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Ernestor De La Rosa,
 Commissioner
Dodge City, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2023
Email:  ernestord@dodgecity.org

Like many rural leaders, Ernestor wears many hats. In his day job, he oversees the City’s Public Transportation and Human Resources Departments and serves as the City’s Legislative Affairs Director. He also coordinates the efforts of the Southwest Kansas Coalition and facilitates the Complete Count Committee for the Census 2020 efforts in Dodge City and Ford County. Governor Laura Kelly appointed Ernestor to serve on the Kansas Racial Equity and Justice Commission, representing the City of Dodge City.  Ernestor was born and raised in Mexico, immigrated to the United States at the age of 13, and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

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Mary Lou Jaramillo,
 Commissioner
Merriam, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2023
Email: jaramillomlj@gmail.com

Community service is a passion of Mary Lou Jaramillo.  She credits her parents and family for modeling acts of kindness, integrity, perseverance and optimism, especially within the Latino community of Topeka, Kansas.  Sons, Miguel and Carlos Jaramillo, are the anchors in her life.  
Ms. Jaramillo held leadership roles at El Centro, Inc. (2007-2013), the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (2006) and the Mattie Rhodes Center (1994-2005).  In a consulting role (2014-2017), Ms. Jaramillo worked with Olathe civic leaders to develop initiatives to help Olathe become a more welcoming community for all Latinos. Prior to these roles Ms. Jaramillo was an executive assistant for the Minority Supplier Development Council (1986-1992). In these roles Ms. Jaramillo worked with associates, board members and community volunteers to develop programs for underserved communities addressing health and mental healthcare, early childhood education, business development, arts & culture and civic engagement.  
Community volunteer service is important to Ms. Jaramillo.  MANA de Kansas City, a Latina Organization, had a profound impact on Ms. Jaramillo’s development.  The organization’s mission was to provide professional and personal development through volunteer service.  MANA members raised funds for scholarships, mentored young Latinas, organized professional development conferences and celebrated Latino culture.  
Ms. Jaramillo was a founding board member of the Health Forward Foundation (2003-2010), a foundation that works to transform communities so everyone has an opportunity for better health and Cristo Rey High School (2005 – 2010) a Catholic college prep education with an innovative work study program.  Currently Ms. Jaramillo serves on the boards of the Kansas Leadership Center based in Wichita, Kansas, the Francis Family Foundation, and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County.   
Ms. Jaramillo holds a Masters of Public Administration in NonProfit Leadership and a Bachelor of Business degree in Management from Park University. 

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Richard Martinez, 
Commissioner
Topeka, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2022
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Bertha Mendoza,
 Commissioner
Garden City, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2023
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Bertha G. Mendoza has been the EFNEP/SNAP-Ed Extension Agent for the Southwest Area Office since 2009. Bertha holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and two Master Degrees from Fort Hays State University, in the area of Special Education: Adaptive Technology for students with learning disadvantages, and Advanced Education for Gifted Students.  Bertha’s special fields of interest are education, nutrition and health.  She believes in the value of creating community partnerships and actively pursues collaboration as a way to address important community concerns. Bertha was born in Chihuahua, Mexico; she came to the United States in 1993. She lives in Holcomb, and has worked for education for the last fifteen years in the areas of adult and family literacy and currently serves in the fields of Nutrition, Health and Adult Education for low income audiences.

 




Veronica Padilla,
 Commissioner
Topeka, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2023
Email: vrpadilla5@gmail.com



 




Monica Vargas,
 Commissioner
Wichita, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2023
Email: mvargas@ufcw2.org



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Claudia A. Yaujar- Amaro,
 Commissioner
Wichita, Kansas
Term expires - 6/30/2022
Email:  claudiadream9@gmail.com

From Tijuana Mexico, fell in love with Wichita when she moved in the mid-90s. Once in Wichita, she fell in love with her husband Hector. She is a proud mother of a 19-year-old Wichitan, who will be attending college soon. Claudia loves her community, being born in Mexico but growing up in the United States, makes her feel very proud of both cultures in her heart. She feels very comfortable engaging and going from one culture to another and feels a responsibility to be the bridge between the two cultures she loves, integrating other cultures as well, to create one nice and healthy community for everyone.

Claudia has a weekly Spanish radio show in Wichita; Planeta Venus is a community show to inform the Latino community about the things going on locally.

Claudia is the co-owner of AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC, a company focused on multicultural and bilingual marketing. She delivers and organizes educational workshops about leadership, civic engagement, cross cultural communications and mental health.