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Under the leadership of President John F. Kennedy and his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in recognition of the national plight of Hispanics regarding lack of opportunities in business, employment, education, health, and myriad other areas of social development, the US Congress passed a bill in 1964 calling for an annual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Week (it was declared a month-long celebration in 1980).
In 1972, under President Richard M. Nixon’s 16-Point Program, now called the Hispanic Employment Program, a few Kansas City areas Hispanic federal employees, in coordination with the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board initiated annual activities to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Week. The activities were held in various federal sector job sites. The Hispanic leaders eventually determined to extend the celebration into the metropolitan Hispanic community by organizing a parade from downtown Kansas City into downtown Armourdale, Kansas.
WHAT IS FIESTA HISPANA?
David Tinoco grew up in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. Since a young age, David has always been interested in music. He has been a member of Las Estrellas for the past 40+ years. He is also co-owner of T&G Entertainment, a sound production company that has produced many Grammy award winners at regional events over the past decade. Thru Las Estrellas and T&G Entertainment, David have generously donated his time and services to area not-for-profits and community events.
David is President of the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee, Inc. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2007. David has 3 children – Kristan, Jonathan, and Kristopher.
Viviana Medellin worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for 40+ years prior to her retirement in 2015. Viviana has been a DJ for community radio station 90.1 KKFI FM for the last 25 years hosting “A Taste of Tejano” on Tuesday nights – where she is also a member of their Program Committee. She has volunteered her time and services to area not-for-profits and community events over the past 20+ years.
Viviana is Vice President of the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee, Inc. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. Viviana has 2 children – Robert and Monica - and 6 grandchildren.
Sonia Lopez grew up in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. Since an early age, Sonia has been involved in community programs as a participant and now as an Event Organizer. Sonia has over 20+ years of working experience with an area Hispanic not-for-profit as a Director of Food Service & Special Events. She has also volunteered her time and services at many other Hispanic organizations/events in both Kansas and Missouri. She is continuing her dedication to the Hispanic community and has shifted her focus to helping local businesses at the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC).
Sonia is Treasurer of the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee, Inc. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. She has 2 children – Timothy & Analisa.
Lisa Lopez grew up in Kansas City’s Coleman Highland neighborhood, but has always been dedicated to the Hispanic community and events. She has volunteered her time and services at organizations/events such as Guardian Angels, Guadalupe Centers, HEDC, Sacred Heart/Guadalupe Church, El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco and many more. Lisa has also served on other boards such as the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. and the Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund Committee.
Lisa is Secretary of the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee, Inc. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2009. Lisa has 1 child – Davin.
Michael Macias has been the Executive Director of LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. for the last 10 years. Michael grew up in Kansas City. After retiring from the military, he returned home to serve the community.
Michael Macias is a member of the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. Michael serves on other boards throughout Kansas City. Michael has 2 children.
LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is one of the major partners that benefits from Fiesta Hispana with funds raised through the selling of Pepsi products. This is an exclusive contract with Pepsico Beverage Corporation which allows LNESC to raise much-needed funds for local high school and college students.