Jesús Rosa is a 1989 graduate of Boston College with a degree in Economics. He has experience working with businesses in the non-profit and for profit arena, in the public and private sector and as an entrepreneur. He has experience in community organizing and working with Chambers of Commerce. He currently holds a Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers license and is employed by UPS as an Enterprise Accounts Account Executive. He is married to Tracy and they are the proud parents of two young boys.
Nader Acevedo is the President of the Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce. In this role he is responsible for the daily operation of the chamber’s businesses, individuals, corporations and educational institutions participation in the academic and economic development of the Hispanic community in the Greater Boston area. With extensive experience with businesses and government leaders at local, state and national levels, he manages all administrative functions and staff and ongoing support of the board of directors.
Prior to joining HACC, Nader was the Director of Latino and Latin American Programs at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences wherehe was responsible for the college’s local and international relationships with educational, government and financial institutionsinstitutions. He established a weekend and summer institute for Latino students “Creando Futuros” (Creating Futures). He developed and implemented a pilot Pharmacy Internship Program to recruit and train pharmacists from four different countries in South America.
Nader a former Vice President of Bank of AmericaCommunity Development responsible for the development and financing of Community Development Corporations and Small Businesses throughout the New England Region, was previously, Vice President of Community Banking at Shawmut Bank responsible for the development and maintenance of business relationships with small businesses and community based organizations. Nader began his banking career in 1990 as Regional Board Member of BayBank.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the School of Sales and Marketing in Colombia. He completed a two year business program at Bryant and Stratton School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Shawmut Bank’s one-year Credit Training Program.
Nader has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, the Boston Banner, La Semana, TV and radio programs locally and in South America and most recently, he was profile in El Mundo Newspaper. He is the Treasurer of the Advisory Board at the Martha Eliot Health Center affiliated with Children’s Hospital, member of the Latino Professional Network (LPN) and member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Past Member of the Mexico-Massachusetts Business Alliance.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his contribution to the economic development of the Latino Community in the United States and South America. Most recently he received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts 2008 Small Business Champion. In 2006 Community Award from the Action for Boston Community Development and from the Boston Public Schools he received a Certificate of Recognition for his contribution to building self-esteem of Latino students by serving as a role model.
As an Administrator and Manager of the City of Boston’s Compensation Plans, she is responsible for the development, analyzing and recommending reconsideration of existing positions, classes and pay grades and establishing new job classifications. Assist in the development and administration of Human Resource policies and procedures ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws, rules and regulations and City of Boston Ordinances. Hire, train, manage, evaluate and motivate staff.
Evaluates staffing requirements and recommend staffing levels to department heads. Manage departmental fiscal accountability in conjunction with the City Budget Director and Auditor to ensure proper departmental staffing levels are maintained. Implemented and manages the city’s Career Center by becoming the city’s expert on their Recruiting Center.
Assists in in-service training programs to Personnel Officers, in the implementation of City policy and procedures and State and Federal mandates, including Performance Review Management, Zero Tolerance for Violence, EEO and Anti-Harassment, FLSA, and American with Disabilities Act.
Represents the City as subject matter expert at union contract grievances, hearings and arbitrations regarding identification and problem resolution relative to classification and compensation issues.
Member of the Comite Cultural Borinqueno de Massachusetts, Board of Directors. Orchestrated, developed and implemented a 501©3 non-profit that concentrates on keeping our Hispanic youth in school with incentives of scholarships for continuing education.
2005 to Present-Vice Chair, Board of Directors, City of Boston Credit Union with 18,700Members and 284 million in Deposits
Past Co-Chair, School Site Board, West Roxbury Urban Science Academy, Co-Chair. Reviewed and approved school budget focusing on recruiting and retaining the most qualified educational workforce.
YMCA’s Training Inc. Program Volunteer liaison on ESL, Job Skills Development, Resume Writing, Interview Skills Enhancement and Dress for Success.
Ms. Salas Received her Master of Education in Management fromCambridge College. She is a long time resident of Hyde Park.
Sylvia Ruiz is an independent insurance broker with Group Health Specialists, a Broker/Consulting firm which works exclusively with small business and individuals, providing professional and expert advice in choosing a group health insurance plan. As a member of the Group Health Specialists’ team, Sylvia was trained to handle the administration of the day-to-day aspects of group health insurance; ranging from billing issues to additions and deletions of employees. She serves as a liaison between the plans’ participants and the insurance companies at all times.
Sylvia is fluent in Spanish and has knowledge of Portuguese. Sylvia is a Certified Medical Interpreter by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She has volunteered her time at various not-for-profits, community-based organizations including Open Door Free Medical Clinic and Framingham Adult ESL Plus.
Prior to joining, Group Health Specialist, Sylvia worked as a Legal Assistant for Shapiro & Kreisman; a Framingham-based law firm who represents institutional lenders in foreclosures, bankruptcies and evictions.
Sylvia became a Member of the Board of the Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce and joined the Event Committee, where she works on securing new events for the HACC.
Richard Strauss Morales is a Massachusetts attorney that practices employment and immigration law. He is Vice President at Exemplar Law, LLC in Boston and leads up Exemplar’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa initiative, as well as the Litigation and Immigration departments. In Immigration, his travels have him focused in inbound investment and immigration from Latin America and Asia (China, Hong-Kong). In Commercial Litigation, Richard serves a lead counsel in cases across the country representing businesses in contractual disputes.
Richard has been an active member of HACC since 2005. He has done extensive pro bono work in citizenship and asylum initiatives in Massachusetts, as well as with the Latino Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Richard is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has also studied in Spain at the University of Seville and in Venezuela at the Catholic University Andres Bello.
Originally from South America, Miryam brings unparalleled energy and enthusiasm as well as experience and leadership to the Board.
She started as an Immigration Specialist for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later worked for the U.S. Federal Government until 2007. During law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Moriarty at Suffolk Probate and Family Court and was selcted by the U.S. Department of Commerce to capture partnership alliances and later oversee and direct the population statistical data in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Malden.
Miryam believes in empowering small business, communities, and the immgirant sector, though education, communication, awareness, and motivation. She is an active volunteer at the Boston Bar Volunteer Lawyer Project, Centro Latino, and serves a Board member at East Boston’s non-profit NOAH.
Miryam holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Boston University and is a licensed Attorney in Boston. She serves as Of Counsel to two law firms in Boston and also has offices located in East Boston, Revere, and Brighton. Her practice entails licensing, business law, and real estate law for a variety of clients located primarily in the East Boston, Revere, Lawrence, and Lynn areas. Her hobbie is real estate investment.
Mr. Gomez is President & CEO of Worcester County’s largest Latino non-profit agency with an annual budget of almost $ 3.1 Million and 43 employees. Centro’s mission is “To Serve, Empower & Advocate for the greater Worcester Community”. Among some of the most popular programs and services offered at CLA are our emergency food pantry, our Latino Elder Program, and our annual Latin American Festival. In addition to his roll at CLA, this spring, Mr. Gomez joined Becker College in Worcester MA as an Adjunct Professor, teaching intercultural communication.
Mr. Gomez became Centro Las Americas’ Executive Director in March of 2007 after serving in a number of rolls on the Board of Directors. He has an AA in Business Management from Quinsigamond Community College, a BA in Business Administration from Assumption College, a Graduate Certificate in Human Service Management from Clark University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Clark University. Mr. Gomez served 4 & ½ years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from which he was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
He has served on the board of, and helped establish numerous civic, business and charitable organizations in Worcester and throughout MA. He is member of the MA Council of Human Service Providers, past President of the Board of Directors of the Latino Business Association of Worcester County, a member of the World Affairs Council, Worcester Chapter, Worcester Rotary Club, and the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of MA. He served 5 ½ years on the Worcester City Council and as its Vice Chairman from January 2004 to January 2006.
Among his awards, he has received recognition by the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund for his work in community service while at Assumption College, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship award for public service while at QCC, the Greater Worcester Jay Cees Outstanding Young Leader Award in 1994, and most recently (May 2005) the Outstanding Dominican American Citizen award presented by the President of the Dominican Republic in a gala dinner at the Dominican Embassy in Washington, DC. The latest award was presented as a result of his work as an elected official and for helping organize the New England response to the Jimany tragedy which occurred in 2004 in Jimany-Dominican Republic. Also in 2004 Professor Jeffrey Gerson and Dr. Karol Hardy-Fanta published “Latino Politics in Massachusetts”, a recount of the political gains of Latinos across the Commonwealth. Mr. Gomez is the author of the chapter on Worcester.
Juan is the proud father of two sons, Juan Eric Gomez, 25, is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College, and holds a BS in Psychology from Anna Maria College, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology; and James Andre Gomez, 21, who is a Junior at Anna Maria College. Juan was born in Santurce Puerto Rico of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, and has lived in Worcester 34 years.
Among his interests, Juan enjoys music and dancing, current affairs, enjoying Sunday dinners with his sons, and golf.
Fernando J. Domenech Jr. is President of DHK Architects, an architectural and planning firm with offices in Boston, New York, and San Juan. He has been a leading practitioner in the field of architecture in Boston for over thirty years. Fernando received his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, in 1974. He has worked with several prominent architectural firms in Boston and Puerto Rico and is a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. His projects have been broadly recognized with awards for their numerous contributions to the revitalization of inner city neighborhoods though creative planning, imaginative urban design and excellence in architecture. He is a member of the College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Fernando has been honored by the National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as Most Promising Architect. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has been certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. In addition, he also maintains an active interest and involvement in the Boston Community. He has served as a member of the Boston Zoning Commission, the Board of Advisors of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Charities of Boston, the Board of Advisors of the El Centro del Cardenal, and the Board of Directors for Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House, Boston and the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science.
Fernando’s academic experience includes posts as an instructor for architectural workshops and design courses. He has given lectures and presentations at universities, libraries, industry events and community associations.
Fernando has won design awards including: Grand Award for Mixed-Use, Preservation Achievement Award, Community Building by Design Award from HUD/AIA, and several awards for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects.
Fernando has been a resident of Boston’s South End for the past 30 years, where he lives with his wife, young daughter, and two cats!
Saritin works at Metro Credit Union as a Community Relations & Business Development Officer. She began a distinguished career in the nonprofit sector over twenty years ago working as a peer leader for the public health department, with a goal of going into communities with at-risk youth to educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Since those early days, Saritin has been “doing for others” in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others: as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence.
Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a community leader. She is a board member of the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and has successfully organized Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
Saritin was nominated by Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash and Stop and Compare Supermarkets, a neighborhood supermarket chain serving the Hispanic and ethnic populations of Boston and Providence, for her tireless dedication to community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.
She has also been recognized as a “community social capitalist” by Social Capital, Inc. (SCI), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on building community thought civic engagement and partnership. Saritin was one of six recipients of the award presented at the annual SCI Social Capitalist Lunch in April.