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The 2021-2022 Nebraska Commission on Latino-Americans Board of Commissioners:


Yesenia Peck of Omaha (Chair)
Aida Evans of Hastings (Vice-Chair)
Leticia Rodriguez of Madison (Secretary)
Manuela Benne of Lincoln (Governor's Rep)
Sandra Barrera of Grand Island
Adriana Carvajal of Lincoln
Crista Castro-Matukewicz of Omaha
Jaime Suarez of Omaha
Dora Vivas of Lexington
Maria Whitmore of Shelby


If you are interested in applying for a Commissioner position, or to browse through State Boards and Commissions with open vacancies, visit the Nebraska Governor's website.















The Mexican American Commission was first established with the passage of LB1081 during the 1972 Legislature. On July 15, 2010, LB139 officially changed our name to the Nebraska Commission on Latino-Americans.

The Commission is comprised of ten commissioners from across the State of Nebraska, one of which serves as the Governor’s representative. Commissioners are selected by the Governor to represent the diversity of the Hispanic/Latino population in Nebraska.

The Commission on Latino-Americans serves as a link between the Nebraska State Government and the Hispanic/Latino community. We assist our constituents through empowerment and referrals.

Our office is located in the Nebraska State Capitol. This gives us the opportunity to be close to where the laws are being made. We are able to develop relationships with state lawmakers and can easily testify in favor of, or in opposition to, bills that would directly impact the Hispanic/Latino community.

The Commission joins forces with other organizations to identify, and work to resolve, issues that affect Nebraska’s Hispanic/Latino population. We support and promote annual events with many of these organizations to encourage education and inspire Hispanic/Latino youth.


81-8,262. Commission on Latino-Americans; created; term, defined.

There is hereby created the Commission on Latino-Americans. For purposes of sections 81-8,262 to 81-8,271.01, commission means the Commission on Latino-Americans. Source:Laws 1972, LB 1081, § 1; Laws 2010, LB139, § 1. Effective Date: July 15, 2010


81-8,265. Commission; functions. The functions of the commission shall be to:

(1) Gather and disseminate information and conduct hearings, conferences, and special studies on problems and programs concerning Latino-Americans;

(2) Serve the needs of Latino-Americans, especially in the fields of education, employment, health, housing, welfare, and recreation by offering such services as it may establish for the translation of documents and for the direct assistance of clients, exclusive of legal representation, in matters relating to any federal department or agency or any department or agency of the state or a political subdivision thereof;

(3) Develop, coordinate, and assist public and private organizations and coordinate and assist the efforts of state departments and agencies to serve the needs of Latino-Americans;

(4) Propose new programs concerning Latino-Americans;

(5) Evaluate existing programs and proposed legislation concerning Latino-Americans;

(6) Stimulate public awareness of the problems of Latino-Americans by conducting a program of public education and encourage the Governor and the Legislature to develop programs to deal with these problems; and

(7) Conduct training programs for community leadership and service project staff.

Source:Laws 1972, LB 1081, § 4; Laws 1983, LB 83, § 1; Laws 2010, LB139, § 2. Effective Date: July 15, 2010.

Executive Director Dr. Lazaro Arturo Spindola

Born in Santiago De Las Vegas in Cuba, Lazaro Arturo Spindola and his family moved to Venezuela at the age of nine. There he continued his education and received a Medical Degree from the University of Carabobo. Initially a trauma and orthopedic surgeon, he came to the United States of America in 1996 and pursued an earnest interest in Public Health.

Dr. Spindola received his Masters in Public Health from Walden University in Baltimore. He has served as the Minority Health Coordinator of the East Central District Health Department in Columbus, NE, been actively involved as Chairperson of the Minority Health Advisory Council, been a participant in the Nebraska HIV/AIDS Prevention Consortium, and has served as a member of the School of Public Health Advisory Committee at UNO.

Dr. Spindola was one of the first medical interpreter trainers in Nebraska; an activity he continues to expand with the help of Southeast Community College, the working collaboration of the Nebraska Association of Translators and Interpreters (NATI) and in association with the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity. As of April of 2010, Dr. Arturo Spindola has taken an active role as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Latino-Americans by implementing and promoting a modernized outlet of information, with a focus on comprehensive holistic reporting on issues faced by the growing Latino/Hispanic community in Nebraska.

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