The Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network Officers for 2018-2019 are:
Rocío Ortega '16 formerly served as the VP for Communications for WLAN and now serves as President. At Wellesley, she double majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She is now pursuing her Master's in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University. She hails from East Los Angeles, CA and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Her passion to advocate for girls' education has led her to volunteer and score a position with the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign. As a first-generation Mexican-American, she hopes to make higher education accessible to other students like her. Rocío loves to travel, write blogs, be on social media and play basketball. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liany Elba Arroyo '98 is a founding board member of WLAN and currently serves as its Treasurer. She has worked in the field of public health for over 15 years with a focus on communities of color. A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, she currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and daughters (Wellesley '33 and ‘39).
Joanne Romero '94 is the WLAN Secretary. She was a member of Mezcla during her time at Wellesley. Joanne earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and practices civil-litigation with an emphasis on professional libaility and employment law, including employment discrimination. Born and raised in New York City, she likes to boast that her parents met in Spanish Harlem in the late sixties. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her huband and twin toddlers, the latter who speak Spanish with a gringo accent and English with a Spanish accent. Email: email@example.com
Vice President of Communications - Ivana Castro
Ivana Castro '18 is the WLAN Vice President of Communication. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Ivana is excited to be back home after four long years. At Wellesley, she double majored in Political Science and Spanish. Ivana was a Mezcla throughout her time at Wellesley and was also involved with College Government and the Wellesley College Democrats. Ivana loves to play soccer, listen to podcasts, drink tea, and share photos of her feisty orange cat. Favorite tv shows include Celia, Queer Eye, Sherlock, and Scandal. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Vice President for Programs
Xochitl Leon '99 is the WLAN Vice President for Programs as well as a Hispanic Segment strategist during the day, and a mom and community leader at night. Xochitl leads the Hispanic Segment strategy for Wells Fargo where she advocates for the needs of the Hispanic community and advances business opportunities to better serve this growing community. Xochitl co-founded LISTAS, a Bay Area non-profit focused on encouraging and motivating young women and their families to pursue careers in historically underrepresented fields. More recently, she was appointed by the California Senate to serve as a Board Member on the California Board of Accountancy. She is the mother of two amazing children who she aspires to ship off to the East Coast for college in the upcoming years.
Co-Vice President for Programs
Luisa Bonillas '94 serves as the Co-VP for Programs. She most recently served on the WCAA Board of Directors. Her term ended on June 30th, just one month after her daughter Ariana, graduated from Wellesley with the purple class of 2018. Luisa wrote a History of Women of Color at Wellesley as her doctoral dissertation. She has interviewed as an Alumnae Admission Representative (AAR) and she has previously worked for the Advisor to Latinx Students, Mared Alicia-Westort. Luisa has been married to her college sweetheart, Luis Gonzalez (MIT '92), for 24 years and they have two children. Ariana graduated with her Wellesley degree in sociology and Andres, an incoming senior in high school, is currently considering his college options. Email: email@example.com
Angelica Ramirez '12 is the WLAN Vice President of Membership. Born and raised in Echo Park, Angelica earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University in 2014. She is currently serving on the board of the Universal Community Health Center and volunteers at both Good Samaritan Hospital and as a Certified Application Counselor through Covered CA. She recently left her job as Associate Director at California Physicians Alliance and will begin a pre-med postbaccalaureate program at UC Davis in the Fall of 2017.
Northwest Regional Representative
Amy Adams Riggs '92 is the WLAN Northwest Regional Representative and a former president of the Washington State Wellesley Club and has held other roles including those related to class fundraising and interviewing incoming students. Returning to Washington state after three years in Nebraska, she most recently served on the board of her local public library. Amy’s career has primarily been in public school communications but she hopes to transition to health and nutrition with the move back to the northwest. She and her husband have two daughters in high school and will reside in Olympia.
Northeast Regional Representative
Consuelo Valdes '11 is the WLAN Northeast Regional Representative a User Experience Designer for a consumer healthcare startup in Boston. She is very passionate about maintaining diversity in her community of Waltham. She is currently running for City Council and serves as Chair on the Waltham Cultural Council. When she is not serving her community she tries to lead by example as a vegan, bike commuter, and approaching a zero-waste lifestyle.
Southeast Regional Representative
Migna Sanchez-Llorens '81 serves as the WLAN Southeast Regional Representative, a member of the Miami Wellesley Club, and was actively involved in the Hartford Wellesley Club upon graduation. Migna serves as a Circuit Court Judge in the civil division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida. She resides in Miami, Florida with her husband and two children.
New York Representative
Karima Khawja '00 is the WLAN New York Regional Representative. She is a dedicated, creative media sales executive with a strong passion for the Hispanic market in her current role as VP, Director of Sales for Local Media of Univision New York. Karima is an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council @ Univision and Volunteers for Girls Inc. of NYC. During her time at Wellesley, Karima was a very active member of Mezcla. She resides in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.
Elisha A. Santiago-Barudin '93 serves as the WLAN Midwest Regional Representative and is a member of the Wisconcin Wellesley Club. Elisha spent over 20 years as a Human Resource Executive but can now be found in yoga studios. Her new passion as a yoga instructor allos her the opportunity to work with children, veterans or women who suffer with PTSD, as well as the fun variety of power yoga classes. She is also an avid community volunteer who serves on the board of a hospital foundation, directs children theater and helped to create and now runs an organization to empower progressive change. Elisha was always active in Mezcla and served as the club's President from 1991-1992. She is so excited to again be connected! Elisha and her husband reside in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin with their three daughters ranging in ages from elementary to college.
Berenice Rodriguez '08 is the WLAN Texas Regional Representative connecting Latina alumni to the College and local Clubs. She is part of the red class of 2008, Psychology/Italian Studies double major, masters in Educational Psychology/Counseling from UT Austin. She's kept close to Wellesley through Admissions outreach for about 10 years. After Wellesley, she worked for educational outreach non-profits promoting STEM education and college attainment for Latin@ studies. Berenice is now a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in career development while keeping a small case load of personal therapy clients for a Houston university. In her spare time, she enjoys dance fitness classes, travel and Astros games.
Alejandra Cuin Miranda '16 is the WLAN Mid-Atlantic Representative. She's originally from Brewster, Washington but is currently residing in Washington, D.C. Her interests in public policy has led her to work at Accenture, a global management consulting firm working towards improving government efficiency. As a first-generation Latina and daughter of farm-workers, she's passionate about empowering other young Latinx to achieve their goals, regularly volunteers with her LULAC chapter and Accenture's Hispanic Employee Resource Group. She's also an avid tennis plater, foodie and coffee aficionado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paris, France Representative
Monica Gaitan, Soriano Fellow '09, is also a board member of the Wellesley Club in France since 2014. Born in Guatemala, Monica earned her Master's degree at Ecole du Louvre in Heritage Protection and at the ESCP Europe in Management of the Arts. She currently works at the International Council of Museums (ICOM) following the development of museums in Latin America among other responsibilities. Monica went to Wellesley as an exchange student to intern at the Davis and she considers the opportunity as a life changing experience. She lives in Paris, France: Email: email@example.com
U.S. Southwest Representative
Kathy Silva, '16, is based in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA. Passionate about public health, she is currently at Kaiser Permanente's Research and Evaluation department and is a member of the California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. Kathy was a MEZCLA member throughout her time at Wellesley, served as a Co-President and is excited to play a more active role as an alum. She enjoys connecting with her community, practicing yoga, and spoling her dog, Bobby. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org