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The Leading Ladies of Hispanic Heritage

Magaly Nieto

Magaly Nieto is the Special projects photographer/editor at CBS 7. Magaly is also a recipient of several Texas Associated press awards (AP) including 2015 best reporter 2016 best story and 2018 best feature editing, among other honorable mentions. Magaly has been working in the news industry since 2006.

She’s originally from a very small town called El Pueblito, in the state of Chihuahua. She moved to Odessa when she was 15 years old to continue her education.

Her main inspiration that thrives her every day to achieve her goals are her parents.

“They taught me to be fiercely passionate and today I can proudly said this little birdie has found her wings, but Most importantly, they’ve taught me that home is in the people, not in a place”.

Michelle Cervantes

Michelle Cervantes holds a 12 year career in law enforcement and is currently the Fire Marshal for the City of Odessa. Fire Marshal Cervantes was born in Alpine and grew up in Andrews, but now calls Odessa home.

She is a mother to two wonderful daughters, Maria de Fatima and Gabriella de Jesus and is a loving grandmother to her three granddaughters, Savanna, Sofie and Stella

Cervantes was inspired to seek a law enforcement career while working with audit probation. She currently hold an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, which has allowed her opportunities to serve in different organizations. She has worked with Andrews Audit Probation, OPD, the Ector County Hospital District Police and Odessa Fire/Rescue.

The experiences she has accumulated give her motivation to help other succeed and be an inspiration to her family. Fire Marshal Cervantes hopes that her success will be an encouragement to other women who plan to follow a career in law enforcement as well as other careers and professions.

Tanya Manriquez Lujan

Tanya Manriquez Lujan, M.S., CCC-SLP, COM is a speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial mycologist with 8 years’ experience. Married with three teenage boys, she owns and operates a private practice in Odessa, treating a variety of disorders including, speech, language, feeding, swallowing and orofacial myofunctional disorders.

Lujan attended Abilene Christian University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and attained her Master’s Degree from Texas Women’s University.

Tanya’s experience includes working in public and private schools, home health, outpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities.

She started the outpatient speech therapy clinic at ORMC in June 2014, before opening her own private practice. Tanya evaluates and treats all ages across the lifespan and is the only dual certified “Speech-language pathologist, and Certified Orofacial Myologist in West Texas.

In her spare time, Tanya competes in body building competitions.

Dalma Hernandez

Dalma Hernandez is originally from Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico but moved to the United States when she was in High School.

Hernandez came to the United State to complete her education and earned her GED from Odessa College before she became a U.S. Citizen.

She has a number of accolades, which included, President of the Mexican American Democrats, a PTA Vice President, and an insurance agent. Dalma did all of these things while also raising her four boys.

Additionally, Hernandez worked at ECISD as a substitute teacher and coordinated various after-school activities. Later, Hernandez started working at Premiere Ballroom in Odessa, where she was able to find and develop her passion.

She worked at Premiere Ballroom for 10 years before opening her own business, Los Arcos Ballroom and Event Center. While she grew her business, Hernandez says she always took the opportunities to give back to the community. She hosted various events for those suffering from cancer, celebrating graduations or mourning a loss for funeral services.