Sandra Alvarado is The Latino Parents' Association (LPA) Executive
Director, where she advocates for meaningful Latino parent involvement
in school reform. She educates Latino parents to demand equal access
to schools, programs, and services and to participate at the school
systems' local and district levels. As a result of her innovative
work, Ms. Alvarado was invited to be a member of the PresidentÕs
Hispanic Educational Council. She incorporates non-traditional methods
such as radio and television to inform and educate the Latino community.
Her production of La Asociación de Padres Latinos en La Hora
del Café radio show has not only reached Boston Latino families
but also parents from other cities in the State.
Laura Corry is the Senior Government/Public Affairs Representative
for the South Florida Water Management District. For the past five
years, Ms. Corry has been the program director for the Hispanic
Outreach Program. In this capacity, Ms. Corry is responsible for
bringing water resources and environmental information/issues to
the Hispanic community in sixteen counties in South Florida. Ms.
Corry received her B.S in Broadcasting with a minor in Business
Administration from the University of Florida in 1983.
Heather Maria Coleman is a Technical Information Specialist
serving the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the past three
years. Ms. Coleman received her M.S. from the Catholic University
of America and her B.A from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms.
Coleman has been very active in her community, working at the federal
level as well as the local level at Latino organizations such as
the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
Judge Francisca Cota currently sits on the Phoenix
Municipal Court Criminal Bench. She received her Juris Doctorate
from Arizona State University in 1985. She has been a judge in
Arizona for eleven years and has served on the Phoenix Bench for
five years. Prior to that she was in private practice in the areas
of civil litigation, domestic relations and criminal defense. Judge
Cota serves in a number of professional and community boards and
organizations. She is often asked to be a guest speaker on a variety
of issues in the law as they apply to minorities and women. In
1994, she was named Los Abogados Woman of the Year.
Alma De Jesus works as a legal reference librarian
at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City.
Ms. De Jesus was a criminal defense attorney and has worked pro
bono cases for the indigent since 1989. In 1990, Ms. De Jesus worked
as a reference librarian-professor at Seton Hall Law School and
in 1993, she worked as a legal reference librarian at the Law Library
of the Library of Congress. Ms. De Jesus has taught at Library
Research classes at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
in New Brunswick and Criminal Justice classes at Hostos Community
College in the Bronx.
Elena Del Valle is President of LNA World Communications,
a marketing and public relations company specializing in the Hispanic
and health care markets. She serves on the boards of the Greater
Miami Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business
Owners, Greater Miami Chapter, among other. She is founding president
of the Hispanic Marketing and Communications Association, co-founder
of the first Hispanic section of the Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) and Chair of the National Section of PRSA. Del Valle
was the 1988 recipient of the Up & Comers Award in Public Relations,
an award that recognizes professional excellence and community
Maricela Narvaez-Foster is the Nurse Consultant/Health
Services Liaison for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serving the children of
Alameda County. Ms. Narvaez-Foster received her Nursing and Public
Health education at the University of San Francisco and Kaiser
Permanente School of Nursing. Ms. Narvaez-Foster has been a Public
Health Nurse with Alameda Health Services Agency since 1981. She
is very active in access and quality of care issues for the Latino
community and has been proactive in developing innovative strategies
to promote quality comprehensive care.
Esther Garcia is District Director for Congressman
RubJn Hinojosa serving the 15th Congressional District in Texas.
Ms. Garcia received her M.P.A from Southwest Texas State University
and her B.B.A from St. EdwardÕs University. As the District
Director for Congresswoman Hinojosa, Ms. Garcia has been involved
in local and community issues.
Gloria Holmes is a Testing Coordinator of the Fair
Housing Project from New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as
a Staff Associate for the EFNEP program for the University of New
Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Ms. Holmes received her Juris
Doctorate from Nuestra Señora del Rosario School of Law
and her MBA from New Hampshire College. Ms. Holmes has devoted
many volunteer hours toward influencing local policies to favor
low income minority audiences. She also wrote a book in English
and Spanish entitled Quick and Easy Meals for Less. This book is
distributed at no cost to low income families who receive food
stamps and welfare benefits.
Francine De Ferreire Kemp is a Senior Counselor/Job
Developer at Project Outlook Career Assistance Center in the Office
of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC. The program, part
of the Defense Reform Initiative serves Federal employees and military
members throughout the federal service. Ms. DeFerriere Kemp received
her M.Ed from Trenton State University, now the College of New
Jersey. She has been very active as a volunteer literacy teacher
and English as a Second Language teacher for many churches and
Hispanic employees of the Department of Defense.
Rebecca Martinez O'Mara is the Director of Regulatory
Policy at Ameritech, the Southwestern telecommunications company.
She re ceived her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University
of Illinois at Chicago in 1988. She started in the banking industry
and worked her way up from secretary, to teller and then to investment
banker. She then moved to Ameritech and started as line manager
(climbing poles) to marketing, sales, operations and currently
director of regulatory policy.
Loyda Martinez is a Network Manager for the project
Management Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Ms.
Martinez earned her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from
the College of Santa Fe (CSF) and is currently a candidate for
her MBA degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems,
also from CSF. Ms. Martinez has had many community service achievements.
Rosalee Montoya is Program Development Officer
for the Cancer Research & Treatment Center at the University
of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. With over ten years of fundraising
and public relations experience, Ms. Montoya-Read has been active
within the Hispanic community advocating for increased awareness
and access to programs benefitting the Hispanic Community. She
is the only Hispanic Advancement professional at the University
of New Mexico.
Julia M. Ojeda is an entrepreneur, national consultant/trainer
with 20 years of proven ability to build capacity in community,
organizational development, leadership and cultural competency/diversity.
Ms. Ojeda is a convener, planner, guide and resource developer
for businesses and diverse communities in the growing New Market.
Julie M. Reyes is a Detective for the New York City
Police Department. She has quickly moved through the ranks and the
divisions of the police department, moving from patrol officer to
detective and working in various areas such as the Narcotics division
and the Manhattan Special Victims Squad. Ms. Reyes received her B.A
in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College in New York City and
is very committed to social causes in her community. She is the president
and member of a breast cancer awareness organization, First Saturday
in October, Inc., which empowers the Hispanic and female communities
Rachel Rios has been involved in the Juvenile Justice
System for over 20 years. She joined the Youth Authority as a Parole
Agent in Los Angeles and has had varying positions within the department
and state. She implemented California's first Bond Act of 25 million
dollars for Youth Centers and Youth Shelters, just prior to taking
the helm of the Stockton Patrol Unit in 1995. The Stockton Patrol
Unit covers seven counties in California and provides a variety
of programs and services to youthful offenders and the community.
Ms. Rios is the Northern Vice-President of the Mexican American
Correctional Association and a member of the Sacramento Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce.
Martha Rodriguez is the Director of Extended Oppor
tunity and Services Program at the West Hills Community College
in Coaling, California. She has had prior educational career experiences
working at Merced Community College as an educational coordinator
and at California State University as a lecturer for the Teacher
Education department. Ms. Rodriguez received her B.A and her M.S
from California State University. She obtained her Ed.D from the
University of Southern California.
Gladys Bedregal Romero works for the Census Bureau
where she interfaces with local governments and community groups
in the states of Washington and Idaho, with a special focus on
migrant farm workers and Hispanics living in the Pacific Northwest.
A native of La Paz, Bolivia, Ms. Romero holds an undergraduate
degree in accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.
She presently serves as president of the Washington State Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Board of Directors for the
Northwest Supplier Development Council and the Seattle Chapter
of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Cristina Michelle Torres is a Senior Program Coordinator
for Student Development at Arizona State University, where she
has worked for the past six years. She received both her B.A and
M.Ed from Arizona State University, concentrating in both elementary,
higher and adult education. Committed to education, Ms. Torres
has been very involved in community activities that impact the
Hispanic and Latino communities.
Elaine Denise Torres is the Public Affairs Coordinator
for the Denver Rocky Mountain News. She received her M.A in Communications
from the University of Denver and her B.A in Political Science from
the University of Colorado. Ms. Torres has served the Latino community
by advocating for Latina women and youth as the Public Relations
Director for Mi Casa Resource Center. This is a non-profit organization
that promotes the security and betterment of Latina women.
Dr. Ruth Zambrana is the Elisabeth Shirley Enochs
Professor and Director of the Center for Child Welfare at George
Mason University. She received her Ph.D from Boston University
and her M.S.W from the University of Pennsylvania. She is very
active in the public health community as a researcher on issues
related to Latino children, women, and families.