Rodriguez, Glenn (c. 1950-). Rodriguez is the dean of Kentucky Campuses of McKendree College and a popular speaker on workplace diversity. He attained an MBA from Marshall University and a PhD in educational administration from the University of Louisville. As director of Papa John’s Pizza in Latin America, he opened more than 80 new restaurants in several nations. Starting as an adjunct instructor in 1999, he worked his way to the top of McKendree College’s Kentucky operations by 2005. The native of Puerto Rico also rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
Guzman, Lila. (1952-). The author of children’s literature books about Latinos earned her bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University and her PhD at the University of Kentucky. Her series of historical novels on Lorenzo Bannister traces the considerable contributions of Latinos and Spaniards to the American Revolution. The Lexington native has also written biographies of famous Latinos and Latin Americans, including Frida Kahlo, Elena Ochoa, and Roberto Clemente.
Miranda, Marta (1954-). Miranda led the struggle for immigrant rights in Lexington from the late 1990s until 2005. After leaving Cuba at age 12, Miranda moved to New Jersey and then to southern Florida, where she earned a master’s degree in social work from Barry University. Miranda came to Kentucky, which reminds her of rural Cuba, in
1990, and she has taught social work at Eastern Kentucky University since 1993. She organized the campaign for immigrant rights in Lexington in the period between 2000 and 2005. Since 2005 Miranda has served as the director of the Women’s Studies program at Eastern Kentucky University.
Garcia, Francisco (1981-). The University of Louisville basketball star was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx. After arriving in Louisville in 2002, Garcia’s 16.4 points per game in the 2003-2004 season and 15.7 in the next season made him for a time one of the most prominent figures in Kentucky, a basketball-obsessed state with no major professional sports teams. After leading his team to the 2005 NCAA Final Four, Garcia was drafted in the first round by the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.