Rep. Darren Soto Honors Ten Central Florida Leaders for Hispanic Heritage Month

October 7, 2019
Press Release

Kissimmee, FL – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto will hold a ceremony recognizing ten individuals from Florida’s Ninth District on their impact and contributions to the Hispanic community. The honorees biographies were submitted into the Congressional Record and they will receive official Congressional Certificates during the ceremony.

“I am honored to recognize these 10 impressive Hispanic leaders making a difference in Central Florida and beyond. From education, the press, and the arts, to civil rights, community organizing and tackling hunger, these amazing honorees are changing lives and improving our community for the better every day. They have more than earned the distinction of having their life stories be read into the congressional record for the benefit of current and future generations!”

The honorees will be recognized by Rep. Soto in a ceremony taking place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Kissimmee District office (804 Bryan Street) from 6:00PM – 7:30PM.



Dr. Yaris Bonet

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce and Founder of FibroFit Wellness and Yoga. She has spent over 14 years in healthcare management and holds numerous degrees and certifications. For the full video, click here.

Claudia Camacho

Administrator at Ana G. Mendez University. She has over 20 years of customer service experience. With various roles at Walt Disney World and Ana G. Mendez, Claudia has been a longtime advocate in the Hispanic community. For the full video, click here.

Yanidsi Velez

As the current Senior State Director for the Hispanic Federation, Yanidisi has been at the forefront of major grassroots efforts at the local and state level. For the full video, click here.

Henry Cordero

A musician and entrepreneur for many years, he has performed in bands such as Juventud 78, The Caps Band, and Henry’s Combo Show. Henry also been a photographer for over 20 years with his brother, Felix. As an entrepreneur, he founded “Cordero Studio Productions.” For the full video, click here.

Kelly Quintero

She has served in various political roles. She worked in Orange County Government following college graduation, then went to serve as Central Florida Political Director to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. In 2017, she served as State Legislative Advocate for the League of Women Voters of Florida. Kelly received the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award in 2018. For the full video, click here.

Soraya Marquez

She has been an organizer in the Central Florida community for over 20 years. In 2012, she led the registration of 100,000 new voters in four counties. Soraya is the co-founder of C-Ciudadano Organization and is currently the State Director of Mi Familia Vota. For the full video, click here.

Jennifer Marcial Ocasio

Jennifer is the Senior Content Editor of El Sentinel Orlando. She is also the president of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. For the full video, click here.

Homan Machuca

Emmy award winning broadcast journalist, the senior reporter for Telemundo 31 NBC station, and host of ENFOQUE. For the full video, click here.

Jackie Colon

She is the first Hispanic elected to the Palm Bay City Council and is also the youngest Deputy Mayor in the history of the Council. She has many federal appointments, including being appointed by U.S. Senator Mel Martinez to the Armed Forces Service Academy Selections Committee. She is currently the Southeast Regional Director of NALEO. For the full video, click here.

Alibeth Suarez

Alibeth is a longtime journalist who has a passion for helping the Hispanic community understand library resources and the importance of them. She is currently a Questline Reference Assistant with Orange County Library System and the Media Coordinator for Casa De Venezuela. Suarez is also the host of the radio show “Portada”. For the full video, click here.