Friends of the Network &
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Friends of the Network awards are presented to individuals who have assisted the Network in meeting its mission of promoting higher education, building community partnerships and achieving an equal voice for Latinos on countywide issues for 5 years or more.  Nominations in this category for businesses and organizations that  meet this same criteria for supporting the Network’s mission are also accepted.
Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize individuals from Napa County who have demonstrated strong community leadership and made significant contributions to the Hispanic Network’s mission for more than a decade.
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Join us to celebrate our 2017 award winners, Feb. 13, 2018 

Nominations for 2017 Award Winners are Now Closed

Each year, Napa County Hispanic Network invites community members to help our board identify and nominate exceptional individuals and organizations for the Hispanic Network's annual  Friends of the Network and Lifetime Achievement awards - which will be celebrated this year on February 13, 2018.

  • Individuals, businesses and/or organizations may be nominated by another group or individual or may nominate themselves.  Nominees may be high school or college students or adults of all ages.  

  • Nominees must reside, do business in and/or provide service in Napa County.

  • Complete the online nomination forms when they are next available in 2019.

  • For more information e-mail or call (707) 812-1054.

2016 Award Recipients

Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Recipients:

Helen Pelayo, Self Sufficiency/Housing Program Manager, NEWS

Irma Luna, Victim Advocate, D.A. Office

Melissa Patrino, Executive Director, Puertas Abiertas


Friends of the Network Award Recipients:

Blanca Huijon, Case Manager, Puertas Abiertas

Cesar Lopez, Firefighter, Paramedic, Apparatus Specialist City of Napa

Kevin Massie, Board member, Health Education Council, Boys/Girls Club NV


2015 Award Recipients

Annie Petrie

Annie is a graduate of UC Davis and has been at Napa High School since 2004. She started her teaching career in 1998 at Dixon High School where she also coached Varsity Girls Basketball & Varsity Girls Golf. At Napa High School, Annie was the Dean of Activities for two years before becoming the Assistant Principal of Student Services in 2007. As the Assistant Principal, Annie oversaw the growth and development of the AVID & ELD programs. Annie started and grew an active parent organization called Siempre Adelante. As Principal of Napa High, her primary role is to shape the vision of academic success for all students, support all aspects of a large comprehensive high school, and ensure the safety of students and staff. 

Juan Diaz

Juan Diaz is from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. He came to the United States in 1985 and has recieved a couple degrees to further his education. One in photography and the other in Humanities and Fine Arts. He loves art. Art is his passion. He also loves ceramics which he studied for 3 years. Photography and ceramics are dear hobbies and he always likes to experiment with new techniques. In the past he has traveled to  foreign countries with the Solano community College. Argentina, Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and New York to name a few. His  photographs have been exhibited at several galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Puertas Abiertas, CRC: Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Puertas Abiertas (Open Doors) Community Resource Center works hand in hand with Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and opportunities for leadership and community engagement. Formed in 2004 by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as Spirit of Unity in Napa with the goal to bridge the gap between service providers and the Latino community by bringing together resources and by providing culturally sensitive intake and guided referrals. In 2005, Puertas Abiertas became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and in 2007 the Community Resource Center opened its doors on Napa Street. On average, over 600 families are served by Puertas Abiertas every year. Our doors are open to anyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, language or creed. The goal is to empower families to make positive changes in their behaviors by accessing health and social services, improving education skills, becoming more engaged in the community.

Lifetime Achievements

Lifetime Achievement awards recognize individuals from Napa County who have demonstrated strong community leadership and made significant contributions to the Hispanic Network’s mission over at least a 10-year period.

Tala De Wynter '95

Roberto Rojas '95

Virgnia Romero '97

Hector Brambila '97

Carmen Garcia '99

Gerard Perez '99

Rosaura Segura 2000

Roberto Garcia 2000

Teresa Foster '01

Leon Garcia '01

Frances Ortiz-Chavez '02

Edward Shenk '02

Karmen Loftis '03

Jess Romero '03

Bryan Kelly
Sue Nahas
Cathy Valenzuela
Lucy Musick '04
Aurelio Hurtado '04

George Ortiz '05

Rhonda Slota '05

George Ortiz '05

Rhonda Slota '05

Ma del Rosario Marroquin-Biddenback '06

Felipe Moran-Martinez '07

Christina Rincon '07

Dr. Robert Moore '08

Lisa Mirie '08

Monsignor John Brenkle '09

Sushanna Ellington '09

Vanessa Shannon-Luna '11

Barbara Franco '11

Terence Mulligan '14

Laura Ryan '14

Ole Clinic '15

Napa Valley Vintners '15

Ole Health '15

Helen Pelayo ' 16

Irma Luna ' 16

Melissa Patrino '16

2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 500 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Our Mission - to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. Our Vision - through our collective efforts Napa Valley will be the leading wine region worldwide and will be preserved and enhanced for future generations. Our Goals - Position and champion Napa Valley as the premier wine region in the world. Protect and enhance the Napa Valley, its wines, environment and community. Demonstrate the principles of our founders to strengthen the membership and perpetuate a world-class organization. We work continuously to be the voice of the Napa Valley wine industry for consumers, members of the wine trade and media outlets around the globe.

 Ole Health

OLE Health provides person-centered, high-quality health care for residents of the Napa Valley. Our teams of medical professionals work together to provide patients with the range of services they need, when and where they need them. 


Our wide-range of treatment programs include Women’s Health Services, Behavioral Health Specialists, Dieticians, Dental Health and more. OLE Health offers customized care to fit the wellness needs of each patient.


For more information visit:

or call 707-254-1777.

Non Profit # 680220885

(707) 681-4115

Napa County Hispanic Network

P.O. Box 6227, 

Napa, CA 94581

© 2019 Napa County Hispanic Network

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