The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) is the principal regional advocate for the Hispanic business community’s civic and economic interests. It is our mission is to develop, promote and advocate on behalf of Hispanic businesses & professionals in the Pittsburgh region, while encouraging the advancement and economic growth of Pittsburgh’s Hispanic community.
The PMAHCC is a member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).
The PMAHCC Board of Directors represents a diverse tapestry of well respected, successful business and community leaders who execute a practical approach to the needs of the business community.
Melanie Marie Boyer Executive Director
Melanie Marie Boyer, a CALU and Duquesne University alumna, is a Colombian & United States Citizen. Melanie is a freelance marketing and production specialist in addition to being an emerging venture capital fund manager. Melanie Marie is passionate about helping businesses to reach their full potential and getting funding into the undeserved American entrepreneurial ecosystem. This enables rapid success, defined as self-sustaining job and revenue generating businesses that can improve underestimated communities and the region at large.
Carmen Omaira Malloy has worked at Peoples for the last 27 years. Here, her primary responsibilities include: assuring the company’s compliance with mandated programs, responding to inquiries requested by the regulatory body and she is committed to the Peoples mission of "making life better" in our community and advocating for those who are less fortunate.
Carmen joined the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) in 1999 and in 2013 she was elected President of the executive board. Malloy supports the PMAHCC mission of contributing to making Pittsburgh the city of opportunity and growth for our future generations by managing the Chamber’s Foundation Scholarship program. This program has provided 97 students with scholarships totaling more than $142,000 since the initiative began in 2011.
Carmen, an advocate for volunteering, is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and sits on the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Community Advisory Committee. Ms. Malloy is a member of Saint Richards, Guatemala Mission group whose 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 School.
In 2017 Carmen was honored for her commitment to the community by the Pittsburgh Steelers and National Football League (NFL), as the recipient of the "NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award" as well as the Pittsburgh Magazine, "Spirit of Giving Award". In 2016 she was recognized by the Talk Minority Action Group who presented her with the "Minority Achiever’s Award" as featured in Talk Magazine.
Joe Eliza Owner and CTO, CE Leadership Group
Joe Eliza is a Mexican American who attended the MTY Institute of Tech, State of Mex University and CO Tech University. Joe earned his Masters Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is the Founder and CTO of the CE Leadership Group which provides trainings that enrich the development of the right attitudes and work habits that will make people the driving forces that is needed to meet the goals in operations and initiatives. Notably, they provide training to federal employees in the SW PA region.
The CE Leadership Group provides trainings that enrich the development of the right attitudes and work habits that will make people the driving forces that is needed to meet the goals in operations and initiatives.
Angela Cruz Strategy Analyst at HM Health Solutions
Angela Cruz has lived in Pittsburgh since 2016, previously living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richmond, Virginia, Wilmington and Mooresville, North Carolina.
She currently works in business planning and performance with HM Health Solutions, where she helps develop strategy and goals for the company, and then analyzes performance to determine progress to key metrics.
Angela received her BFA from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her MFA from Lesley University. Both degrees are in Creative Writing, Nonfiction.
Born to a Mexican father who is a small business owner, she understands the critical role Hispanic chambers of commerce play in the community and looks forward to supporting the mission of developing, promoting, and advocating on behalf of Hispanic businesses & professionals in the Pittsburgh region.
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.
Wilfredo (Fred) Ramos Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Highmark Health, Pittsburgh PA
Fred Ramos is a senior business executive, administrator and strategic counselor to senior management with Global Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic Planning, and Operations Management expertise and Thought Leadership. Fred has held numerous senior leadership positions at several Fortune 100 and Most Admired companies – where he has had a successful 25+ year track record of applying his expertise and Thought Leadership to help drive and support strategic, operational and Brand Image and Reputation Management business goals and objectives.
As Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Fred serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Highmark Health enterprise. In this enterprise senior leadership role, Fred has overall responsibility and accountability for leading a multidisciplinary Corporate Communications team focused on building a strong company reputation and integrated communications strategy across Highmark’s health, diversified and provider businesses, and for leading, designing and executing integrated Communications and Public Relations strategies to position the company as a leading health and wellness organization with key government, internal and external stakeholders.
Prior to this, at Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd, Fred served as Global Head of the Employee Communications CoE, a core unit of the global Employee & Executive Communications team above the BU level, a Group level, senior leadership and Executive Staff role within the merged Group Marketing & Communications function. Responsible for leading and managing a team of employee communications business partners located across the globe, Fred helped to ensure the direction and coordination of employee communications activities across the Group, and the development, delivery and measurement of the Group employee communication strategy to drive employee engagement and commitment and to enable and support the execution of Zurich’s business strategy and brand repositioning.
Before that, Fred was the Global Chief of Staff and Head of Strategy, Group Communications, where he served at a Group level, senior leadership and Executive Staff role as the Global Function’s COO and Chief Administrative Officer and directed its day-to-day administrative/operational processes, oversaw budget and agency management, and helped to set its strategic direction. This included driving the development and execution of the function’s multi-faceted, Strategic Framework and Operating Model focused on Group Communications delivering a simpler, more efficient and more effective value proposition to the business at the Group, Segment and Regional/Country level.
Fred joined Zurich in 2011, serving as Vice President/Head, Corporate Communications, and Chief Communications Officer, Zurich North America - General Insurance (GI). In this regional senior leadership role, he led the ZNA-GI communications function and team; multiple, integrated communications channels; and key message platform development – directing and governing Internal/Employee Communications, Public/Media Relations, Crisis Communications, and Executive Communications, and helping to drive enterprise Employee Engagement and Change Management efforts.
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Fred holds a B.A. in Communications and an M.B.A., from Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, IL.
Guillermo Velazquez Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Director Special Projects
Mr. Guillermo Velazquez has a 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, 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, where he manages the first Latino Business Incubator in Pittsburgh.
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, and a diploma in English as a second language. 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 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 years of existence, and he serves on the board of COESA, the Brazilian Association of Pittsburgh.
Omar Khan is in his 21st season in the NFL and 17th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, having served in numerous positions within the organization.
In his current role, Khan works with the day-to-day overall management of the Football & Business Operations Departments, working closely with President Art Rooney II, General Manager Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin. He is in charge of overseeing many different areas and functions of the organization.
Prior to joining the Steelers, Khan worked with the New Orleans Saints for four years. In 2000, he served as Football Operations/Coaching Assistant where he supervised the overall operation of the football program and assisted the offensive coordinator in the day-to-day operations of the offense. From 1998-99, Khan served as New Orleans’ Player Personnel Assistant. His duties included assisting in pro scouting, negotiating player contracts, government affairs and football administration, as well as serving as interim Player Programs Director during the 1998 season. In 1997, Khan was a Player Personnel Intern, primarily working with scouting and research.
Khan joined the Saints after spending the 1996 season as an undergraduate assistant with the Tulane University football program.
Khan is involved in many activities and organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region, including serving on the executive board of Visit Pittsburgh, the executive board of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board of FNB Community Bank. In 2005, Khan was selected to attend the NFL Manager Program at Stanford University Executive Education Graduate School of Business. In 2013, he was selected to attend the NFL Career Development Symposium for front office personnel at the University of Pennsylvania.Khan, a graduate of Tulane, was born in New Orleans, La. He and his wife Kristen reside in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. The couple has one daughter, Sophia
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 performance 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 three years she has worked as a Group Banking Officer, 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 Board Member and Membership Chair 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. Over the last year she was elected to serve on the Equal Opportunity Review Committee of behalf of the Mayors office. This committee reviews city bids which are presented in order to ensure compliance with Minority, Women and Disabled businesses throughout Pittsburgh. Andrea also serves on an advisory Board for Powerlink, which helps small businesses develop and implement strong business plans to increase revenue and implement strategy change.
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
Yvonne Campos Founder and President, Next Act Fund LLC
Yvonne Campos is a nationally recognized businesswoman, speaker, focus group facilitator and consultant. Yvonne founded Next Act Fund in 2016 to help women grow their personal wealth by investing in early-stage, womenowned/led companies, thereby positively impacting women, the region and the nation.
Yvonne’s career includes founding and growing Pittsburgh’s premier research company, Campos Inc. Never one to sit still, Yvonne then noticed an opportunity to support other women entrepreneurs and investors with Next Act Fund. Under Yvonne’s leadership, Next Act Fund has rapidly grown its board and membership with leaders from Pittsburgh’s business and investing community, all of them visionary women and men. Yvonne also founded two Pittsburgh chapters of the Women President’s Organization, a peer-to- peer learning model for women owned business with revenues over one million dollars.
Yvonne is a very active member of the Pittsburgh business community and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for her entrepreneurship and community involvement. Her community involvement spans professional organizations like American Marketing Association (AMA), Executive Women’s Council (EWC), International Women’s Forum (IWF), Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA), and many non-profit board positions and committees. She is a CEO Diamond Award recipient, presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times in recognition of her business leadership and civic engagement.
She currently serves on the board of Quantum Theatre, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Highmark Health, Chatham University - Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, and the Pittsburgh Dance Council. She continues on the honor boards of WQED Multimedia and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Yvonne received her BS in Psychology at the University of Utah, and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Class XI, Tepper School of Business’s Donald H. Jones Entrepreneurship Program, Tuck Executive Education Program and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.
Jonathan Encarnacion Administrative Director, Medical Assistance UPMC
Jonathan Encarnación serves as the Administrative Director for UPMC for You, a division of UPMC Health Plan. In his capacity as Administrative Director, Encarnación is responsible for leading efforts of the UPMC Health Plan and its affiliates to develop product markets in Central PA through the identification and engagement of key stakeholders with goals of building a positive market presence and commitment to new communities, identify critical players in community leadership, professional groups, ethnic communities, consumer groups and others who are able to support the effort. In addition, Encarnación is the host of “A Su Salud—To Your Health.” This monthly bilingual TV program is aimed at educating disadvantaged consumers about health and wellness issues impacting quality of life. Prior to this position, Encarnación directed the Hispanic Center of Reading and Berks County, also known as El Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, which targets the acculturation and self-sufficiency of citizens and non-citizens of Hispanic heritage.
In 2011 Encarnación was appointed by Governor Corbett to serve on the Board of Trustees for Wernersville State Hospital and as a Commissioner for the Sunset Taskforce. Other gubernatorial appointments include Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) during the Ridge administration, Gov. Rendell transition team for the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Commissioner at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Encarnación is also involved in trusteeship positions at various community-based organizations.
Most recently, Encarnación was appointed to the Regional Health Equity Council (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), the Latino Taskforce of the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol) and the Managed Care Delivery System Subcommittee (Pennsylvania Department of Human Services).
Encarnación earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from Texas A & M University, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Alvernia University. In addition, Encarnación has participated as a Fellow at John Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
Brent G. Rondon is currently the Senior Consultant for International Trade for the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Small Business Development Center and Innovation Institute. He consults on export-import and start-up topics as well as assists international entrepreneurs to open a business in Pittsburgh. He has managed a 5-year project to bring U.S. manufacturers of infrastructure-related equipment into the Pacific Alliance markets of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile delivering sales up to $30 million. One of his clients has just won the 2019 Export of the Year Award making it the 7th company who wins such an award under his portfolio. Previously, he has led trade missions to Panama, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Germany.
He received a Master’s Degree of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Engineering from the La Molina University in Peru. He is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) from NASBITE International. He is in the board of Global Pittsburgh, Welcoming Pittsburgh’s initiative from the Mayor of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Sister Cities International and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Diverse Communities Group. He is fluent in Spanish and intermediate Portuguese.