Katrina Champeny recently joined Toyota Financial Services as an International Operations Business Analyst for the Americas Oceania Region. In her current role she is responsible for reporting business results and trends to regional executive leadership as well as identifying innovative solutions for the business by using Toyota Business Practice methods. She brings with her more than 10 years of experience supporting strategic global initiatives for leading organizations such as Deloitte, EY and Hewlett Packard. Katrina received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she double majored in Marketing and Spanish and graduated with distinction. She is the President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has been a member since 2015.
Edgar Rosillo works at Deloitte as a Tax Manager in Global Employer Services. He provides global mobility tax planning and compliance services to companies across various industries. Prior to the beginning of his career, he attended the University of San Antonio and completed his bachelor degrees in accounting and finance and earned his master’s in accountancy in 2011. He joined ALPFA in 2008 and has since been committed to helping the organization succeed by empowering and mentoring Latino professionals and students across all industries and majors. Edgar is currently the Vice-President of ALPFA’s DFW professional chapter and the President of Deloitte’s Hispanic Network. He is also a Sunday-school teacher alongside his wife, participates in the yearly MS 150 bike ride to raise funds for multiple-sclerosis research, and volunteers as much as his schedule allows with other Dallas non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity. He has been continuously recognized by Deloitte for his Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts and for his leadership in recruiting and training at the firm. During his spare time, Edgar enjoys trading stocks, working out and cooking healthy meals with his wife. Edgar Rosillo puts his family first and utilizes his passion to help and encourage others to work hard and smart for the legacy they want to accomplish.
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Instead of asking how you can be successful, ask how you can be useful” is a quote that has guided Ramon throughout his life and taken him on a path typically less traveled.
He has worked for the world’s largest accounting firm, the world’s largest oil driller, the world’s largest deathcare provider, created his own tax consulting firm, and for the past 7 years has been an interview and negotiation coach through his own company www.PersuasiveInterview.com.
Ramon has been involved with ALPFA since 2001 when, as an Accounting Junior at the University of Texas, he was invited to attend the 2001 ALPFA Conference held several days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Seeing several thousand people - people that looked like him, spoke like him, and were what he wanted to be - potentially risk their lives to attend the conference made a big impact on him. He knew he needed to be part of this organization.
Immediately after the conference, he became the first student liaison for the ALPFA Austin chapter.
After graduating and moving to Houston, a city he had never even visited, he joined the ALPFA Houston chapter as Historian which led to serving in other positions including Vice President, President and ultimately, Past-President Advisor. During his time serving the community through ALPFA Houston, he met wonderful friends, mentors, and helped develop hundreds of professionals, many of whom he still stays in contact with today.
Originally from Brownsville, Texas, he met his wife, Aimee, in Houston where their two children were born. After 15 years of living in Houston, the Santillans recently moved to the DFW area and are excited for this next phase in their lives and careers. Using the same pattern that made him successful in Houston, Ramon joined the ALPFA DFW chapter as soon as he arrived and is now serving in the Vice President-Operations role.
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Ruth Pitts is a Senior Business Manager at AT&T and has been with the company for 4 years. Currently, Ruth is working with big data as a lead financial analyst reviewing technical business cases to assess the potential value that they may bring to AT&T through the use of data analysis and automation. Prior to this role, Ruth gained insight into other areas of the company as a technical lead, IT Program Manager, and as a Software Delivery Project Manager. Prior to AT&T, Ruth performed consulting work with various agencies/branches within the government. Ruth received her MBA with concentrations in Management of Information Systems, Information Assurance, and Management of Technology from the University of New Mexico. Additionally, Ruth has an BBA with a concentration in International Management and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. Ruth became a member of ALPFA while she was a student at the University of New Mexico and has continued her membership for the last 8 years. Currently, Ruth is the Secretary of of ALPFA’s DFW professional chapter.
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Andrea Rosillo received her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) through UTD’s fast-track program, the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA). Andrea has passed all four sections of the CPA exam and is currently in the process of receiving her CPA licensure in the state of Texas. She previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Jindal School of Management, completed two separate tax internships with Ernst & Young in Dallas, TX, where she recently began working full-time as a Tax Associate. Prior to being recruited by Ernst & Young, Andrea also completed tax internships with regional firms Moss Adams and Cain, Watters, and Associates. Every internship that Andrea completed has helped to reinforce her passion for tax and hopes to further specialize her career by working with tax credits and incentives. Besides maintaining various jobs while attending college, Andrea also dedicated much of her time to the UTD chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) as Vice-President for one year and as Secretary for two years. Through her involvement with this national organization, Andrea has had the opportunity to become a mentor to other minority accounting students by sharing her experiences and advice when it comes to finding a full-time job after college and staying motivated throughout the recruitment journey. Andrea looks forward to fully-embracing her tax career, whilst maintaining her involvement with organizations across Texas that want to empower minorities and strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts across the accounting industry.
Damian C. Zivic is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) currently working in the Assurance, Technology Risk practice of Deloitte. He has served clients on external and internal GITC audits, issued several SOC1 reports, and consulted Fortune 500 clients on Business and IT projects.
Damian has specialized in the Telecommunication, Media, and Technology industry, although he has also served Financial, Utility, Health, and Consumer Products clients. He is heavily involved in Deloitte’s recruiting and training efforts, as well as being part of the internal Hispanic Network board.
Damian holds a Finance BS degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) with an emphasis in International Business and a Minor in Family Life. During his time in College he was part of the leadership board of the ALPFA – BYU Chapter, where he learned to love this organization and believe in its mission.
Foremost, Damian is dedicated to his wife and children, and his Church membership and service. He also enjoys his passion for futbol (soccer) and basketball.
Abner Rodriguez works at Ally Financial Inc. in Consumer Asset Management. He is an experienced leader in the Customer Solutions operations center in Lewisville, Texas. He attended the University of Texas, Arlington and completed his bachelor degree in Business Management in 2010 and earned his MBA in 2015. He joined ALPFA in 2013 and has since been committed to helping the organization succeed by supporting and mentoring other Latinos and students.
Abner is currently the Director of Membership for ALPFA’s DFW professional chapter and the leader of the Ally Latino network (Aliados) DFW chapter. Additionally, Abner has been recognized as a “Leading the way” award at Ally as a distinguished leader and active supporter of the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. He also serves the community as a volunteer on the board of Grapevine Baseball-Softball and he coaches baseball & softball teams. During his spare time, Abner enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, coaching his youth teams, along with constantly watching and growing as a baseball/softball coach. Abner is family oriented and enthusiastic about helping and pouring into others.
Continuous learning and connectivity are fundamental ingredients to find our own version of success and ultimately have a fulfilled life. Through her work Cindy is committed to provide platforms and experiences for people to grow and connect with others. She is currently an associate in Learning and Development at Goldman Sachs where she designs, develops and implements learning experiences for employees at key career stages. She started her career in Goldman in 2014 as a Financial Analyst in Private Wealth Management after graduating from Washington and Lee University with a major in Economics and a minor in Latin Americas studies. She is a QuestBridge Scholar. During her free time she practices rock climbing, enjoys improv comedy, invests quality time with friends/family and is involved in a variety of diversity and volunteering initiatives.
Maria is currently employed at Ally Financial Inc. in the Auto Learning and Development department as a Learning and Development Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in the Learning and Development space. Currently, Maria supports the Ally Auto division with leadership and operational full learning cycle. She is also responsible for the Learning & Development Risk and Mitigation Controls team. Maria enjoys spending time with family and helping others grow.
Jorge Clavel works at Ally Financial as a team manager within the Consumer Loss Prevention group for the auto loan division. He leads a team that extends alternative resolutions to loss account customers as well as support multiple internal business groups in locating loss collateral. Jorge’s background and experience spans over 11 years in various banking and financial services including credit card, mortgage, retail banking as well as call center customer service, collections, presidential escalations and loss mitigation. While working full time, Jorge obtained his bachelor’s in business and master’s in organizational leadership degrees through University of Phoenix. Jorge has supported various employee resource groups within the various companies he has worked with and has been involved in various local community volunteer opportunities within the DFW area such as the North Texas Food Bank and Mi Escuelita. In his spare time, he trains in the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira and is an instructor at Capoeira Allen Martial Arts Academy. His passion is being able to mentor and lead others to help them achieve their professional goals.