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Berks Latino leaders earn statewide recognition

Berks County residents were well-represented on the 2022 POWER 100 Who’s Who in Latino Pennsylvania list,  which honors diverse individuals making valuable contributions to the state and includes accomplished men and women in a wide variety of industries and professions.

Centro Hispano board member Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz and President and CEO Michael Toledo were among the honorees, along with Dr. Raquel Yiengst, Reading Mayor Eddie Moran, State Rep. Manuel Guzman, county Commissioner Michael Rivera, Angel Figueroa, Anthony Orozco, Rosa Julia Parra, Magisterial District Judge Priscilla Campos and Jonathan Tinoco.

Cepeda-Freytiz is Reading City Council president and has been serving on City Council for the past three years. She is a candidate for state House in the 129th District. She is owner of Mi Casa Su Casa Restaurant in Reading and serves on volunteer boards such as Centro Hispano’s, where she has served for the last three years.

“I am humbled and honored to have been recognized by the PA Latino Convention,” Cepeda-Freytiz said in Centro Hispano’s announcement of the recognition. “Giving back through service to our community is a labor of love.”

Toledo, leader of Centro Hispano for 12 years, led the organization’s turnaround. It has enhanced social service safety net services that help more than 1,800 community members daily. The organization is moving to new headquarters located at the Boscov Plaza at 25 N. Second St. and the Gateway Building at 201 Penn St. that will allow it to meet the increased demands and support needed in the community.

“This recognition is truly the result of the dedicated staff, volunteers, and board of directors we have at the Centro Hispano,” Toledo said in the announcement. “To all the awardees from Berks County we thank you for your commitment and service to our community.”

The 2022 POWER 100 Who’s Who in Latino Pennsylvania honorees were recognized Friday during a televised ceremony from Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

Source: Berkshire mont

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