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Meet the Staff

Headquartered in Los Angeles, but with satellite offices in Washington, DC and around the U.S., our team is always available to support and advance the mission of SHPE. Your Familia is just a call or click away. We look forward to hearing from you!

Executive Management & Staff

Dr. Chris Wilkie

Dr. Chris Wilkie

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Kimberly Douglas

Dr. Kimberly Douglas

Chief Research & Innovation Officer
Monique Herrera

Monique Herrera

Chief External Relations Officer
Rhonda McNeil

Rhonda McNeil

Chief Administration Officer
Dr. Jose Silva

Dr. Jose Silva

Chief Engagement Officer
Rosa Angel

Rosa Angel

Contractor, Marketing
Alejandra Baez CMP

Alejandra Baez CMP

Manager, Events
Susan Arnold Christian

Susan Arnold Christian

Manager, Research & Innovation
Mariana Acuña Delgado

Mariana Acuña Delgado

Senior Associate, Government Relations
Elaine Estrada

Elaine Estrada

Specialist, Accounts Payable
Prisma Garcia

Prisma Garcia

Finance Coordinator
Liliana Gonzalez MPA

Liliana Gonzalez MPA

Manager, Research & Innovation
Enrique Guzman

Enrique Guzman

Manager, Research & Innovation
Theresa Hart

Theresa Hart

Coordinator, Events
Fernando Hinojosa, M.Ed.

Fernando Hinojosa, M.Ed.

Manager, Chapter Operations
Nicole Knoderer CMP

Nicole Knoderer CMP

Senior Director, Conference and Events
Jen Linck MBA

Jen Linck MBA

Contractor, Marketing
Myriam Lopez

Myriam Lopez

Manager, Partnerships and Employer Services
Rafael Magaña

Rafael Magaña

Director, Philanthropy & Major Gifts
Brianne C. Martin

Brianne C. Martin

Director, Membership Experience & Operations
Dr. Dayna Martinez

Dr. Dayna Martinez

Director, Research & Innovation
Alexis Medrano

Alexis Medrano

Manager, Member Relations & Database Services
Alma Meneses

Alma Meneses

Contractor, Finance
Dr. Ana Rodriguez

Dr. Ana Rodriguez

Manager, Event Programming
Cassandra Salazar

Cassandra Salazar

Manager, Research & Innovation
Josue Sandigo MCM

Josue Sandigo MCM

Director, Information Technology
Ashleigh Tierney MEd

Ashleigh Tierney MEd

Director, Research & Innovation
Amanda Tovar

Amanda Tovar

Director, Human Resources & Corporate Operations
Robert Tovar

Robert Tovar

Manager, Research & Innovation
Sara Warren

Sara Warren

Director, Sourcing, Contracts, & Board Operations

Dr. Chris Wilkie

Chief Executive Officer

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I currently serve as the Chief Executive Officer at SHPE where we are devoted to closing the gap between Hispanics and STEM.
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
The Incredibles - We all have our own unique super powers! And, as a family, those super powers are unstopable when all working together in harmony.

Location

Keller, TX

Dr. Kimberly Douglas

Chief Research & Innovation Officer

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I design strategies and integrated solutions for supporting and celebrating Hispanic success in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics, and research SHPE’s impact.
What was your first job?
I was a waitress at "Broasted Chicken" in Miami, OK. I wish the restaurant was still there. The chicken was amazing!

Location

Fort Collins, CO

Monique Herrera

Chief External Relations Officer

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Sponsors are my jam!
What is one interesting fact about you?
Before working at SHPE I worked in the fashion industry and was a swimwear and intimate apparel buyer.

Location

New York, NY

Rhonda McNeil

Chief Administration Officer

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Support SHPE's mission by managing Finance, IT, HR, and Contracting.
What was your first job?
I worked as a bus-girl and waitress starting at age 14.

Location

Sand Springs, OK

Dr. Jose Silva

Chief Engagement Officer

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I have the great honor to lead the Engagement office. Within my direction sits members, chapters operations, events, and philanthropy. I get to stand in the gap for all our members.
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
I would want to be part of the Blackish family. The Johnson are hilarious, real, vulnerable and give a fresh perspective of families of color and success. The topics they addressed are real life and connectable.

Location

Denver, CO

Rosa Angel

Contractor, Marketing

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Manage SHPE social media and IPC communications
What was your first job?
I worked with my mom selling burritos to migrant farm workers.

Location

Boston, MA

Alejandra Baez CMP

Manager, Events

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I assist in making the magic happen for the National Convention
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
La familia Madrigal from Encanto because in the end everyone is special. Gift or no gift.

Location

Frisco, TX

Susan Arnold Christian

Manager, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Coordinate the MentorSHPE program, and I design and implement components for the InternSHPE program to support SHPE members and our corporate partners.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I grew up in the Dakotas and Kansas but loved going "home" to Florida once a year to see all the cousins and grandparents. It gave me a great appreciation of all seasons but I do love winter the most!

Location

Kansas City, MO

Mariana Acuña Delgado

Senior Associate, Government Relations

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Strengthen and develop relationships with Congressional leaders, agency members, and the White House to lift SHPE’s mission and expertise in closing the STEM education gap for the Hispanic community, to ensure that in the legislative process SHPE is always at the table.
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
The Rose family (Schitt's Creek) so that I learn how to fold in the cheese, dance to "A little bit Alexis", but mostly say "Ew David".

Location

Bellevue, WA

Elaine Estrada

Specialist, Accounts Payable

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I process all things related to payables: reimbursements, scholarship awards, mini-grants, reconciling credit card receipts, rents and vendor payments.
What is one interesting fact about you?
My best friends are twins and we have been BFF's since we were age two.

Location

Whittier, CA

Prisma Garcia

Finance Coordinator

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
As part of the finance team, I handle accounts receivables and assist in tracking the submission of required documentation for scholarship award disbursements.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I worked as an event catering coordinator for a catering company.

Location

Lancaster, CA

Liliana Gonzalez MPA

Manager, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Support SHPE's mission by managing the development and execution of the Equipando Padres program.
What was your first job?
I was a cashier at my favorite thrift store.

Location

Houston, TX

Enrique Guzman

Manager, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I manage all K-12 pre-collegiate programs, including facilitating the national Noche de Ciencias. My goal is to build a STEM identity within all the students SHPE serves.
How would you spend a million dollars in 24 hours?
I would pay off debt, buy a home and pour the rest back into my communities!

Location

Tucson, AZ

Theresa Hart

Coordinator, Events

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
Support SHPE's mission by handling all registration needs for our events, as well as, coordinating travel and housing.
What was your first job?
I worked both front and back of house at the local KFC when I was 16.

Location

Loveland, CO

Fernando Hinojosa, M.Ed.

Manager, Chapter Operations

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I work with chapters of various statuses to ensure organizational alignment to improve the organization's mission, vision, & programs.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I am a certified Firefighter 1 and work with the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD). Another interesting fact is that I met my wife Wendy through SHPE!

Location

Houston, TX

Nicole Knoderer CMP

Senior Director, Conference and Events

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I lead the amazing Events team to create wonderful experiences for our members.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I love Marvel comics and movies!

Location

Coppell, TX

Jen Linck MBA

Contractor, Marketing

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I make SHPE sparkle and shine with beautiful marketing and illuminating communications.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I've got a hilarious pug named Sir Charles Barkley and two senior cats, Donny & Marie. No, they do not get along.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Myriam Lopez

Manager, Partnerships and Employer Services

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I manage the partnership with companies that sponsor and support our SHPE Regional Conferences and NILA.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I was SHPEtinas co-lead as a student, interned with Northrop Grumman during undergrad, and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from UCSD.

Location

San Diego, CA

Rafael Magaña

Director, Philanthropy & Major Gifts

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
During the day I get to work with individual donors and partners and share with them the various ways they can make a gift to support our many programs, events, virtual conferences and scholarships.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I was cheer squad team captain at UCLA; and I co-piloted a private plane from Tampa to Miami to attend Art Basel, Miami.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Brianne C. Martin

Director, Membership Experience & Operations

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I am the voice of the member accounting for all things member experience, ways to engage, streamlining & automating systems to improve the member experience.
What was your first job?
I worked for the US Army supporting helicopter repairs at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) as an Engineering Technician - fell in love with wearing steel-toed boots, documentation & processes, working with machinists & operators, & found my calling in manufacturing while still being able to achieve my dream of design.

Location

Dallas, TX

Dr. Dayna Martinez

Director, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I manage the design and development of Equipando Padres, collaborate with research and data analysis, program evaluation, and coordinate our GRADS programming.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, love our food, there's nothing better in the world than a mofongo stuffed with churrasco.

Location

Orlando, FL

Alexis Medrano

Manager, Member Relations & Database Services

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I strive to deliver the highest level of customer service to all our constituents while supporting the member's journey and experience with a focus on member retention & growth.
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
The Flinstones Family of Bedrock. Reason is because I have always held a deep feeling that I was born in the wrong era of time!

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Alma Meneses

Contractor, Finance

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
As part of the Finance team, I currently serve as Accounting Manager.
What was your first job?
I worked at an African-American marketing company as an intern. Filing documents and making copies in my senior year of high school.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Ana Rodriguez

Manager, Event Programming

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I assist speakers of our convention with coaching, presentations and overall content. In addition, I assist with evaluations for all of our events.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I have two black/tan Chihuahuas and on average I read over 21 books in a year.

Location

Alexandria, VA

Cassandra Salazar

Manager, Research & Innovation

Location

Lafayette, IN

Josue Sandigo MCM

Director, Information Technology

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I turn it off and on.
What is one interesting fact about you?
i am afraid of open waters despite completing over 20 triathlons.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Ashleigh Tierney MEd

Director, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I coordinate SHPE National’s MentorSHPE program, and I design and implement components for the InternSHPE program to support SHPE members and our corporate partners.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I lived in Kansas for more than twenty years but never personally experienced a tornado until moving to Nebraska.

Location

NE

Amanda Tovar

Director, Human Resources & Corporate Operations

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I advocate for SHPE and our employees. I assess staff needs, hire employees to improve business outcome.
What was your first job?
I was a store associate at Things Remembered at the mall in West Covina, CA when I was 16.

Location

Hemet, CA

Robert Tovar

Manager, Research & Innovation

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
I manage the ScholarSHPE program
Which fictional family would you want to be a part of and why?
I would want to be part of the Salazar family from Love, Victor because the amount of love and acceptance the family exhibits.

Location

Phoenix, AZ

Sara Warren

Director, Sourcing, Contracts, & Board Operations

What do you do for SHPE in 25 words or fewer?
After sourcing sites and vendors, I negotiate the terms of the contracts and execute agreements. I am also the legal liaison and manage operations for our National Board of Directors.
What was your first job?
I was a receptionist, at 14 years old, at a Real Estate Agency.

Location

Chevy Chase, MD

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