In the fall of 2006, seven concerned community members came together, ready to work hard, ready to make a commitment to our youth, to our seniors and to preserve our culture for our children. We dreamed about returning to our community and what has been forgotten, what has been lost, while that giant remained sleeping. We talked about fostering cultural awareness through programs for us, by us, and about us. We talked about The Sociedad Cultural Y Civica la Reforma. We are a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. We provide Cultural resource society throughout Northwest Indiana. We are Committed to youth and seniors. We Develop strong working relationships through unity and service. We Preserve the Mexican culture. We Contribute to a peaceful and united community.
We have been hosting events since 2007 and every year they get stronger and stronger. With the help of many volunteers and current and past members, we have been able to develop a strong core team dedicated to giving back to the community. Our members range from as far as Mexico to Chicago even some on the west and east coast. We keep our relationship as open as we can so we can expand to reach audiences from different states, different cultures, different ages, different genders and anyone who comes and wants to contribute with us. Year after year we grow and with your help we can really push our main message which is to drive cultural awareness, importance of education and much more into our world.
Meet our team:
DEBRA BOLAÑOS: PRESIDENT
Debbie is owner and manager of Galaxy Travel, Inc. in East Chicago, Indiana, director of the Ballet Folklorico Las Villistas and Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza. She is on the Board of directors of the Northwest Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hispanic Women’s Forum of NWI. She studied/danced professionally under the direction of Amalia Hernandez (Director and Founder) of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Learn more about Debra at debrabolanos.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAL BOLAÑOS: VICE PRESIDENT
Salvador is a full time Product Design Director at TransUnion where he leads a team of strategists, designers, and writers to develop innovative human-centered solutions for their consumers. On Sal’s downtime he donates his efforts to designing all of S.C.C.L.R.’s marketing and advertising material and working with his mother Debra to continue to distill cultural leadership to their community. Visit his website at salbolanosdesign.com or email him at email@example.com
DAYANARA O. VILLARREAL: SECRETARY
Dayanara O. Villarreal (Day) is a life-long resident of Hammond, Indiana. Dayanara has worked office administration for over 10 years and is also a muralist/artist and community activist. She graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. Day donates her artistic ability to promote cultural awareness and volunteers her time for many organizations that promote growth in the communities. She is also a proud mother of two.
JESSICA HIGAREDA: TREASURER
Jessica has been one of our biggest contributors of the organization by staying on top of every event, program and main mission to SCCLR. She has been one of the many reasons SCCLR continues to have success year in and year out.
SALVADOR M. BOLAÑOS: COO (May 1 1958 – June 13 2016)
Gone but not forgotten. Salvador M. Bolaños has been and will always be the backbone of S.C.C.L.R. with his always liable constant 24 hour support hotline. Salvador was our go-to Mr.FixIt and can pretty much solve any problem that popped up. He was the silent hero in the background who took care of business when no one could. Words cannot describe the things Mr. Bolaños has done for us but not only for the organization but for his family.