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CEPHAS ARCHIE

Cephas Archie obtained his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from the University of Houston Clear-Lake, and his MS in Counseling and BA in English, both from Loyola University New Orleans.

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NORA BENAVIDEZ

Benavidez is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Georgia. She investigates and develops new cases with our affiliate and national partners. She also helps manage our legal caseload through research and writing for active litigation, including appeals.

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RICK CHAVOLLA

Rick Chavolla earned his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. from Boston College. In 1987 Rick gained his first appointment in higher education at Northern Arizona University becoming the director of Student Support Services, a comprehensive program for first generation, low-income Native American and Latino students.

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MARIA COELLO

Coello is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and an investor in the fund. Maria is the founder of U.S.A. Aseguranza, an insurance company. U.S.A. Aseguranza provides car, home and commercial insurance inside supermarkets throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

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ANA MARÍA ARUMÍ

Ana María Arumí is a perceptive, inventive, empathetic, and strategic researcher, focus group moderator, writer, and producer with nationally recognized quantitative and qualitative study design, analysis, and Emmy award-winning reporting skills.

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LUZELMA CANALES

Luzelma G. Canales holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pan American University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas – Pan American, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University – College Station.

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KEVIN A. CHRISTIAN

Kevin A. Christian received his certification in addiction counseling from The College of Southern Maryland before receiving his Master of Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

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JUAN CRUZ

Juan Cruz has a Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Antioch College.

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KELLY FAYARD

Kelly Fayard Kelly Fayard (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) earned her BA in cultural anthropology and religion from Duke University, and a certificate in museum studies as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

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MARCO A. DAVIS

Marco A. Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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ROSALINDA GARCIA

In 2002 Rosalinda Garcia moved to Yale University, where she was Director of La Casa. In 2014, she accepted the position of Assistant Vice President of Student Life at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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VITO DE LA CRUZ

Vito De la Cruz grew up in South Texas in a migrant farm worker family. He graduated from high school and was fortunate to attend Yale and later the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law.

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ERIN DORAN

Erin Doran, Ed.D., was born and raised in El Paso to a family of educators, including her parents who are both K-12 principals. She attended UTSA as an undergraduate, where she earned a B.A. in 2006 and M.A.

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FELICIA ESCOBAR

Felicia Escobar is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

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QUINCY DANIELS

Quincy Daniels is now campus operations manager for the Iron Yard in Austin, Texas. In this position, he aids in creating an exceptional student experience by providing operational excellence to create a consistent and welcoming student and staff experience.

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EILEEN GALVEZ

Eileen Galvez is a first- generation college graduate and second- generation immigrant. Her passions lie in social justice and the impact that an education can have on individuals and community groups.

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SYBLE DAVIS

After graduating from Palestine High School, Syble Davis moved to Houston to attend Texas Southern University. Her initial major was Criminal Justice, but she enjoyed all of her English courses

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SALLY GARIBAY

Currently with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri, Garibay has previously held professional consulting and business engagement positions with Sprint Nextel and Johnson County Community College.

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MANUEL DEL VALLE

Judge Manuel Del Valle graduated from Yale Law School and the London School of Economics. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton.

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ELVIRA DURAN

Elvira Duran has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Yale University and a degree in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University

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AUGIE RIVERA

Rivera was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. His credentials include the ability to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U. S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and several U. S. District Courts.

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RACHEL HILDEBRANDT

Hildebrandt worked for years as a historical consultant and academic editor before transitioning to literary translation (German). Rachel is also the founder of Weyward Sisters Publishing, which focuses on bringing contemporary works of crime and noir fiction

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ERICA SÁENZ

Erica Sáenz holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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BIRGIT JORGENSEN SICELOFF

Currently Siceloff is working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching critical care nursing in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. She has had a career in critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and heart failure

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PAMELA Y. GEORGE

Pamela George has been at Yale since August 1999 and spent a decade as director of the Afro-American Cultural Center and assistant dean of student affairs.

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