Awards

HBEN is honored to be an organization with such distinguished members, some of whom give of themselves to extraordinary lengths. There are certain people who have a quiet way of sharing their compassion, a heartfelt manner of giving back to the community. They are our Heroes de la Sombra, those with a genuine sense of caring for others and never expecting recognition for such noble efforts.

HeroYolandaMendoza2Rosa Yolanda Mendoza (In Loving Memory)

 

 

 

HeroGilbertoNavarroGilberto Victoria Navarro

Hailing from his original homeland of Mexico, Gilberto Navarro came to the United States as a child and grew up in Oakland. After serving several years in the US Army, he continued his education, going on to earn his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Social Ecology and an M.A. from Cal State in Counseling and Mental Health. Mr. Navarro has dedicated his life to working with the Latino community in hopes of creating more opportunity for people to improve their lives and flourish in the United States.

HeroMiriamWongMiriam Wong

As founder of The Latina Center, Miriam Wong has served the Hispanic community for the last ten years with complete dedication and compassion. She strove to create educational programs for Hispanic women, children and seniors in the Bay Area, with a strong emphasis on preventing domestic violence, mental health, work force skills and general education. Through The Latina Center, many lives have been changed as women find the strength, courage and confidence to take control of their lives.

HeroReverendJuanSeguraReverend Juan Segura and Mrs. Maria del Carmen Segura

Reverend Segura and his wife founded a church in San Diego, California in 1972 before expanding their work into Los Angeles, Las Vegas and in 1980 made the move to “Rosa de Sharon” in San Francisco. The couple share four children, all of whom actively participate in the congregation. The family’s extensive contributions to the community include forming groups to clean graffiti in the city, provide lunches for hundreds of homeless people, the creation of youth programs to counsel against drug use and free community counseling for family conflicts. They have also trained numerous young men and women to become pastors sharing the same vision for a better community, many of whom started life on the streets and went on to graduate from prestigious schools with Bachelor’s degrees and now serve their respective communities.

HeroFilibertoBarreraReverend Filiberto Barrera

Ordained in 1998 and first served at the St. Beded Church in Hayward, California, Reverend Barrera has been the Pastor and Administrator of the St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Richmond for the past nine years. Reverend Barrera works extensively with other organizations to distribute hundreds of Christmas gifts for the community as well as spearheads many programs, including the Youth Music and Art Programs which has significantly helped to keep kids off the streets and provides a safe haven to explore musical and artistic creativity. The school of St. Cornelius in conjunction with the church, UC Berkeley and other organizations has after school programs, helps with donations to the Children’s Hospital and promotes the enrichment of the community’s spiritual life. Seasonal and holiday programs are also maintained to encourage a better life for the community’s children. Reverend Barrera has established a stellar reputation throughout the Bay Area as a caring and attentive leader.

HeroRamonaHolguinRamona Holguin

As overseer of the Homeless Advocacy Project, Ramona Holguin has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area community with a profound sense of compassion and dedication. For numerous homeless people as well as families in danger of losing their homes, Ramona’s project has often been the only avenue they have been able to turn to for reliable and effective help to put their lives back together. Ramona’s free legal clinics bring professionals in the field who are interested in being of service to their community with people of little to no incomes who are in desperate need of guidance.

HeroCarlosCoronaCarlos Felix Corona, Consul General Mexico

Ambassador Carlos Isauro Felix Corona is a graduate on International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and he has studied Diplomatic Affairs at the Diplomatic Institute of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Matias Romero Institute.
Ambassador Felix Corona is a career diplomat. He joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and was promoted to Ambassador in 2009.  From November 2007 he is Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, California, United States.

Through his diplomatic experience Ambassador Felix Corona has expertise in migration, border, human rights and consular cooperation.  He was part of the team that negotiated a migratory agreement with the United States and participated in the design and implementation of the strategy of Mexico on the migratory debate in the United States.  He was a promoter of signing the first agreements between Mexico and the United States for the protection of the labor rights of all Mexican migrant workers, notwithstanding their migratory status.

When he was in charge of the Mexican Embassy in Belgrade during the disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, he organized and implemented the transfer of Mexicans from the region in conflict, and kept the update follow up of the process and the analysis of the impact in the region.

As Deputy Head of Mission in the Republic of Korea, he participated in the arrangements for the first resident Ambassador of Mexico in Seoul, as well as in the active promotion of the establishment of the main Korean companies in Mexico. He also fostered the academic and cultural exchange.

In Multilateral Affairs, Ambassador Felix Corona has dealt with issues of Law of the Sea, Disarmament, International Treatises and the Mexican north and south borders. Ambassador Felix Corona is member of Academic institutions like the commonwealth Club, World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Affairs.

As Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, Ambassador Felix served and empowered the vast Mexican community in the Bay Area and 13 counties throughout Northern California — including the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, and strengthened the ties between Mexico and northern California in economics, investment and trade; politics; culture and tourism. One of the several achievements during his tenure was the publishing of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) study Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawaii, made possible due to the cooperation between the Mexican government, the University of Hawaii and the MPI, coordinated by Ambassador Felix.

In recognition of his tireless work on August 2013, Ambassador Felix was honored by the Senate of California in a special ceremony held at the state Capitol.

Ambassador Felix Corona is proficient in English, and has knowledge of French and Italian.

Xochitl Marina CastellanosXochitl Marina Castellanos

Direct Services Manager, Pacifica Resource Center
Manager de Servicios Directos, Pacifica Resource Center

Xochitl Castellanos  nació y creció en Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico y emigro a Estados unidos hace 27 años.
Xochitl se graduo en la Universidad De Occidente y decidio emigrar a este pais en busca de nuevas oportunidades.  Una vez que emigro se dio cuenta que con un ingles limitado, madre soltera, victima de violencia domestica, sin familia y el no saber de los recursos disponibles;  era aun mas dificil salir adelante.

De su experiencia nacio el deseo de ayudar a otros que estaban en situaciones similares. Despues de tomar diferentes cursos educativos, en 1996 fue contratada para trabajar en PRC.  El sueño de ayudar a otras personas se convirtio en realidad.  Xochitl se ha dedicado a defender y ayudar a cada una de las personas que vienen a pedir ayuda a PRC.

Parte de los logros que ha tenido es de poder ayudar con traducciones de  Ingles a Español para diferentes organizaciones en Pacifica, a servido como representante y intermediaria defendiendo los derechos de los demas,  uno de los mas recientes projectos que ha cumplido es tener un grupo de habla hispana donde se tratan diferentes temas que afectan a los hispanos.
Xochitl recibio el reconocimiento como empleada de el año de la Ciudad de Pacifica en 1999.

Para Xochitl es un orgullo el saber que como hispana ha sido parte de cambios que mejoran la calidad de vida de los demas.

martha-alvarezReseña: Sra. Marta Álvarez

La Señora Marta Álvarez de origen Guatemalteca, llego a los EU a finales de 1984, cuando la guerra en su país se encontraba a un nivel de violencia máxima.

Fue adoptada por el movimiento Santuario a través de la organización Salvadoreña CRECE (comité Salvadoreño de Refugiados Centroamericanos) en San Francisco. En el 1985.

Ha sido organizadora comunitaria y consejera de salud mental en prevención de suicidio y adaptación al sistema con niños latinoamericanos recién llegados a los Estados Unidos.

Funciono como organizadora y representante de padres en el Distrito Escolar de Oakland

Ayudando también en el programa comunitario “NUESTRA CASA” en East Palo Alto

Es fundadora del primer grupo guatemalteco en el área de la bahía

A trabajado en campañas en apoyo a Guatemala. Organizando la unidad entre la comunidad Guatemalteca.

Fue secretaria de la organización de guatemaltecos, CONGUATE a nivel nacional

En el ano 199l trabajo en Guadalajara México como coordinadora de programas de educación y apoyo a enfermos con SlDA y en fases terminales.

Luchadora por los derechos de la mujer y grupo de apoyo para estas. Entrenadora de liderazgo de las mujeres y actualmente estudia en la escuela de teología ELET .

Por todo esto y más que esperamos la Sra. Álvarez continuara haciendo por la comunidad hispana, HBEN le otorgó uno de los reconocimientos como “HEROE DE LA SOMBRA”

raul-villedaRaul Villeda

NACIO EN TEOCALTICHE JALISCO, MEXICO.
DESDE MUY JOVEN SE MANIFESTO EN EL EL GUSTO POR EL CANTO, APENAS CONTABA CON 15 AÑOS Y PAR-TICIPABA EN LOS CONCURSOS DE CANTO QUE ORGANIZABA UNA CERVECERIA DE PUEBLO EN PUEBLO BUS-CANDO NUEVOS VALORES, SIEMPRE INTERPRETO MUSICA MEXICANA DEL GENERO RANCHERO. AUNQUE SUS PARTICIPACIONES FUERON DESTACADAS, NO ACEPTO LA INVITACION DE LOS PROMOTORES DE TRASLA-DARSE A LA CD. DE MEXICO A INICIAR UNA CARRERA PROFESIONAL, POR LO QUE SIGUIO CANTANDO A NIVEL AMATEUR.

DURANTE 33 AÑOS HA TRABAJADO EN EL CONSULADO DE SAN FRANCISCO CAL. ATENDIENDO DIARIAMENTE A MÁS DE 300 MEXICANOS QUE LABORAN Y RESIDEN EN USA.

EL SR. VILLEDA HA SIDO UNA AYUDA Y UNA CARA AMIGA PARA LOS MEXICANOS QUE ASISTEN AL CONSULADO, CON SU PACIENCIA Y SU DESEO DE AYUDAR.

POR ESA RAZON HISPANIC BUSINEES EDUCATION NETWORK LE OTORGO UNO DE LOS PREMIOS DE “HEROES DE LA SOMBRA” COMO RECONOCIMIENTO A SU LABOR Y SENTIDO DE SOLIDARIDAD EN EL TRABAJO QUE OFRECE AL PUBLICO DEL AREA DE LA BAHIA.

TAMBIEN SE GA-NÓ EL APODO DE “EL PAISANO” EN EL 2001, FUE INVITADO A GRABAR PROFESIONALMENTE POR SU HERMANO SALVADOR, LOGRANDO SU PRIMER DISCO TITULADO “MEXICO LINDO Y QUERIDO” EL CUAL CONSTA DE UNA SELECCION DE CANCIONES QUE FUERON FAMOSAS EN LAS VOCES DE JORGE NEGRETE, JAVIER SOLIS, PEDRO INFANTE, DAVID SAIZAR Y JOSE ALFREDO JIMENEZ. ESTE DISCO FUE PROMOCIONADO EN USA, LOGRANDO QUEDAR EN EL GUSTO DEL PUBLICO, LO QUE MOTIVO A RAUL Y SALVADOR PARA SEGUIR PRODUCIENDO, SUMANDO A LA FECHA 3 DIS-COS MAS; “YO SOY MEXICANO”, “YO HE NACIDO MEXICANO” Y “VIVA MEXICO”, TODOS BAJO LA DIRECCION DE AFRICA Y AMERICA.

LA PROPUESTA MUSICAL DE RAUL, ES MANTENER VIVA LA MUSICA CLASICA MEXICANA, PROCURANDO CON-SERVAR SU ESCENCIA Y SUS VALORES.

RAUL HA PARTICIPADO EN DECENAS DE PRESENTACIONES EN FESTIVALES ORGANIZADOS POR EL CONSULA-DO MEXICANO EN SN. FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA Y SUS ALREDEDORES, CONTANDO CON UNA AUDIENCIA HAS-TA DE 40 MIL PERSONAS. ASI TAMBIEN SE HA PRESENTADO EN DIVERSAS TELEVISORAS Y RADIODIFUSORAS DE LA UNION AMERICANA, CON EXCELENTE ACEPTACIÓN POR PARTE DEL PÚBLICO.
ACTUALMENTE ESTA EN PROCESO SU QUINTO DISCO, CON CANCIONES INEDITAS.