Authors & Contributors

We’re privileged and proud to work with talented collaborators from many places and backgrounds. Whether they are freelance journalists, bloggers, academic researchers, news content producers, filmmakers, artists, librarians, politicians, social justice activists, new media professionals or social media experts, their contributions ensure that Latina Lista is the Smart News Source for your reading pleasure.

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Publisher: Marisa Treviño

Marisa Treviño is the President of Treviño TodaMedia LLC, the publisher/founder of the English-language Latino news site Latina Lista and a social media pioneer who was among the first nationally recognized Latina bloggers in the nation.

At Latina Lista, Marisa features original multimedia content, commentary and partnership-content from regional English-language Hispanic newspapers, college journalism departments and contributors from throughout the Americas.

Latina Lista has been recognized by Hispanic magazine, Hispanic Business and the Daily Reviewer as one of the top Chicana/Hispanic blogs in the country. In January 2011, Marisa was named the “Groundbreaking Latina Blogger of the Year” by Catalina Magazine.

In addition, Marisa is an award winning public radio commentator and a 19-year freelance opinion journalist with her columns appearing in USA Today, the Rio Grande Guardian and syndicated across the country in both English and Spanish. She has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera English and CNN.com regarding her political perspective as it relates to the Latino community.

Marisa is also the author of the bilingual e-book “A Simple Start to Blogging with Social Media.” Rounding out her writing accomplishments, Marisa is an award-winning playwright.

Marisa lives in the greater Dallas Metroplex with her family.

Social Media Editor: Cheryl Aguilar

Cheryl Aguilar is Principal at Aguilar Communications. Prior to launching Aguilar Communications, Cheryl served as the first Communications and Online Marketing Manager at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). In this role, she built the communications capacity, managed all of its efforts and contributed to the organization’s programmatic expansion, overseeing NHLI’s online training series. Under her communications leadership, NHLI was named as “Top Latino organization using social media wisely” by Hispanic PR Blog.

Cheryl has also served as Communications Specialist at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), the largest youth development agency in the Washington, DC metro area, where she managed multi-organizational communications campaigns and contributed to the launch of a summer youth leadership program focused on advocacy and media training.

Driven by a personal commitment to develop the next generation of leaders, she mentors young people from the DC region and facilitates leadership trainings.

In 2009, Cheryl was recognized by MillerCoors Lideres campaign as 1 of 12 Hispanic leaders making a difference in her community. In 2011, Cheryl was selected to participate in the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Executive Fellowship Program.

Cheryl migrated from Honduras at 14 and was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. A Rutgers University graduate, she now makes her home in Washington DC.

American Dream Editor: Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco came with her parents to the U.S. from Ecuador in 1993, when she was 7 years old. Today, she is an undocumented American and an immigrant rights leader from Miami, Florida. Since 2004, she has been working on the DREAM Act. Her passion for education and immigrant rights prompted her and three friends in 2010 to walk 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington DC, to help highlight the plight of immigrants in this country. The walk was dubbed the Trail of DREAMs.

For the day when she no longer has to fight for passage of the DREAM Act, Gaby, who has an Associate of Arts in Music Ed.; an Associates in Science in Early Childhood education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education K-12, dreams of using music therapy as a communication tool to teach autistic children and adults.

Webmaster: John Rozzo

Based in Mexico City, John Rozzo is the author of “Growing Communities” and Director of Mango Digital, a leading web development company providing tools and training to brands, causes and companies using open-source software such as Joomla and WordPress to create their digital destination.

As publisher of several web properties, Rozzo is savvy on the effectiveness of podcasting, video, social media and content strategies. John is also the local organizer of Mexico City’s TEDxDF conferences and regional consultant for other TEDx events.

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Andres Gutierrez

Andres Gutierrez is a financial expert, host of “The Andres Gutierrez Show” and creator of Paz Financiera. A successful entrepreneur and small-business owner, Andres Gutierrez knows what it’s like to start with nothing and build lasting wealth. In 2009, Andres joined Dave Ramsey’s team to bring the message of Financial Peace to the Hispanic community. For more information about Andrés Gutiérrez visit his website “Andres Gutierrez” and follow him on Twitter at @elshowdeandres and on Facebook.

Dr. Maria G. Hernandez

Dr. Maria G. Hernandez has 20 years experience consulting in both the United States and Mexico to senior executives in Fortune 50 companies and facilitated change initiatives for elected officials and their staff. She has worked in academia, business, nonprofits, technology startups, and public agencies. For more information, visit Latina Cubicle Confidential™.

Jaclyn Lopez

Jaclyn Lopez is a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez is a practicing curandero in the North Texas region. Having studied with Peruvian and Colombian shamans and curanderos, Bobby uses a holistic approach in his practice where he removes disharmonies of the mind, body, and spirit through ritual cleanings, energy work, divination and prayer. He can be contacted at The Curandero of Dallas website.

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MexicoDr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie

Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie is the first researcher to permanently relocate to an indigenous village in Central Mexico. Mackenzie’s goal was to figure out why 49 percent of Hispanic students failed to graduate in the USA.

Mackenzie conducted research in rural Mexico beginning in 2005. She has combined the information she gathered — scientific research, statistical analysis, and personal exploits — to produce the easy-to-read textbook Empowering Spanish Speakers – Answers for Educators, Business People, and Friends of Latinos.

The book is owned by the nonprofit Summerland Monastery. Book sales fund building rural libraries in Mexico.

MexicoMartha Ramos

Martha Ramos is a 24-year career journalist based in Mexico City. Throughout her career, Martha has covered a range of issues from the economy, social justice, women’s issues, politics and social media.

She is the Managing Editor of 24 Horas.

Peru M. Isabel Guerra

With a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Lima’s School of Communication Sciences, Isabel specializes in covering stories regarding art and culture.

She also has an interest in photography, especially the area of photo journalism. She is a contributing photographer for Getty Images Latin America. Her photos can also be found in her Picasa Photo Album and in her fotoblog Bubblepics.

Isabel also maintains the blog Las Burbujas Recargadas while also lecturing at the San Martin de Porres University’s School of Communication and serving as an author for Global Voices Online.

Puerto Rico Lilly Zeller

Lilly Zeller is based in Puerto Rico where she represents the interests of the Third Sector via websites — Talking about Philanthropy and Third Sector Awareness, and in her position on a government committee overseeing the impact of budget cuts on Third Sector programs.

Venezuela Jennifer Barreto-Leyva

Jennifer Barreto-Leyva lives in Caracas, Venezuela where when this 5″11 venezolana is not defending the rights of her clients as a lawyer or inspiring people as a motivational speaker, she is an outspoken defender on the rights of plus-size people.

Jennifer is Miss Plump Venezuela and the first Latina who participated and won the Miss Universe for Plus-size title. She is also the first venezolana plus-size model and, consequently, is credited for introducing the plus-size modeling division throughout Latin America.

Since 1999, Jennifer has penned a regular column, Tu Rincon con Jen, for the only online site dedicated to plus size people in Spanish, gordos.com. She has added to her writing duties at Estilos Blog, where she writes about body issues.

In addition, Jennifer has launched the first spanish-language magazine in history for plus-size people — Belleza XL.

Amazingly, Jennifer still continues to find time to provide constant inspiration for women of all sizes through her blog and Facebook page. She says that she always knew that when it came to defending who she was, no one was going to do it for her.

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