2009 Awards Gala
Shining Lights: Outstanding Leaders for a Brighter Future for Hispanics
April 16, 2009, held in West Orange, NJ
Congratulations to our honorees!
Special Recognition Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Mental Health
The Honorable Grace F. Napolitano
United States Congresswoman, 38th District, California
Co-Chair, Congressional Mental Health Caucus
Excellence in Federal Government Leadership Award
Teresa Chapa, Ph.D., MPA
Senior Policy Advisor, Mental Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Excellence in State Government Leadership Award
Albert J. Alvarez, Esq.
Deputy Chief of Staff, New Jersey Governor’s Office
Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award
The Honorable Peter Rivera
Assemblyman, 76th Assembly District, New York
Chairman, Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Excellence in Hispanic Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Award
Maria Jose Carrasco, MPA
Director, NAMI National Multicultural Action Center
Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health Service Delivery
Puerto Rican Family Institute
Excellence in Hispanic Media Production & Community Education
Dialogo de Costa a Costa, HITN-TV
Excellence in Community Service and Humanitarian Award
Managing Partner, Premium Color Group, LLC
Lifetime Achievement Award in the Advancement of Hispanic Mental Health
Juan Ramos, Ph.D.
Retired, Former Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
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