New Jersey Board of Directors

ALPFA New Jersey Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Johanna Cordisco

President
ALPFA

Johanna Cordisco

President
BOA

Johanna Cordisco is a Software Delivery and Release Engineer at Bank of America. In her role, she is responsible for the delivery of software solutions that meet the Business needs at a global scale. In early 2014, Johanna joined the Software Engineering Team in Global Technology and Operations at Bank of America. She started as a Project Manager and soon was promoted to Manager of the Release Engineering team. Currently she is leading a team of Release Engineers responsible for the Agile implementation of software releases for multiple Lines of Business, vendors and partners. She has received multiple awards from the CTO for the delivery of technology services across the enterprise and the partnership with the PMO organization.

Johanna obtained her Scrum Masters and Lean Agilest certifications, which she leveraged to implement the Lean Agile framework within her delivery teams. She is also certified in Service Strategy and Design to prepare herself for her next career goal as a Portfolio and Product Manager.

She is a champion for diversity and inclusion, as well as for career growth and opportunities for women in technology. She sits in the leadership board of HOLA New Jersey, where she implemented the Better Money Habits program taking financial literacy to low income communities and organizations in South Jersey. She continues to grow the vision and strategy of this financial health program and plans to expand to all of New Jersey. Johanna is also in the leadership board of ALPFA New Jersey, where she serves as the VP of Business Development. In her role, her focus is to establish student programs to offer opportunities to the next generation of professionals. Johanna is a supporter the Girls Who Code organization and enjoys attending the Women in Technology programs at Bank of America.

Johanna is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She resides in Newtown, PA with her two children and enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending quality time with her children, dog, and lizard.

Luis Rosado

EVP
ALPFA

Luis Rosado

EVP
KPMG

Recognized as a high-potential leader, Luis was selected by KPMG this year to participate in multiple leadership development programs, including the HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) Emerging Executive Program.

Luis currently serves as a co-lead for KPMG’s Hispanic/Latino Network BRG, which was recognized in 2019 as a leading BRG chapter within KPMG, resulting in a panel appearance speaking about best practices in front of 275 of his peer leaders at a national BRG leadership conference. The BRG chapter Luis led developed leaders, and contributed to multiple committee leads being chosen for additional leadership development opportunities within and outside the firm.

Luis joined the ALPFA board as VP, Marketing in late 2017, and played a critical role in reviving the chapter from the brink of imminent closure. The turn-around included extensive member outreach, re-branding, and re-positioning to attract members to re-engage with the chapter, which had been previously been dismissed as a dead chapter. As a lifetime ALPFA member, who has attended three previous national conferences, and who is also involved with helping the student chapters from a recruiting perspective, Luis has demonstrated a strong commitment to ALPFA.

Luis has also demonstrated a deep commitment to community service through his personal involvement in organizing and participating in numerous community service related activities such as: HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Student Performance and Achievement); hiring inner-city students from the Cristo Rey high school in Newark to serve as interns at KPMG; teaching kids financial literacy at Junior Achievement Latino Community day; handing out books to honor students at the First Ave School in Newark through KFFL (KPMG Family For Literacy); cleaning-up neighbor parks in Passaic and Newark; laboring to building a playground in Paterson; and donating funds to charity to help the disadvantaged.

Luis was sponsored by his previous employer and earned an MBA, specializing in Management & Strategy from Rutgers University, where he won the prestigious Dr. S. George Walters Consulting Excellence Award. He earned a BA in Psychology from the HBCU North Carolina Central University. He also holds a variety of IT certifications. He lives in Basking Ridge, NJ with his wife and two children, ages 13 and 15.

Humberto Lozano

Treasurer
ALPFA

Humberto Lozano

Treasurer
KPMG

Humberto Lozano is a Senior Financial Analyst at KPMG and supports Digital Nexus, the IT Organization of the Firm. As a key contributor in the Financial Planning and Analysis group, Humberto helps Executive Directors and C-Suite level executives reach their budgetary and forecast targets while providing action-based analysis to help each leader drive their business effectively.

Humberto also has a passion for giving back and is actively involved with the Hispanic Latino Network at KPMG. As a committee lead for HLN, he has volunteered and led several events where the primary recipients were elementary and middle-school students in the cities of Passaic and Newark. Humberto is excited to bring this passion to ALPFA where he can impact young adults and students who aspire to become corporate professionals.

Humberto was born and raised in Passaic, NJ. He graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and most recently graduated from Montclair State University with a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Forensic Accounting Certificate. He also has plans on continuing his education and is on the CPA Track.

Joseph Bonifaz

VP of Corporate Development.
ALPFA

Joseph Bonifaz

VP of Corporate Development.
PwC

Joe Bonifaz is a Senior Manager working in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice, providing high quality services across businesses including Cybersecurity & Privacy, Internal Audit, and Process Assurance. In his role, he has helped clients identify and address significant risks caused by globalization, evolving business models, upgraded IT systems, the changing regulatory environment and higher stakeholder expectations, resulting in efficient, risk-based plans across internal audit, risk and compliance functions.

For almost 8 years, Joe has led and supported audits, has advised high calibre clients on strategically aligned testing procedures, and helped develop internal controls for business performance issues and IT systems, all through the use of technology and data. While continuing to collaborate with clients by standing firm on quality and integrity, so that the financial information they report to the investing public and other stakeholders is clear and reliable.

Joe has been an avid supporter of ALPFA and is joining us a member of ALPFA's NJ Chapter Board of Directors, bringing diversity and inclusion at the forefront of his focus and looks to continue to advocate and use his role to take the largest Latino professional and student business membership non-profit organization to new heights.

Daniel Bastidas

Director of Business Development
ALPFA

Daniel Bastidas

Director of Business Development
Leng-d'Or

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Nievalyn Keel

Director of Marketing
ALPFA

Nievalyn Keel

Director of Marketing
KPMG

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Sara Nunez

VP of Events
ALPFA

Sara Nunez

VP of Events
Keller Williams

Sara is a licensed real estate associate, MBA, PMP for Keller Williams Realty. She helps buyers achieve their American dream of owning a home. Plus, she is a champion in investment and commercial properties. Prior to this role, Sara held various professional positions ranging from engineering to project management. Her background includes a 10-year career at Verizon as a Network Engineer then promoted to Project Manager Specialist. Sara played a key role as a project manager in the copper to fiber transformation during the Sandy Hurricane aftermath in NYC. Additionally, she is passionate about embracing nonprofit organizations in her community currently she is an ambassador role model for Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement. In her free time, she enjoys to run, do yoga, cook healthy meals, and to travel with her family. Ah! she is addicted to herbal tea...

Christopher Ramos

Director of Events
ALPFA

Christopher Ramos

Director Events
FINRA

Christopher Ramos is a Human Resources Professional with a passion for connecting, engaging and organizing people together. He comes from a Dominican Republic family, and enjoys running and bachata. He serves on the board as a Director of Events and joined the board in July of 2019. He works for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a Human Resources Business Adviser leading compensation reviews, performance management and on boarding.

Karla Futch

Director of Events
ALPFA

Karla Futch

Director of Events
Goldman Sachs

Karla Futch graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance and Management Information Systems. She started at Goldman Sachs working on Real Estate Occupancy Finance and is now an associate working on strategy driven by the Chief Administrative Officer. Within Goldman Sachs she is involved with the Hispanic Latino Network and serves as a Launch with GS Ambassador, a Goldman Sachs’ investment strategy grounded in the belief that diverse teams drive strong returns. Externally, in addition to ALPFA, she is involved with a few organizations and is a One Young World Ambassador. She lives in Bergen County with her husband and (spoiled) cat Drizzy Drake. In her free time, she is either planning her next trip or researching real estate.

Carmen Kimper

Director of Memberships
ALPFA

Carmen Kimper

Director of Memberships
NYC Department of Education

Carmen Kimper started her teaching career over twelve years ago, as a NYC Teaching Fellow, when she became an ESL teacher and program coordinator at the NYC Department of Education. The idea of working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds thrilled her as she had always been passionate about xxx. In this role, she realized that there would be a need for a leader committed to facilitating engagement across differences and leveraging those differences to enrich classroom discussions, instruction, and learning experience. To date, Carmen advocates for better understanding and support of ESL and other vulnerable students, collaborate with community organizations and families, and facilitate teacher professional development workshops on inclusive teaching practices.

There has been a recurring theme that connects her experiences and how she chooses to dedicate her time both in her professional and volunteer commitments and that is working towards achieving social justice through a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a born and bred Brooklynite, Carmen seized a great opportunity to advance this type of work. In 2005, and for the ten years that followed, Carmen served on a leadership board of Churches United for Fair Housing, a grass-roots, non-profit organization, dedicated to ensuring a transparent and fair process in affordable housing plans. During her tenure with this organization, her and her team’s collaborations led to multiple adjustments to affordable housing laws that resulted in more just and accessible affordable housing process. Her work in her community was recognized with a community leadership award as well as a City Council Proclamation.

Now living in New Jersey and wanting continue in service to her greater community, Carmen has recently completed a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, which has set her on a path to discovering best practices in this space. She has also joined the leadership board of ALPFA New Jersey as the Director of Memberships as she, along with her board team help to write the future of the Latinx professional community by providing relevant programming, connecting professionals, helping to develop students who will transition to being professionals, and working with client companies who are committed to diversifying their talent pipeline.

Carmen enjoys traveling, dancing, reading, exercising, and trying new recipes. She’s learning French so next time you run into her, test her to see if she can say anything beyond Bonjour! She lives in Scotch Plains, NJ with her husband and three children.

Emil Medina

Director of Corporate Relations
ALPFA

Emil Medina

Director of Corporate Relations
Atrium Staffing

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Jennifer Paulino

VP of Student Affairs
ALPFA

Jennifer Paulino

VP of Student Affairs
Grace Blue Partnerships

Jennifer Paulino is a young bilingual professional with a passion for learning and organizational development while curating inclusive spaces for diversity to grow. Experienced in client services, project management, and event planning. Enthusiastic about taking on a new challenge with personal strengths in mentorship and relationship building. Most recently she was contracted by an executive search firm, Grace Blue, as a Freelance Associate. In addition to her full-time project management based role at Grace Blue, she serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs for the ALPFA New Jersey Professional Chapter working with various students across multiple colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey.

Jennifer’s passions are focused on the development and growing impact of the Latinx community. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising focused on an Account Management track. As an undergraduate student she was also very heavily involved in the Latinx community serving as a mentor with Philadelphia’s Big Brother’s Big Sister’s program and serving on various student executive boards. She served as the President of the Associacion de Estudiantes Latinos as well as the Events Chair for the Student Organization of Caribbean Awareness. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hiking and the arts.

She is a lover of poetry and being outdoors enjoying all the world's natural environments have to offer.

Joseph Kwon

VP of Board Development
ALPFA

Joseph Kwon

VP of Board Development
KPMG

Joseph Kwon is an Associate Director with KPMG International, whose global network of independent member firms offer audit, tax and advisory services in 155 countries. He is responsible for providing privacy and cross-border guidance. As the Connection Counselor, Joe hosts the “Why It Works” podcast and is the author of the ground-breaking book Unlock Your Charisma.” He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and lives in Oakland with his family.

Kasey Silva

VP of Community Affairs
ALPFA

Kasey Silva

VP of Community Affairs
BOA

Kasey Silva is a Relationship Manager covering the Central & Southern New Jersey market for Business Banking at Bank of America. In this role, she manages a portfolio of Business Banking relationships and serves as a trusted advisor in delivering banking solutions to help companies meet their goals.

As a leader with HOLA NY Chapter BOA’s internal Hispanic/Latino ERG she was nominated a Global Diversity and Inclusion award winner in recent years. Kasey holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of New Jersey. In her down time she enjoys active outdoor activities such as running and hiking.

Natalia Espejo

VP of Marketing and Social Media
ALPFA

Natalia Espejo

VP of Marketing and Social Media
Snapchat

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Andrea Sabillon

Executive Assistant
ALPFA

Andrea Sabillon

Executive Assistant
Genpact International,LLC

Andrea Sabillon is a Foundation Coordinator with UnidosUS, the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. In this position, Andrea conducts donor research and proposal writing for UnidosUS’s Policy and Advocacy team. Andrea initially joined UnidosUS as a Project Administrator providing daily support to the Chief Operating Officer on a range of institutional and administrative duties, including on organizational strategy and efforts to engage UnidosUS community-based Affiliates.

Prior to her joining the UnidosUS team, Andrea was at the American Friends Service Committee where she was the legal assistant to the Friends Representation Initiative of New Jersey or FRINJ program. FRINJ, is a pilot program that promotes the right to counsel in the detained immigration context, the second of its kind in the country, following the NYIFUP out of New York.

Andrea graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She was part of the Undergraduate Associate program while at Rutgers where she also interned and served as an AmeriCorps member with Eagleton’s Institute of Politics Program on Immigration and Democracy. Andrea is bilingual in English and Spanish, and was born and raised in New Jersey.

Philip DaSilva

Director of Student Affairs
ALPFA

Philip DaSilva

Director of Student Affairs
Bank of America

US Marine Veteran and Firefighter turned corporate banker with over 10 years of finance experience that includes working as a personal banker, CDO portfolio manager and now in Fin-Tech. Recently joined Bank of America as a VP. Advocate for blockchain technology adaptation in the banking sector.

Joaquin Espinal

Director of Student Affairs
ALPFA

Joaquin Espinal

Director of Student Affairs
PNC

I am currently a VP at PNC Bank in our Healthcare Business Banking Group. I've worked in banking for 10 years and also a Marine Corps Reservist. My other roles are serving as President of the Military Business Resource Group at PNC and on the board for IPED, a podiatry education group. He lives with his wife, his daughter, and their dog!

Carlos Méndez

Director of Memberships
ALPFA

Carlos Méndez

Director of Memberships
CPA Independent Practitioner

Carlos joined our ALPFA New Jersey Chapter Board in 2020. He is a business leader with extensive experience in public accounting, corporate governance, finance, internal audit, and advisory services. Carlos has 25 years of combined experience with the assurance and advisory practice of PwC and multiple senior leadership roles in internal audit for a Fortune 100 company in the insurance industry. He is presently engaged in business development activities and providing professional services to business organizations and Rivera & Montes CPAs, a boutique firm that provides accounting, tax and advisory services to medium and small businesses.

During his career, Carlos has been the sponsor and leader of diversity and inclusion programs, knowledge management initiatives, transformation projects, organizational health activities and talent development. He is a firm believer in the power of people’s ingenuity, resiliency and collaboration, and the adoption of best practices and technology for the betterment of organizations. In Internal Audit, he was a member of the leadership team charged with managing the strategy and operations of a global audit function comprised of 400 professionals serving more than 30 countries. He led several multinational teams providing audit and advisory services to operations in United States and Latin America; formed the Center of Expertise for audit of financial affairs; and established the global Professional Practices team. Within the Company, he served in multiple senior Governance and Risk Committees for the Enterprise, Global Functions and the Americas.

At PwC, he worked in New York, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico serving a wide range of audit clients in financial services and a variety of industries. His experience in PwC included a secondment in the firm’s National Office (New Jersey). Carlos earned a BBA, with a major in Accounting, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a CPA since 1995, passed the Law Bar in Puerto Rico, and obtained his Certified Internal Auditor credential in 2019. Carlos is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the CPA Societies in New Jersey and Puerto Rico, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Carlos lives in Chatham, New Jersey with his wife Ana since 2004. He enjoys sports and although he used to avoid running years ago, he has been a happy runner since 2010 and has completed multiple marathons achieving his personal best in the 2019 edition of the Marine Corps in DC☺.

Yessica Pinales

Director of Community Affairs
ALPFA

Yessica Pinales

Director of Community Affairs
NJ Courts

Yessica Pinales joined the Board in 2020 as Director of Community Affairs. She is an attorney currently working as a Judicial Law Clerk for the New Jersey Courts. In 2018, Yessica served as the National Chair of the National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA), where presided over a board consisting of 20 other law students and managed the corporate governance, non-profit compliance, and other programming initiatives of the organization. Prior to her legal career, Yessica worked for Bank of America in New York City. During her six-year tenure at Bank of America, Yessica managed bank employees and served as one of the youngest female leaders in the company. Yessica received her Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany, where she was named a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. Though Yessica was raised in Brooklyn, NY, she takes pride in the cultural values of her native homeland, the Dominican Republic. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Yessica continues to devote her time to support and improve access and retention of underrepresented professionals. She currently resides in Newark, New Jersey. Outside of work and ALPFA, she enjoys traveling, playing sports, and recently ran the NYC Marathon.

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