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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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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.

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

Elda E. McGrath is originally from Panama.  She is currently an ESL Teacher at Northwoods Elementary School. Elda holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She became passionate about the NCSHP mission because she works with students whose first language is not English and struggle to achieve. She believes in working together as a community of care and a community that shares concern about the success of all students.  She has been part of the NCSHP for over four years now, and she believes that the Society has made a great difference in the lives of Hispanic students through both its scholarships and its conferences.  In her opinion, these contributions have helped to motivate many Hispanic students to succeed. The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals has created a vision for Elda.  She now can see our Hispanic youth standing in a place of success, making a difference in our society, and contributing to the future of our country.

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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.

Jorge Ramos
Member at Large

FotosCBandera_JorgeJorge Ramos is a Software Developer Manager at IBM Corporation. He obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, and Masters in Computer Science from the College of Science of Clear Lake University in Houston, TX.

Mr. Ramos was born in Sonora, Mexico, and has been living in North Carolina since 2006. He is the VP of technology of the ”Red Global de Mexicans – Raleigh Chapter”, and he is passionate about helping Hispanic students in the community obtain their higher education. He is currently working in a mentorship project to help students find their career aspirations, and navigate the admission process to local community colleges or universities, as well as to support them in the process of applying to college scholarships.

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.   

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Member at Large

Susan Zárate is a co-founder of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.  She is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina where she attended college.  Upon graduation, she moved to Mexico City, Mexico.  Mrs. Zárate has been a teacher for over twenty years in Mexico and North Carolina.  In North Carolina, she has worked for the past nineteen years in helping the Latino community by providing translation and interpreting services to parents and students.  She organizes parent/teacher conferences and parent nights where the Latino parents learn about the school system and how to help their children.  She has put together two publications for Latino parents about North Carolina’s public school system.  She has been the sponsor of the Hispanic club “Orgullo Latino” at her school, Cary High School, for the past four years.  She has tried to instill in the student club members that it is their civic duty to give back to, not only the Latino community, but to their community at large.

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.


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

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785