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Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the Publisher of Latinidad®, an award-winningE-zine which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer’s Digest Magazine.
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Marcela is one of the few Latina editors in book publishing. To find her resume, visit: Resume. She can be reached by visiting: Contact.
She is the author of the newly-released book, The Heavens Weep for Us and Other Stories, a collection of her new short stories.
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Thelma is the owner of The Writing Pros, a nationwide writing/editing consultancy for authors, researchers, university students, and other professionals. You can visit her website at www.TheWritingPros.com for writing tips on essays.
She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from UCLA; an MA in Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, where she is currently an adjunct professor; and two degrees from Texas A&I (now A&M) University in Kingsville, Texas: a BA in English and Journalism, and an MA in English. Thelma has also taught at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in their Educational Administration program.
She has served as a City Commissioner in Pasadena, California, for a number of years, presently in the Northwest Commission and previously in the Human Relations Commission and the Charter Reform Task Force. Active in her community, she engages in volunteer work and serves on the One Pasadena Committee, seeking to help transform Pasadena into a greener city.
She was a high school English teacher in Pasadena, California, for 16 years before entering school administration, including being a high school principal in South Pasadena, California. She served as the chief personnel officer in the South Pasadena school district before taking early retirement to pursue other interests: namely, publishing, starting a business, and teaching at a university! She considers herself very lucky to be living the life she envisioned, including having a caring, supportive family whom she loves dearly and who nurture her dreams while they pursue their own, socially-conscious, worthy goals. Her family is her greatest treasure!
Sylvia Orozco is a Professor of Reading for the College Prep Department at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. In addition, she is in the process of developing a college-level reading textbook for developmental learners.
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Sylvia mentors several students on and off campus which include being a faculty co-advisor’s to Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and participating in the Communities in School’s program of Miami- Dade County.
In her leisure, she enjoys training and running half marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Team in Training program. As a part of her membership in this team, she not only trains physically, but she is responsible for raising money, and has raised over $3,000 for the organization.
Sylvia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in Elementary Education and dual Master of Science degree from the University of Miami in Reading and Exceptional Student Education.
Ms. Gina Weber, a Mexico City native, is presently the Recovery Act Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6, located in Dallas, Texas. Since 1995, Ms. Weber has held the position of U.S.-Mexico Border Coordinator responsible for developing, coordinating and managing environmental activities on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Ms. Weber has been with the EPA for 20 years, starting in the EPA Region 5 office in Chicago, were she held several positions including Program and Management Analyst, Community Relations and Environmental Justice Coordinator, which included responsibilities in the areas of policy development and strategic planning for the Regional Administrator.
Ms. Weber received a Master degree in Public Administration and also a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Relations from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She is a 2010 graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program, and of the Leadership Development Program of the Mexican of the American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago.
Ms. Weber has received numerous awards including EPA Gold Medal for Commendable Service for work on the U.S.-Mexico border, Superfund Team of the Year, Civilian Award of the Chicago Combined Law Enforcement Committee, and the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives Foreign Affairs Service Recognition Award, among others. She is on the Board of Directors of Teatro Dallas, mentors several young Latinos, and is very active in helping Latino organizations in the Dallas area. Ms. Weber is the proud mother of her 10 year old son Max.
Anna Stephanie Bautista is currently a Senior at Clairemont High School. Anna is a young Latina that has her whole life still ahead of her, and is learning new things about life everyday and glad to be interning at Powerful Latinas.
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