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In 2011, Eva was appointed by President Obama to the commission on the National Museum of the American Latino, which will house historical artifacts, images, and personal stories documenting more than 500 years of Latino contributions to the U.S. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropy from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, The National Civil Rights Museum, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, among others.

Eva Longoria Baston

In 2011, Eva was appointed by President Obama to the commission on the National Museum of the American Latino, which will house historical artifacts, images, and personal stories documenting more than 500 years of Latino contributions to the U.S. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropy from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, The National Civil Rights Museum, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, among others.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

In 2006, after noticing a lack of programming available for special needs children, Christiane cofounded Eva's Heroes with actress Eva Longoria. Today, Christiane and the staff of Eva's Heroes strive to provide a fun and enriching environment for individuals to interact, grow, learn, and love. Christiane began her career as a special education teacher in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District, where she taught for more than 11 years.

Christiane Perkins-Garcia

In 2006, after noticing a lack of programming available for special needs children, Christiane cofounded Eva’s Heroes with actress Eva Longoria. Today, Christiane and the staff of Eva’s Heroes strive to provide a fun and enriching environment for individuals to interact, grow, learn, and love. Christiane began her career as a special education teacher in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District, where she taught for more than 11 years.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cory Basso has been working in advertising and marketing for more than 25 years.  He has worked on award winning campaigns for Toyota, Capital One, SONY, Heineken and many others both in the U.S. and Worldwide. He has held senior positions at some of the largest advertising agencies in the World, including Young

Cory Basso

Cory Basso has been working in advertising and marketing for more than 25 years. He has worked on award winning campaigns for Toyota, Capital One, SONY, Heineken and many others both in the U.S. and Worldwide. He has held senior positions at some of the largest advertising agencies in the World, including Young & Rubicam, Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi and FCB.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

Bennett moved to San Antonio in 1991 to attend the University of Texas San Antonio where he received his Bachelors in Biology. Bennett serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development to Mission Pharmacy Company, a privately held pharmaceutical company headquartered in San Antonio Texas. Bennett has served on several non-profit organizations both at the local and national level.

Bennett Kennedy

Bennett moved to San Antonio in 1991 to attend the University of Texas San Antonio where he received his Bachelors in Biology. Bennett serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development to Mission Pharmacy Company, a privately held pharmaceutical company headquartered in San Antonio Texas. Bennett has served on several non-profit organizations both at the local and national level.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

Bernadette Peña began her career with Frost Bank working in various positions and built a successful career with more than 20 years of banking and finance experience. After much consideration she retired from the banking industry as a Vice President for the Investment Services Department. A natural born planner, she ventured into the national production arena as an associate producer with Unico Communications kicking off her new endeavor with the premier Latino event at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Bernadette J. Peña

Bernadette Peña began her career with Frost Bank working in various positions and built a successful career with more than 20 years of banking and finance experience. After much consideration she retired from the banking industry as a Vice President for the Investment Services Department. A natural born planner, she ventured into the national production arena as an associate producer with Unico Communications kicking off her new endeavor with the premier Latino event at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

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Throughout her career, she has employed diverse techniques that encourage her students to socialize and work cohesively in small groups.

Jennifer Stevenson

Throughout her career, she has employed diverse techniques that encourage her students to socialize and work cohesively in small groups.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

A sixth generation Texan, Lisa has moved around quite a bit, and made her family’s home in San Antonio with her husband Allen of 22 years and her two children, Jacob and Jordan.

Lisa Shelley

A sixth generation Texan, Lisa has moved around quite a bit, and made her family’s home in San Antonio with her husband Allen of 22 years and her two children, Jacob and Jordan.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

Hailing from the West Coast, a Golden State native, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A

Elizabeth Cervantes

Hailing from the West Coast, a Golden State native, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University.
  • Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

    Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.

    Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”  Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.

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