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Governor makes appointments to Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Ignacio David Acevedo-Polakovich, Carlos Alvarado-Jorquera and Maria Oxholm to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.  

This 15-member commission works to develop a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino residents.

"These individuals bring a great deal of experience to the commission and I am confident they will continue working to ensure opportunities for Hispanic and Latino citizens in Michigan," said Snyder.

Acevedo-Polakovich, of Lansing, is an assistant professor in the department of psychology as well as director of Community-Academic Initiatives for Development, both at Central Michigan University. He previously served as a coordinator for the University of Kentucky's psychology department and for the patient relations department at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Acevedo-Polakovich earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Aquinas College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, both from the University of Kentucky. He replaces Arthur Luna.

Alvarado-Jorquera, of Ludington, is an attorney and managing partner of C. Alvarado-Jorquera PLLC in Ludington, which provides in-house counsel services to businesses in the areas of human resources and personnel policies, and general governance, regulatory compliance and transactional negotiation. He previously served as general counsel to Little River Casino Resort and as assistant legislative counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, both in Manistee. Alvarado-Jorquera received a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and a master of laws degree from the University of Michigan. He replaces Frederick Feliciano.

Oxholm, of Grosse Pointe Woods, serves as a judge in the 3rd Circuit Court's Family Division in Wayne County. Previously, she served as Wayne County's assistant county prosecutor and on the 36th District Court. Oxholm earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. She replaces Alicia Villarreal.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 10, 2014, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.