SHPE Announces Michael Gutierrez as the New Board Vice Chair; and Welcomes Six New Board MembersAugust 13, 2019
Los Angeles, California | August 13, 2019 – SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is pleased to announce Michael Gutierrez as the new Board Vice Chair, and the addition of six new National Board members serving as of July 1, 2019.
Michael Gutierrez, Systems Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has served as a member of the National Board since July 2016, and previously served as Treasurer from 2010-2014. Prior to that, he was a Regional Vice President and the SHPE at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Fort Worth founding president. Says Gutierrez, “As a passionate and active supporter of SHPE for most of my professional life, I welcome the opportunity to use my experience to support the organization’s aggressive growth in the coming years.”
Newly-elected National Board member Will Davis takes over as Secretary and Regional Vice President Liaison. As a lifetime SHPE member and former National President of MAES: Latinos in Science & Engineering from 2012-2018, Davis has dedicated himself to the advancement of Hispanics in STEM for nearly 20 years. He currently works as the Deputy Diversity & Inclusion Manager with NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) in Houston, Texas.
In an expansion of the National Board, SHPE has appointed two new members to serve. Board Member Chris Hetner is a Managing Director for Marsh Risk Consulting’s (MRC) Cyber Risk Consulting business based out of New York. And he serves as the new special advisor for cyber risk at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), delivering expertise related to cyber risk oversight and preparedness. He has over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Marsh, Hetner served as the Senior Advisor to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman on Cybersecurity. He was also a leading member of the U.S. Treasury Financial Banking Information Infrastructure Committee. Hetner’s unique experience in risk management will serve SHPE well as the organization continues its significant growth trajectory.
And newly-appointed Board Member Eva Majercsik is the Global Head of HR for 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing and Americas Region for HP Inc. based in Palo Alto, California. As a senior executive, she has a diverse background with more than 25 years of professional experience in human resources, services, and sales. Majercsik’s background, having lived, worked, and interacted with multicultural teams in different countries in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, will serve her well in her role furthering SHPE’s goal of increasing diversity in STEM.
SHPE is fortunate to welcome back Adriana Ocampo to the National Board. At The Boeing Company, Ocampo currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President of Engineering, Modifications & Maintenance for Boeing Global Services. A Lifetime SHPE member, she was elected in 2017 to serve as the Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors, and she is a member of the executive and financial committees. Previously, Ocampo served as the Regional Vice President for Region 7, as well as, National Board Secretary, and she has played an integral role in The Boeing Company being a longtime member of SHPE’s Industry Partnership Council (IPC).
The elected student leaders on the National Board include undergraduate David Andres Castro Acosta from The University of Texas at Austin, a senior graduating in Spring 2020 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and experience in the oil & gas, chemical, and life sciences sectors. A first-generation immigrant and college student, and a former regional undergraduate student representative with experience connecting chapters and organizing regional events, Acosta is excited to use his unique perspective to help take SHPE to the next level of operational excellence.
Undergraduate Miguel Angel Cuen, a senior majoring in Computer Science (Software Engineering) at Arizona State University, served on his local chapter’s executive board for three consecutive years and has attended seven SHPE conferences. Miguel strongly believes that servant leadership and leading by example are the best methodologies to adopt when it comes to setting the example for others.
Graduate Board Member and environmental engineer Sophia Lauren Plata is pursuing her PhD at the University of SouthernCalifornia in Los Angeles. She previously served as the Region 2 Graduate Representative, working to create a diverse academic environment at the graduate level, as well as developing curriculum for the RLDC (Regional Leadership Development Conferences) program. She is particularly excited to work with SHPE on increasing Hispanic representation in academia.
“We are strengthening our Board by adding key talent with unique skills to help us chart the future of the organization. I am delighted Mr. Gutierrez is back, a long-term contributor, and excited to welcome student members, Ms. Plata and Messrs. Cuen and Castro; and new members Ms. Majersik and Messrs. Davis and Hetner to our family. They complement the Board by adding their unique professional experiences, skills, and perspective. This is the strongest our Board has ever been, our future remains very bright.” said Miguel Alemañy, Board Chair.
Adds CEO Raquel Tamez, “SHPE welcomes this new infusion of highly qualified and talented executives and students to our National Board of Directors as we vigorously pursue our goal of fostering Hispanic leadership in STEM. Michael, Will, Eva, Chris, and all of our Board members are passionate about our community, energized about our mission, and bring a wealth and diversity of experience to our leadership team. I’m looking forward to working with them.”
SHPE extends its appreciation to those Board members remaining in their positions including Miguel Alemañy as Chair, Ernesto Felix as Treasurer, as well as, Dr. Emily L. Allen, Rodrigo Garcia, Diana Gomez, and Adalio Sanchez.
The National Board of Directors and all members of SHPE leadership are thankful to Peter Rios for his service as Secretary and many contributions to the organization. SHPE also thanks departing student members Susana Campos, Rosa Morales, and William Verastegui for their contributions and wishes them great success in their future leadership positions.
For more information on SHPE’s Board of Directors, please visit www.shpe.org/leadership.
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is a nonprofit organization serving and advancing Hispanics in STEM. With more than 11,000 student and professional members, SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. To accomplish this, SHPE provides a variety of programming, services, resources, and events, including hosting the largest Hispanic STEM convention in the nation. For more information, visit http://shpe.org.