About The Hispanic American Foundation

01Mission and Vision

Founded in 1990 and celebrating its 32nd year in 2022, the Hispanic American Foundation of Tulsa is dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Hispanic culture through scholarships, grants and the presentation of cultural programs. 

The Foundation operates with a fully volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Jeff Merwin, Chair
Pedro Mari, President
Cathy Campbell, Vice-President
Ismael Martinez, Vice-President
Rosa M. Harris, Vice-President
Thomas Bueno, Treasurer
Ivan Herrera, Accountant
Clara Inés Murphree, Recording Secretary
Rosalio Martinez, Corresponding Secretary
Rebecca Jimerson, Nominating Committee Chair
Vicky Porto, Special Events Chair

In Memoriam
Frederick A. Bendana
Harold Charney
Sylvia Morgan
Tucky Roger
Denny Saunders
Phil Wood
Jose Medina, M.D.
Luis A. Reinoso, M.D.

02A 501(c)3 Organization

HAF was established as a nonprofit organization operating under IRS Rule 501(c)3, and donations made to the organization are bound by the rules which govern nonprofit giving. These are deductible to the extent of the law. 

The Board of Directors along with its Trustees and Advisors guide the organization in fulfilling its mission.

Board of Trustees
Pablo Lugo
Rodrigo Rojas
Amairani Perez
Krisheena Suárez

Jacob Parra
Jon McGrath
Heather Buffington
Itzel Chavez
Kasey Hughart
Martha Zapata, Ph.D.
Cristi Freudenrich, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors
Ron Brown
Julio Cuadra, M.D.
Franz Moncada, M.D.
Nilda Reyes, Ed. D.
Mimi Rice
Ben T. Windham

03Emphasis on Education

The Hispanic population in Tulsa County is growing with more than 85,000 people (approximately 13%) in Tulsa County identify as Hispanic or Latino. Most (10.2%) are of Mexican heritage, with 0.7% and 0.3% having Puerta Rican and Cuban heritage respectively (American Community Survey, 2018). 

This growth has increased the number of Hispanic students, and over the next seven years, Hispanic student enrollment will outpace all other ethnic groups in grades 9 to 12.

Higher graduation rates also have increased matriculation rates into college. Many Hispanic students are first-generation college students from lower-income families (Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities Legislative Report, April 2020), and these students have financial barriers which may limit their post-secondary educational opportunities. 

At the forefront of the HAF mission is education. 

Helping students overcome financial barriers to education is at the heart of the HAF mission. Almost 75% of HAF’s annual budget is earmarked for education-related scholarships. You can make a difference.