Meet Karen Saldana, ALPFA Houston's President. Karen has been involved with ALPFA Houston since 2010 when she was a student at the University of Houston competing in the annual KPMG ALPFA Case Study Competition in Orlando, Florida.
Karen mentions that ALPFA has continuously taught her the importance of networking and that without this organization, she would not be where she is today. "As a Dreamer I was not able to work after I finished graduate school. It wasn't until a year later that I was able to begin applying for jobs in my field thanks to a work permit granted through the DACA program. With no prior internships or experience in accounting, finding a job in the field was extremely challenging. Fortunately, a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP offered me an interview when I saw him at a recruiting event because he remembered when we originally met at the 2010 ALPFA convention. Thanks to ALPFA convention. Thanks to ALPFA, I am now on the path to a career that I thought I could only dream about."
Karen graduated with a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Houston in 2011 and is now a Manager at KPMG LLP. Karen believes in the empowerment of Latino leaders in the accounting and finance field through mentorship and sponsorship as well as the improvement of the Hispanic economic well-being through education and career-building. She is particularly passionate about the limitations faced by Dreamers across the country as they seek to accomplish their education and career aspirations.
Mireya has been involved with ALPFA since 2010 while attending Texas A&M University and serving as the student chapter President. Mireya credits the skills she was able to attain through ALPFA for allowing her to obtain an internship with Deloitte at the end of her sophomore year. She then completed two more internships at Deloitte.
After receiving her BBA and Master of Science in Accounting. Mireya moved to Houston to start her career in Advisory at Deloitte. She then joined the ALPFA Houston Professional Chapter since she is grateful for the different opportunities and network she gained through the organization as a student. She has served several roles since becoming involved in the professional chapter, but is currently the Vice President for the Houston Chapter. Mireya is a first generation University graduate and believes ALPHA has helped her be where she is in her career by preparing her for job interviews and thought her the power of networking. Mireya is passionate about helping other studnets launch their careers and creating more Latino leaders. Mireya believes in the ALPFAmilia and how creating connections and mentorships allows us to lift each other up.
Meet Karla Fernandez-Guerra, ALPFA Houston's Chief of Staff. She grew up in Amistad sister towns Cuidad Acuna, Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. Karla received her BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University in 2016. She became involved with ALPFA as a sophomore in college and held board positions including Vice-President of Internal Affairs and Director at Large. Karla attended the National Convention in Orlando, Florida. She connected with several professionals during the career fair which subsequently allowed her to participate in an Advisory internship at KPMG LLP the following summer.
"I am very grateful I was introduced to ALPFA because the organization has positively impacted me throughout the last four years, both personally and professionally. I continuously get the opportunity to network with incredible Latinos across the nation and to give back to the community. I'm hoping to expand my ALPFAmilia and help mentor more students and young professionals to achieve the organization's purpose. I am excited and looking forward to 2018 with you all"
The Journey with ALPFA for Sara Flores started at the University of Texas-San Antoino (UTSA). She joined ALPFA as a student in 2014 looking to polish her interviewing and networking skills, and for opportunities to give back to her institution and community. She found all these skills as well as an extended family that was always ready to motivate and support her professional carrer.
In 2015, Sara served as the professional liason between UTSA and KPMG in the KPMG ALPFA Case Study Competition in Westlake, Texas. Her team at UTSA took second place. Sara states, “I was thankful and honored for the opportunity ALPFA and KPMG gave me to train and guide these young and talented students and to give back to my University (UTSA) by gaining them a well-deserved recognition for their accounting Program.”
Sara continues to work with the ALPFA Professional Chapter in Houston as a part of the Board performing the duties of Secretary. She currently works at EY in the Wealth Asset Management team. As a non-tradition student during her former years, she believed that having a support system was one of the key to success and ALPFA was her key. As a non-traditional minority female accountant and mom, she loves mentoring students in the field of accounting accomplish their dreams.
Adriana's journey with ALPFA started in 2012 at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). She became involved with ALPFA as a sophomore and held board positions including Vice-President and President. During her term as the President, the student chapter received Student Organization of the Year Award and resulted in many ALPFA student members landing internships and finding job opportunities. Since graduating with her BS and MS in Accounting in 2014, she has been serving as the professional from her Alma matter.
Adriana was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to United States to pursue a better future and career opportunities. She currently work at EY, as a Senior Auditor in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services Department.
"One of the best decisions I made during my college years was to join ALPFA. This organization has given me so many opportunities to grow as a professional, a leader and an individual. Being part of the ALPFAmilia has given me the opportunity to build meaningful business relationships and long-term friendships. I am honored to serve you as the Director of Corporate Relations and thankful to have the opportunity to continue to do one of my passions in life; empowering and developing young Latino professional to achieve their maximum potential"
Catherine has been an active member of ALPFA since 2014. As the Vice President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter, she was committed to providing learning and career building opportunities to students while building relationships that would jump start their careers. When Catherine graduated in October 2015, she wanted to continue giving back to the community and joined ALPFA's Puerto Rico Professional chapter as the Director of Events. She was awarded Woman of ALPFA in October 2016 for her contribution to the Chapter. Catherine moved to Houston, TX in November 2016 and joined the Houston BoD in November 2017.
Catherine is a first generation American citizen and the first in her family to graduate from the University. "I have been blessed with many opportunities and believe that it is our responsibility to empower and pave the way for the upcoming generation. To me ALPFA is a community of like-minded individuals who work extremely hard in achieving their full potential and are passionate and committed about giving back to the community. The ALPFAmilia is composed of fortune 50 most powerful Latinas, leaders in our communities who constantly remind me that we are not alone and that we can all make it. I look forward to meeting you all!"
Aimee Muniz is a Native Houstonians, who developed her work ethic at the age of 14 by working as a professional photographer part time and helping the family photography business. Taking accounting courses in high school solidified her understanding of her "calling" to participate in the PPA program, which allowed her complete the Professional Program of Accounting with a Master of Science in Accounting in four and half years, from the University of Houston in December 2015. Aimee's ALPHA story began when she was encouraged to participate in the 2012 ALPFA National Case Study Competition where she led the University of Houston case study team as a freshman. Thereafter, she participated in ten more case study competitions, four internships, and actively volunteered at multiple Houston professional chapter ALPFA events eventually being awarded ALPFA Houston Student of the year. After connecting with KPMG at the 2012 ALPFA convention, Aimee participated in three internships, subsequently starting full-time in October 2016 as an Audit Associate.
Aimee credits her mentors and strong supporting organizations such as ALPFA for her success. ALPFA recruits and grooms successful members, because we identify ourselves as an ALPFAmilia, we want our family to succeed and thus, we are always helping each other.
Meet Jose Camacho, ALPFA Houston's Director of Communications ands Marketing. Jose has been part of ALPFA and KMPG's Hispanic Latino Network since he moved to Houston in 2014. He is currently a Senior Associate at KPMG's Global Mobility Service Licensed Technology practice.
Jose proudly grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico - a UNESCO World Heritage site. He received his B.B.A. in Economics with Highest Honors. Business Honors, Leadership Honors, and International Distinction from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was also part of Congressman Bill Archer's fellowship in Washington, D.C. and a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Jose enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching rugby games, and listening to podcasts.
Director of Current Corporate Affairs Quanta Services, Inc.
Jessica became involved with ALPFA as a professional in public accounting. She has presented to fellow ALPFA member at the National Convention.
She serves as the Senior Manager of Accounting Processes & Controls at Quanta Services, where she oversees the review of accounting processes to ensure appropriate controls are identified, in place and operating effectively. Prior to joining Quanta Services, Jessica was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Assurance practice, serving clients in both public and private sectors in a variety of industries, for over fifteen years.
Jessica attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She also is Certified Public Accountant in Texas and California.
Sydney has been involved with ALPFA since 2015 while attending Texas A&M University and served as the student chapter President. Sydney credits the network and skills she gained through ALPFA for her fulltime position as a Business Valuation Consultant in the Advisory practice for Deloitte. Sydney’s current work involves enterprise business valuations, financial statement analysis, purchase price allocations, and financial modeling.
After receiving her BBA in Finance, Sydney moved to Houston to start her career at Deloitte and is a part of Deloitte’s Hispanic Network. She joined the ALPFA Houston Professional Chapter to continue giving back to the organization that gave her so many opportunities as a student. Sydney is passionate about building community with one another and helping to create Latino leaders. In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and dancing.
Viviana graduated with a BBA in Supply Chain Management degree from Texas A&M University and is currently a Global Sourcing Specialist at Schlumberger. Her quick learning ability and collaborative work ethic allowed Viviana to progress through three of five procurement teams at Schlumberger in two short years. Through these roles, Viviana has been able to develop and strengthen a variety of skills such as leadership, customer service, self-development, communication, and coaching. She has also successfully led continuous improvement projects to streamline Schlumberger’s Procurement and Sourcing departments.
During her university studies Viviana co-founded Aggie Women in Business (AWIB), one of the largest student run organizations at Mays Business School today. She actively attends AWIB’s workshops to mentor and help recent and upcoming graduates transition to the work force. She continues to dedicate her time to mentor students through her American Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) membership, where she participates in ALPFA joint events with the University of Houston’s HBSA’s student chapter.
One of Viviana’s recent involvement in the Houston community was through the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). After becoming a member of the HLSR, she continued her participation within the rodeo by becoming a Houston General Go Texan Committee member. The HLSR promotes agriculture through education and provides educational support within the community. This is very gratifying for Viviana, as she enjoys contributing to a great cause while attending one of her favorite annual events in Houston – the HLSR.
Larissa was born at San Pedro Sula, Honduras and moved to Houston when she was 8 years. She graduated from the University of Houston in the Fall 2018 as a first generation college graduate, with a degree in Psychology and Human Resources. Larissa currently works as a Human Resources Representative at AIG.
Her passion for ALPFA sparked when she joined the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) at the University of Houston. While at HBSA, she served as the National Representative where she worked to strengthen HBSA’s partnership with ALPFA and handled all logistics for the attendance of HBSA members to the 2018 ALPFA Convention and Regional Symposium. She is very thankful for all of the mentorship and support that she received through ALPFA and is excited to give back through this role! Larissa looks forward to connecting with other like-minded Latinos as they continue to help each other rise.
My name is Kate Duque, I am the Director of Chapter Relations for the ALPFA Houston Chapter. I recently graduated from the University of Houston in December 2018 with a BS in Public Health and Human Resource Management. I have been actively involved with ALPFA since 2017, when I first joined the National Representative committee for the Hispanic Business Student Association at UH. I later joined the Student Affairs committee for ALPFA, and served as the Community Relations Director for HBSA. As a first generation graduate, these organizations played a big part of my experience, and I am very grateful for the help and support I received from the mentors and friendships I made along the way. Now, it is my turn to help give back and open this road to success for upcoming generations of Latinos.
Seeking deeper support at Rutgers University in New Jersey to develop his business acumen, Eddy joined the university’s ALPFA Chapter. There he learned and honed his professional and leadership development. Having ALPFA as a resource to lean on not just from a professional stand point, but also from a family-oriented support system perspective, was invaluable to Eddy’s success at university.
After graduating with a Masters in Human Resource Management, Eddy accepted a job offer with EthosEnergy Group as an HR Specialist and move to Houston, Texas. Being new to Houston, he once again leaned on the ALPFAmilia and contacted the local Houston ALPFA Chapter. Eddy became involved as a general member to meet and network with other professionals.
In recognizing the opportunities he was given along the way in his career, Eddy hopes to give back to other and educate them on their rights as employees. Experience has taught him that, generally, minority group’s lack of understanding of employment law and their companies Human Resource policies can sometime hinder the development and growth within their respective organizations. Eddy aspires to help his peers overcome these roadblocks through education and coaching. By joining the Houston ALPFA Chapter and serving as Director of Community Service, Eddy feels there is no better avenue to further this cause.
When Eddy is not being involved with ALPFA duties, you can catch him working on his track car, which he uses in the exciting sport of drifting. Or if the weather is nice, bicycling around the city exploring all that Houston has to offer. You can always catch Eddy with a smile, especially among friends.
Osman Isael Castro Gutierrez was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he attended the Marilyn Davies College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown (MDCOB-UHD) in pursuit of an accounting degree. While studying at UHD, he served two years as Vice President of the Professional Accounting Society (PAS) and Co-founded the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) student chapter. Throughout his involvement, he sought to help the incoming student become more involved in campus as well as attend professional events outside of campus, such as ALPFA’s annual national convention and regional symposium. Aside from extracurricular activities, he worked part-time as an accounting and supply chain tutor at the Marilyn Davies College of Business, while managing a commercial franchise. Soon after graduating in December 2017, he was presented with the opportunity to complete an audit internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers which led to a full-time staff position. Osman is now working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.