Latino Chamber of Commerce Announces Board Appointments
From the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
Executives and community leaders from a variety of industries to join Latino Chamber Board.
Fitchburg, WI. – The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County (LCC) has announced the addition of six new board members to the existing
board of directors.
“The LCC’s Board of Directors now consists of 12 community leaders who will help guide the organization’s drive and mission to create a fruitful
environment for Latinos to thrive through economic development opportunities. We are excited for this new era in continued service to the
community, as it is our extreme pleasure to welcome these new board members,” stated Board Chair, Juan Jose Lopez.
The six new board members will serve three-year terms each and replace existing vacancies.
The new board members are:
• Johanna Cervantes, executive director, Sunshine Place, Sun Prairie, WI
• Juan Garcia, personal banker, BMO Harris, Middleton, WI
• Eugenia Podesta, director of economic empowerment & entrepreneurship, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Washington, DC and co-owner of
Synergy Co-working Space
• Dr. Jara Rios Rodriguez, owner of Axios Life Coaching and professor at University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
• Attorney Ray Feliz, partner at Octavia Legal Associates, Madison, WI
• Patricia Woolridge, Mariposa Learning Center, president and founder, Oregon, WI
Existing board members are:
• Juan Jose Lopez, section chief, Department of Workforce Development, LCC chairman of the Board, Madison, WI
• Alejandro Arango-Escalante, senior financial analyst at American Family Insurance, LCC Treasurer, Madison, WI
• Christian Albouras, business advisor, Summit Credit Union, LCC Secretary, Madison, WI
• Sarita Mannigel, human resources director, Food Fight Restaurant Group, Monona, WI
• Attorney Jair Alvarez, owner of Alvarez Law Office, Madison, WI
• David Gunke, retired executive, SCORE Mentor, Gunke Group, Inc., Madison, WI
“A strong, committed and visionary board is vital to the Latino Chamber’s on-going growth and affluence,” said Jessica Cavazos, President and
CEO. “The Board of Directors provides long term direction, insightful leadership and ongoing strategy to reinforce our mission and strengthen the
The Latino Chamber of Commerce has also appointed current business director and Madison College Professor, Jorge Antezana-Young as vice
president of operations. Antezana-Young will oversee the educational component of the Wisconsin Latino Business Development Center
(WLEDC). WLEDC, will be the Latino Chambers new 501(c) 3 not-for-profit community development extension founded for the purpose of
developing and implementing economic development initiatives through training programs and partnerships to bolster the economic growth for
Latino small businesses regionally, and throughout the state.
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County is a 501c (6) non-partisan organization formed in 2003 to represent the Latino and non-Latino
business community in South Central Wisconsin. The Chamber promotes the interests of its members and community through advocacy and
programs that have a positive impact on Regional economic growth. The diverse relationship of our active members and partners is an ideal
mixture of small business owners, corporate representatives, and government leaders. For more information, call (608) 712-3522 or visit www.
|2019 Spring General Election Voter Guide
|From League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
MADISON, WI: The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin releases the nonpartisan voter guide on
VOTE411.org today for the 2019 Spring General Election for statewide races. This online resource
provides information for the spring, nonpartisan elections to help
Wisconsin voters navigate the voting process and read candidates’ answers to questions about
their candidacy for office. VOTE411.org provides candidate information, voter registration tools,
and other helpful Election Day information.
“VOTE411.org provides voters with the information they seek leading up to the April 2nd election.
From VOTE411.org, voters can find candidate information for statewide and local
offices, upcoming League sponsored candidate forums near them, and general voter information,”
said Eileen Newcomer, LWVWI Voter Education Coordinator. “Thousands of voters across
Wisconsin use the site to get informed before going to the polls on Election
The League recommends that voters consult reliable, nonpartisan sources of information such as
VOTE411.org, as well as the candidates' own websites and materials.
“We are grateful to all of the candidates who responded to our questionnaire,” Newcomer added.
“We receive feedback every election from voters about how they appreciate the opportunity to
learn more about the candidates through each candidate’s own words in
the answers posted to VOTE411.org.”
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin sent questionnaires to all the candidates whose names
will appear on the ballot running for State Supreme Court Justice and Court of Appeals Judge,
Districts II, III and IV. Each candidate’s responses are posted verbatim, so voters get the candidate’
s information in the candidate’s own words. Candidates who did not respond are marked “No
candidate response” in the voter guide.
Dane County Board Recognizes Black History Month
At their meeting Thursday evening, the Dane County Board of Supervisors recognized Black History
Month with a resolution celebrating the achievements of notable people of African descent from Dane
County and Wisconsin.
Black History Month provides a deliberate opportunity to reflect on the common humanity underlying
all people and to raise awareness and foster respect for the heritage and contributions of people of
“I am honored to have been able to share this resolution with the Dane County Board, and to shine a
light on the contributions of people of African descent or African Americans,” said Supervisor Shelia
Stubbs, who also serves as the Dane County’s first black lawmaker in the Wisconsin Legislature.
“As I worked on this resolution, and on a list of key individuals in our history, I was struck by how
many “first” and “only” examples continue to happen, even though we are now well in to the 21st
century,” said Stubbs. “For example:
• Judge Paul Higginbotham – Former Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, who retired in 2017, is
the first and only African American to serve on the court;
• Vanessa McDowell – First African American President/CEO of the YWCA Madison;
• District Attorney Ismael Ozanne – First African American District Attorney in Wisconsin, currently
serving as Dane County’s District Attorney; and
• Carolyn Stanford Taylor — Wisconsin's first African American State Superintendent of the Department
of Public Instruction.”
Among other Dane County people recognized were:
• Milele Chikasa Anana — Publisher, UMOJA Magazine, a monthly journal of positive, encouraging
news about African American people and opportunities in Madison, a civil rights activist, business
leader, and former city of Madison affirmative action officer, and the first African American elected to
the Madison school board;
• Clifton Lareece Gaines - former professional basketball player, who played at Madison West High
School, and is current assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University;
The resolution also drew attention to notable people who had a connection to Wisconsin, in general.
Among those recognized in the Dane County Black History Month resolution was Colin Kaepernick, a
native of Wisconsin, an American football player and activist who knelt during the playing of the
national anthem prior to games as a protest against racial injustice and systematic oppression in the