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Ohio Latino Affairs Commission to Honor Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA) and its board announced outstanding community leaders to be recognized through its Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards. The recognition includes three award categories: The Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (DHO), The Latino Military Service of Distinction Award and The Nuestra Familia Award.

These awards fulfill the Commission’s statutory mandate to “secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanic/Latino people of this state.” These acknowledgements provide an opportunity to highlight individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional or community service endeavors, and who serve as role models for the growing Hispanic/Latino community in Ohio.

In place of the traditional annual gala, awardees will be recognized virtually during the 2021 Latino Affairs Summit on November 10th, 2021, and each awardee will have an opportunity to send a virtual greeting to our statewide audience. “As a board, we have always considered the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards one of our most valued and important responsibilities.

There are incredible leaders who are doing so much for the Latino community, especially now during the COVID-19 Pandemic and recovery,” stated Commissioner Mary Santiago, Chair of the DHO Committee.

Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees!

Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awardees

Maureen Dee, Retired Social Worker, Cleveland

Yolanda Zepeda, Assistant Provost, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Imelda Ayala-Frias, Parent Advocate, El Puente Learning Center, Dayton

Linda Parra, Founder & President, Nuestra Gente Community Project, Toledo

El Centro COVID-19 Care Team, El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Lorain

Moises Diaz, Community Liaison, Campbell City Schools, Youngstown

Latino Military Service of Distinction Awardee

Federico Florez, Airman E3, US Navy (Retired), Toledo

Nuestra Familia Awardees

Tri Health Corporate, Mark Clement, Cincinnati

Neighborhood Family Practice, M. Meister, Cleveland

Catherine Woskobnick, Mercy Health, Lorain

Toledo Lucas Public Library, Celeste Felix, Toledo

The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA) serves as a liaison between government and the Hispanic/Latino community in Ohio and advises the Governor, General Assembly, and state government agencies on all matters affecting Hispanic/Latino Ohioans through the issuing of reports, proposing programs, commenting on legislation, conducting policy-related research, and growing statewide and regional networks.




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