2016 Board of Directors
Alex Omar Díaz
Bilingual Finance Professional
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
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.
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
Lead Engineer, General Electric
Johanna A. Perez
Bilingual Support Specialist, Center for Developmental Services
Magaly Penn, Chair Elect
Diversity Professional (retired)
Attorney at Law
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.
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’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.
Finance Professional, Better Business Bureau
Federal Judge (retired)
Author & Sales Consultant
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 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 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.