2014 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala


Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans

Aida Sabo
Gina Pinto-Williams
Veronica Dahlberg
Fernando "Freddy" Barreiro
Maria Anderson

Nuestra Familia

Class of 2014

Robert Sweeney
The Center for Closing the Health Gap
Robert Christmas
Gwen Robinson


Latino Military Service of Distiction

Class of 2014

Nathan Torres LT., Navy
Rich Gandarillas, 2nd Class Petty Officer, Navy (Retired)



Originally the Hispanic Service Award, the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award was established in 1980 by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. This award was created to fulfill the Commission’s mandate to “secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanic/ Latino people of this state.” Each year, Latino community leaders, friends, family, legislators and other state government representatives gather to attend this event. As of 2005, the Commission encourages and welcomes public nominations of unique community members who serve and strive to improve Ohio. In 2010, the DHO started honoring Latino service members through the Latino Military Service of Distinction Award.