Tucson: UAHA Portraits of Excellence 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art
140 North Main Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85701

Hosted by the UA Hispanic Alumni Club

Portraits of Excellence is UAHA's yearly pachanga at which a prominent member(s) of the community is honored for his/her contributions to students, the Hispanic community and education. A big thank you to Chicanos Por La Causa,Inc.for joining us as a title sponsor for this year's event.

Tickets and Tables:

Single Ticket: $75
Table (10): $750


Bronze Sponsor: $1,200 ($450 tax deductible)

  • Recognition as a sponsor
  • One table (10)
  • Company name on table

Silver Sponsor: $2,400 ($1,650. tax deductible)

  • Recognition as a sponsor
  • One table (10)
  • Company name on table
  • Thank you on UAHA webpage

Gold Sponsor: $3,600 ($2,100 tax deductible)

  • Recognition as a sponsor
  • Two tables (20)
  • Company name on table
  • Thank you on UAHA webpage

2017 Portraits of Excellence Honorees

John M. Bernal, former Deputy County Administrator for Public Works

In the summer of 1965, while working toward a civil engineering degree, Bernal interned with Pima County’s Operations Division clearing debris from Kitt Peak Road. In May 1969, Bernal graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in civil engineering and went on to work as a project engineer for the Bureau of Public Roads, which has since become the Federal Highway Administration. During his tenure, the former Highway Department, which had an annual capital program of $1 million, transitioned to a $20 million per year Department of Transportation with heavy emphasis on use of federal funds

By 1979, Bernal became deputy director for the department, which at the time also included the Flood Control District. He worked alongside Chuck Huckelberry, who oversaw the department at the time. After earning an MBA from the UA in 1982 and with nearly 15 years in government work behind him, Bernal began contemplating a career in the private sector.

In April 1994, President William J. Clinton appointed Bernal to serve as commissioner of the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). “I was the 14th commissioner, but I was the first Hispanic to have that position and so, in many ways, that was more important to me.”

Throughout his career, John M. Bernal has found work in Pima County time and time again. In this third return, however, Bernal affirms there will be no “again.” After completing 30 years of public sevice with Pima County, Bernal annoucned his retirement form the position of Deputy County Administrator for Public Works on Dec. 16.

Lea Marquez Peterson, President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Lea Marquez Peterson has been an entrepreneur in Arizona for many years and has served as the president/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber since 2009. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber serves the business community in the bilingual, bi-cultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border and was recognized as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2013 by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The chamber represents close to 1,800 member businesses and, in partnership with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is one of the largest chambers in the state of Arizona. 

She has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to ensure the state continues to flourish economically by driving business growth and promoting Arizona’s extraordinary assets. In addition, she co-chaired Gov. Ducey’s Transition Team subcommittee on economic development, entrepreneurship and trade in 2014.

She serves on the boards of the Arizona Fi​nance Authority, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, University of Arizona Foundation, the National Latino Coalition, Visit Tucson, Tucson Business Alliance, Arizona Town Hall and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board. 

She is currently the chairman of the board for St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson.


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