During this long weekend, and especially on Monday, May 31, this great Nation celebrates and honors the HEROES that made the sacrifice for all of us. Among those HEROES are thousands of Hispanics and other servicemen and women of color who gave us the freedom we enjoy. While you enjoy your time this weekend with family and friends, think and pray for those that gave their service.
It is with extreme sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend Monica L. Martinez. Monica was the Senior Vice President of National Community Affairs for Comerica Bank. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Corporate Contributions. She joined the bank in 2006 and had several other positions during her tenure, including National Hispanic Business Developer. In addition to her work with Comerica Bank, she worked for Ford Motor Company, where she served as Grassroots and Political Communications Manager, holding various positions on the corporate staff during her 10-year tenure.
She was active on many boards, including SER Jobs for Progress National, where she served as Vice-Chair and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber. Her efforts in the community were recognized through her being named one of the Top 10 Latina Women of Influence, One of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S., among many others. She received the Enterprising Spirit Award from Wayne State University for her exceptional contributions to mentoring students; The Fusion Horizon Award from the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals program, Executive of the year by the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.
We will miss her passion and commitment to make the world a better place for everyone as well as her spirit and drive to excel in all aspects of life. She possessed a radiant smile, was elegant and graceful and left a positive impression on everyone.
We will share information regarding funeral services when it becomes available.
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Read the SER America Spring 2021 magazine!
You’ll read amazing stories about:
- Latino Leaders making a difference in their community
- Our SER Affiliates
- Our new board member
I am saddened that one of our true warriors and champions for civil rights has passed. All who knew Enrique “Rick” Dovalina (photo) knows that he fought so many battles to make sure future generations have a seat at the table and are treated with dignity and respect for their contributions. As the former President of LULAC, he advocated and fought tirelessly for the rights of so many. He led with distinction and fought with resolve. SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. benefited from his expertise and commitment through his participation as a board member. All of us are better today because of him! My deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
President & CEO
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! On this day in 1862, the Mexican army was victorious over France at the Battle of Puebla. Did you know – Cinco de Mayo is also known as Battle of Puebla Day?
Mexicans had won that particular battle at Puebla, which slowed down French power and support of the Confederates north of the border. So the celebration was that Mexico had helped secure the fate of the Union. It was a form of patriotism where victory over the French was a blow to the confederacy and slavery. Also, we have to keep in mind that Mexico had already outlawed slavery much much earlier, which was the basis for the confederacy’s economy.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo may not be a big celebration, but in the United States, the holiday has turned into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. At SER National, we are grateful for and celebrate Mexico’s influence on America’s cultural landscape today. We are dedicated to enabling the Hispanic community and other underserved populations to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream, achieving equal access and parity in all aspects of American society. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!