2016 Board of Directors

Alex Omar Díaz

Bilingual Finance Professional

Ken Baca

Director of Sales for UPS

Wilfredo Leon, Treasurer

Owner and Editor of Latino Newspaper

Mahler Nuñez, Chair

State Farm Agent

Matteel Jones, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Services, Greenville Technical College

Alex is a bilingual Finance Professional, he holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Previous work experience includes employments with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as an SAP Financial Consultant and with Bloomberg in London as a Financial Analytics Specialist.
Ken is Director of Sales for UPS, where he has had a successful career of 30 years. He has had extensive call/contact center experience as a Director with a background in training, project management, process design, and leading regional and national call/contact centers. Ken is currently responsible for the East Region UPS Inside Sales group in Greenville, South Carolina. Ken has worked in Western Europe, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. Ken joined the Army after high school and served as an Aide to a Commanding Two Star General with Honorable Discharge. Ken earned a BA in Management and a Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He is married and has three children. Ken joined the board of Hispanic Alliance in July of 2013 and also sits on the United Way Board of Greenville.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico Wilfredo Leon graduated from the University of Puerto Rico’s College Of Engineering and Mechanical Arts. Mr. Leon has made Greenville home since 1985, when he accepted a job transfer to work at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Hi-Tech Circuit Board Manufacturing facility and where he held several management positions. In 1996 he joined Sterling Diagnostic Imaging as Director of Purchasing.

This same year, 1996, he started the first Spanish Newspaper in South Carolina and has been a community activist ever since. He has served the community as member and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Mauldin, member of the Commission for Minority Affairs’ Task Force on Issues Affecting Latinos in SC, Founder and President of the Hispanic Coalition, founder and member of the Hispanic Leadership Council, member of the Human Relation Commission of Greenville County, Founder and Chair of the Board of the Foothills Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Leon is married to Diana Leon and has four children and six grandchildren.

Mahler was born and raised in Dominican Republic and has been a resident of Greenville for nearly twenty one years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville. Prior to becoming a State Farm Agent in 2011, Mahler was a Regional Operations Manager for Simons Insourcing Solutions. Mahler contributed many volunteer hours to support the VITA site that United Way and Hispanic Alliance opened in January of 2013. Mahler joined the board of Hispanic Alliance in July of 2013.

Dr. Matteel Jones joined Greenville Technical College as the Vice President for Student Services in February 2013, having served for nearly six years as Vice President for Student Affairs at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, South Carolina. She previously worked in the Upstate area for ten years at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood and has an extensive background in student affairs.

She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Piedmont Technical College and went on to earn a B.A. in Counseling and Human Services from Limestone College, a masters in Career and Technology Education from Clemson University, a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Jones is a member of various community and professional organizations and enjoys presenting workshops in both professional and community settings. She resided in Bluffton, South Carolina for the past several years where she was actively engaged as a board member and volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club. She has previously served as a board member for MEGS House and the Greenwood Arts Council and currently serves on boards and committees for various organizations, including the Rotary Club of Greenville, the Community Investment Cabinet for the United Way of Greenville, Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute through the Riley Institute, and is an active member of Springfield Baptist Church. She is excited about the opportunity to continue serving Greenville Technical College students and the broader Greenville community!

E. Richard Walton, Secretary


Oscar Hoyt

Lead Engineer, General Electric

Johanna A. Perez

Bilingual Support Specialist, Center for Developmental Services

Magaly Penn, Chair Elect

Diversity Professional (retired)

Nathalie Morgan

Attorney at Law

Greenville journalist, E. Richard Walton, has been a volunteer/advisor for several year before formally joining the Hispanic Alliance Board. Richard mentors 3 young writers, and serves on the board of the Momentum Bike Club. There are about 50 teens in the club that ride bikes and get counseling on how to live holistically.

A New York-native, he holds a BA from the City College of New York, and an MA from The Ohio State University. He’s been a reporter for 8 newspapers across the Upstate, including 16 years at The Greenville Newspapers. Currently, he is writing for several print and online publications. Richard has been a part-time journalism teacher at several colleges in Atlanta and South Carolina. He has 5 siblings and one adult daughter.

Oscar was the second Chair of the Hispanic Alliance (2011 term). He was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the USA in 1997 to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he graduated in 2000. He subsequently joined the General Electric Company as a Design Engineer working on multiple programs in the Gas and Wind Turbine Divisions, and for three years led the Greenville Chapter of the Hispanic Forum for GE, whose mission is to promote Hispanic talent within the company. Oscar is a graduate of the Leadership Greenville Program, Class 36 and was recognized as one of the “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” in September of 2011 and featured in Greenville Business Magazine. As Chair of the Hispanic Alliance, Oscar was instrumental in establishing a strategic partnership with the United Way of Greenville County and secure capacity-building resources to hire the first Executive Director for the organization.
Johanna was born in Greenville, SC in 1983. She is a daughter of Colombian parents and lived in Colombia for all of her primary and secondary education. Johanna returned to Greenville, SC in 2000 where she currently resides. She studied English at Mercer University in GA. She got married in 2002 and now is a mother of three children. She began working with nonprofits in 2007 supporting families of children with special needs and disabilities. She completed her interpretation studies at Greenville Technical College and began working for the CDS with their bilingual program, which consist of interpretation services, translation, community outreach, and activities that benefit the Hispanic community.

Magaly Penn is a retired Diversity Professional with over twenty years of experience in the field of workplace and supplier diversity.

Magaly was Senior Director of Diversity for BI-LO, LLC where she served as the Chief Diversity Strategist, reporting to the Executive VP of Human Resources. Before joining BI-LO, she was Director of Diversity for Burger King Corporation, responsible for leading, managing and implementing internal and external diversity initiatives in the areas of: Employment, Franchising, Procurement and Community Affairs. Penn also served as the Director of Minority Business Development for Advantica Restaurant Group (currently known as Denny’s). Penn has also served as Director SB/SDB Development for Michelin North America.

Throughout her career, she has served in a leadership capacity in numerous organizations such as Greenville Technical College Diversity Advisory Board, The Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (chair), Florida Regional Minority Business Council (board member) and as Chair of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council.

In April 2010, Magaly Penn was appointed by the Legislature as a South Carolina Consumer Affairs Commissioner. Among her many awards, in 2011 Penn was honored by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement and as a Woman Making History by The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center.

In her spare time she gives back to the community and serves on boards such as the YWCA, Phillis Wheatley, Village Keepers, The Greenville Symphony, Girl Scouts of SC Mountains to Midland and the Greenville Community Foundation. Magaly is also a member of Greenville Women Giving and Greenville Professional Women’s Forum.

Her hobbies include bridge club, book club, golf and she is a member of The Greenville Girl Friends, Inc.

Magaly and her husband live in Simsonville and have three grown children.

Ms. Morgan was born in Belgium and is the daughter of European mother and an American father. Ms. Morgan was raised between the United States and Europe, study in the United States and spending her summers traveling Europe. She lived in Seville, Spain for a year and in Vienna, Austria for a summer. She was raised bi-lingual and is now fluent in French, Spanish, and English.

Ms. Morgan’s undergraduate studies were completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Spanish and International Studies, with a concentration in Latin America Anthropology. Ms. Morgan received Juris Doctor from the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

While attending law school she concentrated in the area of International Law and received an International Law Certificate from the University Of Loyola School Of Law. Her interest in International Law and diversity are further complemented by her ability to speak French and Spanish fluently, her Belgium citizenship, experience abroad, and studying in Europe at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain and University of Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Morgan’s passion for culture, language and the law has allowed me to focus on Upstate’s expanding Hispanic immigrants.

The law firm, Nathalie M. Morgan, LLC, provides many legal services including, but is not limited to; Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity, International Child Abduction, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Immigration, and Criminal Defense. With a large portion of her legal practice and time focused on the Hispanic population of the Upstate.

Ms. Morgan has been the head of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Development Committee, a member of Greenville Technical College’s Northwest Campus Advisory Board, a member of the Greenville County Human Relations Commissions Board, a member of the Hispanic Alliance legal committee, Upstate Global Professional Committee for the International Center, a member of several political task forces and other community and charity organizations. Ms. Morgan’s goal is to meet the needs of our growing diverse populations through education, communication, information, protection, care, and legal representation.

Dennis Latham

Finance Professional, Better Business Bureau

Ricardo Urbina

Federal Judge (retired)

Carlos Quintero

Author & Sales Consultant

Mr. Lathan has over forty years of experience working in finance with various types of industries, including foodservice distribution, insurance, non-woven textiles, and railroad equipment manufacturing. He has extensive experience in corporate roles, for example, working for the U.S. Foodservice Corporation as Corporate Accounting manager, Interim Vice President of Finance, and Finance Functional Area Leader. He was also Manager of the Special Investigate Unit (internal audit function) for Liberty Life Insurance Company. While working for Digital Equipment Corporation, Dennis relocated to the Greenville area, where he held various managerial accounting positions from Manager, Financial Reporting, to Manufacturing Budget Manager. Dennis currently provides accounting services to the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate, Inc. He is responsible for Payroll, Account Receivables, Account Payables. He also develops yearly budgets and prepares monthly financial statements. In this role, Dennis works closely with BBB’s President/CEO and Finance Committee.

Mr. Lathan has been involved in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. His first experience in the non-profit world was serving as the first Project Manager of the United Way of Greenville County’s “Success by Six” early childhood initiative. From 2005 -2012 he served in various capacities with the Upstate Phillis Wheatley Association, including as Accountant, Interim CEO, and finally as Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer. Dennis lives in Greenville with his wife. They will celebrate their forty-eighth wedding anniversary in 2016 and are the proud parents of two grown children.

Urbina is a former United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Born in New York, New York, Urbina earned a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1967. He received his law degree from the Law Center at Georgetown University in 1970. Urbina was a Staff Attorney for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service assisting low income clients from 1970 to 1972 before entering private practice in Washington, D.C. Urbina taught as a Professor & Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the Howard University School of Law from 1974 to 1981 before serving as an Associate Judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1981 to 1994.

Urbina was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Bill Clinton on March 22, 1994, to a seat vacated by Judge Aubrey Robinson. Urbina was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 1994, and received commission on June 16, 1994. He assumed senior status in January 31, 2011. Urbina retired from the Court on May 31, 2012.

Carlos is the founder of Sales Effectiveness, Inc., a growth consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. Carlos has over 24 years experience in sales, sales management, marketing management and consulting. Prior to forming Sales Effectiveness Inc., Carlos held highly successful assignments with Procter & Gamble, ARAMARK, Learning International, and the Mercer Consulting Group, each with progressive levels of responsibility. He has worked with organizations across many industries, including high tech, hospitality, utilities, health care, agri-business, construction, coatings manufacturing and financial services. A seasoned leader, Carlos has an enviable record of sales achievement, having exceeded all sales goals every year of his sales and sales management career.

Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Clemson University, and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School. He is the author of three books: Catalyst5, Rainmaker and Mindsets. Carlos and his wife Carla, live in Greenville, SC. They have two children, Evan and Christopher.