The Mexican-American Hall of Fame on Saturday will induct five community leaders during a dinner and ceremony in Stockton, Calif.
Those being inducted this year are:
Castellanos is being inducted in the health and science category.
A registered nurse, Castellanos has been a leader in efforts to combat diabetes and improve the diet of the region's residents.
Castellanos was born in Stockton and began her career as a psychiatric technician for Stockton Developmental Services before earning her nursing degree. She served for 14 years in the Army Air Force Reserve. For the last decade, she also has been a certified diabetes educator. She currently manages a St. Joseph's Medical Center program that provides a variety of health services through community organizations and churches.
Lopez is being inducted in the business category.
Lopez has served since July 2001 as San Joaquin County's administrator, the top staff person for the county government. Before that, Lopez had served in a variety of other government positions including public works director and assistant public works director for San Joaquin County.
Lopez was born in Los Angeles County, but grew up and attended high school in Selma. He earned his engineering degree at California State University, Fresno, and then worked as a deputy city engineer for the City of Fresno.
Elena Diaz Molina
Molina is being inducted in the education category.
Molina was born in French Camp and attended Stockton schools, graduating from Edison High School. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at National University and completed her school administration credential at University of the Pacific. She has served in many positions during her career, including as a principal and assistant principal in Stockton Unified and as an instructor at the university level.
She was inducted in 1996 into the Edison High School Hall of Fame.
Arturo E. Ocampo
Ocampo is being inducted in the law and justice category.
Ocampo was born in Mexicali, Mexico, but grew up the son of migrant farm workers in Salinas. He earned his law degree at the University of California, Boalt School of Law and then went to work for the California Rural Legal Assistance office in Stockton. There, he spent 15 years advocating for the rights of farm workers and immigrants.
Ocampo then served almost a decade as the director of diversity for the Evergreen Community College District in San Jose before coming back to Stockton to become the first Latino ever hired as an assistant provost at University of the Pacific. He held that position until this year.
Thomas A. Sanchez
Sanchez is being inducted in the community service category.
Sanchez was born in Tracy and grew up in Acampo. He graduated from Lodi High School and earned his bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University. He began his career as a drug abuse counselor in San Francisco and later served as executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara County.
Later, Sanchez became involved in the solid waste industry, eventually rising to be an area director of business development for Waste Management Inc. He volunteers his time with a number of community organizations, coaches youth soccer, and is on the board of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce.
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