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Ron Alvarado Novus Group, LLC, President.
Ron Alvarado is the President and founder of Novus Group, LLC, a Pittsburgh based staffing and recruitment outsourcing company. In June 2013 (for the 3rd consecutive year) Novus was ranked one of the Top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine and in September 2014, the magazine named Novus the 24th Fastest Growing Company in the nation. In August 2013 (for the 2nd year in a row) Novus was named one of The 100 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Mr. Alvarado proudly served on the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the Governor’s principal private sector policy advisor on workforce development issues. He was initially appointed to the WIB in 2008 by then Governor Edward G. Rendell and was reappointed by Governor Tom Corbett. He is the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the board of the Dollar Energy Fund.
Mr. Alvarado is the recipient of the 2013 Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Vanguard Diversity Award. He is also the recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee 2015 “El Sol Award”.
Carmen Malloy Peoples Natural Gas, Consultant,
Customer Relations Specialist
Carmen is a resident of Wexford, Pennsylvania. She was born in Cúcuta, Colombia where she spent her childhood and attended Catholic School “El Carmen Teresiano”. Carmen attended the “University of La Salle” where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Work in 1983. After college Mrs. Malloy worked for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, where she was a counselor and worked with poor communities on the outskirts of Bogotá. She arrived to the United States in 1984 through a student exchange program, to learn English. She later was granted a scholarship through a University of Pittsburgh/University of La Salle reciprocal agreement. During her time at Pitt, Carmen was awarded a field research study grant thru the Tinker Foundation for a project involving the colonists of the Colombian Amazon jungle.
At Pittsburgh University, Carmen Malloy obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work, majoring in Social Work Administration. She obtained a certification in Industrial Social Work and performed her second year internship at Peoples Gas where she continues to work today. She has also worked as translator for the Berlitz School of Language and as a counselor for Family Resources.
Carmen has worked at Peoples for the last 23 years. Here, her primary responsibilities include: assuring the company’s compliance with mandated programs, responding to inquiries requested by the regulatory body and providing Customer Assistance Programs to low- income customers.
Carmen enjoys volunteering. She volunteered with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for the last 9 years and she is currently in her second year of volunteering for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. She is also a member of Saint Richards, Guatemala Mission group which focus is to support an orphanage in Patzún, Guatemala. Carmen has visited the orphanage as a volunteer, translator and group coordinator with Saint Richard Parish as well as Oakland Catholic.
Mrs. Malloy has three children, all Colombian and American Citizens as well as one grandson. She enjoys participating in volunteer activities with her friends and family, teaching her grandson Spanish and traveling. Carmen has been a proud member of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 1999. In 2013 she was elected as President of the executive board of the chamber and is still active in this position.
Carrie Ann Quintana PNC BANK, Vice President and Multicultural Marketing Manager
Carrie Ann Quintana is vice president and multicultural marketing manager of PNC Bank. Quintana is responsible for reaching diverse customers through existing PNC products and programs as well as creating new culturally and language appropriate strategies for Spanish-speaking customers and other multicultural segments.
Quintana joined PNC in October 1997 as a financial services consultant and was promoted to lead financial services consultant II. In 2002, Quintana led the development of a Spanish-language toll free telephone line as part of PNC’s Customer Service Call Center, providing Spanish language customer service for Hispanic customers. Under Quintana’s leadership, 1-866-HOLA-PNC grew from two Spanish-speaking customer service representatives to 38 bilingual representatives. The program was expanded into a companywide initiative that now supports over 450 multicultural branches in PNC’s footprint providing transadapted branch materials and original culturally relevant advertising. In 2004, Quintana was named the first Hispanic segment manager, and in 2005 was promoted to vice president.
Quintana is active in the Hispanic community, serving on the board of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC). She is president of the board of La Escuelita Arcoiris, a Spanish immersion preschool in Pittsburgh, and is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). In addition, she served as the commissioner for Allegheny County for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (2008-2010). In 2004, she received a PNC Performance Award, the highest and most prestigious employee honor attainable at PNC. She is a recipient of the 2006 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 Award; the PMAHCC’s Siembra Leadership Award, and was selected into the 2013 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) Program. Quintana earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Hispanic languages and cultures. She also has a certificate in Latin American studies. In 2004, she earned her professional translation certificate in Spanish/English. Quintana also studied at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México. 02/13
Jesús (JT) Torres, CPA Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Senior Accountant
Guillermo Velazquez Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Director Special Projects
Mr. Guillermo Velazquez has an in-depth wealth of experience assisting U.S. based companies expanding internationally and foreign companies seeking to develop their local and international markets. Mr. Velazquez’s international career began as a Marketing Specialist with Nissan Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., Nissan Motor’s Headquarters Office in Mexico City. During his three-year tenure with Nissan, Mr. Velázquez was responsible for developing and implementing marketing, sales and advertising support programs for distributors within Mexico’s territory of 32 states. Additionally, Mr. Velazquez was part of a team that designed and implemented technology solutions for business processes that enabled him to develop his IT skills and Internet based services used in developing and implementing marketing and sales plans.
In 1995 Mr. Velazquez relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was Director for Special Projects with the World Trade Center Pittsburgh. In this position, Mr. Velázquez was responsible for managing export and import trade development projects between small, mid-size and large local companies, and international companies. Mr. Velazquez was also responsible for the management and growth of the World Trade Center’s technology initiatives such as web and database management, and the educational programs that included the Global Trade Institute, an international seminar series for business executives in the areas of international strategy, law, freight, and the cross-cultural and financial basics of exporting. Mr. Velazquez was also responsible for planning and managing the first international exposition -- the Western Pennsylvania International Trade Fair an annual event attended by approximately 400 U.S. and foreign companies seeking to expand their international business.
Subsequent to his tenure at the WTC, Mr. Velazquez worked at Conco Services Corp. where he was primarily responsible for managing the development of its Latin American sales markets. This position enabled him to utilize and improve his international marketing skills and required him to conduct market entry studies, devise market strategy, establish channels of distribution, and manage distributors and agents for Spanish, Portuguese and Italian speaking countries—resulting in an exponential growth in the company’s international sales. Mr. Velazquez left Conco Services Corp. to consult as an independent International Business Development professional assisting companies to develop a global outreach, assess markets, develop international strategies, and open new international channels of distributions that resulted in access to new markets and increased profits. In 2011 Mr. Velazquez rejoined Conco Systems as Manager for Latin America, with a strong focus on international distribution management. Currently, Mr. Velazquez serves as Director of Special Projects at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation.
Guillermo Velázquez is currently a 2018 MBA Global Management candidate at Point Park University. In 1995 Mr. Velazquez obtained a degree in Business Relations and International Business from the National Polytechnic Institute, University of Business Administration and Marketing in Mexico City, Mexico. Furthermore he also holds a diploma in computer systems, a diploma in English as a second language and he is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and English.
Mr. Velazquez served from 2002 – 2004 as President of the Western Pennsylvania Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promoting commerce for Hispanic owned businesses in the region. Currently, Mr. Velazquez continues serving as a board member and executive committee member, and chair of the Latino Business Initiative of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In October 2016, Mr. Velazquez became the president of LACU - Latin American Union Culture, the oldest Latino membership organization in Pittsburgh with 30 year in existence. Mr. Velazquez is licensed to provide life insurance in Pennsylvania, serving the Latino community in Pittsburgh on weekends.
Ivan Usero Nationwide Insurance
With over 6 years of sales/recruiting experience and over 10 years in the business world, Ivan Usero is motivated Bilingual Senior Sales Associate with Nationwide Insurance. A graduate of Duquesne University and Robert Morris University respectively Ivan is a professional with the skills required to lead projects that meet business needs. Ivan has the tools needed to deal with diverse individuals in any professional setting while directly adding value to the organization and its bottom line. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico Ivan takes every opportunity to help others and to show that Pittsburgh’s Latino community is on the rise and here to stay!
Armando A. Ocando Lifetime Financial Growth LLC
Mr. Armando A. Ocando is a Christian man married to his wonderful wife Betsa. Armando and Betsa are passionate about sharing their gifts, expertise, and compassion with others. Armando is the son of Armando R. Ocando of Maracaibo, Venezuela and Donna M. Ocando of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Armando earned his degree in business/entrepreneurship at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Armando is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While in college, Armando started his professional career at The Bank of New York Mellon, and worked in outside sales for Vector Marketing in the evenings where he refined his sales and professional skills. In 2009 Armando started his career in financial planning and he continues to serve affluent clients through a comprehensive wealth building process focused on coaching clients to maximize their resources and be good stewards of their money. Armando currently serves his clients through his firm - Lifetime Financial Growth, LLC – A privately owned wealth management firm. In addition to having a broad based financial practice at his firm, Armando specializes in a unique structure of premium financing that allows individuals and families to create substantial legacies through a highly specialized high-net-worth estate planning program. This specialty enables Armando to focus on charitable giving opportunities that make the world a better place. Armando also specializes in tax-efficient executive benefits for corporations, colleges, universities, and hospitals.
Community Involvements: Armando serves on the Board of Directors of PMAHCC – The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. At PMAHCC Armando serves as the events chairperson and organizes local and national events. On a national level, Armando serves on the Board of Directors for Scripture Union, USA. With Scripture Union, Armando serves on the development and field committee. On a local basis, Armando serves on the board of directors of: ALPFA – Pittsburgh. Association of Latino Professionals For America. Armando serves as the Corporate Relations Chairperson. Locally, Armando serves as a volunteer teacher and mentor in Junior Achievement of Western PA. Armando is a Member of Rotary International of Upper St. Clair/Bethel Park, Chapter advisor for Beta-Theta-Pi Fraternity, Regional Council member of Scripture Union, Co-Leader of Pittsburgh’s Aruna Run Race, mentor and volunteer coach at Upper St. Clair Leadership Academy, and volunteer with Pittsburgh Metro Cru.
Armando’s Professional Mission: “My mission is to serve, guide, and challenge the individuals, organizations, and families who my team and I are blessed to work with in order to implement financial strategies that maximize wealth for our clients, their loved ones, and the causes that they are most passionate about.”
Jody Doherty Comcast, Regional VP of Community Investment
Jody Doherty is Regional Vice president of Community Investment for Comcast. She manages Comcast Foundation giving for the Keystone Region by identifying partnership opportunities that demonstrate commitment in the areas of digital literacy, youth leadership and development, as well as volunteerism. Additionally, Doherty directs the regional efforts of Comcast Cares Day, one of the largest corporate volunteerism initiatives in the country, and the region’s United Way campaign.
With a career in communications spanning 30 years, prior to joining Comcast, Doherty was Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where she headed their government relations and global visibility efforts. She has held leadership positions in Allegheny County government and with WTAE-TV.
Honored, with many notable awards, she is the recipient of the Association of Cable Communicators Beacon for Comcast’s successful United Way communications campaign and a PRSA Renaissance Award for Public Service for the launch of Fugitive Files On Demand. She has also garnered four UPI and AP honors.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Jody serves on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Kenia Acioly Mooka Entertainment
The artist was born Kenia Acioly into a family of Italian origins in the city of Nova Iguaçu, a distant working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro. When she was six, Kenia’s family moved to Copacabana. Later, she lived in Niterói, Rio’s sister city across Guanabara Bay, and Leblon, one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods. Each stop along the way provided opportunities to explore the local cultural peculiarities that go into making Rio and its neighboring environs one of the world’s most exotic locales.
An interest in music came early; she studied piano and learned to play the guitar by ear. Singing however, became her path to success in music world. Influenced by such Brazilian greats as the late Elis Regina, she also began listening to such North American artists as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRea and George Benson. And her choice of music to interpret came not from the bossa nova of the 1960s but from the talents of the generation of composers that followed and put the Brazilian sound on the world map once again.
Arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Kenia quickly established herself as the new Brazilian singer on the scene and recorded her debut in the States with trumpeter Claudio Roditi on his album Red on Red. Several years later, she launched her solo recording career, producing four popular and critically-acclaimed albums for the MCA and Denon labels between 1987 and 1991. She also established herself as one of the most popular and successful U.S. based Brazilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brazil ‘66. In 1997, Kenia launched her own label, Mooka Records, with a particularly ambitious effort; Project Ivan Lins, a tribute to the one of Brazil’s most prolific and popular contemporary songwriters, featuring Lins himself as a special guest.
Jesabel Rivera-Guerra, MPH, CHES, American Heart Association, Community Health Director - Health Strategies Department
Jesabel Rivera-Guerra was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised by her community-activist grandmother who taught her the importance of helping others and being the voice of those who do not have a voice.
She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor in Science, majoring in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. After graduation in 2010, she came to Pittsburgh to become part of the University of Pittsburgh Intramural Research Award (UPIRTA) post baccalaureate program. During her year as a post- baccalaureate student, she inquired the gratifying world of Public Health. Her keen interest in public service led her to pursue a Master's in Public Health (MPH) in Infectious Disease Management, Intervention and Community Practice with a Certificate in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. It was in her MPH that she understood that before intervening in an infectious disease issue, social disparities must be addressed. Her primary goal is to increase the visibility of the Latino community, and to empower them to reach their potential.
During her MPH, she was elected President of the Latin American Cultural Union, a non-profit community-based organization whose mission is to promote, preserve and enrich the Hispanic culture in the greater Pittsburgh area, where she currently serves. As of today, she has implemented strategies to increase the visibility of Latinos in Pittsburgh, including but not limited to picnics, film festivals, concerts and collaborative events with Pittsburgh-based organizations such as the Pittsburgh Pirates. She also created the "LACU Partners for Collaborative Solutions", an initiative that promoted the collaboration and shared resources among the existing Latino-serving organizations. In addition, she worked collaboratively with the Pittsburgh's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to implement the Latino Business Initiative, which creates a connection between the Latino-owned small businesses with the Latino consumers through a discount card.
Jesabel is also a board member at Casa San José, as part of their Resource Development Committee. Here, she organized the 1st Navigating Pittsburgh Summit, which was on November 8th. Navigating Pittsburgh is an annual conference targeting mid to low-income immigrants and newcomers, to learn how to better navigate the local systems and resources, with the goal of empowering them to be successful and self-sufficient contributors in the community.
Jesabel does all this as a volunteer work. When she is not volunteering, she works full-time as a Health Strategy Consultant at Highmark, creating strategies to improve employee health through wellness programs. Here as well, she makes sure that all programs are also reaching out the vulnerable and underserved populations.
Andrea Vasquez, Dollar Bank, Group Banking Representative
Andrea Vasquez is a Pittsburgh-born native who is excited to witness and partake in the astounding changes in this revitalized city. She is a 2002 graduate from Plum Senior High School, and went on to further her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Minors in Business Administration and Journalism. She was a Board of Governor’s full Scholarship Recipient, which was awarded based on academic performances and a minority background. She is a fourth-generation Mexican and Polish mix. She is currently a resident in the city of Pittsburgh.
She obtained an eight year career in the fashion industry with such corporations as H&M, Macys and JCPennys. Her most recent position was Merchandise Execution Manager, in which she oversaw storewide operations. After this endeavor she began a career in financing. During her first three years in this industry she was the Branch Manager for the mutual and historic Dollar Bank. Over the last year and a half she has worked as a Senior Group Banking Representative, and oversees business development in the regions covering twenty branches.
Andrea currently serves as a leader for the Next Generation Council through Vibrant Pittsburgh, and is focusing her efforts on collaborating organizations dedicated to retaining diverse talent in the city. She is a co-chair on the board for the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC.org). She is active in many chambers throughout the city, such as the North Chamber, Airport Chamber, Southpointe Chamber, and attends events on behalf of the bank to increase overall business development in various regions. She is also a member with the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association.
Ana María Caula P.h.D. Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Slippery Rock University, Chairperson and Associate Professor.
Ana María Caula has lived in the Pittsburgh area for the last 21 years. She is from Caracas, Venezuela, born to Argentine parents. She is currently Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Slippery Rock University where she created a Spanish Professional concentration which prepares students to use the language in their future careers. She obtained a doctorate in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (2002) from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a BA in Letras (1996) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. She currently serves as the Revision coordinator of Slippery Rock University’s Liberal Studies Program (General Education) committee. Her research interest is Women prose narratives from the 19th and 20th Century in Latin America and also Hispanic children’s literature. She has published in the area of language teaching pedagogy and technology as well as articles about Latino American literature and film. Her book Luchas por la independencia: género y nación en la obra de Teresa de la Parra is currently in print in Venezuela with the publishing house El perro y la rana