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Alumnae on the Move


In each edition of the NHLI newsletter, we highlight the accomplishments of the graduates of our Executive Program or the Latinas Learning to Lead Youth Institute.

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In April, Belinda Gonzalez-Leon (’05) completed her education doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Her dissertation was a program evaluation of the Latinas Learning to Lead program. She was also honored by the Latin Chamber of Commerce of USA at their “Succesful Hispanic Women of the Year 2008” symposium and business luncheon in October.


Virginia Madueno (’06) received the National Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Award in Washington DC in September.  Virginia was also chosen as one of three small businesses owners from across the country to receive a National Association of Women Business Owner’s/Wells Fargo Trailblazer Award.

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Linda Mazon Gutierrez (’92) was named to the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza.


Celia Nunez (’04) has been re-elected as City Council member for the City of Wilsonville in Oregon. She is also the new State Farm Agent in Newberg, Oregon.  Previously, she was the Executive Recruiter for State Farm in the Pac NW Zone.


Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan (’06) received the Peace, Health, and Justice Award from Casa Atabex Ache, an organization in the South Bronx facilitating collective transformation and social change for women of color.


Sandra Otero, Ph.D. (’06) formed an exploratory committee to consider running for elected office in the Arizona State Assembly.


Laura Peralta (LLL ‘03) began her Masters program at the University of Southern California in Public Administration in the Fall.


Mayda Prego (’06) was elected President of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in September 2008.


Rosemary Ravinal (’88) was appointed to head Public Relations and Marketing Communication in Latina America for A&E, the History Channel and the Biography Channel.


Ramona Reyes (’03) took the helm as President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Columbus, Ohio.


Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera (‘94) was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Doral, Florida.


Rosario Roman (’91) was selected to serve as a member of the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board. 


Ana Maria Soto (’04) became the Executive Director of Latino Initiatives at National-Louis University in August.


Rachel Rios (’99) was appointed Director of Juvenile Parole Operations for the Division of Juvenile Justice for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Maria Ventura (’08) became a Public Affairs Specialist with State Farm in August and relocated to Dupont, Washington to oversee the State of Alaska.


Thanks for Your Outstanding Work!

After four years as Chair of the Alumnae Committee and Representative on the NHLI Board of Directors, Nora De Hoyos Comstock (Class of 2000) steps down. Nora has done a truly exceptional job of representing the alumnae’s interest on the NHLI Board and keeping everyone informed, but the continuously growing Comadres Network requires more of her time. Las Comadres is a nationally known Latina organization empowering women to be actively engaged in the growing Latino/Hispanic communities through on line and face to face networks. Nora has been key to connecting with our program graduates and keeping NHLI focused on its priority constituency: the alumnae. Nora will continue to be engaged with NHLI both as active alum and a partner in future efforts between NHLI and the Comadres Network. The Class Reps will be electing a new Chair in December.