· Minister at Brainerd Church of Christ.
· Marco and his wife serve their community promoting others to be productive citizens. They “feel that Our Lord has called us to serve with love and compassion to the less fortunate in Chattanooga. Serving our neighbor is like serving God!”
· He spends many hours per week helping people through counseling and helping to meet their physical and spiritual needs.
· Manager, Staffing and Workforce Planning at Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations Inc.
· He has led the implementation of assessment systems and multi-tier workforces for ten large scale plant launches and plant expansions in three different countries for 500 Fortune companies.
· Automotive Industry working as an employee or a consultant with companies like Volkswagen, Toyota, International Navistar, American Axle, Medtronic and Weyerhaeuser.
José Luis Loa Garcia
· Owner of Carnicerías Loa #6, 7, 9.
· He has unconditionally supported the Hispanic community for years and continues to make an impact by helping out his customers where he is able.
· He is one of the largest retailers within the local Hispanic market.
Ani Hernandez Johnson
· Bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist at Richmont Community Counseling Center.
· Ani offers bilingual counseling services in the Greater Chattanooga area to address the realized deficit in mental health services accessible to the Latino Community.
· She counsels children, adults, families and couples, and most of her work is trauma-related in some way. Over the last couple of years, she has collaborated with La Paz Chattanooga in this endeavor as well.
· Branch Manager of the South Cleveland Location of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
· Working in the financial services industry allows Fabiola to assist people in meeting their personal financial goals and make a positive impact in their lives. “I truly enjoy working with people and have come to understand the concept the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’”
· She is involved in the community and was able to travel to Honduras on a mission trip last year to assist a community in need. She volunteers through church and local non-profit organizations.
· Administrative Assistant/Translator for Southern Star Immigration.
· Served as the first Hispanic student representative for the Hamilton County School Board for 2010-2011. She has volunteered with Ronald McDonald House and received their Hispanic academic scholarship.
· Nahomi is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Studies program at Chattanooga State, and was recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society in recognition of her academic achievements in college.
· Bilingual-Family and Medical Leave Specialist at Unum.
· Currently volunteering at Light for the Nations, a local church in Chattanooga, where the local pastor and the organization perform several services for our Hispanic community. Jorge is in charge of the teen population.
· He volunteers as an interpreter, which he has been doing for the past five years, and working with the homeless community in Chattanooga.
· Director of Finance and Operations at the Chalmers Center at Covenant College.
· He joined the Chalmers Center in 2012, where he supports the mission to equip local churches and nonprofits to empower low-income families, moving them toward greater self-sufficiency and lasting transformation.
· Marco is passionate about mentoring start-ups and nonprofits as they pursue sustainability and growth, and sits on various boards and committees in town.
· Director of Development at Southern Adventist University.
· She has found that at Southern Adventist University she can continue to live out her life mission: to live a purposeful life with God, creating value and making a difference wherever she works, lives, and plays.
· She has connected with the community in numerous ways. She finds joy in serving as a sponsor for the Latin American Club on campus, being part of the Speaking Frankly Toastmasters Club, participating as an active member of The Well Seventh-day Adventist Church in downtown Chattanooga, and actively connecting with various community groups like La Paz.
· Tennessee Small Business Development Center/ Chattanooga State Community College.
· She is bicultural and fluent is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
· Ivette was employed by a major carpet manufacturer for over 5 years, where she conducted international business, covering the northern Latin American countries. For 11 years, as a business partner with a media-consulting firm, Ivette was a Marketing and Sales Manager for the northwest Georgia region.
Voting for Chattanooga's Choice is open September 1st- 8th. Vote here.