Our Board


President - Elvira Sánchez-Blake

Elvira Sánchez-Blake is a journalist, writer, and activist. She worked as a Journalist in her
native Colombia, and later, obtained a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and culture at Cornell
University. She worked as a professor at Cornell University and Michigan State
University. Sanchez-Blake is the author of several books and articles about political
issues in Colombia and Latin America.

Secretary - Jackie Vizzi

Jacqueline Vizzi is the current Secretary for the Sarasota Democratic Hispanics Caucus Board. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After her graduation from High School, she went to New York to study Fine Arts. She received a Master of Fine Arts, then moved to Florida where she taught High School Studio Art and Art History. She was involved with different Art galleries and artists’ groups in Miami. She moved to Sarasota where she has been exhibiting her work and working with various art groups. She currently holds a teaching certificate from the State of Florida and is a substitute teacher for the Sarasota Public Schools.


Voter Registration Director - Patricia Heck

Patricia Heck was born in Peru. She has lived in the United States for 30 years. She moved to Sarasota in 2018 from Maryland. Patricia  is the mother of three teen boys, MBA.  "I believe in the power of voting! Organized voter registration events and knocked on doors to reach out to our community and encourage voting".

Vice President - Ana Maria Hanton

Ana María Hanton was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been a Citizen of the United States since 1986.
She worked as an ESOL teacher, a Curriculum Resource Teacher and ESOL Teacher trainer for Sarasota Schools and as the Principal of a Dual Language School in Salem, Massachusetts.
She has been supporting the Democratic Hispanic Caucus since her retirement in 2010.

Treasurer - Marta McLoughlin

Marta McLoughlin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she was 21 she moved to Canada where she lived for 10 years and was the Assistant Trade Commissioner of Mexico. In 1980 she was offered a position in New York to work for the Mexican Coffee Institute. In 1985 she became a licensed real estate agent working with Douglas Elliman and in 1998 she joined The Corcoran Group where she rose to Vice President specializing on the luxury condo market in the Upper West side of Manhattan. She retired in 2007 and in 2011 she moved to Sarasota.