Meet Catherine Manyoma, ALPFA Houston’s President.
While attending the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Catherine discovered her passion for giving back to the community through her involvement with student organizations. Before graduating in 2015, she simultaneously studied accounting, worked full time, and held significant leadership roles within the university, to include, President of the Student Counsel, Student Senator, and Vice President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Being legally emancipated at the age of 15, a first generation American, and the first in her family to attend college, she wanted to make it easier for other students to succeed and help them to take advantage of the opportunities around them. After graduating, she joined the ALPFA Puerto Rico Professional Chapter and was appointed as the Director of Events. She participated in National ALPFA Conventions in New York and Las Vegas and was deeply moved by the stories, passion and commitment of all the members in attendance. In 2016 she moved to Houston, TX and joined the ALPFA Houston Board of Directors, where she served as Director of Corporate Events from 2018 -2019.
“The 'ALPFAmilia' is a community of hard working and dedicated professionals committed to giving back and has provided me with a platform to develop meaningful friendships from a diverse pool of professionals across many industries. I believe it is our responsibility to pave the way for other Latinos through dynamic leadership, comprehensive education, and selfless service." - Catherine ManyomaCatherine obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in 2015 and currently is a Forensics Services Senior Associates at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Houston, TX.
Meet Karla Fernandez-Guerra, ALPFA Houston’s Vice-President. She grew up in Amistad sister towns Cuidad Acuña, 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. Karla is currently a Senior Associate in Technology Assurance at KPMG.
“I am very grateful I was introduced to ALPFA because the organization has positively impacted me throughout the last six 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 a successful 2020l!”
Meet Laura L. Gomez, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Membership.
Laura joined ALPFA since 2017 at the University of Houston-Downtown Chapter. ALPFA’s conventions, symposiums and events made her realize it was a fantastic opportunity to be part of. She thanks ALPFA for giving her the advantage of improving her soft skills through its networking events and educational workshops.
Laura attended the Marilyn Davies College of Business at The University of Houston-Downtown and graduated with a BBA in Accounting. As a first-generation bilingual college graduate, she believes ALPFA is a great source of support to students, grads and professionals like her. One of her professional goals is to become a Certified Public Accountant, which she is working towards achieving.
Laura currently works at Quanta Services as an Accounting Associate. Prior to Quanta, she worked at Air Liquide as an Internal Controls Support and AP Clerk. She is passionate about accounting and audit.
Volunteering and being involved with other associations are part of Laura’s passions. She is also an active member of the TXCPA Society – Young Professionals Chapter. Laura has strong community and social services skills and in her free time she enjoys volunteering, attending networking events, spending time with family, friends and dancing. She strongly believes in giving back to her community.
Laura is excited and honored to serve as the Director of Membership.
Meet Adriana Rodriguez-Villareal, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Events.
Adriana’s journey with ALPFA started in 2012 at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). She became involved with ALPFA and held board positions including Vice-President and President. Since graduating in 2014, she has been serving as the professional advisor to the UTPA ALPFA Student Chapter.
Adriana was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to the United States to pursue a better future and career opportunities. She currently works at EY, as a Senior Auditor in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services Department.
Adriana continues to work with the ALPFA Professional Chapter in Houston and she is honored to serve as the Director of Corporate Events.
“ALPFA has played a key role in my preparation, it has helped me to be a well-rounded professional. My ALPFA journey I owe to my friends, my mentors, my ALPFamilia. No one achieves anything alone. I owe it to the people who came before me and everything I do is for the people that will come after me. As Mr. Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, described the American Dream, it’s not a sprint or a marathon, it is a relay, because sometimes is not fully achieved in one generation. We are the new generation and we need to continue the work that many have started before us. Looking forward to the upcoming year, the best is yet to come!
Meet Sara Vargas-Flores, ALPFA Houston’s VP of Technology and Communications.
The Journey with ALPFA for Sara Flores started at the University of Texas-San Antonio (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 career.
In 2015, Sara served as the professional liaison 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 VP of Technology and Communications. She currently works at EY in the Wealth Asset Management team. As a non-traditional student during her former years, she believed that having a support system was one of the keys 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.
Meet Olga Cecilia Tobias, ALPFA Houston’s Secretary
Olga Cecilia attended Baylor University where she received her BA degree in Sociology with a minor in business administration. She always liked helping and getting a better understanding of people but also wanted to focus on the business sector. Being a first generation college student, she always ranked education as a top priority. After about a year out of college, she decided to go for her master’s degree in Human Resources Management, where she attended the Marylin Davies College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown. While having a full time job and attending evening classes, she knew something more was missing which is when she sought to look for an organization that would value culture and focus on leadership, which is when ALPFA was introduced to her from a fellow friend.
She began to become involved within ALPFA at the beginning of 2019, when she attended the many events they had to offer. What caught her eye was the passion many of the leaders showed for the organization. She knew this was the place she had been looking for, where similar peers had different stories but all, one commonality, to succeed as a latino professional. While attending the different events throughout the year, she decided she needed to do more and become more active in her community, which is when she decided to move forward and become part of a committee. Being involved within the Houston chapter confirmed to her that this was a place she wanted to continue to learn from and grow with along her peers. Olga Cecilia is thrilled to be working with a group of intelligent individuals who share a similar vision.
Olga Cecilia currently works at Wapiti Energy, a privately held oil and gas company where she is an accounting associate.
Director of Corporate Affairs Quanta Services, Inc.
Meet Jessica Casper, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Corporate Affairs. Jessica became involved with ALPFA as a professional in public accounting and has presented to fellow ALPFA members at the National Convention.
She is 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.
Beginning in 2020, she will serve as a member of the AICPA Joint Trial Board. She is a volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Meet Sydney Del Carpio, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Events - Social Activities.
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 full-time position as a Business Valuation Senior 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.
Meet Viviana Hernandez, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Marketing Development. Viviana is a Global Sourcing Leader at Schlumberger and holds a BBA in Supply Chain Management degree from Texas A&M University.
As a first-generation college graduate Viviana thanks the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) for all the mentorship she was provided as a high school student. During her university studies Viviana mentored students at Ruder High School in Bryan, TX through their GEAR UP program. She was also a mentor in the Foundations of Continued Undergraduate Success program at Texas A&M University. Viviana’s desire to help her peers did not stop there. During her junior year at Texas A&M University, she helped start Aggie Women in Business – one of the largest student run organization at Mays Business School today.
Viviana says, “Through GEAR UP I was able to take advantage of all the resources available to fulfill one of my dreams – be a college graduate. Today, I am able to pay it forward and continue mentoring students and young professionals through ALPFA”. Viviana began her involvement with ALPFA in 2012 while attending Texas A&M University. After graduating from Texas A&M University she saw an opportunity to continue her community involvement in the ALPFA Houston Chapter where she joined as a committee member. During her first year as a Board of Director in the ALPFA Houston Chapter, Viviana was awarded the ALPFA Houston Professional of the Year award. Viviana is excited to continue on the ALPFA Houston Board for 2020!
Meet Larissa Chavez, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Student Affairs.
Larissa was born at San Pedro Sula, Honduras and moved to Houston when she was 8 years old. 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 involvement with ALPFA began 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 a great 2020 with her ALPFAmilia.
Meet Kate Duque, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Chapter Relations.
She graduated from the University of Houston in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Human Resource Management.
Kate has been actively involved with ALPFA since 2017, when she first joined the National Representative committee for the Hispanic Business Student Association at UH. She 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 her experience, and she is very grateful for the help and support she received from the mentors and friendships made along the way. Kate would like to give back and open this road to success for upcoming generations of Latinos.
Meet Eddy Hernandez, ALPFA Houston’s Director of Community Service.
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 (now a Sr. 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 actively 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.