Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council

2020 Cesar E. Chavez Community Recognition Award

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CHAC presented its 2020 Cesar E. Chavez Community Recognition Award to Vietnam veterans at the American Legion Post 3 in Flagstaff on April 10, 2021. The presentation was delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award will now remain on display at the post. Attending the presentation were CHAC Chair John Haro, and former chairs Ruth Eaton and Frank X. Moraga.




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  1. Jose Diaz Aquino
  2. J. Michael Cruz
  3. Dani Donaldson
  4. Ruth Eaton
  5. Katie Mommaerts
  6. Frank X. Moraga
  7. Miguel Vasquez
Jose Diaz Aquino

José Díaz Aquino is currently the Assistant Director for Career Programming at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Career Development office. He is a Higher Education Professional with 4+ years’ experience in enrollment management, admissions, and career development and 9+ years’ experience in consumer goods manufacturing and recruiting. He has a unique background as a Chemical Engineer with global experience working across three different countries (US, Mexico, and Australia) and in multiple manufacturing locations and platforms that has allowed him to develop a proven ability to deliver impactful work through the combination of functional expertise, interpersonal skills, and an agile, strategic approach. His previous experience includes working in companies such as General Mills, Proctor and Gamble, and Merck, Sharp & Dohme, as well as having the opportunity to conduct research at the University of Notre Dame and his alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico. After deciding to explore a new career path at the age of 31, he completed his Master of Education degree with a focus on Educational Leadership, which combined with his experience gained in admissions and enrollment management has opened the world of higher education and student affairs. It has also given him the opportunity to become an Instructor at NAU for the First Year Experience department helping students learn about and apply transition theory and design thinking concepts as they begin their college journey. The intersections of equity and access, career development and exploration, and STEM education are some of Jose’s interest areas. Jose is married to his amazing wife, Marcela, and they are so blessed to have a 13 month old at home (Andrés Sebastián) who is teaching them new things every day!


The council is composed of volunteer members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members must reside in Coconino County. Members should also have an interest in the cultural events, achievements and concerns present in the Latino communities.

Member Term

The Terms of members of the Council shall be four (4) years, without term limits. An appointment for a vacant position shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.

Accepting Applications

The council is currently recruiting interested citizens. Interested citizens are encouraged to submit an electronic application for membership to the council.

For More Information

CHAC Brochure 2021

Agenda and Minutes


Community Partners


Flagstaff Nuestras Raices


Susie Garretson, Diversity Council Coordinator gov or 928-679-7135