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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The NCSHP is governed and managed by a volunteer board of directors. If you would like additional information about the NCSHP, please contact us at (919) 467-8424.

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Board Chair

MaríaRosa Rangel, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural and Elementary Education from Northeastern University of Chicago , Master’s Degree in School Administration and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from North Carolina State University.  She has served as a third grade Bilingual teacher, a GED instructor, Spanish/ESL Teacher, an Assistant Principal, a district wide LEP/Dual Language Coordinator, Hispanic/Latino Family Outreach Senior Administrator, Senior Administrator for LEP Family Outreach Services and presently Senior Administrator for Family and Community Engagement in the Wake County Public School System. 

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President

Marco A. Zárate is the President and Co-Founder of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.  He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.  He was born in Mexico and has lived in North Carolina since 1990.

Mr. Zárate has two children, Christian and Carolina.  His wife Susan is an ESL teacher in Wake County Public Schools.  He was raised believing in education as a means to succeed in life.

Elda McGrath, M.Ed.
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Elda McGrath is a proud school educator with nearly two decades of educational experience working in the North Carolina Public School System. Elda holds a Master’s Degree in Education Reading and Writing from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a Standard English as a Second Language and a Spanish Licens.
Elda is a strong advocate for the improvement of students’ learning, particularly of Latino students. Due to her passion to improve students’ education, she has served on various committees and has worked tirelessly to promote the academic achievement of these students.
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lda is a member of the Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and serves as a Board of Directors Member of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP). Elda is extremely engaged with the various NCSHP subcommittees that support the different programs.
In 2015, Elda was nominated by the Cary Chamber of Commerce to receive the “Honor Teacher Award.” This past year, in recognition of her constant effort to go above and beyond the call of (teaching) duty, she was honored with the “Teacher of the Year Award” by Northwoods Elementary School.

Shelia Bennett, M.A.Shelia L. Bennett
Member at Large

Shelia Bennett works in Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) as a Senior Administrator, HR Recruitment and Retention. Primarily, her work involves the knowledge and support of approximately 1,600 beginning teachers within the district. Also, Ms. Bennett recruits certified and lateral entry teachers at local and out-of-state career fairs. This passion to help others fuels her drive to assist anyone in her path toward their dream goals. Ms. Bennett possesses a number of years as an experienced Human Resources professional. Her areas of expertise include all facets of recruitment and retention, employee relations, compensation and benefits, safety, etc. She enjoys presentation to students regarding the intentional art of résumé writing skills, interviewing and guides to gaining ideal employment.

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Member at Large

Jairo Najera is an Estimator at Brasfield and Gorrie Construction Construction. He obtained an Associate Degree in Applied Science at Sampson Community College in Clinton, NC and his Bachelor in Applied Science at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  He was the president of the Sampson Community College Construction Club, and a recipient of the prestigious Academic Excellence Award from Sampson Community College. Jairo is a product of the Sampson Public School System and the first in his family to graduate from high school. Every year Jairo gives back to the community by sharing with high school and community college students his experience within the construction industry.

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Member at Large

Jorge Pacheco is a Teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School of Wake County Public School System. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Technology, Design and Engineering Education with a minor in Graphic Communications from North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, NC. He was the president of “Mi Familia”, a Hispanic student organization at NC State University. Also, Jorge was a College Student Board member for the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals from 2014 to 2016.  Jorge has been a member of the Hispanic Educational Summit planning committee since 2015.  He was born in McMinnville, Oregon and was raised in Graham, NC attending school in the Alamance-Burlington School system in Alamance County. Jorge believes that education and hard work are the fundamental keys for being able to contribute to not only the Hispanic community but our society as a whole.

Luis Toledo
Member at Large

FullSizeRenderLuis obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Luis serves as an Assistant State Auditor in the IS Division of the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor. He has worked on a variety of audits pertaining to several state agencies including DHHS, the Departments of Commerce & Transportation, the Office of Information Technology Services, and State universities. Luis was the auditor-in-charge for the NCTracks – Medicaid Billing System – pre-implementation IT audit, which covered the most expensive contract in state history. Prior to joining the Office of the State Auditor, Luis worked at the U.S. Department of State as a foreign affairs officer. He has served in the U.S. military and is a former Presidential Fellow. Recently, Luis was the chair of the NCSHP’s 2015 Educational Summit planning committee.

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Member at Large, TRIAD Chapter President

Yessica Vazquez is a professional in the technology field with over ten years of designing, implementing and managing business applications for a wide-range of organizations.  Currently she’s a technical analyst at Cone Health a not-for-profit network of healthcare providers serving people in the Triad.  She enjoys the opportunity to share her passion for technology not only in the workplace but also in her community.  She is a founding member and President of the Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.  The chapter was established to promote education to Hispanic youths in the Triad area including Guilford, Forsyth, Randolph, Alamance, Rockingham and surrounding counties.   

Alan Marines
College Board Member at Large

Alan Marines is a junior at NC State University in the process of obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Science,IMG_5183 (1) Technology, and Society with a concentration in Statistics. He is currently working on a thesis on certain statistics that deal with immigration, and an important part of that research involves education of Hispanics.

Alan Marines is of Mexican descent and have lived in North Carolina for his entire life. He has been involved in many events that promote the growth and aiding of education of the Hispanic youth. Last Spring, he helped organize and conduct an informational meeting that included presentations by Wake County and Mexican Consulate representatives.

Throughout his three years at NC State, he has met with multiple Hispanic high schoolers to provide academic and financial information, as well as tours of the university for students to get an idea of what college life is like. His objective is to inspire Latino students to continue their studies. Alan Marines is always trying to find new opportunities to encourage students to continue on with their education.

Luisa Scott
Member at Large

Ms. Luisa Scott is a young Hispanic professional who was born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor of Social and Behavioral Science in Communication and Spanish Literature from The University of Arizona. Luisa is passionate about helping others; she has been working for the nonprofit sector since 2011. Luisa understands the needs of the community and is very involved with different organizations. Luisa serves as a board member of the Red Global of Mexicans – Raleigh Chapter; she also serves as a board member of Young Professionals – Raleigh Chapter with Make-A-Wish®.
Luisa is a member of the NCSHP and has been a member of the scholarship selection committee, and supported NCSHP translation services.

Rodolfo Ruiz
Member at Large and Treaur
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Rodolfo graduated as a Computer Engineer from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. Originally from Monterrey, NL, he grew up in Mexico City, Querétaro and Guadalajara. He began his career as a software developer at IBM Guadalajara and has worked as a designer and architect of software solutions. He has had the opportunity to be in two international assignments. The first for 2 years in IBM Raleigh, North Carolina from 1995-1997, at the head of the software development teams.
In 2005, as part of the sale of the PC Division, it became part of Lenovo, now the world’s number one company in personal computer sales. From 2007 to 2010, he was transferred to Shenzhen China, with the mission of opening a software development laboratory, which now has more than 350 engineers.
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n 2018 he returned to work at IBM in Raleigh, North Carolinas.
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e resides in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Adriana and their three children. Rodolfo interested in joining the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals Board of Directors because he believes education is the key to a better life and future. He would like to help our Latino students acquire post-secondary education and be able to live the American Dream.

Rosa Carbajal
Member at Large

Rosa Carbajal is a Customer Experience Business Manager with NetApp.  Rosa works closely with Worldwide Support and Professional Services to ensure that NetApp is providing high quality interactions with their customers.  During her 8 year tenure at NetApp Rosa has worked on the NetApp Support Site team as the Product Owner for Search and Web Analytics and then later transitioned to Customer Experience where she enjoys capturing customer feedback and working with internal teams to transform the feedback into actions for improving experiences.
Rosa is the leader of Latinos Unidos @ NetApp (LUNA), a NetApp Diversity and Inclusion group.  In her spare time Rosa enjoys the outdoors with her boys and her dog, Max.  Her son Isaac will be graduating this Summer from North Carolina State University; and her younger son, Xavier, will be starting high school in the fall.

Rocio Anderson 
Member at Large

Rocío Anderson holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Business Administration. She currently resides in Apex, NC with her husband, Shawn and their two sons Fabrizio and Carmines.
Rocío Anderson is the Director of Health Education for Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation for March of Dimes. She leads the NC Preconception Health Campaign by directing the statewide initiative aimed at improving individuals’ health before, during and after pregnancy as well as their birth outcomess.
One of Rocío’s personal and professional passions is women’s health and ensuring that services are tailored with a life course perspective as opposed to episodic or acute. Rocío is an active leader in the NC Perinatal Strategic Plan (PSP) Workgroup, the NC Preconception Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Networks (CoIIN) Leader-ship Teas.
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ocío’s professional accomplishments are pronounced by more than 17 years of experience as a consultant in the fields of Health Care and Education, Public Health and Public Safety. Rocío has held many volunteer positions working with and for the Latinx community in North Carolina.

Address

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27513

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785
E-mail: mailbox@TheNCSHP.org