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OHBA's 11th Annual Award Dinner

February 17, 2017
The Sentinel Hotel in Portland, OR

Our guest speaker will be Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
Our Paul J. De Muniz award winner is Yesenia Gutierrez, Director of Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Oregon State University.

Entree Choices

  • Mushroom Duxelle stuffed chicken – Stuffed boneless chicken breast stuffed with creamy farro risotto & rosemary sage cream sauce
  • Red and White Quinoa Pilaf – (vegan and gluten free) with seared tofu, garbanzo beans, roasted root vegetables, lemon and balsamic onions
  • Jake's Classic stuffed salmon – (gluten free) stuffed with brie cheese, dill, Dungeness crab and Oregon bay shrimp, served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables topped with citrus cream sauce

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The Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award

Each year the OHBA honors an individual who elevates the practice of law by a combination of the following:

  • Exemplary professionalism
  • Significant contribution to the justice system and the public
  • Exceptional courage in the face of adversity
  • Outstanding service to the bench and bar
  • Outstanding service to the people of Oregon
  • Exceptional volunteer work and community service
  • Outstanding efforts in providing free or low cost services to the poor
  • Significant contribution to advancing legal education in Oregon
  • Dedication to mentoring students and legal professionals
  • Exemplary dedication to the OHBA
  • Exemplary service to the Latino community

La Voz Latina Award

The OHBA selects an organization as recipient of this award in order to recognize that organization's exceptional service to Oregon's Latino community.


Antonio R. Flores

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

On February 26, 1996, Antonio R. Flores became the third president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Established in December 1986 with 18 founding members, HACU is a national organization that represents more than 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than 3 million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education across 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. HACU’s international membership of leading higher education institutions is also an important HACU constituency.

The association represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), where Hispanics constitute 25 percent or more of the total enrollment at either the graduate or undergraduate level, or both, and Associate Member Institutions, where Hispanics comprise a minimum of 10 percent of the total enrollment or 1,000 students. HACU’s international membership began in the 1996-97 school year with three pioneering members and, as of December 2015, includes 46 institutions in Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. A Partner Institution category was added in 2001 for institutions that have less than 10% Hispanic enrollment but are committed to improving higher education opportunities for Hispanics. An affiliation category for Hispanic-Serving School Districts (HSSDs) was created in fall 2006 to reach out to K-12 education with 25% Hispanic enrollment and by December 2015 numbered 17 HSSDs in 8 states.

Flores is responsible for the overall leadership, executive management, public and community relations, policy formulation and advocacy, association governance affairs, advancement planning, financial and investment oversight, human resources policies, strategic planning, and programmatic accountability and reporting. These interrelated and complex responsibilities are carried out with the collaborative teamwork of 40 dedicated professional staff at HACU headquarters in San Antonio, TX, and offices in Washington, DC, and Sacramento, CA.

Prior to his position at HACU, Flores served as director of programs and services for the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority. His statewide responsibilities included policy analysis and development, legislative affairs, administrative leadership for programs, technical assistance and outreach services for all Michigan colleges and universities, program evaluation and research, and overall management.

Flores has extensive professional experience in higher education. He has taught at private and public institutions, both community colleges and comprehensive research universities; has conducted research and policy studies, published and unpublished, on higher education issues; has been an administrator of campus-based and statewide programs; has done extensive advancement work at the state and national levels; and has provided public service at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Flores’ longstanding career in higher education includes a series of diverse and challenging responsibilities involving senior executive leadership.

Flores holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a Master of Arts degree in counseling and personnel from Western Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in business administration and elementary education from Universidad de Guadalajara and Centro Normal Regional, Mexico, respectively.

During his tenure as president of HACU, the association has nearly tripled its membership (from 161 members in 1996 to 488 in December 2015) and its budget, expanded its programs three-fold, significantly improved legislation for HSIs, increased annual federal funding for HSIs from $12 million in fiscal 1995 to $220 million for fiscal 2016, and secured millions of dollars in new private funding for HSIs and associate members, including a $28 million HSI Kellogg initiative. HACU’s strategic plan calls for even greater gains for its membership in the years ahead. Nearly $3 billion in federal funding has been allocated to HSIs during Flores’ tenure.

Flores is a member of numerous associations including the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, the American Educational Research Association, Independent Sector, and others concerned with the advancement of higher education. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Board of the ¡Adelante! Leadership and Scholarship Fund and past chair of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Flores has also served on the boards of the American Council on Education, Mexican American Cultural Center, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and the National Commission on the Workforce of the American Hospital Association.

In 2009, Flores was featured by Univision Network in an Orgullo Hispano capsule, honoring notable and influential Hispanics/Hispanic-Americans. The Educational Policy Institute honored Flores with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the Education Award from the Hispanic Organization for Public Employees in San Antonio, Texas. For the second year, he was listed among the Top Influential Leaders in the U.S. and Latino Community by Latino Leaders Magazine.

Other honors received by Flores include being featured among the Top 25 Latino Leaders in Education (September/October 2008 issue) in Latino Leaders Magazine. He was named among the 12 national leaders of Hispanic organizations in the 2008 Líderes advertising campaign by MillerCoors (2008). Flores was the recipient of the Ana G. Méndez University System in Puerto Rico Presidential Medal Award (2004). In 2003, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award (2003) from Western Michigan University, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Woodbury University in California (2002), an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Madonna University in Michigan (1995), tributes by former Michigan Governors Jim Blanchard and John Engler for outstanding contributions to the educational improvement of the state, joint resolutions by the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate for exemplary work in the state’s higher education system, induction to the “Wall of Honor” as a distinguished alumnus at Western Michigan University (1986), and numerous other awards for special contributions and accomplishments. Flores was valedictorian of his college graduating class and was the recipient of academic merit scholarships and fellowships throughout his educational career.



Yesenia Gutierrez
Director of Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Oregon State University

Yesenia Gutierrez is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Oregon State University, where she works collaboratively to ensure compliance with all civil rights laws; to educate the campus community on harassment and bias prevention; and to provide the strategic vision, leadership, and management of the university's equal opportunity program.

Ms. Gutierrez has 13 years of experience practicing public-interest law.

Her career began in 2003 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she established legal clinics inside family homeless shelters to improve their access to health care. She also sought to address the city's racial and ethnic disparities in health care through community organizing,policy, and lobbying.

Then as a staff attorney of the Columbia University Tenant Assistance Project, she provided eviction defense and affirmative litigation to preserve affordable housing in Manhattan while directing & training Columbia law students in Housing Court.

In 2007, Ms. Gutierrez was recruited by the Hillsboro office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon to serve the Spanish-speaking community here. One year after arriving in Oregon, she was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to serve on the Family Services Review Commission to advise the Department of Human Services on its goals and priorities. During her service, she served as co-chair of the Client Services Subcommittee, working to improve the delivery of services to diverse communities for whom English is a second language.

Ms. Gutierrez went on to work as a Staff Attorney for Disability Rights Oregon, where she represented individuals with intellectual disabilities, and served as the statewide attorney-advocate for the organization's voting rights project. Before joining OSU, she worked as a senior investigator of the civil rights division for the State of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Ms. Gutierrez currently serves as a board member for Disability Rights Oregon, and chairs the Oregon State Bar's Diversity Section. She has been a volunteer mentor for Lewis and Clark law students, and a judge for the Classroom Law Project.

She has provided presentations and trainings to the legal community in Oregon on a variety of topics, including: the ADA, Title IX, Medicare Part D, bullying of LGBTQ youth in schools, sexual harassment, pay equity, student rights, special education, voting rights for adults with intellectual disabilities, cognitive bias and diversity in the attorney-client relationship.

Ms. Gutierrez earned her B.A. from Hampshire College in Economics & Women's Studies, and her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law. She is a proud to have been born and raised in New York City, the first member of her family to complete college or receive an advanced degree. She is privileged to be the daughter of Roseanna Gutierrez and the granddaughter of Jennie Lorenzo.



El Programa Hispano Católico

El Programa Hispano Católico (EPHC) provides a wide array of social services to low-income Latinos in the Portland metro area. As the leader in the provision these services, our Mission is three-fold:

  • Increase self-sufficiency within the Latino community
  • Empower individuals to achieve a better quality of life
  • Promote mutual understanding and respect among cultures

El Programa Hispano Católico (EPHC) works to empower and elevate community members and has seen many successes since it began as a program of Catholic Charities in 1982. Often referred to as a family all its own, EPHC partners with the most vulnerable community members to navigate personal steps to success using a strengths based approach rooted in Latino culture. An organizational culture of servant leadership creates a humble platform to assist the community in overcoming challenges that impede ones' ability to fully realize potential. Every year, each program measures success through community engagement, feedback and participation by individuals.

Whether it's breaking down the barriers to critical services, providing stepping stones to further education, or empowering individuals and families through support groups, counseling or other services, EPHC has become a critical resource for the community. Now as its own independent 501(c)(3), EPHC continues to inspire leadership and independence through active engagement, balanced support and the pursuit of equity and social justice.