2018 Trailblazers

It has been said, “A noble leader - answers not to the

trumpet calls of self-promotion, but to the hushed whispers of


We are honored the 2018 Trailblazer Awards are dedicated this year

to “Our Servant Leaders” because we know how effective a leader

can be when he or she puts service first before their own self-

interests. Our Trailblazers are all great examples of possessing those

worthy noble qualities.

Thank you for joining us in recognizing the 2018 Hispanic Leadership Forum of Hampton Roads Trailblazers.

Dr. Maryann Lopez - Community Health Administrator (Posthumous)

Dr. Louisa Rodriguez - International Disaster Relief Volunteer

Olga Crupper - Human Relief Organization Founder

Melannie Ibarra & Ana Castellanos - Special Needs Children Advocates

Alicia Fernandez Bobulinski & (Posthumously) Bob Bobulinski - MAKING A DIFFERENCE Foundation

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

2017 Trailblazers

Like many movements in history, there have always been courageous people who have paved the way and served as inspirations. These people, sometimes at their own risk, sought to improve the lives of others like themselves. We gratefully reap the benefits of their labors in promoting the culture, history, and life of Hispanics in Hampton Roads.

Thank you for joining us in recognizing the 2017 Hispanic Leadership Forum of Hampton Roads Trailblazers. 

Iris Alina "Titi" Ruiz Williams – Teacher and Community Leader (Posthumous)

Adela S. Artaud – Community Educator and Leader

Lorraine SantaLucia – Founder - Scholarship Sharing

Gisele V. Falls – Award Winning Instructional Leader, Tallwood High School World Languages Academy

Maritsa A. Alger – Educational Leader and Principal, Tanners Creek Elementary School

"You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich." -Isabel Allende