Rochester Hispanic Business Association names new chairwoman

A former chairperson of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association will once again lead the organization.

Grace Tillinghast, co-owner of The Battery, a baseball and softball training facility in Gates, was elected last month to a two-year term as chairwoman, according to information from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds Vilma Burgos Torres.

Tillinghast, who received the RHBA’s Hispanic Business Person of the Year in 2003, is a native of Argentina, a former college professor and a former Eastman Kodak Co. executive. She last served as RHBA chairwoman in 2010.

Currently, she is vice chairperson of the board of trustees at Monroe Community College and a board member of the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and the Rochester Police Department’s “Do the Right Thing” program. She also heads up the selection committee for the Hispanic Scholarship Endowment Fund. Tillinghast has been honored as a Latina of Positive Influence and a New York State Woman of Distinction.

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