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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Hispanic/Latino Commission

Thursday, November 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Monica Reyes, of Saginaw, and Anthony Garcia-Rubio, Jr., of Cadillac, and the reappointments of Noel Garcia, of East Lansing, Sonya Hernandez of Muskegon, and Carlos Sanchez, of Grand Rapids, to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the 15-member Commission develops and maintains a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino residents.

"I thank all of these appointees for their commitment to serve, and I am confident they will do great work promoting the diverse interests of Hispanics and Latinos in Michigan," Snyder said.

Reyes is director of disability services at Saginaw Valley State University and previously served as associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Development and Continuing Education also at SVSU. She is a Leadership Saginaw alumni and a member of the Michigan Society of Certified Public Managers, Women in Leadership/Inforum, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, and the GLBR Hispanic Business Association. Reyes earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University. She replaces Kelly Shipman.

Garcia-Rubio retired as general manager of Heraduras Mexican restaurant. He is a member of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard which honors fallen heroes and helps grieving families. Garcia-Rubio is also a volunteer member of Hospice of Michigan and a certified Disabled American Veteran Service Officer. He replaces Gilberto Guzman.

Garcia is a law enforcement instructor at Ingham Intermediate Schools and retired as a lieutenant and internal affairs commander with the Lansing Police Department, where he had worked since 1989. He earned an associate’s degree in social science and criminal justice from Lansing Community College and both a bachelor's and master's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

Hernandez is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, a teacher supervisor in the College of Urban Education at Davenport University, and an adjunct professor and instructor for the Promesa-Woodbridge Summer Program at Ferris State University. She previously served as the dean of students and migrant/Title III director of Hart Public Schools. Hernandez earned both a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership form Eastern Michigan University.

Sanchez is director of Ferris State University's Latino Business and Economic Development Center. He previously served as executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as a diversity specialist with Spectrum Health, and as the diversity programs coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Sanchez earned a bachelor's degree in international business from Davenport University and a certificate in design and innovative management from Kendall College of Art and Design.

Reyes will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 10, 2016. All other members will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 10, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.