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Senior Vice-President of Creative Strategy
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group
Named as Nickelodeon's new senior vice-president of creative strategy, Mr. Bonilla brings more than 15 years of advertising and branding experience in multicultural and international markets to the team. His primary responsibilities include managing the creative development for the consumer products business, developing strategies around consumer experiences, and ensuring the network's products exemplify the Nickelodeon brand.
Tonio Burgos & Associates
Tonio Burgos & Associates is a top-rated consulting firm that helps clients assess and navigate through short- and long-term challenges by developing comprehensive plans to achieve their goals. Mr. Burgos founded the firm 18 years ago to deliver results for his clients. With almost four decades of government, civic involvement, and legislative affairs experience, Mr. Burgos brings unique insight and a comprehensive understanding of how to provide results for his clients.
2008 Democratic National Convention Committee
Prior to joining the DNCC, Ms. Carbajal was an attorney with the bankruptcy and specialty litigation department at the law firm of Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. There she specialized in representing secured and unsecured creditors as well as debtors in commercial bankruptcy and reorganization cases. Before practicing law, Mrs. Carbajal worked in government and politics at the national level, beginning her career on Capitol Hill, where she worked for Texas Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.
Dr. Robert Casillas
VP & Manager, Biomedical Science and Technology Products
Dr. Casillas is responsible for a multimillion dollar annual business volume and supervises more than 240 personnel at Battele research facilities in Ohio and Maryland. His field of specialization is in the research of medical countermeasures against chemical and biological threat agents. Dr. Casillas is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.
Professional Football Player
San Diego Chargers
One of only two Dominican players to be drafted and start in the National Football League, 25-year-old first-round draft pick and Northwestern graduate Mr. Castillo agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $43.1 million, $18 million is guaranteed. His contract extension ties him to the Chargers until 2014 and places Mr. Castillo as the sixth highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL.
California State Assembly
Mr. Coto, a lifelong Democrat, proudly represents the 23rd Assembly District in San Jose, California and was elected chair of the 26-member Latino Legislative Caucus in 2006. The Caucus' focuses on improving the quality of life for working families in California with an emphasis on education, health, housing, economic development, and leadership. His agenda in the legislature continues to focus on making California's schools the best in the nation while striving to ensure that all of California's children have health insurance. Mr. Coto is currently serving his second term as a California assemblyman.
Alvaro G. de Molina
Chief Executive Officer
GMAC Financial Services
Named CEO on April 1, 2008, Mr. de Molina oversees all GMAC operations and focuses on strengthening the core businesses, while positioning the company for long-term growth. He joined the firm in 2007 as chief operating officer with responsibility for the finance and marketing functions and the automotive finance and insurance businesses. Previously, he worked at Bank of America, where he most recently served as the chief financial officer. He is a member of the GMAC Management Committee and serves on the board of Residential Capital, LLC.
Latino Commission on AIDS
A Stanford Law School Alum, Mr. deLeon was selected in 1994 to become president of the Latino Commission on AIDS, a service and advocacy program addressing HIV and AIDS in the Hispanic community. He helped found the organization in 1990. As president, Mr. deLeon heads a broad-based community effort to respond to the needs of Hispanics at risk for and infected and affected with HIV.
Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
With a medical degree from Columbia University, post-doctoral training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University, Dr. Diaz has been providing direct medical services to children and adolescents for more than 25 years. She is the first person of color to join the board of trustees of The Children's Aid Society, serving for 13 years, 8 of them as a vice-president, and she is only the second woman to be elected president of the board, and the first doctor.
Mr. Díaz, a 39-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who moved to New Jersey as a boy, is the second U.S Hispanic writer to ever be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in literature. He worked for more than a decade on his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a tragic but humorous story of desire, politics, and violence among Dominicans at home and in the United States and resulted in his receiving the 2008 Pulitzer prize award for fiction.
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