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

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Amanda Caballero
Amanda Caballero (ELP '91) of Holmestead Communications was elected as Chair of the Class Representatives Committe, and Alumnae Rep on the NHLI Board.

Rita Jaramillo
Carmen Lomellin
Helen Dorado Aless

M. Rita Jaramillo (ELP ’88) was elected Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).

Carmen Lomellin (ELP '89) was appointed by President Obama as Permanent U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) with the rank of Ambassador.

Helen Dorado Alessi (ELP '04) is now Senior Vice President of the Early Years Institute in Long Island, New York.

Teresa Nieves (ELP ’89) was appointed Executive Director of the Confederation of Spanish American Families (CSAF).

Dr. Joyce Luján Martínez
Lora Villarreal
Rebecca Garcia
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera

Dr. Joyce Luján Martínez (ELP ‘90), Head of the Schutz American School, in Alexandria, Egypt, was selected to the Board of the Academy of International School Heads. She was the keynote speaker at a national conference of educators in Jaipur, India in September.

Dr. Lora Villarreal (ELP ’93) was recognized by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation as the “Woman of the Year” for 2009.

Rebecca Garcia (ELP ’94), trustee of the Governing Board, Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California was elected to the National Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors. She will serve a three year term with trustees from throughout the country.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera (ELP ’94) was inducted into the LULAC Women Hall of Fame.

Maria Teresa Kumar
Celia Núñez
Alejandra Ceja
Marieli Colon Padilla

Maria Teresa Kumar (ELP ’04) was signed on with NBC Universal as a political analyst.

Celia Núñez (ELP ’04) was appointed to the Oregon Council on Civil Rights.

Alejandra Ceja (ELP ’05) became Chief of Staff for Martha J. Kanter, Undersecretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Marieli Colon-Padilla (ELP ’06) was appointed to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC), within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

Delia Garcia
Pearl Quiñones
Lauren Rivera  

Delia Garcia (ELP ’07) Kansas State House Representative was recognized as a Latina Trail Blazer in the Government category. The Latina Trail Blazer awards are an annual partnership between the Latina Chamber Foundation, State Farm and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Pearl Quiñones (ELP ’08) was recognized as a Latina Trailblazer in the Education category for her work as Sweetwater Union High School District Board Member. The Latina Trail Blazer awards are an annual partnership between the Latina Chamber Foundation, State Farm and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lauren Rivera (ELP '09) is nowwith the Department of Commerce Hispanic Outreach in the Capital Region for the 2010 Census.  


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