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ALPFA Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Friday, August 07, 2015  
Posted by: Lori Ruff
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ALPFA Announces New Members to Board of Directors









New York, NY (August 7, 2015) ALPFA, Association of Latino Professionals For America, today announced that Daniel Yip and Tracy LaFlamme Ortega were elected and Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Daniel Villao, and Nerelys Ortiz were re-elected to the Board of Directors of the largest Latino professional organization, dedicated to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy.


During ALPFA’s 43rd annual convention, being held for the first time in New York City, the Board approved the new slate elected by the organization’s members.  “We are thrilled to have Ms. Aldaz-Matos, Mr. Villao, and Ms. Ortiz recommit and Mr. Yip and Ms. LaFlamme Ortega join our board to advocate for Latino students, professionals, and entrepreneurs,” said Yvonne Garcia, chairwoman of the Board and Senior Vice President and Global Head of Client Solutions and PMO of the Investment Manager Services group for State Street Corporation. “Latinos will continue to drive economic, political. and social influence in our country and this Board is committed to our mission.”

The new board members introduced today include:


Daniel Yip


Daniel Yip is the founder and owner of Nexus Business Consulting. Daniel is a business consultant and manager with four years of “Big Five” experience and more than eighteen years overall of system implementation experience. He specializes in process improvement and re-engineering, system development, process/product support, internal controls assessment, and quality assurance. He has experience leading and supporting efforts in the Entertainment, Publishing, Financial Management/Services, Wireless Telecommunication, Insurance, Aviation, Cruise, and Mortgage industries.


Daniel is a lifetime member of ALPFA, currently serving in multiple roles for the ALPFA Miami chapter: as a member of the chapter’s strategic board as well as the current coordinator of the chapter’s IT and marketing segments. In 2010, Daniel was one of ten ALPFA professional members awarded the ALPFA/University of Phoenix Leadership Scholarship. With this scholarship, he earned his Master in Business Administration degree in 2012.


Tracy LaFlamme Ortega                  


Tracy LaFlamme Ortega is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PREPWORKS, one of the fastest growing education technology and tutoring companies. A graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Vanderbilt University, Ms. LaFlamme Ortega began her career in education more than twenty years ago. Today she leads one of the most dynamic, woman-owned ed-tech enterprises, serving students across the U.S. and around the world.


As an educator-entrepreneur, Ms. LaFlamme Ortega leads a team of educational course designers, content engineers, programmers, and subject-area experts, who together have built a multiple award-winning e-learning platform that is disrupting the way students learn and achieve on pre-college and pre-career standardized assessments.


Firmly believing that today's technology must serve as the great equalizer in education, Ms. LaFlamme Ortega has fostered a strong culture of social impact and giving. Ms. LaFlamme Ortega has ensured that PREPWORKS programs are available to underserved communities by partnering with organizations such as Breakthrough Foundation, Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation, Educate Tomorrow, Georgetown Institute for College Preparation, among others. She has spoken at national and international events on the subject of education technology and emerging trends in adaptive learning and content creation. Ms. LaFlamme Ortega is a mother of three young women, and is an active member of the Woman’s President Organization (WPO).


Board Members re-elected include:


Marcela Aldaz-Matos, MBA


Marcela is a Director, Diversity & Inclusion at MassMutual Financial Group where she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company’s nine Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Marcela is focused on harnessing the business value of diversity and inclusion to yield high business impact. Prior to joining MassMutual, Marcela served as a Business Strategy Advisor for KAS Advisors.


Previous to this role, she worked for Best Doctors, Inc., where she managed numerous U.S. and international teams in the areas of business development and service delivery. She has frequently been called upon to open new markets and lead business development strategies for Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

In 2014 she was recognized by ALPFA with the 2014 Woman of ALPFA award. The Boston Business Journal also recognized Marcela with the “Emerging Leader Advancing Women Award.” In 2013 she was named as one of the “Top 100 Women We Admire” by the Boston Ad Club’s Leadership Forum, and also awarded the “2013 Most Powerful & Influential Woman” by the National Diversity Council. Marcela was the recipient of the “2012 United Way Award,” the “Girl Scouts, National Innovations Award,” and was also named one of the “100 Most Influential Latinos in Massachusetts” in 2012.


In addition to serving as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), she was formerly the National Chair, Women of ALPFA, Strategy Development Committee. She also is also a board member of the Girl Scouts, Eastern Massachusetts.


Nerelys Ortiz, CPA, CGMA


Nerelys Ortiz is a senior finance manager within the Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Services Group organization at Microsoft. Currently, Nerelys serves as National Treasurer of ALPFA and Chair of the Finance Committee.


Nerelys received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Washington. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Washington State and is a member of the AICPA and Washington State Society of CPAs.


Daniel J. Villao, MBA


Mr. Villao is the Managing Director of Intelligent Partnerships, Inc. a firm focused on client improvement through strategic planning, Labor Navigation™ and Diversity Design™ in the public and private sector. Mr. Villao’s extensive background in key stakeholder management, market capture/realignment, and value oriented workforce design has contributed to shaping a robust, innovative company.  His work is recognized for its relevance and innovative modeling by industry leaders as well as municipal, state, and national organizations.

Mr. Villao’s work has influenced policy and practice surrounding the impact of spending on small business, procurement development, and disenfranchised worker access. Mr. Villao is also the lead author of “Beyond Green Jobs; Building Opportunity in Energy Efficiency” (UCLA Press, 2012), which has been recognized nationally.


As a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) he advocates to enhance opportunities for Latinos to gain access to university and professional networks and has played a pivotal role in the organizations evolution into the largest Latino professional and student business membership non-profit organization in the nation. Mr.Villao also serves as a Washington State Commissioner on the Commission of Hispanic Affairs on behalf of Governor Inslee and is the immediate past Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship where he served at the behest of U.S. Secretary of Labor, the Honorable Tomas Perez.