RIVERSIDE –Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) today announced five women who have been recognized by the Latino Network as their 2013 honorees (in alphabetical order): Luz Maria Ayala, Elena Carrasco, Teresa Flores López, Linda Salinas Thompson, and Rosa Elena Sahagún, they were honored at the 16th Annual Celebración de la Mujer luncheon. The event commemorates the contribution and accomplishments of Latinas in the Inland Empire.
“I am proud to honor these leading women of the Inland Empire,” Medina said. “They have devoted their lives to giving back to the community and serve as inspirational leaders for young women and men alike. It is important to recognize their accomplishments and I salute them for their many years of tireless service.”
Luz Maria Ayala is the founder and director of TODEC. As a community leader, advocate, and organizer she is passionate about protecting human rights.
Elena Carrasco currently serves as the State Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota, a national organization dedicated to increasing civic participating in the Latino communities through voter registration, advocacy, and free citizenship workshops.
Teresa Florez López, currently President of the Community Organizer Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, has dedicated many years to advocate for environmental and community issues.
Linda Salinas Thompson devotes her time at her three sons’ schools. She coaches an undefeated team, which encourages youth to learn teamwork, dedication, and lessons of winning graciously.
Rosa Elena Sahagún established her law office in 2006, which allowed her to maintain close community ties through her volunteer work with various non-profit organizations while serving as a source for referrals from various community-based organizations.