Chief Diversity Officer
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
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.
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.
Sr. Director, Corporate Responsibility and Business Communications
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.
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
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.
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.
received his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania’s
Wharton School and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Operational Effectiveness Senior Director
Eliana Nunez is Senior Director, Business Project and Operational Effectiveness for the Portfolio Management Organization.
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
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
VP of Sales
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Benefits, Health and Workforce Solutions
Walt Disney Parks and
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jeffrey Jacques, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Strategic Diversification
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.
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.
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
Bernardo B. Fernandez Jr., M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Clinic Florida
"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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Product and Professional Services Team
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
Andy holds an MBA with Distinction from NYU-Stern and a
BA Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University.
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
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
|National Society of Hispanic MBAs|