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
Andrea 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. His parents instilled a strong work ethic and passion for education so that someday he and his siblings would do work beyond the fields of Idaho and Oregon. 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. He has the opportunity to deploy and implement software applications for companies all over North America as a Project Manager; in both English and Spanish. Saul enjoys traveling and meeting people from all over the world. He enjoys mentoring and connecting with youth and believes in their ability to lead in their every day lives.
Donceya Bertalotto (formally Donceya 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 and worked there for four years. During that time, she decided to pursue a higher education. Donceya’s family was very poor and had no way to help her pay for school so she worked and paid her own way with some help from grants and scholarships. Because the family was low-income, she was able to get some assistance through the Department of Labor’s Community Council of Idaho program.
Donceya became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through a private paramedic school. The EMT course is the first step to becoming a paramedic. Donceya continued to go to school until she had 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 was when she was introduced to medical interpretation. Donceya became a medical interpreter through a class hosted by St Luke’s and MDTranslation Services. She worked while going through paramedic school. Donceya did her medic internship at Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services in Cypress, Texas, and graduated at the top of her class in 2011.
After finishing school, Donceya continued to interpret while volunteering as an EMT/ Paramedic to gain medical experience. This meant working 24-48 hour shifts on the ambulance with little to no pay for several years, since the field of Paramedicine is very competitive in Idaho. Donceya was later hired at Gem County and worked as a Paramedic for 7 years, while still working part-time as an interpreter. It was very important for her to continue working as an interpreter to assist our local Hispanic community, maintain her culture, and remain proficiency in her bilingual abilities. Donceya has been a medical interpreter for 8 years. 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. He served as a spokesman and educator for NASA sponsored programs in Puerto Rico like STEP (Science and Technology Engineering Program). Driven by his passion to motivate and lead students to enhance their technical skills he got involved with programs like Gear-Up and VISION-MASTT. Dr. Ed collaborated in various cutting edge research projects like Zeolite Particles Interactions for the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, and Optical Beam Interruption Detector Circuit for Arizona State University. 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 an avid sports enthusiast. In addition to his Doctorate degree in Chiropractic, he acquired a Masters in Chiropractic Sports & Science. 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. He has served in the Sports Chiropractic Department of Athletic Care in Life University, which holds 28 National Championships. He is known for providing high-level care to optimize all athletes’ performance. Dr. Ed has worked and trained under some of the top doctors in the world of chiropractic and natural health care.
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 saw first-hand how education and sports could deliver its promise to a hard-working young person with dreams to go far. Despite winning two Texas individual state cross-country titles, Yvette’s true passion was basketball. Standing at only 5’4”, a determined Yvette earned a full ride basketball scholarship to Boise State University. 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.
Barrios makes time to mentor Boise State students and volunteers for the Boise State Engineering Advisory Board, Varsity B Club, and former board member of the Boise State Alumni Association.
Barrios enjoys spending time with her family, coaching her son’s teams, running, and cheering on her Broncos with more than occasional face paint.
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.