Wyoming Notable Latinos

Ontiveros, Inez (1934-). Inez Ontiveroz, resident of Lovell, Wyoming, since the early 1940s, was the recipient of the 2005 National Head Start Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In previous years, she was also recognized as the Wyoming and Region VIII Head Start Teacher of the Year.

Esquibel, Floyd A. (1938-). Floyd Esquibel, a Cheyenne attorney, has been the Wyoming House District 44 Representative since 1997. He is a committee member for several important committees dealing with transportation, economic development, and the environment.

Mercado, Oralia (1941-). Oralia Mercado, while raising her family as a single mother in Casper, became a mainstay in state government agencies, earned her associate of arts from Casper College, and obtained her bachelor of arts from the University of Wyoming. Her leadership in and commitment to social justice has earned her awards and appointments at the local, state, and national levels.

DeHerrera, Juan Abran (1942-). Abe❠DeHerrera, a policeman in Rawlins, Wyoming, for over twenty years, was appointed by President Bill Clinton and served as U.S. marshal for the district of Wyoming from 1996-2002.

Trujillo, Solomon (1951-). Solomon Trujillo, a University of Wyoming College of Business alumnus, is a leader in digital technology and telecommunications. His $1.02-million contribution to the college in 2001 endowed the Solomon D. Trujillo Center for eBusiness.

Rios, Francisco A. (1956-). Francisco A. Rios is a professor of education studies at the University of Wyoming. He is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of Latinos

and education. He is the senior associate editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Garcia, Jesse (1982-). Jesse Garcia, born in Rawlins and raised in Hanna, is an emerging star with many acting credits and several awards on his growing resume. He is most known for his work in the highly acclaimed Quinceahera, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

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