In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will be recognizing outstanding community achievers at the Wednesday, Oct. 2 Clark County Commission meeting, which begins at 9 a.m.
"Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to focus on the accomplishments of the Latino community, and I'm proud to shine a light on these six incredible individuals and one outstanding business," said Commissioner Weekly. "Their contributions have made Las Vegas a better place for all of us." Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the nation every year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
Being recognized are:
- Leonardo Amador, the Outstanding Latino in Education. Amador has served as an educator in the Clark County School District since 1996. He started as a support staff member and became a special education teacher in 2002. He taught at Stanford Elementary School as a teacher on special assignment working with the deaf. Shortly after receiving his master's degree in 2005, he was appointed as the Dean of Students of Valley High School. Amador served as a dean until 2007, when he was promoted to Assistant Principal. He was reassigned to serve the students and staff at Rancho High School from 2013 to 2017. On March of 2017 he was appointed to his current position of Principal at Von Tobel Middle School. A proud father of three beautiful children, Esmeralda, Perla and Leonardo II, Amador has been married 18 years to his beautiful wife and fellow educator, Fatima Garcia. A graduate of Eldorado High School, he attended College of Southern Nevada and transferred to UNLV, where he received his bachelors in Special Education and a masters in Educational Leadership.
- Rosana Romero, the Outstanding Latina in Media. Romero is a host on her own radio and television shows, owner and founder of "RRC Consulting -Media Strategies," and an entrepreneur with a distribution business for local and international products. Before her venture being a business owner in 2016, Rosana joined Station Casinos as the Director of Community Outreach and the Spanish Media Spokeswoman. She is the first Latina to ever hold this prestigious position. Sometime after arriving in the United States, Rosana began a successful career in broadcasting -- first as the Assignment Desk Editor, Reporter, Producer, Executive Producer, and Anchor for KINC Univision Las Vegas, Telemundo Las Vegas, and MundoFox, where she excelled as News Director and Anchor. In her career as a Reporter, Executive Producer, News Director and Anchor, Rosana had the opportunity to interview many personalities, and she has reported on various topics, produced many special programs and delivered investigative reports that resulted in 3 Emmy Awards and several nominations in different categories. She is the only Paraguayan woman to receive this award from The National Academy of Television Art and Sciences.
- Todd Quinones, the Outstanding Latino in Media. Quinones, an award-winning journalist who anchors the evening news for KTNV Channel 13 Action News, has been presenting the news to Las Vegas audiences since January 2016. During his time in Las Vegas, he has been a part of two Emmy Award-winning news broadcasts. Quinones is from Philadelphia, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for 14 years. During his time there, Todd was part of a news team that was twice recognized with national Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence. Quinones recently hosted and help produce "Celebrating Latino Contributions," a 50-minute panel discussion that you can see on Clark County Television throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. It is also available on-demand on the County's YouTube page and on the County podcast, "Cultures of Las Vegas."
- Tortillas Incorporated, the Outstanding Latino Business & Entrepreneurship. Forty years ago this past September, Los Arcos Tortillas opened its doors for business in a 400-square-foot building with four family members and one employee, with a small tortilla machine which was able to produce no more than 200 dozen tortillas per hour. With very little capital, founders Jose Luis, wife Felicitas, son Gustavo and daughter Teresa Gutierrez, they worked tirelessly. Tortillas, Inc. has since grown to become the largest supplier of tortillas and Mexican food products in Nevada. It also provides products for retail markets, food services, hotels and casinos throughout Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Today, with 120 employees, the company produces more than 20,000 tortillas per hour and is known as one of the leading suppliers of fresh-quality tortillas. Currently Tortillas Inc. is operating out of three different locations in North Las Vegas, recently the company has purchased a 5 acre parcel in the county, and they are excited about consolidating the three locations to one newly built state-of-the-art factory, coming in winter of 2020. Gustavo, Pres. and CEO credits the success of tortillas Inc. to his Grandma, Mother and father for instilling a strong work ethic, and teaching us the importance to always give back, not only to our community but to our exceptional team that helps make it all possible.
- Sgt. Jose Hernandez, the Outstanding Latino in Law Enforcement. Sgt. Hernandez is 21-year veteran with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. After serving four years with the U.S. Marine Corps, the Los Angeles native relocated to Las Vegas. Hernandez has worked in Patrol, Community Oriented Policing and the Problem Solving Unit. He has eight years of experience as a detective with the Career Criminals Section, where he worked in the Repeat Offender Detail, and Fugitive Detail. He also represented the LVMPD as the bilingual Spanish Public Information Officer. A certified Crisis Intervention Team officer and Crisis Intervention Team instructor Sergeant Hernandez has also been a member of the LVMPD Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) for more than 11 years. He has held the position of CNT Assistant Team Leader since June of 2016 and provides leadership and supervision to the members of the Crisis Negotiator Team. He evaluates critical incidents and develops negotiation action plans to assist the SWAT Commander with crisis resolution options. Sgt. Hernandez is active in the Hispanic community. He has organized community events to further strengthen community partnerships through education. Sgt. Hernandez is the current president of the local Clark County Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.
- Nora Luna, the Outstanding Latina in Community Service. Luna was born in Las Vegas to Mexican immigrants. She is the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator in Clark County at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She plans, implements and evaluates youth development programs. Formerly, she was the Director of Diversity & Grant Funding for Nathan Adelson Hospice, the only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. She has also worked implementing college access programs and substance abuse prevention programs. Luna has a long history of service to our community. She currently serves on the board of Southern Nevada Public Television and is the co-chair of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Professional Mujeres (Women) Group. In addition, she served on the State Charter School Authority for 8 years and was a board member of the Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada.
- Nayelli Rico Lopez, the Outstanding Latina Student. Lopez excels as a student at Nevada State College and is a strong leader within her campus and community. Thanks to her hard work and high grade-point average in high school, Lopez became one of the first 13 recipients of TheDream.US Scholarship at Nevada State, a scholarship which provides a full ride for DACA, TPS, and undocumented students. She continues to give back to her community by working in the Community and Diversity Office, working to continue to expand opportunities for students like her and ensure the success of all members of Nevada State's Dreamers Club. Today, she is president of the college's Dreamers Club and has been elected as a Junior Senator and secretary for the Public Relations Board of the Nevada State Student Alliance, her campus's student government.