Congratulations 2021 Empresario Certified Graduates

Thank you, City of South Bend

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To embark on a journey of inner healing and self identity, while living in a world full of diverse opinions and beliefs, all while standing your ground and keeping your integrity intact is the epitome of Her Art Form. Its the Courage and Strength of HER (The Woman).


The Art Form is a beautifully constructed event that focuses on Community Connection, Women Empowerment, Healing, and the Spirit of Art. It is a space for Clarity, Enlightenment, and Trust. We hope through this experience not only are you able to feel and hear in on the stories that will be shared, but also be able to connect and network with your fellow community openly and learn more about what your local museum of art has to offer to you. 


So, come join us! We welcome you with open arms and encourage you to be apart of this exciting event held in unity between the LYPN, The SBMA, and supporting partnerships. 

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We are very excited to share with you a new training opportunity!


Julio Cruz, a great leader in our community will be conducting a Continuous Improvement Training for small business owners in the month of February. This is an event that you don’t want to miss to grow your Mindset, your Team, and your Business!


Please see the attached flyer for more information, we look forward to seeing you there.

4th Annual Awards Dinner

Thanks for your



Latina Women Extending

Their Reach


Kristin Bien

has been anchoring and reporting at WSBT 22 for 10 years. She is an award-winning journalist who anchors the weekend morning shows and produces community-based high-impact stories for WSBT 22 First in the Morning. Her energy and enthusiasm helps wake you up and keep you informed every morning as you start your day.

Kristin focuses on breaking news and stories that matter to you. Most recently you saw her at the scene of a devastating tornado on South Bend’s south side. She has also done several stories on the opioid epidemic and it’s effect on people in our area. Her long time series on cold cases 

Diana Gutierrez, who will be moderating our panel of these amazing women. Latina Women Extending Their Reach is an amazing panel of professional women who have combined their experience and ideas with their dream of establishing positive contacts within our community and extending their reach to others

helped investigators in some of our local communities gather new leads and interest in long forgotten homicide cases.  While working at WSBT, Kristin has won several major statewide awards including 3 first place awards from the Indiana Associated Press.

Before joining WSBT 22, she worked at KMOT-TV in Minot, North Dakota where she was an anchor, reporter, photographer, assignment editor and assistant news director.

Kristin grew up in Huntley, Illinois, just outside Chicago. She lives in Granger with her husband, two children and their dogs. When she is not at work, you can find her at the gym or taking a nap.


Cecilia Lopez Monterroza Experienced Associate Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Fluent in English and Spanish. I focus my practice in Criminal Defense, family law all aspects of Immigration law, including removal defense, asylum, family-based petitions, Special Immigrant Juvenile, U-visa, VAWA, waivers. Strong legal professional graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and is a CLEO fellowship recipient, completed at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Angeles Gonzalez, As an HR professional Angeles is passionate in building compassionate, positive, inclusive, respectful communities. Colleagues know her as a dedicated team member that can always be trusted to be knowledgeable, energetic, kind, and dependable. Currently Angeles is partnering with the City of South Bend to assist in the promotion and management of the Mayor’s Career Pathways Program. This program gives South Bend residents and South Bend based companies the opportunity to apply for grants to train, upskill, and enhance participant’s career paths. 

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Adriana Garcia Bontreger, born in Guanajuato Mexico and moved to Goshen, IN at 4 years old, brings over 7 years of experience in business development. Adriana has a tremendous love and passion for her community and serves in a variety of community networks. She is Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Committee Chair of Business Diversity Initiative, a Goshen Chamber Board member, Oaklawn Board member, Goshen YP and Elkhart Chamber Ambassador. As the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Centier Bank, Adriana's vision is to create and foster relationships that lead to solutions and long-term success.

Community Service Award 2019

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Susannah M. Bueno  is an independent contractor that is trained and educated in helping to overcome a growing problem the entire nation is currently experiencing, the language barrier. With an extensive background in teaching, translating and interpretation, she has developed skills from a variety of professional career paths she has taken that have opened many doors, allowing her to accomplish this task. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Susannah decided early in her career to take the path as an educator. In 1996, her ambition and dedication took her to one of the best high schools in the country, Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN, and remained there as an educator until 2001.Her skills have also taken her to become the only simultaneous news broadcaster interpreter for a local news television station, WSBT Channel 22, a CBS affiliate, via the SAP program. She has recorded commercials for the local Spanish channel Telemundo and has had extensive experience with voiceovers for advertising companies in the area. In addition, she currently does freelance work as a telephone interpreter with Certified Languages International, based in Oregon. Her most recent accomplishment is obtaining the certification as a Court Interpreter for the State of Indiana.  Susannah belongs to many professional affiliations: ATA (American Translators Association), MATI (Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters), and NIMIA (Northern Indiana Medical Interpreters Association) among others.

Martha Smith was born and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua.  She is a third generation business owner.  Her grandmother and mother owned and operated small, home-based micro-businesses, which they each single-handedly built from the ground up.  She arrived in the United States, after marrying Gary Smith. Gary and Martha daughters, Hazel and Heather.  Martha recently obtained a Master of Science Degree in Leadership from Trine University and she is a graduate of Ferris State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business ‘Administration.  Martha served as Project Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College from 2010 – 2016. She currently serves as Administrative Director of the Summer Institute called Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) at Saint Mary’s and is a Forum Leader for a Woman’s Group at Renaissance Executive Forums of Northern Indiana.  She and her husband own and operate two small businesses.  One is a local mini-storage facility and the other one is a business to business textile distribution company. Martha has served as community volunteer with the Niles YMCA and the Senior Citizens Center, as well as Hospice of Saint Joseph County. Hobbies and interests include reading, spending time with her grandchildren, traveling around the United States and Latin America, and power walking whenever she gets a chance.

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Cynthia A. Murphy Bilingual professional educator that works in collaboration with Latino and other underrepresented students/community members to reach their academic, personal, and career goals. Currently working at IUSB as Academi Coach/Recruitment and Retention for Latino Students. Center for Legal Justice, Board Member. CLJ is a 501 (c) 3, bilingual law office headed by Lead Attorney Rose Rivera. CLJ is now accepting consultations for students in northern Indiana who believe they may qualify for Deferred Action.

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