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Board of Directors

ALPFA is governed by the CEO and an elected Board of Directors consisting of Officers and Directors At Large. ALPFA's national Board of Directors exhibit passion, determination and dedication in planning for its promising future.


Yvonne Garcia

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Client Solutions
PMO of Investment Manager Services Group
State Street Corporation

Yvonne is a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Client Solutions and PMO of the Investment Manager Services Group for State Street Corporation. In that role, she develops new client relationships, deploys cutting-edge technology and operational processes, and delivers complex consulting engagements for existing and potential clients. Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as director in marketing and distribution strategy for Liberty Mutual’s Agency. Yvonne, who was recently selected as one of the Top 5 Latina Executives in the Country by Latina Style Magazine, also served as vice president for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance. She is the co-founding Chair of Milagros para Niños, which has raised more than $4 million in funds for Hispanic children who can’t afford medical care. She holds an MBA from Boston University in finance and marketing and a B.A. from SUNY Albany, as well as a certificate in economics and culture from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Gabriel Rodriguez, Jr.
CPA, Vice Chairman/Treasurer

Global Finance Director and US Firm Assistant Controller
Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Gabe is a Director in Ernst & Young’s Global Finance (Controller's Group) organization, and currently serves as the U.S. Firm Assistant Controller. In this role, Gabe is responsible for overseeing all finance, accounting and financial reporting activities, including the monthly/quarterly/annual financial statement close process, maintaining internal controls over financial reporting, and leading the finance integration of acquired businesses, as well as business modeling, long-range forecasting, PCAOB reporting, financial analysis, decision-support, and implementation of new organizational structures, while ensuring compliance with EY's global accounting policies and U.S. statutory and regulatory requirements. In his prior role, Gabe was a Senior Manager in EY’s Assurance practice and spent 12 years providing accounting and auditing services to both publicly and privately held companies, primarily in the retail, consumer products, technology, and manufacturing industries. As a Senior Manager in EY’s Assurance practice, Gabe was primarily responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of multi-location integrated audits, which included SEC and SOX 404 compliance and reporting. He also led the coordination efforts associated with auditor transition activities and the deployment of the EY audit approach in complex global organizations. Gabe is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New Jersey), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Gabe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the School of Business at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Hector Perez
CPA, Past Chairman

Head of Group Financial Planning & Analysis at TAM

Hector is the Head of Group Financial Planning & Analysis at TAM, the asset management division of TIAA-CREF, a leading asset management firm. In this role Hector is responsible for providing forward-looking and relevant business intelligence to assist in the evaluation of operational and economic risk and opportunities, allowing the business to further its objectives. Prior to TIAA-CREF, Hector was at Tatum, a division of Randstad, a professional services firm. Hector’s career began at PwC where he spent 14 years providing client transaction consulting and assurance services. Hector received his B.B.A. in Public Accounting from Pace University in New York. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Daniel Villao

Labor Equity Manager
City of Seattle

Daniel is currently the Labor Equity Manager for the City of Seattle where he directs the city’s efforts to ensure access generated by its public expenditures. He is a recognized expert on workforce development, authoring a nationally recognized book and speaking regularly at industry leading events. Since 2008, Daniel has served as President of Intelligent Partnerships a consulting group which specializes in leading strategies around innovative workforce solutions, negotiations and strategic planning in the public and private sector.

Nerelys Ortiz

Senior Finance Manager – WW Sales, Marketing & Services Group
Microsoft Corporation

Nerelys is a senior finance manager within the WW sales, marketing and services group organization at Microsoft. In this role, she supports the monthly and quarterly rhythm of finance for the SMSG CFO and partners across the global finance teams to analyze worldwide revenue trends for Microsoft. Nerelys began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Seattle within their assurance practice, serving a variety of SEC clients in the technology, information/communication, and real estate industries.

Elizabeth (Liz) Diep
Partner, Asset Management


Liz is a Partner with PwC’s Asset Management practice in New York, specializing in Alternative Investments. She is a recognized leader with a 15 year track record serving many of the firm’s most complex alternative investment clients. Liz earned her undergraduate degree in Accounting with a minor in Latin American Studies from Pace University. Liz is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPA’s.

Damarius (Dee) Garcia-Schneider
Director of Product & Customer Insights


Dee is the Director of Product & Customer Insights in Deloitte's Information Technology Services (ITS)/ Deloitte Application Studio (DAS). In this role, she serves on the DAS executive team and is responsible for creating a framework to provide insights on key products through their life cycles. She has more than 18 years of experience in professional services practice operations and strategic alignment. She has extensive knowledge and experience in practice operational models and processes as well as enabling technologies. She is a dynamic, motivating and engaging speaker in the areas of career development, coaching and employee engagement, and inclusion.

Marcela Aldaz-Matos
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Partners Healthcare

Marcela Aldaz-Matos is a business leader with more than 20 years of combined experience in diversity and inclusion, change management, and leadership with a proven track record of delivering substantial growth in highly competitive business organizations. Working collaboratively with C-suite leaders or their direct reports, her main focus is on harnessing the business value of diversity and inclusion to yield high business impact. Marcela has extensive experience in financial services and healthcare and has managed numerous U.S. and international teams in the areas of business development and service delivery for multicultural markets locally and internationally. Marcela is a dedicated advocate for women and minorities. She is a member of ALPFA’s National Board of Directors as well as The Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee (HSF). Her tireless dedication to diversity has been recognized by numerous organizations. Marcela earned an MBA from Simmons College School of Management in Boston. She is a scuba diver, a Reiki Master Level III and has traveled extensively around the world.

Reynaldo (Ray) C. Gonzalez
Director, Enterprise Risk Services Governance, Risk and Regulatory Strategies


Ray has over 35 years of experience in the financial services and oil and gas industries as a regulator, banker, and consultant. He has served banks in various capacities as an executive with overall responsibilities for corporate governance and risk management programs. As a regulator, Ray performed safety & soundness and regulatory compliance examinations of national banks. As a consultant, he has provided risk management consulting and litigations support services to some of the largest banking organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. As a Director the Enterprise Risk Services Group with Deloitte & Touche, Ray provides risk management services to the Financial Services Industry.

Avec O'Brien, CPA, CGMA
U.S. Controller

Mastronardi Produce

Avec is the U.S. Controller for Mastronardi Produce. In this role she is responsible for the financial affairs of the organization and focuses on a broad range of financial, operational, strategic and executive leadership issues impacting the organization. Previously, she was CFO of the Detroit Science Center. Before that, she was a manager in the assurance and enterprise risk services practice of Deloitte & Touche. Avec earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Accounting from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She earned her Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Avec is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Genaro Perez, Jr., CPA
Managing Director, Strategic Accounts

RGP Consulting

Genaro has over 20 years of professional services & private experience. He is currently a Managing Director at RGP, responsible for creating and executing global growth strategies and managing key client relationships. Since joining Resources in 2004 he has been instrumental in leading some of his firm's largest client assignments and helping expand the firm’s business offerings. He started his career at Deloitte in the Metro New York Practice. After six years he left Deloitte as a manager and joined Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking business and Private Wealth business for four years combined. At Goldman, Genaro lead the Controller’s Hispanic Professionals Network and also led efforts for the Hispanic affinity group during this time at Deloitte’s Tri-State office. He is one of the original pioneers of ALPFA NY Chapter, served as chapter president and was featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine in 2013 as a Latino leader in the Accounting & Finance industry. He currently serves on the ALPFA's National Board, the ALPFA NY Corporate Advisory Board, and both the Baruch and Queen College ALPFA Advisory Board. Genaro is a licensed CPA and received his Bachelors in Accounting and Information Systems at Queens College.

Daniel J. Yip
Founder & Owner

Nexus Business Consulting

Daniel is the founder and owner of Nexus Business Consulting. He 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 received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Tracy LaFlamme Ortega
Founder& Chief Executive Officer


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 as an English Literature teacher. 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. 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).

Josuel Plasencia
Student Director

Babson College

Josuel Plasencia is a 21-year old social entrepreneur, youth advocate and community leader who has been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, C-SPAN and in the Wall St. Journal. Josuel brought his passion to the #1 school for entrepreneurship in the United States (U.S. News and World Report), Babson College. There he co-founded Project 99, a startup focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, which piloted its first program in August 2015 in the Dominican Republic. Project 99's brought together 20 students for 4 days, sponsored and made possible by Delta Airlines, Deloitte Dominican Republic, Grupo Rica, Grupo Corripio, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, ALPFA and the Clinton Global Initiative. Josuel currently sits on the Alumni Leadership Council of the National Academy Foundation, an organization that turned the course of his life around in high school. He is also a public speaker (Gotham Hall, The Museum of Finance, Rooftop at Tribeca and Cipriani Wall Street), focusing on the impact non-profit programs have on a young person’s life, such as ALPFA, Junior Achievement, the National Academy Foundation and Virtual Enterprises International had in him.