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.
MaríaRosa Rangel, M.A.
MaríaRosa Rangel, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural and Elementary Education from Northeastern University of Chicago and her Master’s Degree in School Administration 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, and presently as the Senior Administrator for LEP Family Outreach Services in the Wake County Public School System. She finished her course work for her Ph.D. and is working on her dissertation.
Marco A. Zárate, M.S.
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.
Board Interim Secratary and Member at Large
Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon, her Master of Arts in Culture, Curriculum, and Change from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Culture, Curriculum and Change from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Toward Political and Ideological Clarity and Care: First Year ESL Teachers and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy”. Courtney is currently an Assistant Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education, and of the American Educational Research Association. Courtney has been an advocate of Latino Students in North Carolina since 1998.
Treasurer and Member at Large
Luis 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.
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.
Constanza Gómez Joinés
Member at Large
Dr. Constanza Gómez-Joines was born in Lima, Peru, but considers Argentina her home. Born to an Argentine mother and a Spanish father, she lived in six different countries before the age of nine: Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Austria, France and Chile. After her father’s death in Chile, she moved to Argentina with her mother and siblings and spent her formative years in Buenos Aires – the city she now calls home.
Constanza serves as the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director for The Center for the Global Learner (CGL) at Durham Technical Community College. The CGL is a division of the college that was created in the fall of 2009 to support Durham Tech’s vision of fostering intercultural understanding and the development of engaged global citizens. Constanza oversees the English as a Second Language Department, the Continuing Education for Non-Native English Speakers Department, the Academic English as a Foreign Language Department, and the Translation/Interpretation Programs. Additionally, Constanza manages Study Abroad, International Student Services, outreach to and educational opportunities for the immigrants in our community, and initiatives such as international partnerships. Constanza and her husband John have been Durham residents since 1998 and both of their children attend Durham Public Schools.
Elda McGrath, M.Ed.
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.
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.
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.
Laurina Esperanza Uribe, M.A.
Member at Large
Laurina has been a consultant to nonprofits, government institutions, and foundations for 10 of the 25 plus years of professional work experience. Her work has focused predominantly on supporting the efforts of Latino organizations and the clients they serve. She has designed and developed programs, training curricula, outcome driven evaluation systems, grant allocation systems, organizational restructures, strategic/short-/long-term plans, and policy research/lobbying. She has conducted organizational assessments which have evaluated all functions of nonprofit organizations. In addition to providing consulting and training services, she also teaches privately at Duke’s Osher Institute and has focused on variations of psycho-social elements of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, a paradigm that is employed as a strength-based framework serving to assist people in surviving and excelling during major life transitions.
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.
Susan D. Zárate, M.S.A., M.A.T.L.
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.