6th Annual Hispanic Healthcare & Technology Careers Conference
The conference will provide the opportunity for participants to learn about different careers in health and technology. Participants will also connect with role models and mentors in the respective industries.
March 16, 2019
8:00am - 3:00pm
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Army Sgt. Oscar Vazquez, a cavalry scout with the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, took his first steps on American soil as a child, when he and his mother illegally crossed the Mexican-American border in Douglas, Ariz.
He was awarded the JROTC Officer of the Year trophy and he earned a spot on the school's marine science program's robotics team. Vazquez's high school team, along with their colorfully named underwater remotely operated vehicle, Stinky, went on to beat out collegiate teams from across the county, to include the highly respected and prestigious team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Andrea Godina was born in Boise, Idaho and attended Centennial High School. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science. While attending Gonzaga she was able to study abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy. She obtained an internship her Junior year of college as a Junior Data Scientist at Hewlett Packard (HP), which she was able to convert into a full-time career. Andrea is now a quality engineer at HP where she maintains, improves, and automates the text analytics procedure. Text analytics is used on customer feedback to glean insight and help identify trends that emerge amongst social media.
Saul Solis is a first-generation Mexican American. He was born in Ontario, Oregon and was raised in Weiser, Idaho. Saul grew up in a migrant farm-working family so during summer months he and his siblings joined their parents working in the fields. Upon graduating from Weiser High School, Saul moved to Boise and attended Boise State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management. Saul started his career at a company called Impac Services where he worked on Oracle software implementation projects for seven years. Currently, Saul is an Implementation Project Manager for a software company called Chrome River Technologies that is located in Los Angeles, CA.
Donceya Bertalotto (formally Ortiz) is from Jalisco, Mexico. She is the oldest girl in a family of seven siblings. Donceya initially started coming to Idaho to do seasonal farm work at a fruit orchard in Marsing. Donceya utilized grants and scholarships to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and continued to go to school until she earned her National Advanced EMT certification. While working as a student in various different hospitals, Donceya was often asked to interpret for Spanish-speaking only patients. This experience served to introduce her to medical interpretation. She worked while going through paramedic school. She is married, lives in Emmett, and works at St Luke’s Health System.
Dr. Alejandro J Necochea, MD, was born in Peru, and came to the US after high school. He graduated from Yale University School Of Medicine in 2004. He specialized in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where he also received a Masters in Public Health. He practices as a hospital-based practitioner at St Luke's Regional Medical Center, and works in a variety of population health management and community health initiatives at St. Luke's
Dr. Ed Irizarry is by far the most compassionate, loving doctor you will meet. His story began with a passion for mathematics and engineering that led him to obtain his bachelor’s in electrical engineering. Dr. Ed collaborated in various cutting edge research projects like Zeolite Particles Interactions for the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. This is when it “clicked” with him that the physiology of the human body, the intricate network of the nervous system is a circuit, the specialty of an electrical engineer! Dr. Ed is Certified in chiropractic and sports nutrition, sports biomechanics, extremity adjustment, corrective exercises, nutrition as a lifestyle, and as a consultant in sports functional evaluation.
Antonina Robles attended Boise State University and graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems. She is currently a program manager at HP. Inc where she has worked in the Laserjet Printer Business since 2000 (was 17 yrs old). Antonina has served in the board of directors for various local & national organizations and currently serves as the chairwoman for Radio Catolica Sal y Luz. Antonina has received various award for her community involvement including the Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year Honoree in 2014. As a hobby, she is a dancer and representative of the Aztec dance group Tonatiuh. She is married to Eder Manzanarez and has four daughters; Sarah, Sofia, Suzie and Selena.
As the daughter of a migrant worker, Yvette Barrios saw first-hand how education and sports could deliver its promise to a hard-working young person with dreams to go far. In 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Barrios began her career in Texas with Lockheed Martin. She was selected for the Engineering Leadership Program and helped develop the F-35 Jet. In 2008, she returned to Idaho with Motive Power, developing the next generation of high speed locomotives. Barrios then took her career to HP in 2011, and was among the youngest Program Managers in the company at the time. Today she has advanced to the position of Research and Development Supplies Manager with HP.
Linda Valenzuela as an associate professor of nursing. She is currently working on her DNP from BSU. She has an MS in nursing education from Western Governors University, an MPH in public health from Portland State University, a BSN in nursing from California State University, and an ADN from the College of Sequoias. She has four children and a husband named Jerry. When she’s not busy earning degrees, she spends her downtime reading, taking long walks and gardening.
Veronica Perez was raised in Bonners Ferry, Idaho; a small town located in northern Idaho bordering British Columbia, Canada. Veronica grew up in the largest consecutive hop farm in the world; Elk Mountain Farms sits on 1,700 acres. At the age of 16 she got her first job, doing labor work for the farm. This became her consistent summer job, where she worked 12 hour days 7 days a week for 3 month, up until graduating from Bonners Ferry high school.
In the fall of 2010, she decided to make move to Boise and attend Boise State University. Despite, the distance from family and what was familiar, Veronica was able to obtain her Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology Management and a minor in Supply Chain Management in the spring of 2016.
Selso Gallegos was born and raised in Parma Idaho. He and his eight siblings are first-generation Mexican-Americans, from the state of Michoacán Mexico. Selso attended the Parma School district from k-12th grade and graduated with honors in 2013. Growing up in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, Selso and his family worked in agriculture year in and year out. Thanks to organizations such as FHLA and CAMP, in 2014 Selso was able to pursue his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in May of 2017 and returned to the University of Idaho this January to start a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Maria Romero, BSN, RN was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and was raised in Los Angeles California. In 1990, she moved to Notus, Idaho, with her with family. She graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started her career working in areas such as Post-Surgical, Medical Care, Critical Care ICUs, Emergency, Post-partum, Pediatrics, and Behavior Health nursing. Maria is currently the Manager of two departments which consist of up to 155 direct reports. As a bedside nurse, one of the biggest rewards was making a difference in someone's life whether it was holding a hand or saving a life. As a manager, she feels just as responsible for her direct reports as she did with her patients. As a manager, you are still making a difference in someone's life, you are mentoring, educating, and sometimes even disciplining. The field of Nursing has taught Maria, that Reverence can be applicable to the sick and dying as well as to those who also provide care.
Maria Saldana is a recent graduate of the Medical Assistant program as a National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (NCCMA). She is currently employed as a Technical Records Specialist/Certified Medical Assistant at the Community Family Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Jasmine Galvan realized she wanted to be a medical assistant after having her daughter. She enrolled in the Medical Specialties Program at Steven-Henager College shortly thereafter. After two years of hard work and dedication, she received her Associate Degree.
Linda Lopez lives and works in St. Anthony Idaho with her two teenage boys. She studied phlebotomy at Eastern Idaho Technical College in 2010. She later enrolled in the psychology program at the University of Phoenix and worked a full-time job until finding her passion as a Medical Assistant.