June 29, 2017

Members Highlights June: Tabita Torres Rodriguez

Tabita Torres Rodriguez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Traveling to Rochester many times since she was 2 years old, Tabita put down roots in our community in 1998.

Currently, Ms. Torres is a Relationship Manager, responsible for fundraising more than 750,000+, manages the Circulo Latino (CL) leadership giving society and coordinates the Latino Leadership Development Program (LLDP) at the United Way of Greater Rochester. Ms. Torres works closely with many community leaders and volunteers to make campaign initiatives, CL and LLDP successful. Tabita is a 2007 LLDP Class alum.

Previously, Ms. Torres worked for Time Warner Cable/YNN, Coordinated Care Services Inc., and the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

Ms. Torres is described as a committed, kind and an inspiring example to other young women. Her community involvement is extensive and varied. Ms. Torres is an active board member for several organizations, including the Monroe County Youth Advisory Board, St. John Fisher College Alumni Board of Management, and The Advocacy Center’s Board of Management. Ms. Torres has volunteered with women, children, and youth at various [Read more…]

Members Highlights May: Rosemarie Gutierrez

Born in New York City, of Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan descent, Rosemarie Gutierrez moved to Rochester with the new millennium.

Ms. Gutierrez is a licensed Realtor with over 10 years experience. She is member of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors and she currently works as an Licensed Real Estate Agent with J Vincent Real Estate. Her specialties are first time home buyers, investors and home sellers, especially within the Latino community.

“I’m very proud to be that person the community can trust with a life’s purchase”

Rosemarie Gutierrez is a natural entrepreneur. She graduated from the Emerging Entrepreneurial Program from Monroe Community College and in 2011 she started her second business,  XRAA Events, which is an À la carte concept offering event planning, coordinating and decorating services to individuals, businesses and non-profit agencies. [Read more…]

Members Highlights April: Luis E. Ormaechea

Luis E. Ormaechea began his career as an educator in public schools in rural and urban settings across New York State. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in Science Education from New York University as part of the process of earning permanent certification as a public school teacher. Luis has many fond memories of his days teaching middle-school and high-school biology and earth science, coaching track and field, and serving as a curriculum coordinator.

After almost a decade in the field of education, Luis decided to pursue a law degree at the Syracuse University College of Law. After receiving his J.D., magna cum laude, he worked at various locations before obtaining his current position as an associate attorney at Underberg & Kessler LLP. At U&K, Luis focuses his practice on corporate and intellectual property law, and also represents [Read more…]

Members Highlights April: Mildred Vazquez

Mildred VazquezMildred Vazquez has lived and worked in the Rochester Latino community most of her life. Her family moved from Puerto Rico to Rochester when she was very young and with the help and support of relatives already in the area, friends and agencies like Ibero-American Action League and the Puerto Rican Youth Development Program (PRYD), they started a new chapter of their lives here.

“I remember my parents buying their first new stereo cabinet (not system) and Spanish records from La Mina on Clinton Avenue.”

Mildred earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from SUNY Brockport. She worked for a number of non-profit agencies and later on, Mildred became Executive Director of PRYD.

Mildred is very active in the local community and has served on the board and committees of several non-profit organizations, including [Read more…]

Members Highlights March: Oscar Pedroso

Oscar R. Pedroso is founder of MBA Writer’s Block, an online admissions resource for young professionals and students applying to business school. He is a seasoned MBA applicant who has secured interviews from top MBA programs.  He has taken his years of application experience and funneled it into the MBA Writer’s Block blog, as well as his newly published essay guide, MBA Essays Exposed.  Using his resources, applicants learn how to build confidence, brainstorm, organize, and write compelling essays.  Readers gain access to over 20 MBA essays that have helped applicants gain admission to schools like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Tuck, and Simon.

In addition, Oscar is partnering with universities and colleges in the area to speak to prospective graduate students interested in business and is working with the local chapter of NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs) to offer tips, strategies, and advice on the world of business school admissions.

“When it comes to the application process, admissions consultants are generalists. I specialize in teaching people specifically about [Read more…]

Members Highlights February: Carlos Pérez

Carlos Pérez began his career as an Industrial Hygienist/Compliance Officer for the US Department of Labor (OSHA). He moved into industry at Eastman Kodak Company where he held a number of key positions in various Rochester manufacturing sites and operations in Latin America, the United States and Asia.

Carlos has over 15 years of experience implementing Lean/Six Sigma improvement programs in the US and Latin America. He is a Management Black Belt, Workout® Facilitator, and has participated in numerous Kaizen events as the lead facilitator. He holds a Lean Office Certification from the University of Michigan.

His work developing and leading strategies has given him the knowledge of how a practical approach can achieve business goals. Using the Emergent Strategy concept, Carlos has [Read more…]

Members Highlights January: Carol A. Courtney

Carol A. Courtney

Carol A. Courtney works as a Recreation Therapist at the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center on two of the Community Living Centers (Long-term care units).

In her career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Courtney, who has a master’s degree, has worked with participants in an adult day health program, active seniors in the community, Veterans in acute psychiatric distress and served, for a short time, as a  professional fundraiser for the University of Illinois.

In addition to her regular duties, she also serves as co-manager of the Hispanic Employment Program at Canandaigua and the VA Outpatient clinic in Rochester.  Nationally, VA is committed to recruitment and retention of Hispanic employees to ensure VA has a diverse, high-performing workforce. VA is actively partnering with [Read more…]