2017 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, Immediate Past Chair

State Farm

Alex Garvey, Ph.D.

Bon Secours

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.

Alex is the Director of Mission at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He joined our senior management team in January, 2010. Alex came to Bon Secours from the Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was serving as a staff chaplain. Previously, he served as a chaplain in the trauma center at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Alex is an ordained permanent Deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami. He graduated Cum Laude with a graduate degree in Practical Theology from Barry University in Miami where he was a graduate assistant to Sr. Gloria Schabb PhD. Alex’s work was focused in the area of “God’s presence in our sufferings”. Alex is currently a PhD candidate in Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University.

He is married to his wife Tricia and they have one son, Finbarr. Alex is bilingual, proficient in English and Gaelic. In his spare time Alex loves the outdoors, particularly the Florida Keys.


E. Richard Walton, Secretary

Journalist

Oscar Hoyt

Lead Engineer, General Electric

Lee Gill

Chief Diversity Officer, Clemson University

Magaly Penn, Chair

Diversity Professional (retired)

Nathalie Morgan, Incoming Chair

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.
Lee Gill is the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence at Clemson University.

Prior to Gill’s appointment at Clemson University, he served as Chief Diversity Officer at The University of Akron. He also served as chief executive officer of the Stratus Group Consultants of Berrien Springs, MI. Prior to that, Gill was dean of the Institute for Diversity and Leadership/Professional Development and the affirmative action officer at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI.

Gill earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The vision for the Office of Inclusion and Equity at Clemson University is derived from the University’s aspirational statement regarding inclusion, which reads as follows: “Clemson University aspires to create a diverse community that welcomes people of different races, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientation, religions, socioeconomic levels, political perspectives, abilities, opinions, values and experiences. Clemson University will strive to reflect these differences in its decisions, curriculum, programs and actions. The institution will seek to ensure that underrepresented groups have equal access to the education and resource opportunities available at the University. Policy and procedures are carefully scrutinized to sustain an inclusive and productive environment.”

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

Ron Logan

Retired

Carlos Quintero

Author & Sales Consultant

Ellen Stephenson, M.S.Ed.

Consultant

 
Alecia Watt, PH.D

Director EOP, Greenville Technical College.

 
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.

Ron is a proud native Texan who has lived in Greenville since 1976. His extensive career includes Dow Badische (BASF) Chemicals Freeport in Texas, and over 29 year with Michelin Tires in various logistics posts Ron was a member of the start-up team for Michelin in US, Logistics Manager for Michelin Mexico, and developed the logistics franchisee structure for Michelin Retread Technology in Mexico. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Texas Technical College, and a MBA from the University of Houston in Texas. He is fluent in French and Spanish and is a life-long student of German. Ron retired from Michelin in 2003, and since then has taken on various consulting projects for Michelin in Louisville KY, Johannesburg SA, and Greenville SC. He has also served in various community initiatives and associations, including the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Hispanic Alliance, Upstate International, and Gardening for Good (Community Gardening). Ron was elected to the board of the Hispanic Alliance in 2017.
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.

Ellen S. Stevenson is a Principal of Optimal Performance, a consulting organization focused on helping individuals & organizations consistently achieve their best. Utilizing an organization and leadership development focus, Optimal Performance crafts and implements a customized plan to address the unique needs of each client.

Ms. Stevenson’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in management and organizational development in a number of positions as an internal and external consultant. Ms. Stevenson’s clients include private, non-profit and public sector organizations. Ellen has designed and delivered customized training programs in a variety of topics throughout North America and Europe. Subjects include: Nonprofit Board Development, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, Stress Management, Team Building and Development Skills, Facilitation Skills, and Train the Trainer.

Prior to starting Optimal Performance, Ms. Stevenson held management, training and organization development positions with JP Stevens/West Point Pepperel and New York State Division for Youth. Ms. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Education focusing on the adult learner, from Marywood University. She has successfully combined her social science learning and business experience to better meet the business needs of today’s ever-changing world.

Ellen has served as a volunteer in leadership positions on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations throughout her career. In 2005, Ellen joined the management team at Rosewood House of Recovery to serve as their Resource Development Coordinator.
Today Ellen and her husband live in Greenville, South Carolina. They are actively involved in their community.

Dr. Alecia Watt is the Director of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) at Greenville Technical College. In this role, Dr. Watt provides leadership and oversight to the following programs specifically designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds: TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Student Support Services, Transitions, Call Me Mister, Encounters, and the Childcare Assistance program. In addition to her formal roles at Greenville Tech, she also a member of the Employee Diversity Council, SMART Mentoring team, and one of the college’s Civil Treatment Trainers.

Dr. Watt has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education, Academic Advising, and Student Affairs. She has established a reputation as an innovative and passionate leader who demands excellence from herself as well as her staff and students. She received the 2007 Educator of the Year Award during her tenure as a high school teacher, the 2011 Academic Advising Award, and the 2011 Student Development and Retention Award from Georgia Perimeter College. As a result of her academic research and experience, she developed a student retention and graduation model, “DARE to Graduate”, which has shown positive results in the programs she has directed.

Dr. Watt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Alabama State University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Clark Atlanta University. She is a spring 2015 graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership class at Furman University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Kenneth Watt Sr. and has one daughter, Gabrielle Watt and two step children, Brianna Watt and Kenneth Watt Jr.