Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Velasquez, Allen, Saenz, Quiteño elected leaders of Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats

(L-R) Myrna Velasquez, Cristina Allen, Vanessa Saenz, Freddy Quiteño
In January, the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats elected their 2010 officers:
  • President: Myrna Velasquez 
  • Vice President: Cristina Allen
  • Treasurer: Vanessa Saenz
  • Secretary: Freddy Quiteño
Myrna Velasquez is from Van Nuys, California. She will earn her Masters in Public Administration with Certificates in Non-Profit Management and Health Administration and Planning from Tennessee State University in 2010. Velasquez is a 2006 graduate of California State University, Northridge.

Cristina Allen is from Mesilla Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico and a 1988 graduate of New Mexico State University. Until recently, Allen was Marketing Director at Ajax Turner in Nashville, where she marketed and branded beer (e.g. Bud Light) to the Nashville community including the Titans, Predators and Nashville's music industry. Allen is the host of the TV show "Que Pasa Nashville" on Newschannel 5+ ( – Monday @ 2:00 pm; Thursday @ 1:30 pm & 10 pm and Saturday @ 8:00 pm).

Vanessa Saenz is a solo law practitioner who was licensed to practice law in Tennessee in 1997. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, in 1984 and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Freddy Quiteño is a 2008 graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville. According to a news release, Quiteño’s family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville in 1998:
We arrived on July 4th at about 5 p.m. That was just in time to go see the fireworks. It seemed like a wonderful welcome to the city. My father moved us here because of the negativity in Los Angeles at the time. He feared that the negativity would affect my schoolwork, my life and my future. Being accepted into Lipscomb University is by far one of the greatest blessings I have received from God. Now, I am able to see my career goals fall into place and my parents can finally feel comfort when it comes to my future.

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