A Cuban-American couple from Miami - she, a teacher; he, an attorney - who volunteer countless hours a month to bringing relief to the forgotten children of the Dominican Republic's infrahuman orphanages.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez announced Frank R. Jimenez will become the Department's new Chief of Staff effective June 10, 2002. Jimenez will help to manage more than 9,000 employees and a $30 billion budget.

The Foundation of AWRT, the philanthropic arm of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) has launched AWRT Empowering America, an inspiring series of 60 second Radio Public Service Announcements (PSA) that honor some of America’s greatest women and spotlight their historical contributions.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Chairman of its Board, Jose Villarreal, announced the election of nine new members to the NCLR Board. The Board is a 32-member group made up of representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector, academia, and elected officials.

MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) announced that Joseph A. Stern has been elected its new Board Chair.

For the past 30 years, the Spanish Coalition for Jobs (SCJ) has been a cornerstone in the Chicagoland Latino community, a place for individuals to turn for professional development and educational advancement.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) is seeking nominations of advertising superachievers age 40 and under who are making a significant impact on the industry for its Advertising Hall of Achievement.

Dolores Kunda, president of Lápiz, a Hispanic integrated marketing unit of Bcom3 Group's Pangea, has been included on the "80 Elite Hispanic Women" list by Hispanic Business magazine.

A group of North Carolina foundations, led by the Warner Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, is in the initial phases of launching the Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities in North Carolina.

Maria Elena Salinas, has been named a Distinguished International Scholar by the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta in recognition of more than 20 years of journalistic excellence.

Cesar Estrada Chavez founded and led the first successful farm workers' union in U.S. history. When he passed away on 23 April 1993, he was president of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO.

Alex Rodriguez, shortstop for the Texas Rangers and alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami, was introduced as a new national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA).

The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (HHAF) announced the appointment of Antonio Tijerino as executive director. Mr. Tijerino, Nicaraguan-born, brings a public relations and community affairs background to the Foundation.

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) named Alex López Negrete Chairman Emeritus at the recently held 18th Annual ¡Triunfando! Awards Gala at the Westin Galleria.

Radio stations throughout America are being urged to air the Star-Spangled Banner on Tuesday, December 11 as part of a three-month anniversary salute to victims of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.