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April 5, 2011

Román D. Hernández


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


Román D. Hernández, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Scholarship Awards Luncheon in May. 



Mr. Hernández has devoted a significant amount of time to civic and community involvement.  Mr. Hernández is the Immediate Past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), a bar association that represents the interests of 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law students and paralegals throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Currently, Mr. Hernández is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The HNBA Legal Education Fund, the HNBA's only charitable foundation.  He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber. 


In 2010, Mr. Hernández joined the board of directors of The Oregon Community Foundation, which has assets in excess of $1 billion and is the sixth largest community foundation in the nation.


In 2009 and 2010, Latino Leaders magazine identified Mr. Hernández as one of the country's "101 Most Influential Hispanic Leaders" and featured him in its publication.  Additionally, Hispanic Business magazine selected him as one of its "Hispanic Business 100 Influentials" in 2009, a distinction which identifies him as being among the country's top business leaders.  In 2010, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber awarded him with an "Outstanding Member Award" in appreciation of his continued leadership in working to advance the Hispanic community in Oregon.  To read more about Mr. Hernández, please click here.


WinnersThe Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is proud to announce the 2011 Scholarship award winners!  A total of $127,850 will be awarded to 45 students on May 3, 2011 at the Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Oregon Convention Center.  All award recipients have excellent academic achievements and substantial community involvement.


2011 Scholarship Award Recipients:

Ximena Fonseca-MoralesPortlandBusinessNike $10,000$10,000
Alejandro OrtizPortlandEngineeringBonneville Power Administration $2,500, United Way $2,500, HMC $1,000$6,000
Daniela Sifuentes-LopezFairviewEngineeringHoward S. Wright $2,000, Latino Leadership Class I,II,III,IV and V $2,250, HMC $1,750 $6,000
Robert DiazGreshamHealthLegacy Health $5,000$5,000
Judith CastroEugeneCounselingWieden+Kennedy $2,500, Cascade Centers, Inc EAP $1,000, Oregon Lottery $1,000$4,500
Carissa BalderasSpringfieldCounselingPacific NW Council of Carpenters $3600, HMC $400$4,000
Eva Vaquera-ContrerasMt. AngelHealthRegence BlueCross BlueShield $1,000, Squires & Barnett $1,000, HMC $2,000$4,000
Sandra LopezCorneliusBusinessPortland Trail Blazers $1,500, Wells Fargo $1,250, State Farm Insurance $1,000$3,750
Chabeli ArreolaTillamookHealthProvidence Health & Services $1,250, Oregon Lottery $1,000, NW Natural Gas Co. $1,000$3,250
Joaquin PeraltaSalemHealthProvidence Health & Services $1,250, HMC $2,000$3,250
Matias AnayaBeavertonEconomicsTravel Portland $2,000, State Farm Insurance $1,000$3,000
Ainara EchanoveHillsboroPsychologyOregon Lottery $1,000, Jim & Jennifer Mark, Aguilar & Bobadilla P.C. $1,000$3,000
Karina EspañaVancouverBiologyHMC Board of Directors $1,100, HMC $1,900$3,000
Allen AndrewsPortlandPublic HealthOregon Health & Science University $1,000, HMC $1,500$2,500
Sonia ContrerasOntario

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Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes $1,500, Don Geddes $1,000$2,500
Miriam CortezKeizerEducationOrcilia Zúñiga Forbes $1,500, State Farm Insurance $1,000$2,500
Luis GonzalezWilsonvilleEngineeringBonneville Power Administration $2,500$2,500
Sonia LopezCanbyHealthLegacy Health $2,500$2,500
Flor Medina TorresAlohaEducationRose E. Tucker Charitable Fund $2,500$2,500
Monica PleitezTualatinHealthLegacy Health $2,500$2,500
Abigail Reyes-GaleanaTualatinHealthLegacy Health $2,500$2,500
Jorge UrzuaWoodburnBusinessRose E. Tucker Charitable Fund $2,500$2,500
Ryan AlcantaraJacksonvilleMusicOregon Shakespeare Festival $1,000, Lara Media Services, LLC $1,250$2,250
Oscar Arana OchoaPortlandBusinessWells Fargo $1,250, Enterprise Rent-A-Car $1,000$2,250
Cindy ReyesGreshamPre-lawSchwabe, Williamson & Wyatt $1,000, Oregon Hispanic Bar Association $1,100$2,100
Kelli AlcantaraJacksonvilleSocial WorkHMC $2,000$2,000
Julie BadaraccoClackamasInternational StudiesColumbia Sportswear $2,000$2,000
Leticia BarreraMedfordHealthOregon Health & Science University $1,000, Regence BlueCross BlueShield $1,000$2,000
Yesenia Castro GuzmanParkdaleHealthRegence BlueCross BlueShield $1,000, State Farm Insurance $1,000$2,000
Rosa DiazSalemEducationAT&T Services $2,000$2,000
Cecilia EscobedoEugeneCounselingOregon Lottery $1,000, RLJ Ericksen Family Charitable Fund $500, Victor and Madonna Merced $500$2,000
Aleida FernandezSalemCommunicationsChampion of the Kids Committee $1,000, KWBY La Pantera $500, Estrella TV Portland $500$2,000
Claudia GarciaHood RiverEducationSunrise Chiropractic, Inc. $1,000, Chick Of All Trades $500, Vigil Agrimis, Inc. $500$2,000
Yuri GarciaMadrasEngineeringKadri Foundation $1,000, NW Evaluation Association $1,000$2,000
Miriam Hernandez-ZepedaBrookingsHealthU.S. Bank $2,000$2,000
Miriam Morales-AyalaOregon CityPublic Health EducationTelefono Hispano $1,250, HMC $750$2,000
Angel ReyesBattle GroundEngineeringWalsh Construction $1,000, Friends of Ladd's Addition Gardens $1,000$2,000
Rafael Reynoso HinojosaEstacadaSocial WorkOregon Lottery $1,000, Portland Latino Gay Pride $1,000$2,000
Paulina RodriguezNewbergPre-lawCarol T. Rolph Memorial $2,000$2,000
Julia RodriguezBeavertonHealthPortland Timbers $1,000, HMC $1,000$2,000
Maria Sandoval-PerezDaytonCounselingRegence BlueCross BlueShield $1,000, Ken & Marta Thrasher $1,000$2,000
Wendy Tacuba ChavelasPortlandHealthRegence BlueCross BlueShield $1,000, NW Plumbing Concepts $1000$2,000
Maria VargasMt. AngelEducationBank of the Cascades $1,000, R. Brendan Dummigan $1,000$2,000
Nancy VazquezDaytonEducationHOLA, PGE Employee Goup $2,000$2,000
Anel VenegasIndependenceBusinessState Farm Insurance $1,000, Enterprise Rent-A-Car $1,000$2,000

Total Amount:


LLCThe Hispanic Chamber is now accepting applications for its 6th Annual Latino Leadership Development Program.


Latino Leadership Class IV
Latino Leadership Class V 


Each year, a class of approximately 20 individuals, participate in a 12 month Hispanic Chamber Latino Leadership Class.  The program enhances the leadership and management skills of Latino leaders to position them to continue their advancement in their employment while also promoting community leadership through volunteerism on public boards and commissions.


Qualifications and the Selection Process:

Any Latino who supports the mission of the Hispanic Chamber can apply.  Past scholarship recipients of the Hispanic Chamber Scholarships are encouraged to apply.  Participants must complete a formal program application and all attachments.  Participants are selected on their own merits. The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (Hispanic Chamber) governs the Latino Leadership Program.


Click here to download the Latino Leadership application today!


Feel free to contact us with any further questions at 503.222.0280.



 Previous Trade Show

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center

Oregon Ballroom

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. 

Portland, OR 97232

Free to the Public!

RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online.



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If your organization is interested in participating in the 9th Annual Employment & Business Fair or becoming a sponsor, please contact Gale Castillo at for more information. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - WORKSHOP
"How to Plan for Your Business Insurance Needs"
Presenter: Celia Nuñez, State Farm Insurance
Location: Hispanic Chamber, Conference Room
333 SW 5th Ave., Ste. 100
Portland, OR 97204
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cost: Free to Attendees
RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online.
ScholarshipTuesday, May 3, 2011 - SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON
Keynote speaker: Román D. Hernández, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Attorneys at Law
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Portland, OR 
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $25.00 Members/$30.00 Non-members
$250 Table of 10
RSVP to: Sandra Cervantes at or online.
Sponsor: State Farm Insurance
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Type of Business: Audiology
Richard Arzate Paz
Type of Business: Retired
Washington Federal
Type of Business: Banking
Western Oregon University
Type of Business: Board Foundation
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