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New Commissioners appointed at the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission


Emanuel Torres (Franklin County) and Mike Robinson (Clermont County) have been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Office of Latino Affairs for the State of Ohio (OCHLA).


The new commissioners will be welcomed and introduced to the community during the Board’s meeting on December 10th, 2013 and will join our recently appointed commissioner Iris Martínez– Juergens (Montgomery County)

The new commissioners will serve a period of three years and may be reappointed to serve additional terms. Torres, Robinson, and Ms. Martinez Juergens will be part of a body of eleven members who hold the statutory responsibility and authority of the agency.  In this role, they will help determine the policies, annual budget plan, direction and initiatives of the Commission.


“Our board and staff are thrilled to welcome our new commissioners, who bring strengths and experience of particular importance to our agency at this time.  Their input will be vital as we continue building initiatives centered around empowerment and focusing on workforce, economic development, education and decreasing health disparities,” stated Michael Florez, Chairman of the board.


Ms. Martinez-Juergens is the Director of St. Leonard Franciscan Community Foundation in Dayton, where she plays a key role in their Major Gift Society and Legacy Planned Giving Program. She has been Development Director for St. Vincent DePaul Society in Dayton and the American Red Cross.


Commissioner Martinez-Juergens has broad experience in fundraising, development, outreach to New American Communities and organizational development. She is actively involved in the community and serves in different boards, having received the “2011 Women in Business 25 Women to Watch” by Women in Business Networking in Dayton.


Torres works as Economic Development Manager for the City of Gahanna and is responsible for facilitating development activities as they relate to business retention, expansion, business & economic development and development of incentive structures.  He has also served with the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation and Resource Employment Solutions.  Emanuel has been recognized by Who is Who in Latino Columbus, 4th Edition; he received the GACC Recruitment Performance Award and coordinated the 2011 Columbus City Green for the Mayor’s Office Environmental Steward.

Robinson is founding president of LaVERDAD Marketing & Media headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is a disabled veteran and former Army officer who served in occupied Berlin and on the East German Front during the Cold war, and went to lead elite Special Forces units on operations throughout Central and South America.  


Robinson has been actively engaged with the Latino community in Cincinnati and has served in many boards and organizations. He has received many recognitions, including the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award and the Latino Military Service of Distinction Award from the Commission (OCHLA).


The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs is an organization that advises state government on issues affecting Hispanic Ohioans, connects the diverse Latino communities across the state, and builds the capacity of community organizations so they may better serve the fast growing Latino population of Ohio.


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