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COSSA names new executive committee

The Michigan Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs (COSSA) has re-elected José Luis Reyna of Grand Rapids as its Chair and selected other new officers to lead COSSA in 2006.

Reyna is employed as Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Grand Rapids and was formerly the Human Relations/EEO Director for the City of Holland. He has served on COSSA since 2004.

      The 2006 Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs officers are (from left): Secretary Arminda García (of Flint), Trustee Benjamin Inquilla (of Plainwell), Chair José Luis Reyna (of Grand Rapids), and Vice Chair Danette Duron-Willner (of Wixom).

Other officers elected at the January meeting include: Vice Chair: Danette Duron-Willner, of Wixom, who is corporate manager of EEO/Diversity with Kelly Services and was formerly employed as a civil rights representative with the Department of Civil Rights. She has served on COSSA since 2004; secretary: Arminda García, of
Flint, a school social worker for Flint Community Schools; and trustee: Benjamin Inquilla, of Plainwell, an attorney for Farmworker Legal Services in Bangor.

“Commissioner Reyna and the other officers are taking over the helm of COSSA at an exciting time for our organization and Michigan’s Hispanic community,” said COSSA Executive Director Marylou Olivarez-Mason

“We are implementing an aggressive 5-year strategic plan that is aimed at improving economic opportunities, educational achievement, leadership and political engagement, and legislative influence of Hispanics across the state,” she added.

The Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs was created in 1975 to serve Michigan’s growing Spanish-speaking population which is today the second-largest and fastest-growing minority group in Michigan. The Commission is made up of 15 individuals appointed by the Governor to develop policies and plans to serve the needs of Michigan’s Spanish-speaking people.

The public is invited to attend the next COSSA meeting to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2006 at the Flint Institute of Arts Theater. Anyone who has matters to bring before the Commission can contact (517) 373-8339.  For more information about COSSA, visit www.michigan.gov/cossa.





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