David Maldonado was born and raised in Trenton New Jersey when his parents settled there after coming from Puerto Rico in the early ‘50’s. He was educated in the Trenton Public School System and is the youngest of six siblings. David started a law enforcement career as a New Jersey State Correction's Officer and then served his community as one of a few Hispanic Police Officer on the Trenton Police Department in the early ‘80s. He worked his way up the ranks and retired at the rank of Detective Lieutenant after 32 years of service. He continues to serve his Community as Director of Communications for the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office & Mercer County Airport Security Coordinator.
Isabel “Chiqui” Garcia was born in Maunabo, Puerto Rico but was raised in Bronx, New York (Yankee, Mets, Jets and Giants fan). After moving to Trenton New Jersey in the late 90’s Isabel was elected President of the Puerto Rican Parade in 2007-2008. Isabel was also voted the 1st President of the "Hispanic Parade of Mercer County." She then served as the Miss Puerto Rico Pageant Coordinator for the Puerto Rican Parade of Trenton. Recently Isabel was voted Vice President of the Puerto Rican Parade in 2019.
“Chiqui”, as she is affectionately referred to, is currently the Qualified Licensed Purchasing Agent, for the City of Trenton and is an accomplished Mambo/Salsa Instructor for over 25 years. She is mother to Zasha and has two wonderful grandchildren, Zoraya and Zoey. Isabel’s Partner for life is her beloved husband, Agustin "Papo" DeJesus.
I was born in Utuado Puerto Rico, on August of 1979 when our island was feeling the effects of Hurricane David. I came to the U.S.A. in the fall of 1984. I remember the smell of cold when I first got off the plane, a scent I will never forget. It was cold!!! I attended Trenton Public Schools, obtained my BA in Criminal Justice from Stockton University. Currently I work as HMIS Project Manager for New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. My hobbies are spending time with my family and friends, traveling, volunteering, helping the needy amd enjoying what life has to offer.
Krystal is a lifelong resident of Trenton. Her mother originated from Isabela, Puerto Rico and her father from Ciales, Puerto Rico. Krystal Deleon currently serves as office manager for the Princeton Vascular Center. She is also managing for Princeton Hair Restoration. Krystal has provided her expertise in managing these medical centers from her previous experience working for a Cardiologist, Hospital, as well as a Gastroenterologist’s office. She enjoys patient interactions and has been helping others within the medical field for over 15 years.
Krystal obtained her BS in Psychology; she is now pursuing a MS in Psychology. She believes fully in her education and her experience to further her goals of being able to help others in the community and perhaps within the field of Psychology.
Krystal is a proud mother to 3 children who attend the Trenton Public School System and is married to her beloved husband Edgar “Alf” Deleon. She enjoys helping others, reading, and spending time with her family/friends.
Angel L. Rivera
Angel L. Rivera was born in Comerío, Puerto Rico where he attended Juana Colon High School and graduating in February 1974. He moved to Mercer County in 1994 and studied accounting at Mercer County Community College graduating in 1999.
Angel is married and has three sons, two granddaughters and a grandson. Angel is very proud of his son who is currently serving his 5th year in the US Army.
Presently Angel Rivera is serving as President of “The New 609 Finest Car Club” in Trenton, New Jersey. The car club currently has 13 members and they have participated in the Puerto Rican Parade supported by Mr. & Mrs. Rosado's Family Restaurant (McDonalds).
Angel also like to involve himself in community fundraisers such as helping with the Sheriff's Department, Police, and helping feed the homeless.
Yazminelly Gonzalez is a lifelong resident of Trenton. Yazminelly is a graduate from Trenton Central High school and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is currently a special needs teacher for the city of Trenton. Aside from teaching, Yazminelly is a servant who volunteers many hours to her community by holding several positions with different organizations. She is the assistant leader for the community outreach ministry at Change Church, the assistant Cheer Coach for Trenton Central High School working closely with the junior varsity team, secretary for Marco Dillard Scholarship committee, and Co-Chair of the social action committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sororty..
Yazminelly’s family participated in many efforts contributing to the history of the Puerto Rican Parade. Her father Juan Martinez served as 2nd Vice-President of the Puerto Rican Parade in the late 80s. She can remember the late nights her parents spent planning the annual Gala for the parade and is proud to continue the legacy of her parents as a committee member for the parade. She currently serves as our 2nd secretary for this year’s committee. Her role is to assist the executive secretary with the duties in her absence. Yazminelly is very proud to continue the legacy of her father by working to help keep the Puerto Rican culture alive in the city of Trenton.
Eric Segui’s parents are from Isabella Puerto Rico but Eric was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. He is currently a resident of Hamilton, NJ and a graduate of Hamilton High School West. Eric attended Mercer County Community College. He is very active in the community voluntarily coaching youth sports in Mercer County.
As a proud Puerto Rican Eric strives to preserve his Latino heritage through involvement and participation in organizations like the Puerto Rican Parade. His hopes for the future is to lead by example and inspire young youths to take pride in their Latino heritage by attracting them to take part in cultural organization like the Puerto Rican Parade.