Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania Pays Special Tribute to Two Central PA Residents

Last month, the Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania paid special tributes to Ruth Cruz and Mauricio Conde at the 5th annual Tribute and Scholarship Fundraising Dinner, Held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. The keynote speaker for the evening was the Honorable Pedro Cortéz, former Secretary of State and now with the HGSK law firm.  A special tribute to the awardees was given by Congressman Scott Perry, along with accolades from various members of the community.

The Awardees

Ruth Cruz, who has a heart for serving the community, has nearly 15 years of government experience, working particularly in juvenile justice and administrative assistant roles. Cruz is an experienced leader who has a strong educational background. Her passion, effective communication and interpersonal skills are some of her strongest assets.  Cruz’s ability to form and nurture lasting relationships with government agencies is critical in working with all stakeholders who share the common interest in improving the livability and sustainability of the City of Harrisburg.  Cruz currently works for T.W. Ponessa & Associates in Harrisburg, with at-risk youth and assisting families to refocus on better support to their children.  She also serves with the Harrisburg School District, Latino Hispanic Professionals and the Harrisburg Rotary Club.

Through work and volunteer experience, Mauricio Conde has had the opportunity to serve the Medicaid community, the Latino community and those that are less fortunate.  Conde’s work experience includes nonprofit organizations as well as private-sector corporations with an impeccable record of success in facilitating collaborative efforts among government agencies, health care providers, advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations and consumers at the state and national level.  Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Conde has taken his love for music to the next level by playing in a number of professional recordings, participating in a number of professional tours with a diverse genre of artists and has even served as a guitar instructor.  His musical journey has led him to serve as a volunteer guitar player at his home church, LCBC Harrisburg, and occasionaly at the Life Center Church and the Living Word Community.  Conde is operations manager for MAXIMUS, serving the Commonwealth of Pa.’s nearly two million Medicaid Managed Care eligible customers.

The awardees also received a Proclamation from Governor Tom Corbett, which was presented to them by Maria Montero, executive director of PA Commission for Women and The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.  The evening’s festivities concluded with a performance by Mariachi Rey Azteca and some entertaining songs sung by EUP immediate past president Esmerelda Hetrick.


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