Dominican Day Parade

PARADE HONOREES

Prince Royce GRAND MARSHAL
Lilliam Perez MADRINA

Lilliam Perez is a native of the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and grew up in the Bronx in New York City. She was recently appointed Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the counties of the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland and Orange. In that capacity, she is responsible for strategic engagement and advocacy with city, state and federal elected leaders, government agencies and community-at-large. Prior to joining Montefiore, she was Senior Advisor and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. In addition, she worked as Chief of Staff for District Office Operations for former State Senator and current Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. As the Chief of Staff for former State Senator Schneiderman, she collaborated with numerous organizations dealing with social justice issues such as education and immigration reform, political empowerment and women’s rights.

Angel Fernández PADRINO

Angel Fernández’ musical career demonstrates a creative scope that deftly crosses over many genres. Latin and Pop, Jazz and Rock, Funk and Classical music have all been part of his musical experience. He has worked with such diverse artists as Salsa superstar Marc Anthony, Salsa/Latin Jazz great Ray Barretto, Rock ‘n Roll hall of famers Talking Heads and also the Heads’ David Byrne.

His skills as producer, composer, arranger and performer can be heard on many of today’s hit recordings. Since 2007, Angel has directed and played guitar and trumpet for Jennifer Lopez’ band. He also recorded and arranged for several tracks of Jennifer’s hit album “J. Lo,” and “Brave.” In this year’s American Idol finale, Angel was the MD for Marc and Jennifer’s performance.

His recent productions include two songs on 2009’s highest selling Latin CD, Aventura’s “The Last.” Angel performed with the group during its recent tour, which ranks among the three top-grossing road shows of ’09 and included four sold-out shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Fernández released his own CD in 2006 with the band Tránsito, featuring various artists which crossed generational as well as stylistic boundaries through a melting pot of old and new Latin rhythms. For the currently running off-Broadway musical comedy, “La Barberia,” Angel is the Music Supervisor, as well as music arranger and producer.

As Music Director for former Talking Heads David Byrne, he helped to actualize a sound that combines World Music, Pop, Latin music and Rock. This collaboration would result in world tours and see the creation of the albums, “Rei Momo” and “Uh-oh.” In late 1993, Angel would join Marc Anthony’s band, becoming its Music Director in ’95 to the present time and participating in several world tours, TV shows and recordings. He produced Marc’s single “Asi Como Hoy” for the 1996 Olympics and arranged and performed on the Grammy-nominated “Todo A Su Tiempo.” Angel arranged the hit single from this year’s Grammy winner for Best Tropical Latin Album by The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Viva la Tradicion.

From his humble beginnings in Santiago, Dominican Republic, then in Brooklyn, NY, Angel demonstrated an affinity for music quite early. He honed his craft as a teen, performing locally and eventually going on to graduate from New York’s Manhattan School of Music, where he earned both a Bachelor and Masters of Music degree. Fernandez also holds NYC and New York State teaching certificates, having been an Orchestral Music and bi-lingual education teacher for 6 years for the N.Y.C. Board of Education.

Throughout the early 1980’s, Angel was a member of the internationally renowned Merengue band Milly y los Vecinos. He toured internationally with Ray Barretto from 1981-1988, playing the most prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean. Through this association he would gain prominence as an arranger, writing on commercially successful and Grammy-nominated albums “Aqui Se Puede” and “Todo Se Vá’ Poder”. He achieved Grammy success with the 1990 award-winning Ceila Cruz/Ray Barretto album “Ritmo En El Corazón,” in which Angel contributed half the arrangements as well as his trumpet playing. Other Grammy winners include the Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s “Viva la Tradicion,” (2010) and “Across 110th Street,” (2004) where Fernández arranged two songs, one of them composed and sung by Ruben Blades.

Film credits include My Blue Heaven, Blue in the Face, Boricua’s Bond and others. Television performances include Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, American Idol, the Today Show, The David Letterman Show, MAD TV, The Early Show, several Grammy and Latin Grammy ceremonies and a full-hour HBO live concert special featuring Marc Anthony and the band.

Fausto Pichardo CACIQUE

Assistant Chief Fausto B. Pichardo joined the New York City Police Department in July 1999 and began his career on patrol in the Midtown North Precinct. He also served in the 19, 25, 28, 33 and 43 Precincts, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, Patrol Borough Manhattan North Specialized Units, the Chief of Department Operations Unit, and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information.

He was promoted to Sergeant in February 2005; Lieutenant in April 2008; Captain in April 2011; Deputy Inspector in December 2013; and Inspector in December 2015. Assistant Chief Pichardo has served as Commanding Officer of the 33 and 43 Precincts, and served as Executive Officer of the 28 Precinct.

Assistant Chief Pichardo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration degree in Government from Marist College. He is also a 2015 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University, and a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Assistant Chief Pichardo is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of the Patrol Services Bureau where he oversees the New York City Police Department’s 77 Precincts throughout the city.

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El subjefe de la Policía de Nueva York Fausto B. Pichardo se unió al Departamento de Policía en Julio de 1999 y comenzó su carrera patrullando en el cuartel de Midtown North. El también sirvió en los cuarteles 19, 25, 28, 33 y 43, Patrulla Municipio de Manhattan Norte, Patrullas del condado de Manhattan, Unidades Especializadas del Norte, el Jefe de la Unidad de Operaciones del Departamento y la Oficina de Información Pública de la Policía.

El fue ascendido a sargento en Febrero de 2005; Teniente en Abril de 2008; Capitán en Abril de 2011; Subinspector en Diciembre de 2013; Inspector en Diciembre de 2015. El subjefe Pichardo se ha desempeñado como Comandante de los cuarteles 33 y 43, y se desempeñó como Oficial Ejecutivo del cuartel 28. El subjefe Pichardo tiene una Licenciatura en Artes en Justicia Criminal de John Jay College of Criminal Justice, y una Maestría en Administración Pública en Government de Marist College.

También se graduó en 2015 del “Police Management Institute” en la Universidad de Columbia y se graduó en 2008 de la Academia Nacional del FBI en Quantico, Virginia. El subjefe Pichardo está actualmente asignado como el Oficial Ejecutivo de la Oficina de Servicios de Patrulla donde supervisa los 77 cuarteles del Departamento de Policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

AALSTEM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

American Association of Latinos in STEM (AALSTEM) consists of a group of established technical professionals that is focused on encouraging and supporting the Latino youth in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

AALSTEM is committed to further developing Latino professionals in an effort to improve their careers and help realize their full potential. We strive to achieve our mission through leadership, mentorship, education, and by providing professional development activities and networking events.

AALSTEM is led by President Francisco Diaz.

Francisco Diaz has over 27 years of experience at Con Edison of New York and is currently a Section Manager supporting the Electric Operations business. Francisco led a team of analysts responsible for the implementation and support of the Work Management Mobile Field application; this system is used by field crews and supervisors to capture work associated to the electrical system.

Denise Maríñez RISING STAR- COMEDY

Denise Maríñez is a stand-up comedian and writer from New Jersey. Born to Dominican parents, she quickly found a love for comedy through early exposure to her parents’ favorite classic comedians, such as Freddy Beras-Goico, Felipe Polanco, and Cuquin Victoria. In 2010, Denise graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers School of Health Professions with a dual degree in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She worked as a mental health counselor while pursuing a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Montclair State University. While she always fostered a love for comedy and making others laugh, it wasn’t until recent years that Denise realized it was not only a possibility, but her dream to perform stand-up comedy. She now actively performs at notable venues all over New York and New Jersey. Denise’s hobbies include solo-traveling the world, playing piano, and actively volunteering in her community with children and animals.

Message to the youth: Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t worry if you don’t “fit in”. Focus on exploring your passions and having a positive impact on those around you.

“Denise Maríñez es una comediante y escritora de Nueva Jersey. Nacida de padres Dominicanos, rápidamente encontró un amor por la comedia a través de la exposición temprana a los cómicos clásicos favoritos de sus padres, como Freddy Beras-Goico, Felipe Polanco, y Cuquin victoria.

En el 2010, Denise se graduó Cum Laude de Rutgers School of Health Professions (prev. UMDNJ) con un doble grado en Psicología y Rehabilitación Psiquiátrica. Trabajó como consejera de salud mental ayudando a personas afectadas con enfermedades mentales mientras perseguía un título de posgrado de Montclair State University.

Al graduarse con una Maestría en Psicología Industrial/Organizacional, también con honores, Denise se unió al equipo de Administración de Capital Humano en Goldman Sachs en el 2013. Ella pasó a trabajar en Prudential Financial en Newark y más recientemente como Asociada en el Departamento de Recursos Humanos de JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Mientras siempre fomentaba un amor por la comedia y hacer reír a los demás, no fue hasta años receintes que Denise se dio cuenta de que su sueño de llevar a cabo la comedia. Ella ahora realiza activamente la comedia por todas partes de Nueva York y Neuva Jersey, incluyendo ‘Stress Factory’, ‘Carolines on Broadway’, y ‘The Peoples Improv Theater’ entre otros lugares notables. También ha actuado en Chicago, Washington DC, y Barcelona, España.

Denise rápidamente se atrae las audiencias con sus historias de la vida real, humor oscuro e ingenioso, y su impredecibilidad.

Los pasatiempos de Denise incluyen viajar sola por el mundo, tocar el piano, y ser voluntaria en su comunidad con niños y animales.

Michelle Reynoso AMBASSADOR-DISEÑOS DE MODA

Con una ascendente y meteórica carrera en la escena de la creación, Michelle Reynoso pasó muy rápido de ser una joven promesa del diseño en República Dominicana a una consagrada artesana del estilo y la confección.

El 2013 sería el año de su primera colección, presentada en el marco de la cena de gala anual de la Fundación Robinson Cañó, en San Pedro de Macorís. Esta individual sería el primer paso que pavimentaría su camino al podio de los grandes creadores del país.

En el año 2015 forma parte del staff de diseñadores de Premio Soberano, máximo galardón que reconoce el arte y la cultura en República Dominicana. En esta plataforma asume el desafío de diseñar y confeccionar la mayor parte del vestuario de la gala, tanto de la producción como de las personalidades que desfilarían por la alfombra roja del evento.La crítica especializada ponderó la creatividad, la innovación y talento de Michelle Reynoso. Este triunfo la elevaría al podio de las más destacadas creadoras de esa media isla. Desde entonces, lleva cuatro años consecutivos asumiendo la producción, diseño y confección de las creaciones para esta ceremonia de premiación, la más importante del país.

Desfiles como “Champagne’17” y “Fantasía en el Cielo’18” han sido sus propuestas más aplaudidas y aceptadas por los peritos de moda.
Además, Michelle Reynoso ha diseñado para grandes eventos como Festival presidente (2017) y celebridades nacionales e internacionales como Kate del Castillo.

Sus desfiles, apuestas creativas y capacidad de reinventar el clasicismo hacen de Michelle Reynoso uno de las más grandes orgullos del diseño en República Dominicana.

Message to the youth:

“Me siento muy honrada y agradecida de que ustedes hayan tomado en cuenta mi labor para tan importante evento. Y más aún representando el talento joven del diseño de mi país.
Bendiciones
Michelle Reynoso”

Cristina Contreras AMBASSADOR OF HEALTH

Cristina has been in healthcare for 23 years, she began her career within NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island as a Caseworker in 1995. She has successfully assumed positions of progressive leadership and responsibility, to her present senior executive role of Chief Operating Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Experience backed with over 15 years of service in leadership roles and two Master degrees from Institutes of higher learning. Cristina is a relations builder, collaborative, servant leader with high emotional and social quotient.

During her tenure in various roles at NYC Health + Hospitals, she received numerous awards recognizing her strong dedication to the community as a servant leader. Passionate about connecting with the community, Cristina expanded the hospital’s presence in the community to help engage patients in their own health, helping them to become active partners in their care. Cristina embraces diversity by engaging and working together with different community leaders, using these opportunities to provide health education to the public to work towards improving health outcomes.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Cristina arrived in the US intent on realizing the American Dream, here she knew she would leverage educational opportunities to reach her highest potential. She earned a BA in Social Work from City University of New York at Herbert H. Lehman College in 1995 and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in 2001. She also earned a Master Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2008. Cristina is a member of the Bronx Community Board 7, where she chairs the Health and Hospital Committees and serves on the Education Committee. Cristina is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Association of Hispanic Health Executives (AHHE) and several other professional and community organizations. Featured in the May/June 2018 Hispanic Executive Magazine, “partnering with patients”.

Cristina is married and a dedicated mother of four and resides in the Bronx.

Message to the youth:

Our greatest investment for our future is in our children. When we look at today’s youth we see tomorrow’s leaders; doctors, engineers, polices officers, possibly a future president. As youths, it is important to take care of yourselves to allow you to achieve your healthiest life. Living in NYC gives you access to many resources to help maintain your overall well-being and keeping yourself healthy will allow you to reach your fullest potential. Keep striving, continue learning and be your healthiest self!

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Cristina ha estado en el cuidado de la salud durante 23 años, comenzó su carrera en NYC Health + Hospitals / Coney Island como trabajadora social en 1995. Cristina ha asumido con éxito puestos de liderazgo progresivo, en su actual cargo como directora ejecutivo de operaciones en NYC Health + Hospitals / North Central Bronx. Su experiencia es respaldada por más de 15 años de servicio en puestos de liderazgo. Cristina posee dos maestrías, una de la Universidad de Fordham y la otra de la Universidad Herber H. Lehman. Cristina es una constructora de relaciones, colaboradora, servidora líder con un alto conciente emocional y social.

Durante su mandato en varios puestos en NYC Health + Hospitals, recibió numerosos premios que reconocen su gran dedicación a la comunidad como líder de servicio. Apasionada por su conexión con la comunidad, Cristina amplió la presencia del hospital en la comunidad para ayudar a involucrar a los pacientes en su propia salud, ayudándoles a convertirse en socios activos en sus cuidados. Cristina acepta la diversidad al involucrarse y trabajar en conjunto con diferentes líderes de la comunidad, utilizando estas oportunidades para brindar educación sobre la salud al público a fin de que trabaje para mejorar los resultados de salud.

Nacida en República Dominicana, Cristina llegó a Estados Unidos con la intención de realizar el sueño Americano, donde sabía que aprovecharía las oportunidades educativas para alcanzar su máximo potencial. Obtuvo una licenciatura en trabajadora social de la Universidad Herbert H. Lehman en el 1995 y su Maestría en trabajo social de la Universidad de Fordham en 2001. También obtuvo una Maestría en Administración Pública de la Universidad de Baruch en 2008. Cristina es un miembro de la Junta Comunitaria 7 del Bronx, donde preside los Comités de Salud y Hospital y sirve en el Comité de Educación. Cristina también es miembro del Colegio Estadounidense de Ejecutivos de Salud y la Asociación de Ejecutivos Hispanos de Salud (AHHE) y varias otras organizaciones profesionales y comunitarias. Presentado en la Revista de Ejecutivos Hispanos de mayo / junio de 2018, ‘asociarse con pacientes’. Cristina está casada y es madre de cuatro hijos y reside en el Bronx”.

Tony Peralta ART AMBASSADOR

New York native and first generation Dominican, M. Tony Peralta, is a contemporary artist and designer known for his fusion of pop art aesthetics,
cultural iconography, and vibrant hues. While living in a home dominated by Dominican culture, Peralta developed a deep appreciation for American art
and influences. His admiration for Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, and Hip-Hop culture inspired him to creatively explore his identity. Using
screen printing, painting, and mixed media techniques, Peralta has paid homage to his heritage, showcased the stigma of Blackness in
Dominican identity, and tipped his hat to the golden age of Hip-Hop. His personal depiction of the Latino American experience fills a need for
ambicultural representation. The relevance of his work has gained a growing number of followers and some of his art pieces are owned by Junot Diaz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Swizz Beats. Through social media and an e-commerce undertaking known as The Peralta Project, he continues to artistically connect and engage with his followers.

Just recently, Peralta’s “Celia Con Rolo” art piece is in exhibition at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in D.C. The artwork has
been acquired and added to the institutions permanent collection.”

Message to the youth:

Pick something you Love and that you would do for free as a career and stay consistent.

Aldrin Bonilla AMBASSADOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE

Aldrin Rafael Bonilla is the Manhattan Deputy Borough President. He also serves as the Borough President Trustee-designee to the New York City Employee Retirement System Pension Fund and Secretary to the Theater Sub-District Council. As Deputy Borough President, Aldrin has led Community Board reform efforts, civic technology initiatives, community leadership trainings, police-community relations forums and pension fund ESG advocacy.

His prior experience includes executive and research positions in such areas as education (CUNY in the Heights), youth development (The Valley, Inc.), technology (Fund for the City of New York), government (US Census Bureau) and diplomacy (United Nations).

Aldrin has a BA from Colgate University in International Relations as well as MA in Political Science and MPA in Public Policy Analysis from Binghamton University. He also holds advanced certificates from Harvard University’s Institutes of Higher Education and from UPENN’s Wharton School of Business.

Aldrin Rafael Bonilla es el presidente adjunto del condado de Manhattan. También se desempeña como fideicomisario delegado de la presidenta del condado para el Fondo de Pensiones del Sistema de Retiro de Empleados de la Ciudad de Nueva York así como Secretario del Consejo Subdistrital de Teatro. Como presidente adjunto del condado, Aldrin ha liderado los esfuerzos de reforma de las juntas comunitarias, iniciativas de tecnología cívica, capacitaciones en liderazgo comunitario, foros de relaciones entre la policía y la comunidad y defensa medioambiental, social, y de gobernanza en la gestión de fondos de pensiones.

Su experiencia previa incluye puestos ejecutivos y de investigación en áreas tales como educación (CUNY in the Heights), desarrollo juvenil (The Valley, Inc.), tecnología (Fondo para la Ciudad de Nueva York), gobierno (Oficina del Censo de EE. UU.), y diplomacia internacional (Naciones Unidas).

Aldrin tiene una licenciatura de la Universidad de Colgate en Relaciones Internacionales, así como una maestría en Ciencias Políticas y una maestría en Administración Pública en Análisis de Políticas Públicas de la Universidad de Binghamton. También posee certificados avanzados de los Institutos de Educación Superior de la Universidad de Harvard y de la Escuela de Negocios Wharton de la Universidad de Pensilvania.

Message to the youth:

That which you do most you do best!!! And, absolutely no one can be a better you than you- it’s indisputable.

Gina Rodríguez-Orriola AMBASSADOR OF COSMETOLOGY

Gina Rodriguez-Orriola
Ind. National Sales Director Mary Kay Cosmetics

Gina started her Mary Kay career in 1991 as an ind. beauty consultant in New York City. She had big dreams, and through hard work and perseverance she has made her dream of becoming the first Dominican Ind. National Sales director on the North Eastern Region of the United States of America, a reality.

Throughout her career with Mary Kay Cosmetics, she has built her own National Sales Area known as Areamor that currently holds offices in both the New York and New England areas and consists of more of 3,000 ind. beauty consultants around the country and Internationally

Since 1998, Gina has earned the privilege of driving the company’s prized crown, The Pink Cadillac. In her time she has also been featured in Mary Kay’s Applause magazine, presented with the GO-GIVE award, recognized by the City of New York, The Dominican’s Women Development Center, and gives motivational and business consulting speeches on a regular Basis

Gina Rodriguez-Orriola is an inspiration to us all, and is a beaming example for all Latinas, Latinos, and hardworking individuals looking move forward in life for themselves and their families.

Message to the youth:

Never give up on your dream.

Rosa García AMBASSADOR IN CULINARY ART

Rosa Garcia was born on January 31st, 1981 in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 9 she migrated to the US. Rosa Garcia is a go getter a mother to 2 girls a daughter raised by a single mom an aunt a friend a leader.

Many know her by her name others by her contagious smile. Where others see obstacles she sees a new path. She was able to do just that with the historic Bruckner Bar and Grill for which she worked for since 2007.

In 2012 after Hurricane Sandy left establishment inoperable and many were forced to shut their doors on their business leaving the community destitute of commerce, but Rosa saw an opportunity.

She viewed it not as a challenge but an opportunity to recreate and she did just that.

Now operating under the Mott Haven Bar and Grill , Rosa has successfully reopened the doors to members of the community to bring new life into the community. For the last 4 years she has provided meals to over 500 families in need during Thanksgiving. She is now an active Member of the Bronx Boy Scouts of America, Community Board 1, Hostos Golf Outing Committee where they focus on making the neighborhood a better place.

In 2017, she opened Mott Haven Events, the catering and venue hospitality business of Mott Haven Hospitality Group (MHHG). Mott Haven Events produces unique catered events and unparalleled dining experiences within a variety of cultural, corporate and entertainment venues in the Bronx and thorough New York City. As President and CEO of MHHG, Rosa’s emphasis is on continuing the trend of innovation and creating new concepts while strategically growing existing successful concepts. Over the coming months and years, MHHG will continue to focus on the development of restaurants, cafes, event venues, lounges and bars while offering outstanding food and hospitality.

Aside from being a mother of two, a successful business owner and community activist, she is working on getting another degree at Hostos Community College.

When she is not on the job or spending time with her two daughters, Rosa enjoys working out and training for marathons.

She recently started a new venture for her new company called 31Agency where she is starting a Campaign called #IAMME.

Campaign was created to build a community to uplift and uphold those that have cultivated their authentic power after defeat. This is dedicated to all who choose to live in light after stepping out of the shadows of societal standards.

Message to the youth:

Value the path to self discovery that challenges and confronts fear. Don’t let it stop you.

Emerson Brito AMBASSADOR “ROBA LA GALLINA”

Emerson Brito es un destacado folklorista, diseñador y empresario dominicano que nació y creció en Baní con sus hermanas Delia y Mirna junto a su madre quien es la destacada Profesora y Poetiza Amparo Pimentel. Su padre Felipe Brito emigró a los Estados Unidos cuando Emerson tenía apenas dos años. La ausencia de la figura paterna en su hogar era palpable. Emerson experimentó lo difícil que era para su madre sacar adelante a la familia con recursos limitados.

Fue durante sus años de educación primaria que Emerson empezó a dar muestras de su creatividad y talento artístico mientras asistía a la escuela Máximo Gómez en la provincia Peravia, República Dominicana.

A pesar de su inclinación por el arte y la cultura dominicana, el se enfocó en los estudios para realizarse como profesional. Así fue cuando a punto de graduarse con una Licenciatura en Contabilidad en la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, decide abandonar los números por su verdadera pasión, el arte y la cultura.

“Mi pasión es el arte, no los números”. Emerson.

Al radicarse en Salem, Massachussets, Emerson se involucró en diferentes actividades artísticas y culturales donde se resaltaba la dominicanidad. Durante este período, se destacó en el desarrollo de varios grupos infantiles y juveniles en la ciudad de Lynn, Massachussets. También organizó varios reinados culturales, festivales Hispanos y dominicanos en esa área.
Su pasión por el arte y la cultura se manifiesta en su afán de participar en diferentes eventos donde se solicitaba su presencia con sus personajes que ha creado en su trayectoria artística. Siendo el personaje “Roba la Gallina” una de sus más imponentes representaciones a lo largo de su experiencia en el folklor dominicano. Esta entrega y pasión ha sido premiada por un sinnúmero de reconocimientos, tanto de organizaciones culturales así como de autoridades del ámbito político en Massachusetts, Rhode Island y Republica Dominicana.

Egresado de la Burdett School en Boston con un Asociado en Arte, Emerson recibió El Premio del Presidente, mención Diseño de Modas entre otros reconocimientos. También se graduó como Modelo Profesional de la renombrada Escuela Barbizon y Makeup Artist de la Escuela David Nicholas International. Además, obtuvo la Certificación de Cosmetólogo de Empire Beauty School.
Emerson es el padre orgulloso de dos hijos, Emmanuel y Heather Brito. Actualmente reside en Providence donde maneja su propia compañía, Emerson Brito Designs and Decorations.

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Emerson Brito is a prominent folklorist, designer and Dominican businessman who was born and grew up in Baní with his sisters Delia and Mirna next to his mother who is distinguished professor and poet Amparo Pimentel. His father Felipe Brito emigrated to the United States when Emerson was just two years old. The absence of the father figure in his home was palpable.

Emerson experimented how difficult that was for his mother to raise the family with limited resources. It was during his years of primary education that Emerson began to show signs of his creativity and artistic talent while tending Máximo Gómez School in Peravia Province, Dominican Republic. Despite his penchant for art and the Dominican culture, Emerson focused on studies to perform as a professional. So it was when on the verge of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, he decides to leave the numbers for his true passion, art and culture.

“My passion is art, not the numbers”. Emerson.

He settled in Salem, Massachusetts, he began to engage in different artistic and cultural activities in that city, where the Dominicans excelled. During this period, he emphasized the development of various groups of children and youth in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. He also organized several cultural pageants, Dominican and Hispanic festivals in that area. His passion for art and culture manifests itself in its eagerness to participate in different events where his presence was requested with its characters he has created in his career. Still the character of “”Steals the Hen”” (Roba la Gallina) one of his most impressive performances throughout his experience in the Dominican folklore. His dedication and passion has been recognized by a number of awards, both arts organizations and political authorities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Dominican Republic.

The art and creativity of Emerson have been recognized and weighted in various cultural areas of New England. Graduated from the Burdett School in Boston with an Associate in Arts, Emerson received the award from President Fashion design mention among other honors. Also graduated as a Professional Model and Makeup Artist of the David Nicholas International School and the renowned Barbizon School. In addition, he obtained the Empire Beauty School Cosmetology Certification. Emerson is the proud father of two children, Emmanuel and Heather Brito. He is currently residing in Providence and is the CEO of Emerson Brito Designs and Decorations.”

Message to the youth:

My message for the youth is to preserved their heritage, culture, and ethnic identity. They must keep their ancestry’s values and their roots. It is important to acquire the necessary knowledge to enhance their education. Our youth would benefit from the acculturation; however, is very important to accommodate new experiences commingling with the past experiences. Lastly, to stay away from harmful habits and risky behaviors.

Bianka Pérez AMBASSADOR OF JUSTICE

Hon. Bianka Perez is a Judge of the Civil Court of Bronx County elected November 2016. Prior to her election, she was the sole owner of the Law Office of Bianka Perez from 2004-2016. She served as Bronx Democratic Commissioner of the New York City Board of Elections from September 2014 through June 2016 and was elected the first Latina President of the New York City Board of Elections in January 2016. Judge Perez also served as Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing from 2012 to 2014. She received her Doctorate in Law at New York Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice C.U.N.Y. in 1995, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Judge Perez is admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bars. She served as President of the Dominican Bar Association in 2012 and 2013 and also served as Parliamentarian of the Bronx Democratic County Committee from 2012 to 2014. Judge Perez was born in the United States, to parents from the Dominican Republic who emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Judge Perez currently resides in the Bronx with her husband and children.

Message to the youth:

I decided to be a Judge to serve as a role model to the young generation and to my three daughters. I want to show the children and the community I serve that everything is possible. I hope by my example our young generation can realize that they can also be Judges and Lawyers. Diversity in the Judiciary has always been one of my main priorities and I hope many follow my example and seek Judicial office some day.

Francisco Burgos RISING STAR- ACTING

Francisco Burgos was born on December 7th raised in The Bronx and Manhattan. Francisco started off as a child actor featuring in shows such as Seasme Street & PBS Kids. He made his first TV appearance when he booked his first audition at the tender young age of 5 years old for HBO’s television show, “”The Sopranos””. Francisco then made it to the big screen when he starred in the thriller cop film directed by ‘Gavin O’Connor’ “”Pride & Glory”” in 2008 as the role of “”Manny””. The film also featured actors such as ‘Edward Norton’ and ‘Collin Farraell’.

In the same year of 2008 Francisco played “”Babo”” a young kid with asthma in his first leading role debut in the Drama/Romance film “”Explicit Ills”” directed by ‘Mark Webber’. The film was based on interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. He starred alongside ‘Rosario Dawson’ who played the struggling mother of the character “”Babo”” & as well as actors Paul Dano & Lou Taylor Pucci. At the age of 12 years old Francisco had also co-starred with comedian actors ‘Johnny Knoxville’, ‘Patton Oswalt’, ‘Rob Riggle’, & ‘Patrice O’Neal’ in ‘Todd Rohal’s’ raucous comedy film “”Nature Calls”” as “”Tibbits”” in 2012.

Francisco Burgos nació el 7 de Diciembre criado en el Bronx y Manhattan en Nueva York. Francisco comenzó como su carrera de actor infantil en shows como Sesame Street y PBS Kids. Hizo su primera aparición televisiva cuando logró su primera audición a la tierna edad de 5 años para el programa de televisión de HBO, “”The Sopranos””. Luego, Francisco llegó a la pantalla grande cuando protagonizó en la película de suspenso dirigida por Gavin O’Connor, “”Pride & Glory”” en el 2008, se desenlazo con el personaje de ‘Manny’. La película también contó con actores Americanos ‘Edward Norton’ y ‘Collin Farrell’.

En el mismo año del 2008 Francisco interpretó a ‘Babo’, el personaje de un niño con asma cual fue su primer debut de protagonista principal en la película Drama / Romance “”Explicit Ills”” dirigida por ‘Mark Webber’. La película se basó en historias interconectadas que giraban en torno al amor, las drogas y la pobreza en Filadelfia. Francisco protagonizó junto a ‘Rosario Dawson’ quien interpretó la madre del personaje “”Babo””, así como a los actores ‘Paul Dano’ y ‘Lou Taylor Pucci’. Despues a la edad de 12 años había co-protagonizado con los actores cómicos ‘Johnny Knoxville’, ‘Patton Oswalt’ y ’Rob Riggle’ como tambien ‘Patrice O’Neal’ en la ‘comedia estridente’ de ‘Todd Rohal’ llamada “”Nature Calls”” como “”Tibbits”” en el 2012.

Hoy como un destacado actor y figura pública, Francisco hizo su debut como adolescente en la pantalla en el estreno de la Temporada 5 en la serie dramática “”Power”” de Starz Network 2018 y en la nueva Temporada 6 de la serie de CBS “”Elementary””. Francisco Burgos es un orgullo Latino y estos logros es el comienzo de su gran futuro.

Message to the youth:

Don’t ever give up. Anything is possible as long as you stay motivated & determined. If you can dream it you can achieve it!

Silvana Marmolejos AMBASSADOR QUINCES CON CAUSA

Silvana Marmolejos is a dymanic tri-lingual production executive, casting director and philanthropist. She has casted and produced many shows for MTV, Telemundo & ABC and has included Latino talent in all of her projects- projecting them in a positive light. She is also founder of Quinces con Causa, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-income girls in Latin America and the United States the opportunity to celebrate their Quinces. The program provides access to workshops that motivate and inspire them to achieve their inner-purpose and goals.

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Silvana Marmolejos es una ejecutiva de producción trilingüe dinámica, directora de casting y filántropa. Ha lanzado y producido muchos shows para MTV, Telemundo y ABC, y ha incluido el talento latino en todos sus proyectos, proyectándolos de manera positiva. También es fundadora de Quinces con Causa, una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a brindarles a las niñas de bajos ingresos de América Latina y los Estados Unidos la oportunidad de celebrar sus Quinces. El programa brinda acceso a talleres que los motivan e inspiran a lograr sus objetivos y propósitos internos.

Message to the youth:

Never be afraid to try something new and re-invent yourself. Your mind and the way that you think can take you anywhere that you would like to go. Have Faith and press on!

Sergio Larios AMBASSADOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION

Sergio A. Larios was born in Honduras, Central America. He migrated to New York in 1970. He began to study the flute in Middle School in the South Bronx. He began his studies with Phil Shutzman (Jazz Pianist) and Michael Viñas (bass player with Ruben Blades and Seis Del Solar. He picked up the electric bass and started to attend Boys Harbor Music School in New York City. There he studied Electric Bass with Ramon Rodriguez (Yambu) and the great Panamanian Bass Player Guillermo Edgehill. He enrolled in Bronx Community College where his formal studies began. At BCC he picked up the acoustic Bass and studied with Lyle Atkinson, Victor Venegaand John Henry III.

After graduating from Bronx Community College he received a full scholarship to City College where he began to study with Ron Carter. He studied the upright bass and continued performing around the New York City Latin music scene. After receiving his Bachelors degree from City College he did graduate studies in Music Education and Arts administration at Teachers College Columbia. He also return to Boys Harbor where he studied wood winds with Rolando Briceño (First alto with Mario Bauza), Drums with the late Rob Blumenthal, and Latin Percussion with Johnny Almendra and Victor Rendon.

Mr. Larios has thought Elementary Band and Middle School Band and for three years he ran the Celia Cruz High SchoolLatin Jazz Band. He became the Arts Coordinator in Community School District Six and was hired by Harlem School of the Arts as Director of Education.

Mr. Larios passion for music education brought him back to teaching instrumental music at the middle and high school level.Many of his students are professional musicians performing with prominent artists.

Message to the youth:

To the young people of this generation, continue to reach for your dreams and never give up the struggle to become the best that you can be.

Become a citizen of the world for young people are the future for a better and brighter world.

Danurys Sanchez-Noboa AMBASSADOR-DIVERSITY IN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Mrs. Danurys Sanchez-Noboa joined Columbia University in 2002 and is currently Senior Research Staff Associate at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain. For the past ten years, as the Program Manager of a longitudinal study on memory and aging, she has been successful in maintaining an active cohort of 2000 plus elder residents of Northern Manhattan, with the majority being from the Dominican Republic. In 2011, she was awarded the Excellence Award by Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeons for maintaining her managerial role at the Taub Institute and mentoring students, all while balancing motherhood. As a cross-cultural research management consultant, she has trained staff across the United States and provided her expertise in strategic planning and implementation of multi-ethnic research projects for Spanish speaking population in clinical and research settings. Danurys has presented her work in professional conferences and has several publications in peer-reviewed journal articles that focus on multicultural assessment of memory and cognition in ethnically diverse elders.

While at Columbia University, Mrs. Danurys Sanchez-Noboa has had the opportunity to shape and affect the lives of countless students as she has paved the way to coveted internships and mentored students in undergraduate and graduate programs. She has advocated for inclusivity of students of color in internships, externships, fellowships, graduate program, and has assisted students of Dominican descent across New York City. Because of Danurys Sanchez-Noboa advocacy on inclusivity and diversity, earlier this year, she was appointed to Columbia University Senate Commission on Diversity.

Currently, Mrs. Danurys Sanchez-Noboa in partnership with Ms. Juliet Colón are launching a longitudinal research project to study the determinants of success of Dominican students in the United States to serve as a blueprint for future generations.

As a mother of two young, curious and bright daughters, Danurys finds it important that they maintain close ties to their Dominican heritage. When Danurys is not attending music concerts, you can find her at local events in Washington Heights and Inwood.

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Danurys Sánchez-Noboa se unió a la Universidad de Columbia en el año 2000 y actualmente es Asociada de Personal de Investigación en el Instituto Taub para la Investigación de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y el Cerebro Envejeciente. Durante los últimos diez años, como directora del programa de un estudio longitudinal sobre la memoria y el envejecimiento, ha tenido éxito en mantener un cohorte activo de más de 2000 residentes mayores del norte de Manhattan, la mayoría de los cuales son de República Dominicana. En 2011, el Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de la Universidad de Columbia le otorgó el Premio a la Excelencia por mantener su rol directivo en el Instituto Taub y trabajar con estudiantes, todo mientras equilibraba la maternidad. Como consultora de investigacióned interculturales, ha brindado su experiencia en planificación estratégica e implementación de proyectos de investigación multiétnicos para la población de habla hispana en entornos clínicos. Danurys ha presentado su trabajo en conferencias profesionales y tiene varias publicaciones en artículos de revistas que se centran en la evaluación multicultural de la memoria y la cognición en ancianos étnicamente diversos.

Mientras en la Universidad de Columbia, Danurys Sánchez-Noboa ha tenido la oportunidad de dar forma y afectar la vida de innumerables estudiantes, ya que le ha abierto las puerta a las pasantías codiciadas y ha sido mentor de estudiantes en programas universitarios. Ella ha abogado por la inclusión de estudiantes de color en pasantías, becas, programas de posgrado y ha ayudado a estudiantes de ascendencia dominicana de todas parte de la nacion. Debido a la defensa de Danurys Sánchez-Noboa sobre inclusión y diversidad, a principios de este año, fue nombrada para la Comisión de Diversidad del Senado de la Universidad de Columbia. Actualmente, Danurys, en asociación con la Srta. Juliet Colón, está lanzando un proyecto de investigación longitudinal para estudiar los factores determinantes del éxito de los estudiantes dominicanos en los Estados Unidos para que sirva de modelo para las generaciones futuras.

Como madre de dos curiosas y brillantes hijas, Danurys considera importante que mantengan estrechos vínculos con su herencia dominicana. Cuando Danurys no asiste a conciertos de música, puedes encontrarla en eventos locales en Washington Heights e Inwood.

Message to the youth:

Within our own unique circles, in our day-to-day lives, we have the ability to affect change and have a positive impact. Embrace the good within us and embrace one another, than we can rise collectively and move onward.

Beatriz Diaz Taveras AMBASSADOR- SOCIAL SERVICES

Beatriz Diaz Taveras is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York, which provides a comprehensive range of professional human services that assists more than 145,000 individuals each year without regard to race, ethnicity or religion. She oversees the divisions of Alianza Services, Beacon of Hope House, Catholic Youth Organization, Community Outreach Services and Immigrant and Refugee Services.

Beatriz Diaz Taveras was appointed Executive Director in 2008. Ms. Diaz Taveras has held management positions with Catholic Charities for over thirty years. Among these positions, Ms. Diaz Taveras was the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services for Catholic Charities.

She currently serves on the Boards of Incarnation Children Center and the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation. Ms. Diaz Taveras has served on the boards of Catholic Charities USA, New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee and the New York Immigration Coalition.

Ms. Diaz Taveras was born in New York City of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. Ms. Diaz Taveras graduated from Syracuse University with a major in business, and holds a Masters in business administration from Pace University.

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Beatriz Diaz Taveras es la directora ejecutiva de la agencia Servicios Comunitarios de Caridades Católicas de la Arquidiócesis de New York, la cual ofrece una amplia gama de servicios humanos profesionales ayudando a más de 145.000 personas al año sin importar su raza, etnia o religión. La Sra. Diaz Taveras tiene a su cargo varias divisiones dentro de la agencia: Alianza Services, Beacon of Hope House, Catholic Youth Organization, y Servicios de Ayuda a la Comunidad y Servicios para Inmigrantes y Refugiados.

La Sra. Díaz Taveras fue nombrada directora ejecutiva de la agencia en 2008. Ella también ha ocupado posiciones directivas en Caridades Católicas por más de treinta años. Uno de esos cargos fue el de directora de la división de Servicios para Inmigrantes y Refugiados.

Actualmente, la Sra. Diaz Taveras hace parte de las juntas directivas de Incarnation Children Center y Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation. La Sra. Díaz Taveras también ha sido miembro de las juntas directivas de Catholic Charities USA, el Comité de Política Pública de la Conferencia Católica del Estado de Nueva York y la Coalición de Inmigración de Nueva York.

La Sra. Díaz Taveras nació en la ciudad de Nueva York de padres inmigrantes de la República Dominicana. Ella se graduó de la Universidad de Syracuse con una especialización en negocios, y tiene una maestría en administración de empresas de Pace University.

Message to the youth:

You are our treasure and our future. Our hope is to continue to provide you with the resources and services that will propel you to achieve your fullest potential.

Laura Acosta AMBASSADOR- COMMUNITY SERVICES

Laura Acosta is a native of the Dominican Republic, born in the beautiful city of Santiago. Since 2013, she has been a top-ranking woman in government, serving as Chief of Staff to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.

Laura has contributed to the educational success of numerous first-generation college students and is responsible for opening the first Beacon School for the Community Association of Progressive Dominicans.

She is the President and CEO of LA and Associates Inc., a professional consulting firm specializing in political projects, and was instrumental in electing the first Dominican Congressman, Adriano Espaillat. Her impressive record of political experience includes directing field operations for multiple political campaigns, such as Bill Thompson for Mayor in 2013. Laura is a proud community activist and advocate for human rights and education.

Ercilia García AMBASSADOR OF MENTAL HEALTH

Dra. Ercilia Garcia, LMHC, CRC, CASAC is the Founder and President of MIH Mental Health Center PC. She is a Life Coach and Evaluator with over 20 years of experience in the Mental Health Field and specializes in Rehabilitation counseling and family therapy. She has served as a Director of treatment services at Alianza Dominicana, and as the Clinical Supervisor for The Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) Families In Action Program. She is also certified by the State of New York courts system to conduct Psychological Assessments and evaluations to DWI offenders and other defendants. She has a passion for working with the underserved and as such is a strong advocate for the mental health needs of the people she works with and is very involved with the community.

Dr. Garcia worked closely with the Team designated by the city the Mayor and the first lady of the city of New York in developing the program ‘Strive NYC: A Road Map to Mental Health”.

Her main goal is for everyone affected by any mental, emotional, or behavioral condition( substance Abuse) to be able to have access to the much needed mental health services by eliminating barriers that, for the most part prevent the general population for seeking the necessary help.

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Dra. Ercilia Garcia, LMHC, CRC, CASAC es la fundadora y presidenta de MIH Mental Health Center PC. Ella es una entrenadora y evaluadora de vida con más de 20 años de experiencia en el campo de la salud mental y se especializa en consejería de rehabilitación y terapia familiar. Ella se ha desempeñado como Directora de servicios de tratamiento en Alianza Dominicana, y como Supervisora ​​Clínica del Programa de Familias en Acción del Centro Dominicano de Desarrollo de la Mujer (DWDC). También está certificada por el sistema de tribunales del estado de Nueva York para realizar evaluaciones psicológicas y evaluaciones a los infractores de DWI y otros acusados. Ella tiene una pasión por trabajar con personas desatendidas y, como tal, es una gran defensora de las necesidades de salud mental de las personas con las que trabaja y está muy involucrada con la comunidad.

La Dr. García trabajó en estrecha colaboración con el Equipo designado por la ciudad, el Alcalde y la primera dama de la ciudad de Nueva York, en el desarrollo del programa “Strive NYC: Una ruta hacia la salud mental”.

Su principal objetivo es que todas las personas afectadas por cualquier afección mental, emocional o de comportamiento (Abuso de sustancias) puedan tener acceso a los muy necesarios servicios de salud mental al eliminar las barreras que, en su mayoría, impiden que la población en general busque los servicios y ayuda necesarios.

Her message for our youth:

Find good role models remember that you stand on the shoulders of Giants; if you can’t find or see your path look to them and they will guide you. NEVER GIVE UP!
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Su mensaje para nuestros jóvenes: Encuentre buenos modelos recuerde que estas parado en los hombros de gigantes; si no puedes encontrar o ver tu camino, busca su ayuda y ellos te guiarán. ¡NUNCA TE RINDAS!

Rafael Pujols AMBASSADOR NEWS BROADCAST

Rafael Pujols es reportero de noticias para Noticiero 47 TelemundoPrimera Edición. Como parte del equipo de Noticiero 47 Telemundo Primera Edición, Pujols reporta las noticias de último minuto y de más importancia para los televidentes en el área triestatal de Nueva York.

Antes de regresar a Telemundo 47 en el 2012, el trabajo como presentador y locutor de Radio WADO 1280 en Nueva York por 16 años. Él se incorporó a WNJU por primera vez en el 2000 y se desempeñó como presentador de tráfico para el noticiero matutino.

A lo largo de su carrera, Pujols, ha recibido varios premios, incluyendo un Emmy, ACE y Micrófono de Oro del Círculo de Locutores Dominicanos. Él también ha sido reconocido por el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, la Legislatura estatal de Nueva York, el Concejo Municipal de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el Condado de Nassau en Long Island. Pujols es miembro del Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Pujols obtuvo su licenciatura en Comunicaciones, Periodismo y Derecho de la Universidad Dominicana O&M en Santo Domingo. Pujols es padre de tres hijos y comparte su tiempo libre en familia y apoya causas y organizaciones como St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Edwin M. Quezada AMBASSADOR OF EDUCATION

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools, is passionate about quality teaching and learning, compassionate about children from all backgrounds and abilities, proud of his humble beginnings, and devoted to family and faith.

Personified by animated English-Spanish dialogue, perpetual motion and thoughtful collegial research, Dr. Quezada moves the agenda of public education in Yonkers, New York, the fourth largest school district in the state serving almost 27,000 students and employing 3,500 staff. Under his tutelage in 2017, Yonkers achieved the highest on-time graduation rate, 82%, of New York State’s Big 5 city school districts.

An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Quezada came to the Bronx, New York in September 1983 at age 15 to live the American Dream. Uncompromising high expectations from his mother and public school educators focused his life’s path. Dr. Quezada attended Herbert H. Lehman College completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a minor in Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. From Fordham University, he earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration/District Supervision, and his Doctorate in Education from Walden University. Numerous educational and community service have been awarded to Dr. Quezada.

Equity and access to academic, social-emotional and cultural opportunities for every child is a moral imperative that drives Dr. Quezada’s work. He sees himself in Yonkers’ students; an English as a New Language student with dreams. For 28 years, Dr. Quezada’s education careers spanned teacher, counselor, human relations facilitator, principal and deputy superintendent which led to his current position. Accolades abound for Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) launched in 2016, part of the national and New York State movement, initiated and co-chaired by Dr. Quezada. Yonkers MBK aims to close the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color through mentoring, academic preparedness and emotional and social skill building; 58 percent of Yonkers Public Schools’ students are Latino.

Message for our youth:

Dr. Quezada offers a simple message to young women and men… A zip code must never define your journey in life. Today’s surroundings do not determine where opportunities may lead in future years. Embrace hard work, diligent effort and a relentless commitment to your personal growth. Take hold of every magnificent opportunity offered. You and only you control your destiny.

José Francis Rojas RISING STAR-SHORT TRACK RACING

“Soy José Rojas, tengo 21 años nací en República Dominicana… Vengo de una humilde familia y desde niño he vivido con mis abuelos. A través de los años mientras estudiaba en la primera y secundaria me hacían falta muchas cosas y he luchado con ese reto que me ha dado fuerza para cumplir mis metas por lo cual le doy gracias a Dios.

Mi sueño de ser Jockey empezó cuando conocí a unos de mis hermanos y con apenas 13 años de edad me integré al ambiente de la Hípica. Cada día que pasaba y veía a mi hermano montar y ganar nacía mucho más lo que sentía dentro de mí que era convertirme en Jockey. Desafortunadamente, unos años después de habernos conocido mi hermano murió en un accidente durante una carrera de caballos en el Hipódromo V Centenario de República Dominicana.

Desde ese día entendí que tenía que seguir luchando por cumplir mi sueño al igual que el de mi hermano; aunque todos se negaron a que yo me enfocara en el hipismo seguí luchando. A los 15 años empiezo la escuela de Jockey y a poco tiempo me hago Jockey Professional, cuando debuté fui el único jinete en ganar debutando a distancia de 1,800 metros 45/1 foto finish.

A los 20 años de edad un entrenador de origen americano se interesa en mi como jinete… consigo hacer un contrato para ir a los Estados Unidos para seguir expandiendo mi carrera; buscando nuevos horizontes y me otorgan visa internacional como Atleta. Recientemente estoy empezando mi carrera como jinete y como todo jinete soñador mi deseo es llegar a integrarme al salón de la fama como jinete profesional.

Me gusta hacer servicio comunitario y he participado en programas para prestar ayuda escolar en República Dominicana.”

Message for our youth:

“Amplía tus sueños como galopes y persevera como un verdadero purasangre”.

Gravelers Bicycle Group AMBASSADORS CYCLING FOR A CAUSE

“In 2014, a group of friends that share the same cycling passion, incorporated a charity mission into an existing mountain bike event, in the remote mountainous areas of the Dominican Republic.

The Gravelers Bicycle Group was born. Our mission? To personally deliver much needed book bags filled with school supplies and simultaneously bring a message of Hope by stressing importance of education to the children, who need it most, in the remote areas of the Dominican Republic which we appropriately titled “Tour de la Esperanza” (“Tour of Hope”).

Why? …Because some of the Gravelers were once one of those children, both in Dominican Republic and New York City; and are now successful professionals as a result of people who believed in us ….who took a moment to stop, to look into our eyes, to acknowledge us and motivate us with their words of wisdom acquired through life experiences. Now, we are able to give back, sharing our own message from our own experiences and returning to Dominican Republic every February since then.

Since 2014, we’ve traveled a different route during every mission and have delivered school supplies to children in Loma de Cabrera, Monte Cristi, Sosua/Cabarete, Tenares, San Francisco de Macoris, Nagua, Las Terrenas, Bayaguana, Sabana de la Mar, Miches, Punta Cana, Barahona, Bahia de las Águilas, Pedernales, Constanza, La Cienega, Las Aullamas, Jarabacoa, just to name a few areas.

With the intention of legitimately organizing fund raising events to execute our mission we established “Hope… One Pedal Stroke at a Time, Inc.” d/b/a “Pedal for Hope,” a nonprofit corporation. Our mission statement says it all: “Pedal for Hope” is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, established for the purpose of bringing “HOPE…” of a brighter future to the children of the world by providing school supplies to underprivileged children living in remote areas, via the human effort of pedaling a bicycle while riding long distances “”…One Pedal Stroke at a Time.”

We are constantly fundraising and creating events involving local community, which include the “Grally” (Gravel+Rally) and the “E100” (Everglades 100); bicycle riding events on gravel roads, both unique and challenging; all for a good cause.

Donations to Pedal for Hope are kindly accepted via:

www.tiny.cc/gravelers”

Message for our youth:
“Children are great imitators, so let’s give them something great to imitate” -Anonymous

Ricardo Ureña AMBASSADOR-DOMINICAN FOLKLORE

Ricardo fue el fundador del grupo folclórico del Club San Carlos y al poco tiempo alcanza la dirección del mismo, cuando apenas contaba 16 años de edad. En el deporte se destaca como baloncesto y luchador olímpico, no obstante su pasión siempre fue y es las danzas típicas tradicionales.

Ureña fue el primer técnico en Arte y Cultura nombrado el Secretaria de Estado de Deportes y Recreación –SEDEFIR- en 1978 y su misión fue crear grupos de teatro y danzas folclóricas en todo el territorio nacional y ha presentado en la prestigiosa sala de conciertos Carnegie Hall.

Rafael Bello AMBASSADOR OF TELEVISION

A versatile and charismatic TV and Radio personality, born and raised in the Dominican Republic.

Bello is a two-time Emmy Award winner who has played several roles in the television industry in the areas of sports, entertainment, news, weather and traffic. The seven-time Emmy award nominated anchor, currently serves as the Weather Anchor for Noticias Univisión 41 “Al Despertar” and is the Anchor/Host of “Edición Digital Nueva York”, the New York based station’s mid-day newscast.

Bello has received multiple recognitions for his work and commitment to the youth. He was awarded a “Premio Nacional de la Juventud Juan Pablo Duarte” (Juan Pablo Duarte’s National Youth Award), given by the Presidency of the Dominican Republic thru the Ministry of Youth, in 2015. He has also received several citations from local authorities in New Jersey and New York.

Radio journalism
Bello started his journalism career in 2003 producing and hosting the sports segment called “Carril Deportivo” in “Carril del Medio” radio show, produced and anchored by journalists Deidamia Galan and Rosa Amarela, which was broadcast nationwide in the Dominican Republic.

After several years Bello decided to develop his own project and started “Desde las Gradas” in 2006, an interactive sports talk show, produced and hosted by Bello, joined by several journalists who covered sports in a very peculiar way.

In 2010, Bello joined the official MLB broadcasts in the Dominican Republic, rights hold by Cadena de Noticias (CDN), and was a commentator for the MLB season games, a nationwide broadcast on CDN La Radio.

After moving to the United States, Bello re-joined the Licey Tigers International Broadcast as the commentator for the 2011-2012 season.

In 2015, Bello joined 1050 AM ESPN Deportes Radio as the first talent in New York and currently produces and hosts his weekend show called “El Locker Room 1050 con Rafael Bello”, along with urban music producer Berardo Mendez and Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Roberto Clemente Jr.

Television journalism
In 2006, Bello started as a commentator for the Licey TV broadcasts of the Dominican Summer League games, the minor league circuit of the Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic. He also served as a commentator for the “Circuito Internacional” of the Licey Tigers, international broadcast of Licey, a professional team of the Dominican Professional Baseball League (LIDOM), until 2010.

In 2009, Bello joined “Noticias SIN” with Emmy award winners Alicia Ortega and Fernando Hasbun; one of the top two newscasts in the country. Bello was the prime-time newscast (11 pm) sports anchor and anchored sports also for the newly born “Noticias SIN y Algo Más”, a news and variety show aired at 7:00 pm, now at 9:00 in the evening.

Early in 2010, Bello was named the host of the National Basketball League (LNB, previously known as LIDOBA) television broadcasts, in the first season of the new brand and TV crew. Bello was the anchor for all the games and also served as a commentator and commercial voice.

During the same year, Bello was co-anchor and co-producer of “La Hora Roja”, a pre-game show of the Leones del Escogido, a professional team of the Dominican Baseball League.

In September 2011, Bello joined WNJU Telemundo 47 as the sports anchor of the weekend newscast and feature segment reporter. Later in 2014 he became Traffic & Entertainment reporter for Noticiero Primera Edicion and hosted Acceso Total along with Victoria Sosa.

In 2016, Bello joined Univision 41 New York, as Weather Anchor and kicked of Edición Digital Nueva York in April of 2017.

Message to the Youth

“As Walt Disney once said: ‘ if you can dream it, you can do it’, well, if you can’t, then #sacalosdientes and just keep trying. There is no other way to make it happen”

Brea Frank PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Brea Frank es uno de los comunicadores más populares en los últimos años nacido en República Dominicana.

Su labor en el programa de televisión Sábado Extraordinario lo llevo a ser nominado en la más reciente edición de Premios Soberano 2018 en la categoría Animador del año y sus más de 10 años en Mortal 104.9 de 12:00 – 4:00PM que ocupo las primeras posiciones en ratings certificado por los diferentes sistemas de medición lo llevaron a ampliar su plataforma e iniciar el proyecto radial de X 96.3 FM “La Bella y el Duro” con la compañía UNIVISION, para la ciudad de Nueva York junto la multifacética y admirada Francisca Lachapel.

Mensaje a la juventud:
El ascensor del éxito está dañado; hay que subir, paso a paso, por las escaleras.

Coco Cabrera BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

Noticias, información y entretenimiento, con entrevistas a personalidades y participación de los oyentes. Coco Cabrera es uno de los favoritos de la audiencia hispana de Nueva York. El Palo con Coco de Lunes a Viernes de 3pm-6pm en Wado 1280 am

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