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ELP Class of 2013

Nory Angel

Nory Angel
Executive Director and CEO, SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
New York, NY

Ms. Nory Angel is the Executive Director / CEO for SER – Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. SER is a community-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is: to enhance the quality of life in the Hispanic Community and other communities in need by providing education, training, and employment services that fulfill the needs in individuals, businesses, and communities. SER has served Houston’s diverse communities since 1965. Ms. Angel has now been with SER for ten years and served as the CEO for the past five years. Under her leadership, SER relocated its main office to the heart of the Houston’s East End community and opened a Green Career Training Center in February of 2010 through a $3.1 Million contract from the Department of Labor. Last year, in response to the increased number of job seekers with criminal backgrounds, SER received a $1.02 Million grant from Department of Labor to provide an array of workforce services including welding training. Most recently, SER received a $1.1 Million YouthBuild grant to serve high school drop outs and prepare them for jobs in the construction industry. Ms. Angel was born in Los Angeles, California and she is a first generation American of Latino descent. She has a BA from the University of North Texas, an Intensive French Studies certificate from L’Universite de Toulon, and an MBA from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Angel’s passion for transforming lives through employment and training, started after college when she began working for a non-profit agency that assisted refugees from all over the world. She is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and French. She is an American Leadership Forum Fellow Class XXX, a 2013 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow, a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future and also serves on the boards of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Greater East End Management District, and the Eastwood Civic Association. Also, she is a founding member of the East End Collaborative created to serve the diverse needs of the East End community. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read great books and hang out with her friends.

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Liany Arroyo

Liany Arroyo
Public Health Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services
Landover, MD

Liany Elba Arroyo is a Public Health Advisor in the Office of Minority Heath at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity, she works on the implementation and evaluation of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, manages the Promotores Initiative Steering Committee, provides guidance on Latino health issues, and serves as the HHS liaison to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ms. Arroyo serves on the Latino Initiative Advisory Group for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the Advocacy Chair of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education, and previously served as a Board member of the Coalition on Human Needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.

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Patricia Barela Rivera

Patricia Barela Rivera
President and Owner, PBR Solutions
Denver, CO

Patricia Barela Rivera is currently the President/Owner of PBR Solutions, specializing in small business advising/coaching, government/public policy consulting, community & public affairs and leadership development/training. She was the Colorado District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for 11 years (the first Latina in the country to be a district director out of 70 offices nationally). Colorado Governor's appointee for six years in two key management positions. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 most influential women in Denver, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Women's and Hispanic Chambers and was the recipient of the Athena Award. She is also a co-founder of Adelante Mujer, Hispana, a 35 year old organization--the first Latina organization to be created and developed for the purpose of training and educating Latinas. This first time conference model initiated other states to create similar conferences/organizations for Latinas around the country.

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Dr. Nancy. E. Brune

Dr. Nancy E. Brune
Senior Policy Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories
Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Nancy E. Brune is a Senior Policy Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Center for a New American Security where she works on issues of natural security, energy security, the water-energy-food-security nexus, climate change and human impacts, national security, homeland security, and disaster preparedness. Dr. Brune has consulted for the Harvard School of Public Health, JPMorgan Chase, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She has also consulted the World Bank on issues of international development, trade and investment, among other subjects. She is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Southern Nevada. Dr. Brune is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and op-ed pieces. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Energy Security, Americas Quarterly, IMF Staff Papers, Social Science and Medicine, World Politics Review and the Las Vegas Sun.

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Theresa Cardena

Theresa Cardenas
Founder, Nobel Renewables Group
Vice President, TC Building & Realty Inc.

Albuquerque, NM

Theresa Cardenas founded Nobel Renewables Group. Her consulting practice was formed as a social enterprise to facilitate social and/or environmental change through the application of innovative and practical approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on under served communities. The groups strategic planning practice creates solutions for solving renewable energy needs and environmental sustainability. Ms Cardenas also co-founded TC Building & Realty Inc. in 1998 an award winning home building company based in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to her 29 year design and building career, Ms Cardenas is the founder and Artistic Director of her own performing arts company. Since its inception in 2001, the company has written and produced original musical recording and staged spanish dance dramas. In 2011 she was awarded an artist residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center were she wrote about culture, art and aging. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

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Cindy Castillo-Wilson

Cindy Castillo-Wilson
Auto Claim Central Section Manager, State Farm
Tulsa, OK

Cindy Castillo-Wilson, CPCU, has been the Auto Claim Central Section Manager in Tulsa, OK since May 2011.  She began her State Farm career as a Field Claim Representative in the Auto Company in Lubbock, TX in 1995. Castillo-Wilson became a Field Team Manager in Fort Worth, TX in 2000 before moving to the Dallas, TX to supervise the In-Language Team. Ms. Castillo-Wilson is a Texas native, graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and studying abroad at the Unversidad de Cumplutense in Madrid, Spain.  She is currently pursuing the Charter Life Underwriter (CLU) designation as a means to continue to grow in her professional role.  Castillo-Wilson is an avid reader and college football fan who enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. 

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Ileana Cintrón-Aguilú

Ileana Cintrón
Special Initiatives Associate, Access Strategies Fund
Boston, MA

Ileana Cintrón is Special Initiatives Associate at Access Strategies Fund, where she serves as funder liaison to key initiatives that facilitate the full participation of underrepresented communities in the democratic process in Massachusetts. Previously, she was the Program Manager at the Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC, where she supported the development of the Women’s Pipeline for Change, a coalition of women of color leaders and allies supporting progressive women of color to navigate and move up the pipeline of public leadership. Before her work on women’s leadership and democracy issues, Ileana was the Senior Associate for Community Capacity Building at Community Training and Assistance Center, where she provided technical assistance to community organizing groups across the northeastern U.S. Ileana brought her experience of over 12 years in her native Puerto Rico working on community development, school reform and citizen participation efforts through her work at the Corporation for the Support of Educational and Community Programs (CAPEDCOM), first as Training and Research Coordinator and later as Executive Director. Ileana is a member of Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE) and a former board member of East Boston Ecumenical Community Council. In addition, Ileana is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’s Political Action Committee, and a graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2011. She is also a 2013 Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program. Ileana holds a B.A. in anthropology and Latin American studies from Yale University.

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Dr. Frances Colon

Dr. Frances Colón
Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Arlington, VA

Dr. Frances Colón is the Deputy Science and Technology Adviser (D-STAS) at the U.S. Department of State where she promotes global scientific engagement, innovation as an engine of economic growth and development, science diasporas as a diplomacy tool, and the advancement of women in science around the world. In 2011, she was chosen for the Spanish government’s competitive “Young U.S. Hispanic Leaders Program” and is currently the Vice President for Civil Service of the Hispanic Employees Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies.  Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.

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January Contreras

January Contreras
Attorney
Phoenix, AZ

January Contreras is an attorney who has advanced the interests of women, children, and families at the highest levels of state and federal government. Currently, January serves as CEO of Arizona Legal Women And Youth Services (ALWAYS). ALWAYS provides vitally needed free legal services to women and youth harmed by abuse or exploitation, and to all homeless youth. Prior to launching this non-profit legal center, January served at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, where she worked with the public to improve the delivery of immigration services. January also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls. In these roles, January initiated and led a DHS-wide collaboration on Combating Violence against Women resulting in new training and resources to support the investigation and prosecution of crimes against immigrant victims. Prior to her national appointments, January led the Arizona Department of Health Services, served as Health Policy Advisor to Governor Napolitano, and was Assistant Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. She previously served as a Deputy County Attorney and Assistant Attorney General in Arizona. She is the proud mother of two sons and joyfully celebrated her 19th wedding anniversary this year.

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Joanna Diaz

Joanna Ilizaliturri Diaz
Principal, JD & Associates
Founder, Transformational Leadership Consortium
Whittier, CA

Joanna Ilizaliturri Diaz is an award-winning entrepreneur, a project strategist coach, author, and recipient of La Opinion’s 2013 Mujeres Destacadas award in Art and Culture and Imagen Award winning playwright. Ms Ilizaliturri Diaz’s creative works have been featured in Ride to the East Side CASA 0101 theater productions and co-wrote/co-produced the 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life theatrical production which was awarded by the Imagen Foundation with an Imagen Award for Best Live Theatrical Production in 2009. The Latino Community honored Ms. Ilizaliturri Diaz with the 2013 La Opinion Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award in the Arts and Culture category. She is also a co-author of the book “8 Ways to Say, ‘I Love My Life!’” In addition to using her creative skills, Ms Ilizaliturri Diaz is a leader in the Health Care community. Through her organization JD & Associates, she consults with healthcare organizations to develop efficiencies by using technology and workflow analysis. Ms Ilizaliturri Diaz has also held leadership roles with non-profit organizations. During her tenure as an officer with Toastmaster International, her club was awarded President’s Distinguished, the highest club accolade, year after year and she was awarded Toastmaster of the Year. To meet the demanding need for Latina leaders in the public and private sectors, Joanna has founded the Transformational Leadership Consortium (TLC) to provide women between the ages of 25-35 a springboard into Executive Leadership Advancement. Ms. Ilizaliturri Diaz continues her quest to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes as well as facilitate personal development workshops. Her creative and leadership works have been reviewed by LA Times F. Kathleen Foley, interviews on Fox 22, Triunfadores Latinos with Award Winning Jacqueline Cacho and live with Elizabeth Espinoza’s, Latino’s Sin Limites on CNN Channel 63 among other interviews. By following her heart and through the loving support of her husband, family and friends, Joanna believes that anything is possible.

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Liz Fernandez

Liz Fernández
Ethics Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Klingenstein Fellow, Teacher's College of Columbia University

Riverdale, NY

Liz Fernández has served as an administrator, teacher and facilitator in the independent school community and most recently served as the dean of the class of 2013 at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School where she currently teaches ethics. Between 2000‐2011, she served on the faculty of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and for eight years was a co‐chair. She is an alumna of and serves on the Board of Directors of Bloomingdale Family Head Start Programs, Inc. a NYC pre-school program serving low-income families with comprehensive educational support services. Liz earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Hamilton College and an M.A. in social sciences with a concentration in sociology and education from Binghamton University. She is a 2013-14 Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing an M. Ed. in Organization and Leadership.

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Ramona Ferreyra

Ramona Ferreyra
President at O'hala Consulting
Aiea, HI

Ramona Ferreyra served most recently as Private Public Partnership Program Manager for U.S. Pacific Command. In this role, she led the Student Volunteer Intern Program, Cyber Security Capacity Building Task Force and the development of the Asia Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability. Under her stewardship, the University of Hawaii partnership evolved into the Asia Pacific Resilience and Risk Reduction Network (APDR3). Previously, Ms. Ferreyra championed community outreach efforts to Hispanics, Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She holds graduate certificates in National Security and Strategic Studies and International Disaster Management and Response; a B.A. degree in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Sociology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Currently she is completing an M.A. in Diplomacy and Military Studies at Hawaii Pacific University.

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Eileen Celestina Garcia

Eileen Celestina Garcia
Director, Community Leadership Foundation
Albuquerque, NM

Eileen Celestina Garcia's vision is that everyone lives the life of their dreams filled with freedom, connection, and empowerment. She is a recipient of the Raza Junta Student Excellence Award and the UNM Alumni Citizenship Award. In July of 2010 Celestina founded and serves as Director for the Community Leadership Foundation (CLF), a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the growth and development of individuals and organizations, global partnerships and community empowerment. In 2012 Celestina was inspired to begin the Echando Flores (Giving Appreciation) program as a member of the National Hispana Leadership Institute: Executive Leaders cohort. The 130 hour program hosts women who are ready to dive deep into learning about themselves, their passion, and build strong relationships to lift one another up. Celestina is a member of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Recuerda a Cesar E. Chavez Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Day Committee, SWOP, MANA de Albuquerque and Weaving Women.

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Anne Garcia

Anne M. Garcia
Social Services Director, Ayuda
Washington, DC

Anne M. Garcia, LICSW, is the Social Services Director at Ayuda, a Washington, DC nonprofit serving the low-income immigrant community. For more than five years, Ms. Garcia has established her career in nonprofit social services, leading teams who provide case management and therapy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Ms. Garcia also leads a private practice where she provides counseling to individuals, couples, and adolescents. She was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to serve as Vice Chair for the DC Commission for Women. Ms. Garcia is originally from South Texas, where she was raised in a bilingual and bicultural community. She attended St. Mary's University and received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also received an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University and the Center for Creative Learning.

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Abigail Golden-Vazquez

Abigail Golden-Vazquez
Vice President/Deputy Director Leadership Initiatives, Aspen Global Leadership Network
Washington, DC

Abigail Golden-Vazquez manages the network of geographical (Africa, Central America, India, Middle East, and China.) and functional leadership initiatives (education and environment) that comprise the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The goal of these ventures is to stimulate a new generation of local leaders to play a greater role in the social and political development of their countries. Abigail is responsible for developing and expanding Aspen’s growing portfolio of leadership initiatives and creating an active network of Fellows. As a Vice President at the Aspen Institute she is part of the executive management team working on strategy and serving as a representative of the Institute publicly. Abigail joined the Aspen Institute from the German Marshall Fund (GMF) where she was Director, External Relations and a Sr. Manager responsible for partnership development, congressional relations, and public outreach as well as strategy. From 2000-2002, Ms. Golden-Vazquez worked with USAID in Honduras as Communications Specialist responsible for the Hurricane Mitch reconstruction effort communications program. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Public Affairs Group for Ruder-Finn, a top-five New York public relations firm. She was a term-member at the Council on Foreign Relations until 2008, is an International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellow, is a founding member of the International Career Advancement Association and is a 2013 National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Fellow Abigail holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Amherst College and an M.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Dr. Isaura Gonzalez

Dr. Isaura Gonzalez
Psychologist
Hackensack, NJ

Dr. Isaura González, or as she is most affectionately referred to by her clients, Dra. Isaura is an Executive Coach, Anger Management Facilitator, Speaker, Educator, and Licensed Psychologist.  She currently has a private practice in Staten Island,  New York that focuses on improving individual and organizational behavior with an emphasis on anger management. Isaura is actively engaged in the community where you will find her often volunteering at school or community events.  When not in her office, you will find her teaching at several local universities and mentoring psychology students.  Prior to her private practice, Isaura worked for the State Of New York and City of New York in various positions of leadership.  She is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and is completing California state licensing. Dr. Gonzalez also has a certification in Anger Management from Anderson and Anderson , the most trusted leader in Anger Management training and certification. Isaura is married and has four young, beautiful and gifted children for whom her heart beats.

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Ixchell Gonzalez

Ixchell Gonzalez
Superintendent, Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
San Antonio, TX

Ixchell Gonzalez is currently the Superintendent of Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, a STEM school in San Antonio, Texas. Gonzalez incorporates her expertise in the leadership development and training of high school students, college students (of different disciplines), graduate students, and young professionals utilizing game technology and social lab experiences to increase higher level thinking, empowerment, articulation, and community involvement since 1996. She is the chief architect behind the contemporary Project Administrator position of the SAYLC under the umbrella of the National Hispanic Institute. In addition to being a professional folklorico dancer/instructor all around the U.S. and throughout México, she has volunteered over 1200 hours in visionary leadership development for high achieving high school students who serve as mentors and teachers for young, high-achieving students with a belief of utilizing assets of our youth and strong value system on family and community. She ensures that her two young sons are part of this process to cultivate a belief system of strong Latinas as part of their lives.

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Dr. Gloria Gonzalez

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez
Social Science Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition
Washington, DC

Dr. Gloria González is a Social Science Research Analyst in the Office of Research and Analysis for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Prior to her current position, Dr. González was the Director of Research, Educational Research and Analysis, at the American Dental Education Association, where she managed the daily operations of the association legacy surveys as well as research focusing on dental education and higher education. Gloria holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is dedicated to issues of equity in education, health, gender, race, and ethnicity. Gloria was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Washington, DC. She enjoys participating in marathons and Ironman triathlons.

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Brenda Ivelisse

Brenda Ivelisse
Associate Dean of Students, Portland Community College
Portland, OR

Brenda Ivelisse is a transformative educator in Portland, Oregon where she is active within the immigrant rights community. As a fourth generation educator in her family, she continues the tradition of challenging students to develop themselves as individuals, realize their voice, and use that voice to speak out about things they care about. She has been awarded various leadership awards in recognition of her commitment to community building from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award to the MANA National Student Leadership Award.

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Migdalia Loyola Meléndez

Migdalia Loyola Meléndez
Director of Education Outreach, Planned Parenthood
Minneapolis, MN

Migdalia Loyola Meléndez has over fifteen years of experience in organizational leadership, community organizing and project management. Her work has focused on addressing reproductive health, healthy eating, and tobacco control in high priority populations. Loyola is currently the Director of Education & Outreach at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. She is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of community programs that promote public health.  Previously, she worked as a consultant for Invitation Health and Wellness and Project Manager for the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Under her leadership, the Center for Prevention launched the successful EBT and Farmers Market Initiative that assisted many farmers markets to begin accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments from people receiving federal food support. Loyola developed and implemented Entre Amigas, a Planned Parenthood program that prepares Spanish-speaking Latinas as lay health advisors and community leaders in reproductive and sexual health. Loyola received Centro Legal’s 2004 “Excellence in Service” award and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota recognized her with the “25 on the Rise” Award in 2006. She received her Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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Lupe Morales

Lupe Morales
Director of Operations, McDonald’s USA
Frisco, TX

Lupe Morales is currently the Director of Operations for the Greater Southwest Region which encompasses northern Texas, the states of Oklahoma and New Mexico, a portion of NW Arkansas, as well as five restaurants in Kansas and Missouri. Her responsibilities include providing leadership, coaching and strategic direction to my assigned Field Service Managers and Franchisees to deliver superior customer experience and to maximize short- and long-term sales and profits. She serves as an advocate for both the Franchisees and the Company. She currently co-chairs the Greater Southwest Regional Women’s Business Leadership Network and a member of the steering committee for the McDonald’s Hispanic Employee Business Network. Lupe is also a coach and mentor to many McDonald’s employees as well as a facilitator for the Hispanic Career Development program which is designed to enable Hispanic employees to enhance their strengths, learn new skills and understand the actions needed to advance their careers. She is actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost. In 2010, Lupe formed a team to participate in the Seattle Rock n Roll marathon where they raised over $7,000 for RMHC and completed my first half marathon. She was born in Mexico and is the third oldest of seven siblings. She is the second in my family to graduate from college. Lupe received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Northridge. She balances her workload by reading, jogging and spending time with family.

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Nilda Oyola

Nilda Oyola
Vice President of Sales, Majestic Drug Co., Inc.
Walden, NY

Nilda L. Oyola is the Vice President of Sales at Majestic Drug Company, Inc. in South Fallsburg, New York, a manufacturer of niche oral care and personal care products. She has over 25 years of experience in diverse areas of the manufacturing/distributing industry including supply chain, quality and process development of oral care products within her company. Nilda joined Majestic in 1988 as a receptionist 24 years ago, She was promoted on numerous occasions attaining positions of greater and greater responsibility, including assistant to the president, office manager, head of accounts receivable/payable, head of international customer service, national sales and marketing manager, and now Vice President of Sales. Oyola is a proponent of education and dedicated to ensuring future leaders are made. She holds an Associates of Science in Business Management from SUNY Orange in New York and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from SUNY Empire in New York. She has recently been appointed to GMDC’s HBW Advisory Board. She lives in New York and enjoys spending time with her husband, Efrain Oyola and her family.

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Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez
Owner, The Gala Company
Los Angeles, CA

Jennifer successfully has managed to incorporate her business skills and her love for entertainment by establishing Miss California Latina™ and Miss Teen California Latina ™ into the largest state pageant for Latinas in the country. She has been recognized by the city of Los Angeles with an award for her success in the community and has been nominated for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Latino Business Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Jennifer is also know as one of the Bad Girls of Sports, the first ever female duo to cover the world of sports. As host of On The Inside Sports, she brings her knowledge and entertaining views on the latest sports headlines.

Her career began in sports and entertainment, making a notable mark at the National Football League where she began as an intern for Commissioner Paul Tagliabue after she graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in business adminstration. Jennifer was retained by the NFL to work in the public relations department and made a notable impact, which quickly took her through the ranks and landed her a position as events coordinator at the NFL. As an accomplished dancer Jennifer received her formal training at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance School and interned at The Dance Theater of Harlem. Her dance skills landed her numerous jobs as well as position of captain of her Alma Mater's nationally-ranked dance team.

Her love for the arts lead her to several theatrical and film roles. She studied film and television while in New York City and graduated from a two year Meisner program in LA. Some of Jennifer's most notable credits include a hit off-Broadway play and a highly popular play in Los Angeles, which generated positive reviews in La Opinion, LA Weekly and LA Review.

Jennifer has enjoyed success as a print model and TV host, serving as host for Miss US Latina pageant in 2010 and 2012 as well as other state pageants.

She has shared her vast skills and knowledge with several companies and contributed to their growth and recognition. Currently Jennifer resides in Los Angeles where she continues to mentor and create opportunities for Latinas to pursue their goals and dreams while impacting the community.

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