Anita Quintana Honored by CHW Chamber of Commerce

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On Saturday, October 21, the Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Estrella Awards banquette, honoring a select group of outstanding Yakima Valley business professionals who have made a positive impact on the Yakima Valley’s Hispanic community. 

Among those honorees was our very own Anita Quintana, who was the award winner for the education professional category.  

Quintana’s nomination was bolstered by her recent appointment, by Mayor Kathy Coffey, to serve as a volunteer member of the City of Yakima Community Integration Exploratory Committee, recently established by the Yakima City Council, to examine challenges facing the Yakima community. In addition, Quintana dedicates her time to Pacific Northwest University’s (PNWU) Roots to Wings (RTW) program, designed to support Native/Mexican American youth access to quality education and healthcare.  

Due to her efforts, the PNWU community, Yakama Nation, and City of Yakima have improved education and healthcare access opportunities, specifically for Native American and Mexican-American youth,” said Dr. Michele McCarroll, Chief Research Officer at PNWU. “Anita's leadership in the RTW program lead participants to report to have a higher interest in thinking about being in the healthcare field and about their future careers.  These findings reinforce the foundational principles of social justice movements to empower our underrepresented youth. 

Around 100 people attended the event. 

The Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce took nominations earlier this year, selecting at least one nominee from each category. A panel of judges, which consisted of former and current chamber board members, chose the final winners.