Rosanna Durruthy
Chief Diversity Officer
Cigna Corporation

As Cigna’s Chief Diversity Officer, Rosanna Durruthy leads and aligns diversity and inclusion as a center of excellence practice that supports the company’s mission to help customers improve their health, well being and sense of security. Operating from a customer centric focus, Rosanna frames diversity to drive talent engagement, business growth, customer satisfaction and cross-cultural capabilities for all Cigna employees.

Prior to joining Cigna, Rosanna led an organizational consulting practice designed to empower mastery of fit and mastery of influence in emerging leaders. With an emphasis upon executive coaching and personal network analysis, women and people of color transitioned into leadership accountabilities with a higher rate of success than previously recorded by client companies including leaders in financial services, media/advertising, and consumer packaged goods.

Rosanna has held human resources leadership roles in diversity recruiting, staffing, leadership development and HR technology in financial services and media entertainment companies. She has presented at numerous conferences including the 6th Emotional Intelligence World Summit; Brokering Change: a Wall Street Multicultural Women’s Exchange; and the Forté MBA Women’s conference.

Rosanna attended Harvard College and in 2002, was named one of the country’s leading Hispanic women by both Hispanic and Hispanic Business magazines.

Diana Sousa
Sr. Director, Corporate Responsibility and Business Communications
Cigna Corporation

Since Diana joined CIGNA she has focused on placing earned media features that are aligned to business growth strategies: from CIGNA's new dental product offerings for individuals and families with coverage in Dallas Business Journal, Austin Business Journal, National Underwriter (online) and California Broker to Tweeting at CIGNA forums that were reposted on various media outlets. In support of their executive leaders, Diana has prepared remarks and presentations for employee and customer events including Gold Circle, CEO Forum, Cross-Program Summit, and CIGNA Producer Advisory Council. With Dr. Kang, she is working on peer-reviewed publishing and publicizing the results from the ACO and the Absence Prediction and Prevention Model studies.

After earning an MBA from Columbia University School of Business, Diana spent 16 years in increasingly senior communication roles at GE; she continued being a corporate business communications executive at UTC, FORTUNE, Apollo Private Equity, and most recently at Covidien Surgical Devices where her global responsibilities included CEO communications, investor communications, marketing communications, and all internal and external communications. She earned a B.A. from Drew University.

Thomas A. McCarthy
VP of Finance
Cigna Corporation

Thomas A. McCarthy is Vice President, Finance of Cigna Corporation. He is responsible for strategy & corporate development and management of run-off reinsurance operations. Tom has over 30 years experience in healthcare and insurance services, including 25+ years with Cigna in various financial and operational assignments.

Tom served as interim CFO from August 2010 through June 2011, with responsibility for Cigna’s financial and investment management functions.

Tom has been actively engaged in developing and implementing Cigna’s Go Deep, Go Global, Go Individual enterprise strategy. He has led negotiations for a number of significant M&A transactions.

Tom has served in various other financial and underwriting roles.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Eliana Nunez
Operational Effectiveness Senior Director
Cigna Corporation

Eliana Nunez is Senior Director, Business Project and Operational Effectiveness for the Portfolio Management Organization.

Ms. Nunez has over 20 years experience In the Healthcare industry, with work experience ranging from Operations, Program and Portfolio Management. Her expertise is in leading collaborative enterprise-wide decisions within extensive multi-layered matrix organization, implementing foundational processes for operational effectiveness and efficiency, and with large enterprise-wide IT initiatives and strategy implementation.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Ms. Nunez immigrated to America as a child and was raised by her single mother while living in the inner city of Hartford. Both Ms. Nunez’s family and her own environmental experiences helped shape her passion and resilience for higher achievement. She is a Latina Army Volunteer focused on providing young Latinas with accomplished role models.

Ms. Nunez holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University and has her Global Credential as Project Management Professional (PMP).

Arthur Rockwell
VP of Sales

Arthur has spent nearly two decades educating and working with clients to tap into the increasingly diverse and affluent U.S. Hispanic market. He has extensive experience in maximizing sales efforts through developing a motivating atmosphere for sales teams and fostering strong relationships with clients, marketers, advertising agencies, and media buying organizations.

Arthur previously worked for CBS Outdoor Latino as the Senior Vice President of Sales. While at CBS Outdoor, he piloted a new division to market, promote, and sell out-of-home media coverage of the U.S. Hispanic market. He also educated their internal sales and marketing teams on opportunities within the Hispanic market in order to increase revenue. Through his extraordinary marketing skills and deep understanding of the U.S. Hispanic market, he increased overall Hispanic billing by over 130% in four years and grew Puerto Rican revenue by 23% in just one year.

Arthur has an impressive background in sales and marketing, making him a significant asset to the Geoscape team. Since the beginning of his career, he has enjoyed a consistent track record of increased revenue for nearly every company where he’s been employed and has grown into a top-level executive.

Arthur was born in San José, Costa Rica and spent his childhood between Costa Rica and Indiana. He moved to Los Angeles in 1984, spending 22 years there during which he studied at Cypress College and Cal State Fullerton, met his wife and had three beautiful children. He is passionate about his family, profession, sailing, flying and trying to break 100 in golf.

Dr. Antonia Novello
14th U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Antonia Coello Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. degree in 1965 and an M.D. degree in 1970. She served her pediatric internship and residency in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. She completed her subspecialty training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Dr. Novello received a master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1982 and a Doctor of Public health in May 2000. She holds countless awards, including the Legion of Merit, The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and the National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, as well as a membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to name a few, and over 50 honoris causa.

Dr. Novello entered the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1978 after working in the private practice of pediatrics and nephrology. Her entire USPHS career was spent at the National Institutes of Health, rising to deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. While at NICHD, she chaired HHS Task Force on Pediatric HIV/AIDS, co-chaired the NIH Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Issues, and chaired the USPHS revitalization of the Commissioned Corps.

While at NIH, Dr. Novello gained experience on Capitol Hill as she was detailed to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. During this time, she made major contributions to the drafting and enactment of the Organ Procurement Transplantation Act of 1984 (P.L.98-507) and was successful in drafting warning labels concerning the health risks of cigarette smoking.

On March 9, 1990 Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to serve as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her appointment marked two firsts: Dr. Novello became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position. As Surgeon General, Dr. Novello advised the public on health matters such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention.

After her Surgeon General tenureship, she served as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative for Health and Nutrition where she advised the Executive Director on issues pertaining to women, children and youth. In particular, Dr. Novello provided leadership toward the global efforts to eliminate iodine and vitamin A deficiency disorders, immunizing the world’s children, and preventing smoking and substance abuse in youth.

On June 3, 1999, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Dr. Novello to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner. In this capacity, she headed one of the leading health agencies in the nation with a $49 Billion budget – one-third of the whole NY state budget. Some of her responsibilities included: improving Medicaid and Medicare, regulation of hospitals and nursing homes, bio-terrorism preparedness, and September 11th disaster management.

Dr. Novello currently serves as the Executive Director of Public Health Policy at Florida Hospital in Orlando. She is in charge of advocating, translating and implementing public health issues across the board, as well as directing and organizing a lecture series of nationally acclaimed medical professionals, known as The Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA
Managing Director - Medical Technology

Dr. Hubert Zajicek is managing director, Medical Technology at the North Texas Enterprise Center (NTEC), a medical technology incubator/accelerator in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Zajicek came from UT Southwestern, where he was an NIH funded scientist, on faculty in the departments of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology respectively. He has screened, evaluated or advised hundreds of medical technology startups and sits on a variety of industry association boards. Dr. Zajicek received his M.D. from the University of Vienna and his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He authored and co-authored over 50 scientific papers, book chapters, and grants. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN) and a certified incubator manager (NBIA).

Tracy Swanson
Vice President Benefits, Health and Workforce Solutions
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Tracy is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in developing, leading, and motivating teams for value added results. She brings a highly effective combination of strategic planning, critical thinking, productivity and process expertise coupled with strong leadership skills. She is currently Vice President Benefits, Health and Workforce Solutions for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts leading teams across the U.S. In this role, she is responsible for the design, development and delivery of benefits, occupational health, wellness, work/life, work force measurement, analysis and human resource information systems.

She led the development and implementation of The Center for Living Well, an on-site health and wellness center that provides primary medical care and pharmacy services for thousands of Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Previously, as an executive with Disney Worldwide Shared Services, Tracy oversaw the design and implementation of a new enterprise human resource service center for The Walt Disney Company serving a domestic employee base of over one hundred thousand.

In her career with Disney she has lead many multi-faceted, cross-functional teams resulting in multiple HR system implementations, the introduction of a Work/Life focus, including flexible work arrangement programs and innovative childcare solutions. Her early tenure with the Company was spent in various finance capacities including responsibility for consolidation of strategic five-year and annual operating plans for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

An active member in the Community, she is a past Chairman of the Board for BETA Center Inc., a non-profit organization whose focus is providing children and parents with the knowledge and support needed to build strong and healthy families. She is Vice Chair of Programs for The Central Florida Health Care Coalition.

Tracy holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida and was a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive). She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, and a recipient of The Rollins College Graduate School, Management Certification. She is married, has an 18-year-old son and resides in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Elena Rios
President and CEO

National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States.The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation, to direct educational and research activities.

Dr. Rios also serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Campaign Against Obesity, the American Medical Association Commission to End Health Disparities, the CDC Health Disparities Subcomittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, the AHRQ Expert Panel on Innovation, HHS Consultant to the Patient Care Outcomes Research to End Health Disparities Project and the NQF’s Priorities Partnership. Dr. Rios has lectured and published articles and has received several leadership awards, including awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health Month, Inc., Hispanic Magazine, Verizon’s First Pollin Community Service Award, and Amerimed. Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University in October, 2006. She was awarded the 2008 Latino Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Award in New York in October 2008.

Prior to her current positions, Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional and Minority Women’s Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health from November 1994 to October 1998. In 1993, Dr. Rios was appointed to the National Health Care Reform Task Force as Coordinator of Outreach Groups for the White House. In 1992, Dr. Rios worked for the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as a policy researcher. Dr. Rios has also served on and the Partnerships for Prevention Boards of Directors President and on the PacifiCare-UnitedHealthcare California Investment Committee. Chicano/Latino Medical Association of California, Advisor to the National Network of Latin American Medical Students, member of the California Department of Health Services Cultural Competency Task Force, Stanford Alumni Association and Women’s Policy Inc. Boards of Directors, and the AMA’s Minority Affairs Consortium Steering Committee.

Dr. Rios earned her BA in Human Biology/Public Administration at Stanford University in 1977, MSPH at the University of California School of Public Health in 1980, her MD at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 1990, and her NRSA Health Services Research Fellowship at UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine in 1992.

Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
Professor of Neurosurgery
Johns Hopkins

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa received his medical degree from Harvard, where he graduated with honors. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology.

Now an assistant professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Quiñones serves as the Director of the brain tumor program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. He focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery. He is expert in treating intradural spinal tumors as well as brainstem and eloquent brain tumors in adults with the use of neurophysiological monitoring during surgery. He further specializes in the treatment of patients with pituitary tumors using a transphenoidal endonasal approach with surgical navigation and/or endoscopic techniques. He has a strong interest in treating patients with skull base tumors and the use of radiosurgery as an adjunct to the treatment of these lesions.

Dr. Quinones conducts numerous research efforts on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function.

His most recent accolade was being honored with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Ronald Bittner Award. He has also received multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Quinones was an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Who after years of work as a farm worker, saved up enough money to eventually become a US citizen. All the while becoming a brain surgeon and Harvard graduate. He has been featured on CNN Heros, NPR and the New York Times.

Raymond J. Arroyo
Head of Alternative Distribution

Raymond J. Arroyo is Aetna's Head of Alternative Distribution – a new role that is designed to build stronger partnerships for Aetna that drive membership, revenue, and value for each organization involved.

Prior to this role, Raymond was Aetna's Chief Diversity Officer, leading diversity-related strategies for the company, linking diversity to company goals to increase talent pipeline and drive business growth.

Prior to joining Aetna, Raymond worked at Altria Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC and Domino Sugar Corporation, all based in New York City.

Raymond serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also an Officer of the Board of Trustees of the Wheeler Clinic, where he serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Raymond has an M.S. degree from Polytechnic University and a B.A. degree from NYU. He completed the Harvard Business School Corporate Governance: Leadership in the Boardroom program in 2008.

In 2011 and 2010, Raymond was selected by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) honored him with the Corporate Executive Excellence Brillante award, PricewaterhouseCoopers named him an exemplary alumnus and featured on its KeyWord magazine, and Urban Professional magazine named him as one of the 100 Top Executives in Corporate America.

Jeffrey Jacques, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Strategic Diversification

Jeffrey Jacques, M.D., is chief medical officer for Aetna's Emerging Businesses organization. He assumed the role in 2011 and is responsible for clinical strategy, business development, and clinical consultative services for the Strategic Diversification business.

Prior to this position, Dr. Jacques served as chief clinical innovation officer for ActiveHealth Management, an independent subsidiary of Aetna. At ActiveHealth, he led the Provider business, responsible for business development, sales and deployment of ActiveHealth's tools to provider organizations. Dr. Jacques joined ActiveHealth in 2000 and played an integral role in the creation of ActiveHealth's clinical predictive models and the ActiveHealth Personal Health Record (PHR). He also provided clinical support for account management, sales and marketing, and plan/plan sponsor-related business development activities.

Dr. Jacques is board-certified in internal medicine. Before joining ActiveHealth, Dr. Jacques was a full-time clinical faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and was assistant attending physician in internal medicine from 2000 through 2006.

He received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 1993 and earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Fordham University in Bronx, NY.

Bernardo B. Fernandez Jr., M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Bernardo "Bernie” Fernandez, M.D., is the chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida, a world-renowned academic medical center with locations in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida. Employing over 200 physicians in approximately 35 medical specialties with a staff of 1854, Cleveland Clinic Florida integrates clinical outpatient and inpatient hospital care with research and education.

Dr. Fernandez, an internist who specializes in vascular medicine, joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in May 1991. He was named CEO of Florida operations in June 2006, and a member of the Executive Team for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in 2011, after serving several years as chairman of the Division of Medicine.

As a physician executive, Dr. Fernandez continues to treat patients and serves as head of the Section of Vascular Medicine and director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Fernandez graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Vascular Medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine and a Fellow of the Society of Vascular Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Fernandez holds an MBA from the University of Miami School of Business and is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program.

Dr. Joxel Garcia
President and Dean
Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico

Joxel García is the President and Dean of the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce School of Medicine is recognized as one of the most important Medical Schools with Hispanic heritage across the nation and the western hemisphere. Its major goal is to prepare primary care physicians to serve Puerto Rico and the continental US.
Dr. Garcia, a physician and former four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, served as the 13th Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from March 13, 2008 to January 20, 2009.
As the ASH, García served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ primary advisor on matters involving the nation’s public health and science. He also oversaw the U.S. Public Health Service and its Commissioned Corps for the Secretary. García is a seasoned public health professional with experience in health care delivery, bioterrorism preparedness, health policy and international health affairs.
Prior to becoming the ASH, García served as the Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Advisor for MAXIMUS Federal Services Inc. While with MAXIMUS, García oversaw the work of the MAXIMUS Center for Global Health and was the principal architect of the strategic partnership plan for the Western Hemisphere.
Prior to that, García was Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office Western Hemisphere for the World Health Organization. As Deputy Director, García was responsible for setting the general direction and strategy of the organization alongside the director and for providing leadership and advice on all policy decisions.

García is a native of Hatillo, Puerto Rico and a resident of Connecticut. He served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health from 1999 to 2003. During that time, he improved bioterrorism preparedness, launched the national smallpox preparation and vaccination plan, and led Connecticut’s response to the anthrax attack. He also created an urban health initiative to prevent disease, increase health literacy and improve economic conditions.
García is a trained obstetrician and gynecologist and once served as the Assistant Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He completed his pre-medical studies at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez campus. He holds a medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hartford.

García has served on numerous national boards, including the National Advisory Committee on Violence against Women, National Dialogue on Cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and as the president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

García saw his role as Assistant Secretary for Health as an opportunity to enhance the Secretary's efforts to further the mission of HHS and the health of the nation by building, strengthening, and leveraging relationships across the public health community and the US Public Health Service while also improving healthcare for all Americans.

Garcia was raised in New York and is a graduate of St. John's University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

Madeleine G. Arritola
President, Humana Hispanic Network Resource Group and Multicultural Marketing Lead, Corporate Marketing

Madeleine has over 20 years of experience in the Marketing and Public Relations industry with a specialization in multicultural marketing. She joined Humana in September of 2004 and currently leads the company’s multicultural initiatives, designed to serve the health care needs of Humana’s diverse members. Madeleine also serves as the founding President of Humana’s Hispanic Network Resource Group, launched in South Florida and expanded nationally to help drive innovation and business outcomes. Prior to joining Humana, Madeleine spent 12 years with Tribune Company, where she served as Marketing and Partnerships Manager for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and helped to launch the company’s first Spanish-language newspaper, el Sentinel.

As a marketer and community activist, Madeleine has a passion for seeking the similarities that brings all cultures together through education and empowerment opportunities. She currently serves on the board of the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation and the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She served as the first Hispanic Chairwoman of the Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber, and on the boards of the Latin Chamber of Broward County, Hispanic Unity of Florida, March of Dimes and Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute. "

Madeleine was born in Cuba and arrived in South Florida as an infant. She resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.S. in Communications and will earn an MBA in Health Sector Policy and Management from the University of Miami December 2012.

Andy Hasselwander
Product and Professional Services Team

Andy Hasselwander currently leads the Products and Professional Services Team at the Bethesda, MD-based Latinum Network (www.latinumnetwork.com), a part of Econet Ventures, LLC. Formed in 2009, Latinum is the only business network focused exclusively on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market. The Research and Product Development Team delivers all strategy, insight, analytics, and new products for Latinum’s 80+ corporate members, companies including Univision, Kraft Foods, State Farm Insurance, Procter and Gamble, Nestlé, and many others. Latinum’s unique model provides both shared-cost syndicated insight and customized project report for members.

Before joining Latinum, Andy built and led marketing consultancy MarketBridge's Analytics line-of-business. Starting at MarketBridge directly after graduating from college, Andy rose through the ranks quickly and bootstrapped the Analytics line of business to $10M in annual sales. While at MarketBridge, Andy pioneered several methodologies and tools including Enterprise Channel Planning and Collaborative CRM. Andy holds an MBA with Distinction from NYU-Stern and a BA Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University.

Maria-Elena Ochoa
Chief of Medical Operations
Mountain Health and Wellness  

Maria-Elena is the Chief of Medical Operations at Mountain Health & Wellness (MHW) in Apache Junction, Arizona. A new position to MHW, she is responsible for creating and integrating primary care services into the existing array of behavioral health and wellness services with a passionate vision to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. In addition, she provides leadership in the evolution of policy and practice related to integrated behavioral health, primary care and wellness services at the organizational, local, state and federal levels.

Prior to this position, Maria-Elena served as the Director of the Division for Women in the Governor’s Office under both the Napolitano and Brewer administrations. Through her leadership, the division obtained and renewed over $10 million in federal funding to create new programs and renew existing statewide programs focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and teen dating violence.  

Before her position at the Governor’s Office, she spent seven years in the behavioral health arena, as the COO at Valle del Sol, Inc., and the Administrator of Behavioral Health Services at Marc Center, where she created and implemented $8 million in new behavioral health services.  

Maria-Elena currently serves as the President of NSHMBA’s Phoenix Chapter; she is a member of the Arizona Community Foundation Latina Giving Circle; she is on the board of the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse and Girl Scouts Cactus Pine Council. She previously served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers and the Chair of the Cultural Competence Committee for the Arizona Governor’s Office.  

Maria-Elena is a recipient of the Cambridge Executive of the Year Award, Representing Public Service and Outreach and ASU’s Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Latina Excellence Award in Science and Medicine.  

Born in Yuma Arizona, Maria-Elena earned her a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from ASU and, as a single working mom, her MBA, with an emphasis in Health Care Management, from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the Brian Bacon "Oxford Leadership Academy,” Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and Latino Leadership Program, Mestiza Leadership International.  

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

National Society of Hispanic MBAs