About Us


Facts About Cuban Exiles

In August 1982, Facts about Cuban Exiles (FACE) was founded “to defend the image of the Cuban Exiles.” The incorporating group was active in many other civic and community organizations and represented a cross section of the Cuban diaspora in Miami.


FACE’s mission is “to promote, foster and improve the goodwill reputation and image of those persons of Cuban origin, and their descendants, in the United States and the world, who have sought refuge outside of Cuba due to existing political conditions” and works toward the development of mutual understanding and cooperation with other groups in the community. FACE has encouraged fair and balanced media coverage and has responded to biased or erroneous reports. It periodically publishes information concerning Cuban exiles.


Since 1984, has presented Excellence Awards to deserving individuals and institutions for their contributions to a better and more just society.

Photo: Courtesy of El Nuevo Herald.




Sam Verdeja, Chair

Luis Botifoll, Co~Chair

Frank Paredes, Treasurer

Frank Angones, Secretary

Carlos Arboleya

Edgardo Caturla Pérez

Armando Codina

José Feito

Willy Gort

Ariel Remos

Luis Sabines

Octavio Verdeja

Tere Zubizarreta



Sam Verdeja

Luis J. Botifoll

Tere A. Zubizarreta

Carlos Arboleya

Francisco J. Paredes

René V. Murai

Armando L. González

Raúl L. Rodríguez

María Cristina Barros

Rafael Peñalver

José C. Cancela

Sandra González-Levy

Pedro A. Freyre

Gustavo Alfonso

Raúl Masvidal

Cesar Pizarro



Chairman – Emilio Palomo

Secretary – Leonardo Rodriguez

Treasurer – Irela Diaz

AD Hoc

Armando Codina

Adolfo Henriques

Sam Verdeja

Cesar Pizarro


Cesar Alvarez

Frank Angones

Francisco Blanco

Marilyn Borroto

Wilfredo Borroto

Armando Codina

Alberto Cosio

Siro del Castillo

Carlos de la Cruz

Fausto Diaz-Oliver

Luis Fernandez-Rocha

Jose Ramon Garrigo

Col. Emilio Gonzalez

Adolfo Henriques

Guillermo Martinez

Carlos Migoya

Ralph Morera

Ramiro Ortiz

Dr. Eduardo J. Padron

Leslie Pantin, Jr.

Jorge Plasencia

Sofia Powel-Cosio

Claudia Puig

Dr. Jaime Suchlicki

Enrique Viciana

Alexandra Villoch

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