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MIRNA M GONZALEZ

Mirna is an immigrant that came to the United States in 1988, having previously studied to become a Nurse Technician in her country of origin, El Salvador.

Since the year 2000, she has been working and volunteering her time and efforts through non-profits, as well as community-based outreach organizations. Her commitment and dedication with local communities was informed and inspired by her personal experiences with daily struggles as a single mother challenged by the socioeconomic and systemic disadvantages inherent as an immigrant woman.

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STEPHANIE MARTINEZ

Stephanie Martinez is a Latina mother of three beautiful boys. She hopes to use her life's struggles and victories to help empower, motivate and uplift other women and single mother's within her community. 

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ZULEIKA MIRANDA

Zuleika Miranda is a Puerto Rican artist. She joined the Latino Empowerment Project in hopes of connecting with her community. Using her art as a form of therapy, Zuleika hopes to improve the lives around her.

ANGIE SANTIAGO

Angelica Santiago was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is married and has 2 children. Angelica has a passion for acting and was a part of the Paloma Players, Lancaster's first Latino theatre group. She joined LEP because she wants to raise food allergy awareness to her community. 

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JOSE GUILLERMO RODRIGUEZ PLAZA

Ever since he was young, José has sheltered on the arts as an emotional outlet. Through his creative writing, José externalizes his vision of an ideal world. Currently, he studies Caribbean literature in Temple University and manages Paloma Players, Lancaster’s first Latinx theatre company. 

ROSA THOMAS PADILLA

Rosa Thomas was born in 1967 in the Dominican Republic. She migrated to the U . S. In 1981 . During her childhood she learned to honor God which made her passionate about serving and helping others, sharing her life experiences to serve as a motivation to others .   Her dreams are to own a professional sewing machine and a Christian based center were seniors could share their skills and teach the youngsters.

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NAIBY PEREZ

Naiby Perez born November 24th 1991 in Lancaster PA. Naiby began her musical journey at the young age of 6 when she discovered her voice. Naiby began writing music when she was 12 and at the age of 15 she began performing. 

Naiby has  participated in things like, first Fridays in Lancaster , first Thursday latino,   Lancaster’s teen idol, Lancaster’s got talent ,American idol and the voice. Naiby has performed for the barnstormers stadium, weddings, birthdays and festivals . Naiby has plans on releasing an ep mid spring and a full music project at the end of  summer .

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DENICE VELEZ

Denice was raised in CA with her brother by her Mexican immigrant parents. She studied Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and has two master degrees from UMich. She has worked with college students to learn about diversity and social justice.