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Glendale Latino Assn. mixes it up

January 03, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Leading the Glendale Latino Assn. are, from left, Past Presidents Mercy Velazquez and Amy Navarrete and in-coming President Nancy Guillen. (Photo by Ruth Sowby)
Leading the Glendale Latino Assn. are, from left, Past…

The monthly mixers hosted by the Glendale Latino Assn. are not to be missed. Members and guests mixed it up at the Embassy Suites lobby on Wednesday (Dec. 28). This group knows how to have fun at the same time they raise scholarship dollars for Glendale students. This evening’s event unveiled the community awardees who will be honored more formally in February.

Recognized as “Man of the Year” is Gary Montecuollo, the new chief of police at Glendale Community College. “Woman of the Year” is Denise Miller, director of the Live Well Senior Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The “Organization of the Year” was accepted by Michael Velazquez, a financial advisor at Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi and Shammaa accountancy. Wife Mercy Velazquez, who works with her husband, is a past president of the Glendale Latino Assn.

Montecuollo discussed his plans for the college, one of which is a “Chief’s Scholarship” to financially assist young men and women majoring in public safety. Montecuollo is also a member of the Glendale Latino Assn.


Attending the mixer were Glendale education VIPs Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, president of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees; Ann Ransford, board member; and Susan Hunt of the Glendale Unified School District.

Four former “Woman of the Year” awardees were also present. They couldn’t resist a group photo. The past honorees were Gabrielian, Elissa Glickman of Glendale Arts, Hunt and Betty Porto, vice president of Glendale Porto’s Bakery & Cafe.

The association was established to promote the betterment of their businesses and professions and to improve access to education by awarding yearly scholarships to local Latin students. In 2012, the association expects to award $20,000 in scholarships.

The association will hold its Awards Luncheon at which the honorees will be introduced to the public on Feb. 23. Also announced will be the current association board headed by incoming President Nancy Guillen and Immediate Past President Amy Navarrete.

The Glendale Latino Assn. welcomes new members. For information visit

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