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Dozens of Hispanic Leaders Honored During HHM

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32 Hispanic Leaders Recognized During Hispanic Heritage Month

NFL and Hispanic Heritage Foundation Team for
Fifth Annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards

The NFL and Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fifth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2015 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient will be recognized at an event in their local market and will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

“Together with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, we are proud to recognize individuals who are an inspiration in their local Hispanic communities,” said Jaime Weston, NFL Senior Vice President of Marketing, Creative and Branding. “We applaud all recipients for the time and dedication they have devoted to make an impact on the lives of others.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the NFL to honor Hispanic leaders who are making an impact on communities all over America,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “It is important to highlight their leadership not only in the traditional Latino regions, but in recent-growing areas as well. The NFL made sure that beyond the recognition there is an investment in local nonprofits. There is no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to make a difference in the Latino community year round.”

The NFL celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month during Week 3 of the season.

A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. The New York Giants will host the Washington Redskins on Thursday, September 24 (8:25 PM ET, CBS and NFL Network), the Denver Broncos will visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 27 (8:30 PM ET, NBC, NBC Universo and Entravision Radio), and the Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Green Bay Packers on Monday, September 28 (8:30 PM ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio).

The 2015 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards recipients are:


Arizona Cardinals Lea Márquez-Peterson: President/CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta Falcons Humberto Garcia-Sjogrim: Vice President, Hispanic Strategies, The Coca-Cola Company
Baltimore Ravens Yolanda Maria Martinez: Founder and CEO, Respira Medical, Inc.
Buffalo Bills César Cabrera: Commissioner’s Regional Representative, New York State Department of Labor
Carolina Panthers Hilda Guardián, Publisher, La Noticia newspaper, and President & CEO,La Noticia Foundation
Chicago Bears José Rico: Senior Vice President of Community Investment, United Way
Cincinnati Bengals Melanie Healey, Founder & CEO, The Mel Healey Company, LLC
Cleveland Browns Valentina Moxon: Academic Superintendent, SIG Schools, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Dallas Cowboys Claudia Mirza, Founder, Akorbi
Denver Broncos Julio Flores: Director of the William E. Cope Boys & Girls Club
Detroit Lions Carmen Mattia: Senior Managing Director, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center
Green Bay Packers Elvita Erdmann: Hispanic Coordinator, Family Services-Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
Houston Texans Michael Cordúa: Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cordúa Restaurants
Indianapolis Colts Kathy Cabello: President/CEO, Cabello Associates, Inc.
Jacksonville Jaguars Annie Grogan: President and CEO, The H.I.L.L. of Northeast Florida
Kansas City Chiefs Irene Caudillo: President and CEO, El Centro
Miami Dolphins Tony Argiz, CEO and Managing Partner, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP
Minnesota Vikings Jerry Uribe: Chief Operating Officer, The Family Partnership
New England Patriots Marisol Amaya-Aluigi: Executive Director, La Alianza Hispana
New Orleans Saints Carlos Baltodano: Founder and Pastor, Monte De Sion
New York Giants Briana Thevenin: Program Director, Victor Cruz Foundation
New York Jets Isabel Nazario: Associate Vice President for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University
Oakland Raiders Diana Campoamor: President, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Philadelphia Eagles Cecilia Ramirez: Managing Partner, C-Luxe Axiom, and Senior Producer, Hispanic Choice Awards
Pittsburgh Steelers Dr. Diego Cháves-Gnecco, Director and Founder, Salud Para Niños
St. Louis Rams Cileia Miranda-Yuen: President, Genway International
San Diego Chargers Fanny Miller: President & CEO, El Latino Newspaper
San Francisco 49ers Dr. Hilaria Riojas Bauer: Superintendent, The Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Seattle Seahawks Dr. Antonio Sánchez: Assistant Director of Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Central Washington University
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Miriam Vélez Valkenburg: Founding Partner, Law Office of Valkenburg & Velez, and Co-Founder, Are You Safe, Inc.
Tennessee Titans Marcela Gómez, President, TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Founder, Hispanic Marketing Group
Washington Redskins Maria Cardona: Principal, Dewey Square Group and Founder, Latinovations


About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation:

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit which inspires, identifies, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. For more information on the year-round, high-impact programs and work of HHF, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, visit

Robert Roberts, NFL: 212/450-2196,
Bayonia Marshall, Hispanic Heritage Foundation: 202/558-9473,

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