Rev. Bolivar Flores was born in Moca, Dominican Republic to his parents Leocadia Salcedo and Pedro Flores. He began his studies at Paso de Moca. At age 12, he demonstrated his leadership capabilities, working with the principal of the school to manage a pavilion with two classrooms. Rev, Flores graduated with honors. In 2001, he immigrated to United States and continued his studies. He graduated from New York Theological Seminary with a Doctorate in Theology and Clinical Pastoral Education. In 2016, he founded “El Ministerio El Sol Sale Para Todos Internacional”, and created a radio station with daily programming at 9:00 p.m. under the same name. Rev. Flores also wrote a book entitled, “Cadenas Rotas”, which directly translates to “Broken Chains”. In his ministry work, he has helped more than 4,000 people from the United States, Dominican Republic, and Peru. His hard work led him to become Vice President of the New Jersey Coalition of Pastors and Ministers, Chief of Chaplains in the city of West New York, and, fourth in command for the National Association of Ministers. Additionally, he manages the outreach plan of the NJ Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding individuals returning from incarceration. In 2018, Rev. Bolivar Flores established an agreement with the Coalition of Latin American Consuls New York (CLACNY) that said CLACNY would assist in identification procurement for immigrants from 17 different countries returning from incarceration. Additionally, he chairs La Magia de Las Bellas Artes, a cultural social welfare organization, and provides spiritual advising for great public servants. In his leisure time, Rev. Flores writes for different local newspapers about addiction as a lecturer on Opioids and Fentanyl.

Wendy S. Martínez is one of New Jersey’s top consultants that specializes in providing professional services and resources in the areas of public affairs, public relations, media relations, political consulting, media production in both English and Spanish, development of effective marketing concepts, community advocacy and persuasive engagement strategies that resonate in ethnic and linguistically diverse markets. With her vast experience and strategic approach, she helps public officials and organizations achieve their economic, cultural, social, and political objectives. Ms. Martínez is specializes in leading community advocacy projects, faith-based relations and general political consulting in the areas of outreach and organizing. Over her 15 years career, she has worked on multiple key campaigns, such as Corzine for Governor, Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, Bonnie for Congress, Murphy for Governor, Menendez for NJ, as well as numerous state, county and municipal races. Also, significant public advocacy projects for the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Interfaith Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Bergen County, NJ Working Families Alliance, NJ Reentry Corporation, Free Press Action Fund, Fight for Minimum Wage, Unfair and Unjust Development in Jersey City, Bergen County Turkish Cultural Center, Korean American Association of NJ, Hands Off Health Care NJ, Jersey City Together, NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers, Social Ministry “El Sol Sale Para Todos”, , Let’ Drive NJ, SEIU New Jersey State Labor Council and the Center of Excellence for Latino Health at RWJBarnabas Health Clara Maass Medical Center. Also, Mrs. Martínez’s professional career included serving as an Associate of 1868 Public Affairs in the areas of outreach, strategic relationship building and public advocacy campaigns. Additionally, Chief of Staff to State Senator Brian P. Stack, City of Union City Director of Public Programs and Communications, Director, Director of Media Relations to County Executive Dennis McNerney, Director of Policy and Communications to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Director of the Bergen County Office of Multicultural Community Affairs (OMCA) and Public Information Assistant for the City of Newark. As Director of OMCA she instituted the first annual public programming that combined ethnic diversity and cultural traditions through celebrations, observances, and artistic expressions reflecting community pride. Coordinated the erection of three (3) monuments: the African American Struggles for Civil Rights, the WWII “Korean Comfort Women” and formed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Committee which erected a 71/2 foot bronze statue in Hackensack on October 12, 2014. She is frequently sought after as speaker in the areas of Latino politics, immigration, faith-based relations, social media branding for ethnically diverse audiences, public speaking and community advocacy.

Aakash Shah is a practicing emergency medicine physician at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also actively involved in several state-level policy and nonprofit initiatives that affect the health of his patients. Previously, Aakash was the Founder and Executive Director of Be Jersey Strong, which trained students to serve as community health workers. During the third open enrollment period, Be Jersey Strong recruited over 500 students – two-thirds of whom spoke a second language with over 50 languages represented – from over 20 campuses to help inform New Jerseyans of their options for coverage. The initiative represented one of the largest and most diverse efforts to connect the insured to coverage in the nation and was honored by then President Barack Obama at the White House for its impact. Aakash has also staffed the health policy transition committee for Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, served on the health policy councils of three gubernatorial campaigns, and advised the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader and members of the United States House of Representatives. In these roles, his portfolio has included initiatives to combat the opioid crisis, determine the health impact of burn pit exposure during military service, expand paid family leave, secure financing for women’s health, establish Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He has conducted original research in these areas at Rutgers University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Oxford University. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications, several op- eds, and the anthology The Soul of a Patient. He obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed his MBA and MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his BA and BS from Ursinus College. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Integrity House and Ursinus College, and previously served on the executive board of New Leaders Council – New Jersey.

Rev. Raul Ruiz is the pastor of the Spanish American Baptist Church of Union City, in Union City, NJ for the last 33years. He is also the Executive Director of the Spanish American Day Care Center. In addition to his pastoral work, he also served for four years as Area Director for the Board of International Ministries of The American Baptist Churches USA, working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain and Portugal. In the five years prior to that, he served as the Latino Area Minister for The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. He was also and is the president of the Latino Minister’s Council of New Jersey for six years and Vice-President of the National Hispanic Caucus of ABC/USA. Rev. Ruiz has contributed to plant a number of churches in the state of New Jersey and has served in various denominational boards and committees at state and national levels. He worked at the New Church Planters Institute of the American Baptist Churches, first teaching in English and later serving as part of the group that prepared the curriculum in Spanish, where he also taught. Raul has a Bachelor of Arts from his country of origin, Argentina, another Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Bible College, and a Master in Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Pastor Ruiz has preached and lead numerous workshops, both in English and Spanish, at regional and national events throughout the nation, as well as throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and Europe.

Vivian Tavera was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America to Ricardo Tavera, dentist and Marina Tavera, housewife. She had three children and four grandchildren. Vivian grew up in the state of California and during all her adult life she has served teaching, working as a case manager/family advocate, and social service area. Her areas of expertise are social services and special education. Furthermore, she has facilitated and administered after school programs for children with disabilities. She taught English as a Second Language in the state of California, where she attended Long Beach State University. Vivian has dedicated most of her life serving the most disadvantaged. Both, in her secular jobs and in church, she has been able to serve communities with great needs. Currently, Vivian serves as a Chaplain of the state of New Jersey and Chief of Staff of Ministerio El Sol Sale Para Todos Internacional.