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Thursday, April 3 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Positive Impact Awards Awards Gala presented by 3M

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Positive Impact Awards
avatar for Henry Acosta

Henry Acosta

Henry Acosta has made numerous contributions in Hispanic mental health policy, education and advocacy, as well as developing training opportunities for those working with Hispanics in need of mental health or substance use services. Henry's program which promotes mental health among underserved populations around the world, "Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics," has been highlighted by key organizations such as the World... Read More →
avatar for Maysa Duarte Akbar

Maysa Duarte Akbar

Maysa is a child and adolescent psychologist committed to reaching underserved populations, particularly at-risk and gang-involved youth. Her non-profit therapeutic mentoring has implemented an innovative program titled VETTS (Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support). The VETTS program matches military veteran mentors with juvenile justice system involved youth to provide support, guidance, and empowerment as the youth transition to living a... Read More →
avatar for Evelyn Alvarez

Evelyn Alvarez

Evelyn Alvarez, a single mother with limited support, works with community organizations to develop and to improve communication between teens and adults as well as to advocate for healthy relationships between teens. As one of her many initiatives, Evelyn was inspired to create a non-profit organization by the name of Prom King, due to the lack of attention to the needs of young males in the boroughs of New York. Prom King collects new and... Read More →
avatar for Mycah Lee Arellano

Mycah Lee Arellano

With the rapid growth of Hispanic families across the United States, raising awareness amongst Hispanic parents through an academic talk show felt important to Mycah Lee Arellano. He created the "Eagle Talk Show," the first academic talk show in the State of Texas, sponsored by Austin Independent School District, to raise awareness of the value of parental involvement. The goal of the show is to inspire parents to encourage their children to... Read More →
avatar for Macedonio Arteaga

Macedonio Arteaga

Macedonio Arteaga is involved in a multitude of non–profit and local grassroots organizations and truly cares about the community of San Diego. Macedonio serves as a motivational speaker at dozens of schools and conferences, sharing his story of the challenges he faced, including deportation and racism. He was honored with the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award in 2005 among other distinguished honors from the community... Read More →
avatar for Saul Arvelo

Saul Arvelo

Knowing the obstacles and challenges faced by low-income families first hand, Saul Arvelo was fortunate enough to benefit from amazing role models as a kid through the "I Have a Dream" Foundation and "Project Morry." Saul took it upon himself to give back to these communities by dedicating a huge portion of his life to running the programs and services for young kids from neighborhoods like his. Saul has pledged a 10-year commitment to those... Read More →
avatar for Father David Garcia

Father David Garcia

Father David Garcia has dedicated himself to serving the Hispanic community in the U.S. as well as working to preserve its cultural heritage. His work in service to others extends overseas. As senior advisor for Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services, he leads the agency's efforts to develop and strengthen relationships with clergy in the United States and promote solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in the developing world. He also... Read More →
avatar for Virginia “Viky” Garcia

Virginia “Viky” Garcia

Viky is a local community activist with an interest in creating a voice for the underserved and encouraging positive change. She currently concentrates her efforts in community development and neighborhood organizing, having established a neighbor-led local Crime Stoppers program. She juggles multiple projects in the interest of creating an empowered community that is self-aware and willing to work for the better. | | Since early childhood... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Anthony Gonzalez

Dr. Anthony Gonzalez

Dr. Anthony Gonzalez is well known for his research and leadership in Robotic surgery in the United States. Today he is the medical director of bariatric surgery at Baptist Health South Florida and chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital of Miami. Dr. Gonzalez is the founding program director of Baptist Health MIS/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship and a leader in daVinci General and Bariatric Surgery. His innovations using the daVinci platform have... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Angelica Gutierrez

Dr. Angelica Gutierrez

Dr. Angelica S. Gutiérrez, a business school professor at Loyola Marymount University, has been recognized by Hispanic Lifestyle as one of the first "Latinas of Influence" for her accomplishments and community service. Amongst the distinguished groups Dr. Gutiérrez is involved with are the California Latino Caucus Institute's Madrinos Padrinos Leadership Program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Padres Contra el Cáncer. Through her... Read More →
avatar for Jesus “Chuy” Medrano

Jesus “Chuy” Medrano

As a founder of CoCal Landscape, one of the most successful landscape companies in the country, Jesus "Chuy" Medrano has not only given members of his community the chance to learn, grow and be successful, but he has also taught them the importance of giving back and treating others with dignity and respect. CoCal has contributed to communities within the U.S. borders and beyond, donating labor and material for the construction of the courtyard... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Menjivar

Oscar Menjivar

Oscar Menjivar co-founded Urban TxT in an effort to encourage inner city teen males to become catalysts of change in urban communities. As a strong-minded, spirited young man, Oscar deterred from a life of gangs and violence, choosing to invest his passion for computer programming in teaching technical, leadership, and other skills critical to today's workplace. For some, it was their first time using computing technology. | | Oscar is a... Read More →
avatar for Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented American, is an immigrant rights leader from Miami, Florida. Gaby is tabbed as one of the creators of Students Working for Equal Rights, the Florida-based, youth-led group that raises the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students throughout Florida. She is leading political change and a climate of acceptance in many community and state colleges. As political director for the national youth group, United... Read More →
avatar for Martha Pedroso

Martha Pedroso

The need to help children and families has long remained an important part of Martha Pedroso's life. Martha is the president of the South Florida Foster-Adoptive Parent Association and a member of the Florida State Foster-Adoptive Parent Organization. She has partaken in extra training with Jackson Hospital's Children's Medical Services and transformed her home into a Medical Foster Home in 2011, caring for the most vulnerable of infants. The... Read More →
avatar for Cristina Ramirez

Cristina Ramirez

Evelyn Alvarez, a single mother with limited support, works with community organizations to develop and to improve communication between teens and adults as well as to advocate for healthy relationships between teens. As one of her many initiatives, Evelyn was inspired to create a non-profit organization by the name of Prom King, due to the lack of attention to the needs of young males in the boroughs of New York. Prom King collects new and... Read More →
avatar for Annette Ramos

Annette Ramos

Anette Ramos, best described as a multi-talented, highly dynamic and energized Latina writer, storyteller and performance artist, serves as director for Wolftrap/Early Learning Through the Arts, and is the manager of educational services for Young Audiences of Rochester (YA). Inspired by her mother's social and political activism, Anette plays a leadership role in increasing opportunities for emerging Latino artists. She founded the Rochester... Read More →
avatar for Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha has a rare ability to use music as a way to stimulate conversation, build community and bring to light some of the most pressing social issues of our time. With more than 15 years of experience advancing public policy and empowering community stakeholders, Mike has facilitated strategic coalition-building efforts, drafted historic legislation and implemented innovative youth development programs nationally and internationally... Read More →
avatar for Rodri Rodriguez

Rodri Rodriguez

Rodri Rodriguez is a native of Havana, Cuba having traveled to the United States, alone, as a child of the "Pedro Pan" exodus of 14,000 children from Cuba and subsequently lived in foster care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her presence has been felt in the entertainment arena since 1975 when she played a key role in the decision to have the Latin Category added to the Grammy Awards. Described as a dedicated and passionate person, Rodri emphasizes... Read More →
avatar for Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago

Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago

Juan "Papo Swiggity" Santiago is a poet, comedian, curator, master of ceremonies, student of life and one of the most prominent community builders in what we know as the "Nuyo Rico" community arts circle. As a co-founder of Capicu Cultural Showcase, which is based on his studies of the philosophies of some of the most progressive intellectual and artistic movements of the last century, Juan has overcome an array of challenges en route to creating... Read More →
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Isela Sotelo

Isela Sotelo is an accomplished musician who has recorded with many well-known artists and has served as the executive director of the Los Angeles Music & Arts School for 17 years. Many years ago, Isela backed away from her career as a musician to share her passion for the arts with low-income students. She is recognized amongst her peers for her support to the school because of her belief that the arts are an enlightening force that can... Read More →


Thursday April 3, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Grand Ballroom

Attendees (75)