Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Names Members to Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced the appointment of accomplished and dedicated community leaders to serve and represent the interests of Pennsylvania's Latino/Hispanic community as members of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA).
"It is vital to create initiatives and solutions that support our Latino/Hispanic community and strengthen educational outreach to the state's Latino/Hispanic students to achieve educational excellence for all students," Corbett said. "Latinos have the highest drop-out rate of any ethnic group in our state. I look forward to the commission partnering with schools to address this problem."
Governor Corbett named the following individuals as commission members:
Carmen E. Adames, Philadelphia County
Ignacio Beato, Luzerne County
Ofelia Cardesa, Lackawanna County
Dalinda Carrero-Papi, Delaware County
Sonny Concepcion, Erie County
Raul Coronado, Monroe County
Nelson A. Diaz, Lehigh County
Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio, Chester County
George Fernandez, Cumberland County
Fidelia Friedman, Monroe County
Oscar Rosario Fuentes, Philadelphia County
Daniel Alonso Garcia, Allegheny County
Esmeralda Ybarra Hetrick, Dauphin County
Angel Jirau, Luzerne County
Rose Kury, Lebanon County
Edward Lanza, Dauphin County
Ramon Melecio, Berks County
Gladys Mendieta-White, Bucks County
Wanda Mercado-Arroyo, Lehigh County
Jose A. Molina, Lehigh County
Hector Richard Ortiz, Dauphin County
Eltgad S. Roces, Schuylkill County (Chair)
Luis Antonio Rodriguez, Lancaster County
Ana Sainz de La Pena, Lehigh County
"GACLA is committed to developing and supporting educational, economic and civic opportunities for Latinos/Hispanics. Latinos/Hispanics are the fastest growing community in Pennsylvania, it is important for residents to know they have a voice in GACLA," said Maria Montero, GACLA executive director.
"GACLA's representation for all Latinos/Hispanics is vital, especially for those who have come to Pennsylvania to embrace the liberties that have been denied in their countries of origin," Montero added. "The community leaders selected to serve range from business owners to educators, attorneys and doctors to pastors and veterans."
For more information about GACLA or upcoming events, contact Maria Montero at 717-787-5825.
Media contact: Maria Montero, 717-787-5825
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor