The NFL and Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) partnered for the fifth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2015 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient will be recognized at an event in their local market and will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

“Together with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, we are proud to recognize individuals who are an inspiration in their local Hispanic communities,” said Jaime Weston, NFL Senior Vice President of Marketing, Creative and Branding. “We applaud all recipients for the time and dedication they have devoted to make an impact on the lives of others.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the NFL to honor Hispanic leaders who are making an impact on communities all over America,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “It is important to highlight their leadership not only in the traditional Latino regions but in recently-growing areas as well. The NFL made sure that beyond the recognition there is an investment in local nonprofits. There is no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to make a difference in the Latino community year round.”

The NFL celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month during Week 3 of the season.

The 2015 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards recipients are:

Arizona – Lea Márquez-Peterson: President/CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta – Humberto Garcia-Sjogrim: Vice President, Hispanic Strategies, The Coca-Cola Company
Baltimore – Yolanda Maria Martinez: Founder and CEO, Respira Medical, Incorporated
Buffalo – César Cabrera: Commissioner’s Regional Representative, New York State Department of Labor
Carolina – Hilda Guardián, Publisher, La Noticia newspaper and President & CEO,La Noticia Foundation
Chicago – José Rico: Senior Vice President of Community Investment, United Way
Cincinnati – Melanie Healey, Founder & CEO, The Mel Healey Company, LLC
Cleveland – Valentina Moxon: Academic Superintendent, SIG Schools, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Dallas – Claudia Mirza, Founder, Akorbi
Denver – Julio Flores: Director of the William E. Cope Boys & Girls Club
Detroit – Carmen Mattia: Senior Managing Director, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center
Green Bay – Elvita Erdmann: Hispanic Coordinator, Family Services-Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
Houston – Michael Cordúa: Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cordúa Restaurants
Indianapolis – Kathy Cabello: President/CEO, Cabello Associates, Incorporated
Jacksonville – Annie Grogan: President and CEO, The H.I.L.L. of Northeast Florida
Kansas City – Irene Caudillo: President and CEO, El Centro
Miami – Tony Argiz, CEO and Managing Partner, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP
Minnesota – Jerry Uribe: Chief Operating Officer, The Family Partnership
New England – Marisol Amaya-Aluigi: Executive Director, La Alianza Hispana
New Orleans – Carlos Baltodano: Founder and Pastor, Monte De Sion
New York Giants – Briana Thevenin: Program Director, Victor Cruz Foundation
New York Jets – Isabel Nazario: Associate Vice President for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University
Oakland – Diana Campoamor: President, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Philadelphia – Cecilia Ramirez: Managing Partner, C-Luxe Axiom and Senior Producer, Hispanic Choice Awards
Pittsburgh – Dr. Diego Cháves-Gnecco, Director and Founder, Salud Para Niños
St. Louis – Cileia Miranda-Yuen: President, Genway International
San Diego – Fanny Miller: President & CEO, El Latino Newspaper
San Francisco – Dr. Hilaria Riojas Bauer: Superintendent, The Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Seattle – Dr. Antonio Sánchez: Assistant Director of Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Central Washington University
Tampa Bay – Miriam Vélez Valkenburg: Founding Partner, Law Office of Valkenburg & Velez and Co-Founder, Are You Safe, Incorporated
Tennessee – Marcela Gómez, President, TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Founder, Hispanic Marketing Group
Washington – Maria Cardona: Principal, Dewey Square Group and Founder, Latinovations

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit which inspires, identifies, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  For more information on the year-round, high-impact programs and work of HHF, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, visit