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45th Board of Commissioners

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Chair, Manuel Lopez
Hometown: Springfield
Commissioner Lopez is a Project and Change Management Professional with LexisNexis in the Global Operations group. Over the years he has volunteered his time having different leadership roles at nonprofit organizations serving the Hispanic population and the community at large. He earned his MBA in Business Administration and a Bachelor's in Management Information Systems. Manuel Lopez, MBA, PMP® | LinkedIn
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Vice Chair, Dr. Elena Foulis
Hometown: Columbus
Dr. Foulis earned her PhD. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and she teaches Spanish and conducts research at The Ohio State University. She has led a variety of oral history initiatives including the Ohio Habla podcast and Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio and currently supervises the "Spanish in Ohio" program at Ohio State. Elena Foulis, Ph.D. | LinkedIn
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Secretary, Dan Molina
Hometown: Loveland
Commissioner Molina is an Information Technology Executive who leads with community development and diversity & inclusion initiatives. He earned an MBA and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. Aside from OCHLA, he is also a leader with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and previously held leadership roles with Prospanica. Daniel Molina | LinkedIn
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Jose C. Feliciano Jr.
Hometown: Aurora
Commissioner Feliciano the External Affairs Manager at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA).  He is a proponent for Hispanic and Latino leadership and holds influential roles within such groups as The Hispanic Roundtable and The Young Latino Network. José C. Feliciano Jr. | LinkedIn
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Gregory Guzman, PhD
Hometown: Maumee
Dr. Guzman resides in Maumee, OH. and is the Executive Director at Hondros College of Nursing. Dr. Guzman has over 26 years of experience in higher education including leadership roles within the Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the Diocese of Toledo (OH), and was the first Latino to serve as a University President in Northwest, OH. Gregory Guzman, Ph.D. | LinkedIn

Beth Guzman-Bowman

Hometown: Columbus

Commissioner Guzmán-Bowman is the Senior Outreach Coordinator at OSU Wexner Medical Center. She earned degrees at Case Western Reserve University and Bowling Green State University and has advised a variety of organizations, with a large focus on meeting the needs of Hispanic/Latinx patients. Beth Guzman-Bowman | LinkedIn

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Michael Florez
Hometown: Cincinnati
Commissioner Florez is a Prosecuting Attorney in Hamilton County, OH and has practiced Law for 39 years. He received his J.D. in Law from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Guzman has been a commissioner with OCHLA since 2001. Michael Florez | LinkedIn
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Mary Santiago
Hometown: Lorain
Commissioner Santiago is an advocate for the Hispanic and Latino community and volunteers with a variety of groups for such causes. Aside from OCHLA, she is a member of the Lorain Charter Commission and volunteers her time to the Sacred Heart Chapel as the President of the Parish Finance Council. Mary Santiago | Bio
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Rev. Juan Rivera
Hometown: Campbell
Commissioner Juan Rivera is an ordained minister with 17 years of experience specializing in the gospel, leadership, pastoring, and mentoring. He currently pastors at New Life Church in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to his full-time work as a pastor, Juan serves in various capacities as a teacher, mentor, preacher, and seminar speaker. Rev. Juan Rivera | Bio
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Anthony Simms-Howell
Hometown: Cincinnati
Commissioner Simms-Howell is a member of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame and is well-known for his work with Civil Rights causes. He is a founding member of the African American and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as LULAC Cincinnati. He continues his leadership with OCHLA and a variety of local boards within the community. Here is Commissioner Simms- Howell's Bio. 
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Maria Sylvia Martinez
Hometown: Hamler
Commissioner Martinez is as a librarian in the Continental school district and works as a monitor for the online learning of at-risk students to ensure they can graduate. Throughout her professional career she has worked with children of migrant farmworkers, and within Ohio's migrant education program. Maria Sylvia Martinez | Bio

Legislative Board Members (Non-Voting)

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Representative Jessica E. Miranda | Representative Al Cutrona | Senator Nathan H. Manning | Senator Tina Maharath