Hall of Fame

These are just a few of the women who have inspired other Latinas to follow their dreams and contribute to the development of Colorado and the United States. The Panelists Hall of Fame is a way to celebrate their talent, passion and legacy.
Patsy Landaveri

Patsy Landaveri

Co-Founder & CEO de Impacto.

Patsy Landaveri, Founder and CEO of Impacto. Impacto is a technology and consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Under Patsy’s leadership, Impacto helps companies develop, measure and evolve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies to create long-term value between companies and their impact on the world.

Originally from Peru, Patsy brings decades of experience in the energy sector, having led ESG communications strategies and award-winning initiatives in the oil and gas and utility industries. Patsy leverages her multicultural experience and the Impact team ensures that programs support and encourage a diverse, inclusive and multicultural approach.

Patsy has put down deep roots in Colorado. She was appointed by Governor Polis to the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, graduated from the Colorado Governor’s Fellowship Program, the Denver Chamber’s Leadership Foundation Class of 2017, and was named a 2017 Top Woman in Energy by the Denver Business Journal. Patsy serves on the boards of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, the Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. She also serves the Institute for Science and Policy as a member of its Strategic Council.

Patsy holds a master’s degree in global energy management from the University of Colorado, a graduate certificate in communications management from the University of Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kentucky.

Vanessa Huerta

Vanessa Huerta

gBETA Managing Director para gener8tor

Vanessa is originally from Mexico City and has had the opportunity to live in four countries. She has a deep respect for other people, nations and cultures.

She currently holds the position of gBETA Managing Director for gener8tor, a venture capital investment organization and business accelerator. Her role is to help entrepreneurs scale their early stage businesses and she has the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in various parts of the United States. Previously, she managed the gBETA program in Colorado, helping 10 local companies scale and receive investment in 2022.

Vanessa has extensive experience as a small business advisor. Prior to gener8tor, she worked as a business advisor for Mile High United Way’s United for Business program. In this role, she worked hand-in-hand with small business owners, primarily women and minorities, to help them achieve their business goals through free consulting services.

Vanessa was the Director of Talent Development at Natural Produce LLC, a local organization where she was responsible for the well-being of the employees and the company. It was here that she found her passion for community service, especially in at-risk communities.

Vanessa spent nine years of her career working independently for Babson College, where she led the Latin American expansion strategy for the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Olin Graduate School of Business.

She is a 2020 Latino Leadership Fellowship graduate and holds an MBA from Tec de Monterrey. For the past two years, she has had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for Adelante Community Development, a non-profit organization based in Commerce City, CO.

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, running a few miles around town, or volunteering with organizations that serve the community.

Impact Statement:
By helping people and offering my time, knowledge, and relationships, I can make a positive impact on them and the community.

Tamil Maldonado

Chief Operating Officer de Raíces Brewing Co.

Tamil Maldonado Vega identifies as a Caribbean and Latin American woman. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Since she was a child, she has been involved in community self-management organizations, cooperatives, artistic groups and cultural organizations.
In her community, she developed the youth group of her neighborhood. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computational Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico and participated in summer internships in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland. Tamil has always developed projects, reactivated groups and stood out as a leader. While working on her undergraduate degree, she reactivated the Mathematics and Computer Science Association as president, was a student representative in the university’s Academic Senate, and mobilized students to fight against tuition increases and for access to university education in Puerto Rico from 1994-1999.

After completing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Education at Arizona State University (ASU). During her master’s program, she was the only Latina/Hispanic woman in the Applied Mathematics program. She was also very active in the ASU International Student Organization where she was involved in projects and activities for the members of the organization.

In AZ, she worked as a teacher and coach in public schools (Tempe High School), charter schools (Maya Charter School), community college (Mesa Community College), and Arizona State University (ASU). Her goal during this time was to work with different groups of students, ages, backgrounds, cultural identities, and different types of educational institutions to create a more comprehensive education and experience.

During the summers of 2001 and 2002, she traveled to Europe, Asia, and Latin America to immerse herself in different cultures and learn more about the history of different peoples.

In 2003, she returned to Puerto Rico to teach at the University of Puerto Rico. During the summers, she participated in scientific research cruises related to atmospheric sciences, air quality, and global warming. This opened doors for her to take graduate courses in atmospheric sciences at Howard University in Washington DC. There, she founded and served as president of the Atmospheric Sciences Student Association, which evolved into an American Meteorological Society chapter and continues today.

She came to Colorado in 2011 through an internship opportunity at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). There, she once again opened doors and opportunities for underrepresented individuals in the atmospheric sciences through a diversity proposal she developed while interning in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division.

Decides to settle in Colorado and in 2012 founded an organization to promote Latino identity, arts and culture called Barrio E', served as Arts Commissioner in the City of Boulder and participated in the Board of Directors of the Boulder County Arts Alliance, realized as a mom in February 2015 and established Barrio E' Center in October of the same year, the first multicultural community center in Colorado. In 2016 she co-founded Raices Brewery, where she currently serves as Chief Operating Officer – Director of Operations for the Raices Project.

The Raíces Community and Culture Project is really a collection of experiences, values and thoughts that are summarized in the project’s pillars: Community, Culture and Beer, by providing opportunities for visibility, participation, leadership and value of our Latino people, our cultural heritage, our contributions to society.

It is also a development center through our internships, providing employment opportunities to people who have not had access to the craft beer industry, and in particular, it means giving opportunities to people who are underrepresented in the industry, such as Latinos and women, breaking barriers in an industry that has been mostly male and Anglo-Saxon. The Raíces workforce is currently 100% Hispanic Heritage. And with a majority of female employees.

The impact Tamil has had on the Latino community and the community at large through its programs and opportunities has created visibility for artists, artisans, small businesses and vendors, jobs, community participation and leadership, group and community integration. It has created value for our identities, our Latin American cultures, and our well-being. And most importantly, it is an example for Latina women in our city and state.

Elizabeth Muñoz

CDC Administrator for 9health:365.org

Elizabeth demonstrates an exemplary commitment to her community, profession and family. She grew up in North Denver and is a graduate of North High School and the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a single mother who has dedicated her life to ensuring that her two children attend school with minimal hardship.

Elizabeth has lived a life of service to others: Her community involvement began at Mi Casa Resource Center, where she was recruited as a youth leader at the age of 16. She helped recruit young women to participate in the Mi Carrera Youth Leadership Program. Elizabeth is well known in the Latino community for her selfless acts of giving back to her community, no matter the time or day. Whether it is serving or preparing meals for our homeless communities, helping another woman, assisting with fundraising, chairing non-profit organizations, volunteering to clean up or organizing a community event. She is at the beck and call of the people.

A proud moment for Elizabeth was in 2018, when she led several community leaders to volunteer at a clothing drive to help people from Honduras who were traveling to Tijuan Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. The clothing drive was a huge success. Her dedication, fundraising and passion for helping our communities throughout her life is amazing and continues to this day. From 2009 to 2015, Elizabeth helped coordinate Rosalinda’s annual Thanksgiving event. At the time she joined Rosalinda’s Restaurant, they were serving over 750 people. Through her dedication and leadership with the Aguirre family, the number of meals served grew to over five thousand by 2015. She served as committee chair until the restaurant closed in 2015.

In 2018, Elizabeth received the Latina Safehouse Esperanza Award for her commitment to Latina survivors of domestic violence and their families. She began serving as a committee member in 2014, often chairing the annual fundraiser and volunteering for the annual golf tournament.

In 2021, Elizabeth was recognized as an influential community leader by Univision-Denver Television Network as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

In 2022, Elizabeth retired as President and Director of the Museum of the Americas after more than 5 years of leadership. That same year, she received the 2022 Denver Mayors Award for Community Service.

Elizabeth currently serves on the
– Board Re: Vision Coop
– District Accountability for Denver Public Schools,
– Judge for the 16th Street Mall Art Project.

Recently: Volunteered as MC for the ArtistiCO Dance Company Ellie Caulkins Opera House fundraiser for over 2000 people. Currently: She volunteers with the DPS Readers Program (1st grade) as part of the Denver Public Library: She volunteers with the Denver Lions Club to distribute eyeglasses.

Today, Elizabeth is the CDC Administrator for 9health:365.org. Her work takes her across our state to help vaccinate BIPOC communities. As part of the 9health:365 team, she has vaccinated more than forty-two thousand people in Colorado.

María De Cambra

Director of Communications for Governor Jared Polis.

Maria De Cambra is the Director of Communications and Community Liaison for Colorado Governor Jared Polis. She is the highest-ranking Latina in the Governor’s office and a member of his senior leadership team. Prior to her current role, she served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Westminster and Senior Associate at Hilltop Public Solutions.

Maria has spent nearly two decades leading community organizing and public policy efforts. Maria has served as the Westminster City Council liaison to the Adams County Economic Development Board, the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Board of Human Services, the Northern Area Transit Alliance (NATA), and the Transportation Committee. Colorado Municipal League Policy. María has also served on the boards of other Colorado nonprofit organizations such as KIPP Colorado, Emerge Colorado, FRESC, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, NARAL Colorado, Adelante Mujer, Inc. and Colorado Organization of Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights ( COLOR). In 2008, she received the Organizer of the Year Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2020, she received the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award.

Maria was born in Tallahassee, FL and spent her childhood in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2000, she moved to the United States to attend The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. In 2017, Maria completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Speakers 2022

Erika Bailon

NASA – MARS Proyect 2020

She is the successful Erika Bailón. Born in Florida, she grew up in Mexico after her father was deported when she was young. She attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico for two years, but had to come to the United States alone at the age of 20. With no knowledge of English, but very hardworking, Erika looked for work in several places, the most stable being 6 years as an immigration legal assistant.

There she learned some English and saved money to bring her family over. When she felt ready, she decided to go back to school. Taking one class a semester to get acclimated, Erika earned her associate’s degree in 2016. Fortunately, she was surrounded by people who supported her as she continued her studies, applied to colleges, and earned her bachelor’s degree. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and found a world of people who helped her get to where she is today. She had the opportunity to volunteer for activities and use her tutoring and mentoring skills.

In her senior year, she was able to inquire about a NASA JPL project and they were interested in her and her skills, so they gave her an interview. After much negotiation, they hired her remotely. She is now trying to get back into the community and her goal is to continue to support and give back to the community.

Carolina Cambra

Directora Nacional de Salud Mental para Refugiados en EEUU

The brilliant Carolina Cambra is proudly Colombian-Peruvian, a pioneer and a visionary. She is the creator and director of the first adolescent therapeutic treatment program for unaccompanied female minors in the United States through the Office of Refugees and Resettlement (ORR), an office of the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Carolina has a proven clinical background and over 10 years of experience working with immigration and integrated care in the Latinx community. Prior to opening the therapeutic program, Carolina developed and managed the first level of care for unaccompanied minors in the state of Colorado. Prior to joining ORR, Carolina spent six years at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she participated in several projects, including the opening of the True Center for Gender Diversity and Mindful Coping. To maintain her clinical skills, Carolina continues to provide consultation services in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital.

Carolina is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program in Behavioral Health at the University of Arizona, holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver’s Professional School of Psychology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has always cared about her community and has been especially supportive of the immigrant community.

Carolina Hellal

Carolina Hellal

Chic Talk CEO

This is the talented Carolina Hellal, a fashion and lifestyle blogger behind “Chic Talk”. Her blog highlights her love for all things fashion, style/beauty tips, and her life as a mother of two. Carolina was born and raised in Cúcuta, Colombia. She lived there for 17 years before moving to Denver, Colorado where she studied English and attended Denver Community College.

While deciding on her major, she took art classes and two years later began attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins. There, Carolina studied fashion and merchandising design for a year. In 2007, she decided to return to Colombia to attend fashion school. After three years of study, she began working as a merchandiser for Mango, a Spanish clothing company. A few months later, she decided to return to Denver in search of better job opportunities. Back in Denver, she worked as a visual merchandiser for a teen apparel store.

Carolina had the opportunity to be part of the expansion team and travel around the country opening stores, which she loved. While working for them, she started blogging. In early 2013, she created “Chic Talk” and three years later, she became a full-time blogger and digital content creator. In 2015, she married her best friend Mauricio, also from Cúcuta, Colombia. They have now lived together in Denver for nine years and have two children, a three-year-old daughter and a two-month-old baby boy. She continues to share her creativity and experiences as an incredible mom.

María Lucy Moncada

Inclusion and Community Participation Coordinator at ALPINE BANK

Meet the admirable Maria-Lucy Moncada, who has been ALPINE BANK’s Community Inclusion and Engagement Coordinator for almost 12 years. Incredibly, she has also lived in the United States for about 12 years after immigrating from Cali-Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Maria-Lucy graduated as a Social Worker from the Universidad Del Valle in Cali-Colombia and has over 37 years of experience working and helping communities.

She takes pride in helping young people attend college with scholarships from Alpine Bank and the Roaring Fork, Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs, of which she is president. Maria-Lucy is a divorced single mother who is very proud of her son’s three college degrees. She currently lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and enjoys spending time with her family. Maria-Lucy is passionate about supporting the community in any way she can and strives to make a positive difference every day.

Camelia Robles

Camelia Robles

Camelia Modern Mexican Cuisine

Camelia Robles is a renowned businesswoman in the restaurant world. She represents the Latino community as a leader who always remembers the values of hard work, humility and honesty, all values instilled in her by her parents. Camelia lives by the motto: “Always remember that the opportunities are there and if you give it your all, you will succeed! Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Camelia and her family moved to the United States when she was very young in search of the American Dream.

Camelia began working at a young age in various jobs such as retail, restaurants, schools, accounting and more. Camelia and her husband Francisco Cuevas began focusing on the restaurant industry in 2014 when they opened their first restaurant, creating a unique variety of family restaurants. These include El Coco Pirata, one of the best seafood restaurants in Colorado, La Machaca De Mi Ama, where you can taste the homemade touch in every bite, Cabron Carbon, which takes tacos to another level, and soon Camelia Modern Mexican Cuisine, where customers will be able to sample some of the highest quality signature steak cuts and authentic signature Mexican dishes.

It is very important to Camelia that every customer has the best experience and customer service. Camelia pays attention to every detail. Camelia’s passion is to continue to grow and find new creative ways to provide the best customer experience and to contribute and provide career opportunities at each of her family’s restaurants. One of her goals in the near future is to create a program where she can empower and guide other women and young generations who want to start their own business to push them, guide them, and help them believe in themselves and succeed.