 1973, Cynthia holds a

Reportera General, FOX 29 News.

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David Lugo Principal, Thomas A. Edison High School and John C. Fareira Skill Center. the school, the second largest high school of the City of Philadelphia; in 2007 he became the Principal. After graduating with honors in -

Director, Thomas A. Edison High School y John C. Fareira Skill Center.

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Pedro Rivera Superintendent for the School District of Lancaster. began his tenure as Superintendent of Lancaster. Pedro has spent his entire caAssistant Principal, Principal, and Central trict of Philadelphia. -

Rubi Pacheco-Rivera Philadelphia Commerce Department, Assistant Commerce Director for Neighborhood and Business Services. In this role, Ruby promotes access and opportunity for businesses throughout the region. Previously, Rubi serin charge of the Puerto Rican Festival at Concilio. Rubi was born and raised in Philadelphia, and gained Director Asistente para Vecindarios, Negocios y Servicios del Departamento de Comercio de -

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Maria Celina Price Verizon Wireless, Multicultural Marketing Consultant. In this role, Celina is actively engaged in assessing potential sponsorship and branding opportunities as well as strengthening the company’s community-based relationships with the Latino, African American and Asian communities in the Philadelphia region. of 14. She works closely with several organizations focused on investment in literacy, continuing education and mentoring of young professionals. She also is on the Advisory Board for the

Teresa Rodriguez President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. Teresa is currently an attorney with the legal services agency Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. This agency provides legal representation and advocacy on behalf of agricultural, and other low wage immigrant workers. Teresa is also panic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of

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Orlando R. Quevedo Acclaimed artist, teacher and professor of art. Orland

the Philadelphia Bar Association. Labor Studies and Industrial Relations from the Presidente de la Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de Pensilvania.

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many others. Since 2007, Orlando opened Orlando’s Art Philadelphia. Aclamado Artista y Profesor de Artes. -


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Ismael Arcelay Allentown Mayor’s Special Assistant. In this

Latino Leaders Asistente especial del Alcalde de Allentown.

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as constituents concerning matters pertaining to

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Ismael has been Bethlehem City Councilman, and currently serves as a commissioner for the

Administration from Strayer College.

Jesse Bermudez

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created many educational programs with music to public and parochial school s in the PhiladelRecorded Live at the Painted Bride Arts center was nominated in 2008 for a Grammy for Best

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President Casa de Venezuela Delaware Valley.

Presidente de Casa de Venezuela del Valle Delaware.

member of the Steering Committee of the Latino Part-

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Emilio A. Buitrago

de Sucre. In 2004, along with a group of Venezuelan traditions of Venezuela.

Dann Cuellar

Reportero de 6ABC Action News.

6ABC Action News Reporter.

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major news events including the terrorist attacks. Both the attacks in 1993 and 2001 Siege, and the Oklahoma City bombing on the

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Felicita Feliciano Latino Partnership Initiative, Coordinator. Felicita has participated in many volunteer and professional activities on behalf of Latino communities throughout her life. Founded with a group of volunteers in

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volunteer- led coalition with a mission to improve the well being of Philadelphia’s Latino community. To date the Latino Partnership Initiative is one seeks to develop young leadership. The Latino Partnership Initiative organizes and sponsors the Latino Golden Age Committee; Yearly Latino Golden Age Conference; Leadership and Volunteer Senior of the Year Award; the Latino Partnership Leadership Institute; and the Coalition for Latin

Ilia Garcia Univision 65’s main anchor. In 2000 Ilia -

Presentadora de noticias de Univisión 65.

in Philadelphia/Vineland, gave her the opportunity to work as a freelance anchor and reporter; and in 2004, Ilia became the TV Station’s main anchor. Since then she has conducted interviews with a number of political leaders such as Pre-

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Governors of Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, Ilia received a Bachelor’s in Public Affairs, graduating with honors, from

Wilfredo González President of Centro Musical. The business now

Presidente del Centro Musical.

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Commander for the Latin American Legion Post one of the founding members of the Pan American Lions Club. Wilfredo is also an avid supported of the local artistic community in Philadelphia, he

Juan J. Gonzalez, Esquire President Parada San Juan Bautista. has served as Coordinator and President of the Parada San

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Law at Camden. adjunct professor in the Paralegal Studies Program since 2007.

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Ricardo Hurtado Publisher El Sol Latino Newspaper.

Director de El Sol Latino Newspaper.

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rocky beginning with a small start-up capital, Ricardo managed to create a few enterprises that thrive and contribute to the community. In the last decade, his businesses have diver-

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newspapers, stores and restaurants. Ricardo was born in Colombia; he attended Penn State degree in Business Administration along with

Judge Nazario Jimenez Municipal Court Judge. a product of Philadelphia. Arriving here at age 4 from Puerto Rico, he lived in the Spring Garden and

Juez de la Corte Municipal.

and diverse legal background, his most rewarding period was his neighborhood law practice for over as president of Concilio.

Julio Cesar Largo Reporter/ News anchor for Univision 65.

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in narration for commercials, documentary, industrial and medical audio visual projects for several involvement and activism and plays an important based organization to advance Colombians in the a degree in Business Administration from Santiago working in radio and TV.

Leyla Moreno Senior Public Affairs Specialist for Health Part- Ejecutiva para Asuntos Públicos en Health ners. In her current role, Leyla is responsible for deve- Partners. loping and maintaining positive relationships with local in an effort to increase visibility and promote a positive sible for developing and coordinating various community

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Previously, Leyla served as the Latino outreach coordina-

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Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Leyla received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Spanish and Latin American studies, from

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President of SALEA.

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Director of Behavioral Health Program for COMHAR, -

Community Based Organization mainly consisting of

Physician, gynecologist and obstetrician from the

are encouraged to perform community service by mentoring young children. Presidente de SALEA.

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Dante Sanchez

Willie Sierra

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Leticia Roa-Nixon Community Journalist.

Periodista comunitaria.

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cana and has dedicated over 37 years to community journalism. Since 1992, she has been a news and written hundreds of stories about the Latino community. Leticia was co-editor of

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Uriel Rendón

Sales Manager for WEMG- La Mega 1310.

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Commerce, and most recently he was part of continues his involvement in many community based organizations. Of Colombian parents Rendón grew up in Puerto Rico. After high school he played soccer for the

Clara Rivas VP and General Manager of WWSI Telemundo. Clara became VP of Telemundo since

VP y Gerente General de WWSI Telemundo.

has more than doubled its cable and satellite distribution, she has assembled a talented team to market and brand Telemundo Philadelphia. Born in Colombia, Clara graduated at the top of tration and Finance. After leaving Colombia in and is now a resident of Philadelphia. She has and TV stations. Clara has been working with Telemundo in different parts of the country since 1989.

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Radio host at Temple Radio. WRTI

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night simply because there is no better ride around! When he was 20 years old, he 1977 – and every Saturday from 12noon rhythms. In 1996 his program took a 8pm till midnight, and now from 9pm till -

Benjamin Ramos Partnership Coordinator with the US Census Bureau

Coordinador de Sociedades para la Oficina del Censo.

attended Community College of Philadelphia and Temple

of State, Commonwealth of PennsylvaState Representative in the 180th LegisPennsylvania.

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Mover’s & Shakers Philadelphia Budget Director. tini has spent over 20 years providing city, state, and federal governments and agencies with leadership and counsel on budgets, economic development, and general management. The majority of his career has been

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Israel Izzy Colon

Director of Multicultural Affaires, City of Philadelphia. Izzy Colon has over

Director de Asuntos Multiculturales Izzy Colon

and the non-profit sector with a focus on policy analysis, non-profit management,

gobierno y organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, con concentración en análisis de políticas, gerencia de organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro

la ciudad. Su rol es liderar las iniciativas de políticas y estrategias para mejorar el acceso de las minorías a los servicios de la ciudad en términos de lengua y cultura.

and strategies to improve accessibility of city services to language and cultural minorities throughout the city. Recently, Colon served Youth Services Coalition. Before 2004 he was the Chief of Staff for then Philadelphia Counmton, and completed his graduate work for

knell en Lewisburg, PA.

Alfredo Calderon Executive Director ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania. Alfredo Calderon does his

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dedication and focus is directed to ASPIRA, a nationwide organization concentrated on

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to be focused while in the military, where he served many years, before leaving to become an educator. vania has grown to become the leading early educational agent in the Latino community in the region, running two Carther Schools: Pantoja, both in the heart of the Latino community in Philadelphia.

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Angel Cruz Pennsylvania State Representative. The only Latino elected to the Pennsylva-

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Philadelphia. In four terms of service, he has brought much-needed investments to pport for health and economic development projects has left a visible legacy in the 180th

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ward leader for the city’s 7th Ward. Cruz dependence Civic Association and is co-

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Advisory Committee.

Angel Fuentes New Jersey Assemblyman, President Camden city Council. Fuentes, who as a councilman represents Camden’s Fourth

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and strong laws against crime and violence in the city, considered one of the poorest small cities in America. Fuentes earned his degree in Philosophy from

and has received numerous awards for his public service.

Julio Guridy Allentown Councilman

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Concejal de la ciudad de Allentown.

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has been a member of numerous community organizations in the Lehigh Valley and throughout PennsylvaAuthorized Investment for the Bridge Commission. Travel Agency in South Bethlehem, along with his wife.

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Chief of Staff to School District of Philadelphia.

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Tomás Hanna Jefe de Personal para el Distrito Escolar de Fila-

of Philadelphia to serve as the Chief of School Operations. In this position he oversaw several vices to students, parents, and schools in grades -

blic Schools, serving more than 24,000 students

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culturally diverse student populations.

Superintendent’s Academy Fellow.

Angel Luis Ortiz

Abogado, líder cívico.

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Lawyer, civic leader. Angel Ortiz earned is degree in Sociology and Political ScienOrtiz, a Philadelphia City Councilman for 19 years, was well known for sponsoring very progressive bills, and always been a civil rights advocate for citizens and immigrants. open-door policy to assist anyone in need of to City Council. Today he advises closely the communities in the city.

Antonio Valdes Executive Director of Children’s Crisis Director Ejecutivo del Centro para el TraTreatment Center (CCTC). tamiento de Niños en Crisis (CCTC) career in behavioral healthcare at Connections CSP, a behavioral healthcare provider, where

- a provider of comprehensive mental health employees, an annual budget of $13 million, and a service of 16 programs. Valdes is the President of the Board of Concilio.

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Johnny Irizarry SRC Board member, Director of La Casa Latina at UPenn. involved in education all his career. Currently serves as the only Latino member of the School Reform Commission, the board

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day job, he runs La Casa Latina, the center of Pennsylvania. Previously, he directed The Lighthouse, a community- based organiza-

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Abelardo (Ab) Lechter President and founder of Lefa International of King of Prussia, PA. Lefa International acts as a representative of several foreign companies

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opportunities and participates in joint ventures in Latin America. Prior to founding Lefa, Lechter was President of pany in Colombia and Ritchi S.A., a manufacturer of pantyhose and a retailer of apparel products in South America. man of the Board, of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia. Abelardo was born and raised in

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Sara Manzano-Diaz Nominee for Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor. For the Ad-

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She also previously served as an Assistant Attorney

In 2006, she obtained a Finance and AccounPennsylvania’s Wharton School. She was born and

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Nilda Iris Ruiz President and CEO of Asociacion Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). Founded in 1970,

Presidente y CEO de la Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM).

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Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and also served as Co-Chair of

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Guillermo Salas, Jr. President, and co-founder HACE.

Presidente y Cofundador de HACE.

career to helping others through his activities in community economic development, Salas became the driving force behind the

de commercial revitalization, real estate development of affordable housing among charge of revitalization for the historic

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Nicholas Torres President, Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

Presidente, Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

his skills as an effective administrator, systems

is establishing itself as the leading organization with a Latino community-based CareerLink, and participants off the welfare roles.

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is also helping the community development of the phia, among other programas.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. Senior Vice President and General Manager Philadelphia Phillies

Senior Vice President y Gerente General de

After being selected by the Angels in the 11th round of the 1987 draft, Ruben made his major league debut with the club in 1991. Following that season, he was traded to his hometown Phillies, where he

Champion Indians. In 1996, he ranked .387 average. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ruben was a batboy for the Phillies from 1980-83 when his father, Ruben Amaro Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was First Base Coach. In 1987, he earned a BS degree in human biology from Baseball Championship team. Amaro and his father, Ruben Sr., are the only father-son combination to ever play

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tenure, the Phillies won two and a world Championship in 2008.

Fernando E. Armstrong Regional Director, Philadelphia Regional Census Center. a native of Puerto Rico, where in 1978 he began his tenure with the Bureau of the Census. -

Director Regional, Centro Regional

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as Puerto Rico. In April 1998, he was Philadelphia Region. of Art degree in Political Science from For his outstanding efforts in employing and developing careers for minorities,

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1986 and, in 1987, the Philadelphia Fevement Award. In 1992, he was awarded

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Pedro A. Cortes Pennsylvania Secretary of State since 2003. Pedro A. Cortés is the first confirmed -

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as Secretary of the Commonwealth April 2, 2003. The Secretary is a member of the Board of Property, the Board of Finance and Revenue, the State Athletic -

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Board. The Secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of the Commonwealth, and is also the Commonwealth’s Chief

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receive such an honor. A native of Puerto Rico, Secretary Cor-

Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr. President of Nueva Esperanza Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Spanish

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za include education for Latinos at their charter homebuilding, rehabilitation, and mortgage counseling for Latino families; and employment training programs and workforce development community. Rev. Cortés was featured as one of Time nic Prayer Breakfast every year in Washington pay respect to the Latino community.

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María D. Quiñones-Sánchez Councilwoman - Philadelphia City Council District 7. With nearly 80%

Concejal por el Distrito 7 de Filadel-

elected to a district City Council seat and City Council. She is a veteran activist with over 23 years of public and volunteer service. She has advocated tirelessly for economic development, women’s and workers’ rights, family wages, voter registration, health care availability and other issues of importance to Philadelphia and Commonwealth residents and communities. -

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ylvania Statewide Latino Coalition. From tor of ASPIRA, the largest Latino educatio-

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graduate of Philadelphia public schools and is married to Tomas Sanchez and they have

Kenneth I. Trujillo President of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since February 2006. A member of Tru-

Presidente de la Junta de Directores de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Filadelfia desde fe-

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Pennsylvania Law School in 1986. and nationally in civic and business

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