Nomination Process To Open Monday For 2013 Latino Leadership Awards

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Monique Prado Berke, Angela Garcia (2012 "Chattanooga's Choice"), Marisol Jimenez (2012 "Latino Leader of the Year"), and Andy Berke
Monique Prado Berke, Angela Garcia (2012 "Chattanooga's Choice"), Marisol Jimenez (2012 "Latino Leader of the Year"), and Andy Berke

La Paz Chattanooga will host the 2013 Latino Leadership Awards on Monday, Sept. 16, at the downtown Chattanooga DoubleTree Hotel, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to recognize and honor Latino leaders from the Chattanooga area. During the month of July, Chattanoogans are encouraged to nominate Latino leaders to be celebrated at the event. At the close of July, the list of nominees will be narrowed to 10 finalists, chosen by an event selection committee. Past nominees and finalists may be nominated again.

To nominate someone for the 2013 Latino Leadership Awards, visit: http://lapazchattanooga.org/overview#LLA

“Last year, we were blown away by the success of the inaugural Latino Leadership Awards,” said Stacy Johnson, executive director of La Paz Chattanooga. “One of the most encouraging parts of the event was the incredible number of nominations we received. It took some serious deliberating to select a list of finalists, and we look forward to learning about even more leaders this year during our nomination process.”

All 10 finalists will be honored at the Latino Leadership Awards, but only two will take home the event’s signature titles - the “Chattanooga’s Choice” award and “Latino Leader of the Year” award. The “Chattanooga’s Choice” award will be given to the finalist voted for by the broader Chattanooga community as the Latino who best demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, service, and a commitment to community enrichment. The “Latino Leader of the Year” will be chosen by the La Paz Chattanooga board, staff and selection committee.

Each of the 2012 finalists represented a healthy balance between professional success and community involvement. They were:

Mariano Cebrián – Panoram Imports, LLC

Eduardo Centurion, Jr. – New City Fellowship

Juana Gamez – Entre Nosotras

Angela Garcia – Noticias Libres

(Chattanooga’s Choice Winner)

Gabriela Halfin – Hamilton County Department of Education

Marisol Jimenez – Hamilton County Department of Education

(Latino Leader of the Year Winner)

Velvet Hernandez-Johnson – Unum

Gladys Pineda-Loher – Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Marta Ordonez – Entre Nosotras

David Ortiz – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Dr. Carlos Parra – Southern Adventist University

Christian Patiño – Patiño Enterprises, Inc.

Pedro Pons – Unum and Chattanooga Language School

Karla Ramirez – Blood Assurance

Lydia Salva – Partnership for Families, Children and Adults

Last year’s inaugural awards banquet was a great success, as 225 Chattanoogans gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of an incredible group of leaders and hear Chattanooga’s First Lady, Monique Prado Berke, deliver an empowering keynote address. This year, Julia L. Perilla, Ph.D., director of the National Latin@ Research Center, and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University, will be the keynote speaker for the awards luncheon.



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