TINA MARIE BRADLEY is Vice President for
INROADS, Inc. serving the Western Territory. She received
her BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston
and her MA in Organizational Management from the University
of Phoenix. Ms. Bradley has been very active working with
organizations including: Childhelp USA, Business Volunteers
for the Arts, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Fiesta
Bowl, and her church.
MARIA LOU CALANCHE is the Principal Consultant
and Owner of New Urban Networks Consulting that focuses on
urban issues including land use consultation, youth delinquency,
school safety, and parent education. She is also an adjunct
Professor of Political Science at East Los Angeles Community
College. She is currently completing her dissertation research
focused on evaluating the impact of citizen participation
and decentralization in local land use decisionmaking.
JANINA CALDERON-FERGUSON is the Founder
and President of Calderon Hispanic Marketing. She earned a
BS in Marketing and an International Marketing Certificate
from Arizona State University, as well as a Broadcasting Diploma
from the Columbia School of Broadcasting. She serves on advisory
boards of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Centro
Bienestar San Jose and the Minority Enterprise & Educational
Development as well as involved with the Rocky Mountain Minority
Supplier Development Council, the Colorado Women’s Chamber
of Commerce, Mi Casa Women’s Resource Center, the Colorado
Asthma Coalition, Adams City High School, and the Denver Sister
HELEN DORADO-ALESSI is the Senior Program
Officer at the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children. She received
her Master’s from Bernard M. Baruch College of Public
Affairs and completed study with the New School University
Milano Graduate School. Ms. Dorado-Alessi serves on the boards
of Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Edwin Gould Academy,
and is also a member of the Steering Committee for the New
York City Youth Funders Network.
ELIZABETH EGUIA-GARCIA is the Director of
Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Palo Alto
College in San Antonio, Texas. She received a MA from St.
Mary’s University and a BA from Our Lady of the Lake
University. She is a community activist for women and children
who experience issues of domestic violence. Mrs. Eguia-Garcia’s
community involvement includes work with the Benedictine Resource
Center’s P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, Corporate Responsibility,
and Hispanas Unidas.
MARINA ESPINOZA is a Youth Development Faculty
at Washington State University, serving primarily underserved
populations in the King County area. She received her Master’s
in Educational Policy and Management from the University of
Oregon. Ms. Espinoza serves on the Willamette Valley Law Project
Board, Chair of the Community Alliance for Youth and on several
other committees related to education. She has been very active
in grassroots community organizing efforts in the areas of
education and farm worker issues.
ROSEMARY FLORES is President
and CEO of Bilingual Consulting Services. Her contracts include
Educational Achievement Services and Public Health Foundation
of N. Nevada. She served as Vice-President of Nevada’s
Block Grant Commission and has served on the Latin Chamber
of Commerce Board of Directors serving as Chairperson of the
Latino Youth Leadership Conference. She received her BS in
Secondary Education from the University of Nevada.
LENI GONZALEZ is the Northern Virginia Outreach
Coordinator for the Department of Motor Vehicles and a member
of the Virginia Council on the Status of Women, Board of Directors
of the Arlington Community Action Program, Inc., The Urban
Alternative Foundation and the Project Family. She is
a founder of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia.
She serves as the President of LULAC Council 4609 in Arlington
and on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Mexicans
Abroad. Ms. Gonzalez came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar
and received her Master’s in Education at Catholic University
CYNTHIA HERNANDEZ CASSANO is the Managing
Director of the Crowley Children’s Fund that provides
outreach to children at risk. She received her Master’s
in Social Work and Chemical Dependency/Alcohol and Drugs from
California State University, Sacramento. She is a Board Certified
LCSW and holds a certification in Legal Meditation from the
McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Hernandez-Cassano served on the
boards of the United Way, People Reaching Out, Sierra Adoption
Services, the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento,
Child Abuse Prevention Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters,
as well as the Army & Navy Military Academy.
ELIZABETH HERNANDEZ MCNAMEE is Associate
Director, Community Development for St. Luke’s Health
Initiatives dedicated to the health care needs of underserved
populations. She holds a BA from Trinity University, a MPH
from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and
is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
She serves on the Board of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare
Association and works with a number of health and human service
MILLIE HERRERA is the founder, owner and
president of The Miami Group, Inc., a management consulting
and public affairs firm. She received her MBA from Florida
International University. She serves on the Miami Dade County
Community Council 12 and on the Board of Directors of Union
Positiva, and on the Community Advisory Board of the Girls
JOHANNA B. MAES is the Director of the Pre-Collegiate
Development Programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder
assisting first generation middle and high school students
to pursue their higher education goals. She received her BS
from the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass
Communication and her Master’s of Education from Regis
University. Ms. Maes serves on the Board of Directors of Assets
for Colorado Youth, the Mayor of Denver’s Commission
on Youth, and was also a guest columnist for the Denver Post.
EVELYN MONTALVO is the President/Founder
of Evelyn Montalvo Associates, providing executive coaching
and talent development consulting services for newly emerging
diverse workforces. She received her MBA from New York University
in Finance and Marketing. Ms. Montalvo serves on the United
Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Community Impact
Plan Development Committee and Marketing Communications Steering
CELIA NUÑEZ is a Policy Analyst to
the Oregon Senate Democratic Leadership Office – the
highest ranking Latina staff member in the Oregon Legislative
Assembly – and is responsible for conducting analyses
of policy issues as well as being the primary liaison to state
agencies. She has a BA in Organizational Management and is
working towards her MBA from George Fox University in Oregon.
She is on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Council for
Hispanic Advancement and is a member of the Oregon Community
Foundation-Northern Willamette Valley Advisory Council.
MONICA PALACIO is the Director of Training
and Technical Assistance for the National Crime Prevention
Council. She received her degree from the Georgetown University
Law Center. Ms. Palacio also serves as a master trainer and
board member for the National Coalition Building Institute.
She dedicates herself to building cross-cultural understanding
across all identity groups with the goal of of ending racism,
and all forms of discrimination, within the Latino community
and for all communities.
MARIA DEL SOCORRO PESQUEIRA is the President
and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción a community-based
organization that provides a comprehensive array of social
services and advocacy initiatives to promote non-violence
and leadership development. Ms. Pesqueira is a board member
of the Jesus Guadalupe Foundation and the Coalition Against
Domestic Violence Foundation. She is co-founder of Latinos
in Development, a professional association of those with careers
in resource development and other fundraising activities.
MARIA TERESA PETERSEN serves
as Regional Director for LawMedia, a strategic political consulting
firm based in Washington, DC. She advises on grassroots organizing,
Congressional and State issues and strategic corporate giving.
Her strong community service record advising non-profits includes
work with the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco
Prevention. Ms. Petersen received a Bachelor’s in International
Economics from the University of California, Davis and her
Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.
SUSAN SÁNCHEZ is the Director for
the Policy, Planning and Major Projects Division in the Seattle
Department of Transportation. She is a graduate of the University
of Washington Urban Planning School. Ms. Sánchez volunteers
for Leadership Tomorrow and the University of Washington Career
Mentor Program. She is also a board member of the Sisu Foundation
dedicated to helping handicapped students meet the physical
challenges of a college education.
AMY SERRANO is the Director of Siren Studios,
an independent film production organization. A 2003 recipient
of the TESOROS award in Art and Culture, she serves as an
Advisory Board member of the Next Gen International Film Festival
and is Project Director on “Of Hope, Courage and Justice:
A Global Mosaic of Women in Human Rights,” a multimedia
film project exploring the dual role of women in human rights;
not just the victims of harsh cultural legacies, but the creative
agents of global, social change.
ANA MARIA SOTO is the Director of Latino
Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago where she is
charged with developing a Latino cultural agenda. She graduated
from University of the South and received her Master’s
from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She serves on advisory
boards on Latino Council on the Media, Chicago Latina Leadership
Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women as well as a host
for two public access television programs dealing with issues
that concern Latinos.
ELIZABETH SUÁREZ is the Founding
Partner of Xcelente Marketing & Advertising, a cross cultural,
full service marketing and advertising agency specializing
in marketing to Hispanic consumers. Ms. Suárez earned
a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an
MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
She is a board member of the Denver PBS Station KBDI, where
she chairs both the Latino Committee and the Marketing Committee,
and she sits on the boards of Adelante Mujer Inc. and the
Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
CONNIE VALIENTE is the Director of Event
Services for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Her responsibilities include fundraising, pre-planning and
development of all events and their logistics. She graduated
from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Master’s
Degree in Education. Previously, she worked as Corporate Liaison
for the National Puerto Rican Coalition. Mrs. Valiente also
holds a Master’s Degree in Public Communications from