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National Conference of Puerto Rican Women – Philadelphia Chapter
2011‐2012 Board Members

Quetcy M. Lozada, President

Quetcy M. Lozada was born and raised in Philadelphia.  She is the mother of two radiant children Alexis and Jaime Jr.  Quetcy is currently the Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez serving the 7th Councilmantic District.  In this function she is charged with personnel decisions and coordinates a wide range of public affairs for the Councilwoman that directly impacts the quality of life for its citizenry. Some of the programs and public affairs Ms. Lozada has been directly responsible for include: Tu Gobierno (Your Government) a weekly community radio show hosted by the Councilwoman providing the Latino community with available city services, Operation Thanksgiving where she was able to obtain food basket donations with all of the Thanksgiving trimmings of over 250+ less fortunate families, Latino LiHeap Drive over 150 applications were completed in the Latino community for assistance with utility bills, Operation Warm in collaboration with the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown children throughout the city received a warm coat, hat, gloves and scarf for the fridge winter months.  Quetcy is also responsible to hundreds of community clean-ups that result in cleaner, safer neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the Council staff, she was the Business Manager and Human Resources Representative at The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio), the oldest Hispanic community service organization in the Delaware Valley.   At Concilio one of her main functions was the coordination of 14 events during Hispanic Heritage month known to many as the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Festival where she worked to promote and preserve the Puerto Rican culture.

Quetcy describes her personal and professional experience working with the Latino community as incredibly gratifying and eye opening. It has given her an opportunity to network with other Latino professionals whose common goal is to work for the betterment and advancement of the lives of families in her community, which has become Quetcy’s passion
From 2001 to 2003, Quetcy served as Administrative Assistant in the Multi-Cultural Affairs Congress a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.  It was in this position that she realized the importance of diversity and inclusion of all multicultural communities in the workforce and everywhere.

Quetcy is a 1989 graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and a 1991 graduate of the National Education Center, Thompson Institute where she obtained an Associates Degree in Specialized Business. Quetcy continued her studies at LaSalle University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  She is currently continuing her education at Eastern University.

Quetcy has been active on the following Board & Memberships25th Police Advisory Council (PDAC), Kintock Advisory Board, 5th Street Business Association, KICA, Juniata Civic Association, Juniata Action Committee, Mayor’s Office of Community Service, NACOPRW, Philadelphia’s Women’s Campaign Fund, Friends of Maria, Community Policing Advisory Council (CPAC), Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Latino Empowerment Alliance of Delaware Valley (LEAD).

 

Amaris Hernandez, Vice‐President

Amaris Hernandez, 26, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Central High School, then Drexel University where she received her B.S. in Information Systems and Technology, with minors in Business Administration and Psychology.

Amaris is currently employed with Bank of America in Wilmington, Delaware as a Database Administrator. Previously, Amaris worked at the School District of Philadelphia for eight years as a Data Manager for the Even Start Family Literacy program. Along with providing technical support, Amaris became a certified Child Assessment administrator and assessed many children from 3 months thorough 6 years old on developmental and cognitive skills. She also facilitated Parenting and Parent and Child Time workshops, as well as taught GED classes.

In September 2007, her sister, and only sibling, had triplet boys. In her childhood, Amaris participated in the Pennsylvania Ballet for ten years and appeared in productions like the Nutcracker and Cinderella at the Academy of Music and Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.
Amaris was a member of NACOPRW (National Council of Puerto Rican Women) for two years, before becoming Vice President in 2009. Amaris looks forward to utilizing her love for planning events and organizational skills to help NACOPRW successful in serving our community.

Lourdes Hernandez, Secretary

Lourdes Hernandez is currently Outreach Manager for PECO’s Revenue Management Department.  In her role, Lourdes works extensively with the community as well as Civic and Legislative leaders to create awareness of and access to PECO’s Low Income Energy Assistance programs.   Lourdes was also Leadership Development Program Manager for Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s top utilities and parent company of PECO.    Prior to joining PECO, Lourdes was Production Manager of the Market Research Division for Booz, Allen & Hamilton.   

Hernandez’ current professional involvement includes membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD).  Lourdes has been actively involved in community and civic affairs, including serving as an Advisory Board Member for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), vice-president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW). 

Lourdes holds a B.S. in Management from Rosemont College and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini College.  Lourdes and her family currently reside in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Vivian Ortiz, Treasurer

Ms. Vivian Ortiz is a Chartered Financial Consultant in a 5 member team with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Center City Philadelphia.  Vivian has been a member of numerous community and civic organizations, they include:  The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC), the Executive Women’s Golf Association, the Women’s Medical Fund (Board Member).  She has collaborated and volunteered with organizations to support the research of Breast Cancer – Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Komen Philadelphia Affiliate/American Cancer Society Latinas United for the Cure outreach. She has volunteered with Committee of Seventy-Election Day Poll coverage as well as with Philabundance, the region's largest food bank and hunger relief organization.

Vivian has been an active National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW) member since 2003.  Vivian has held the following positions in the Philadelphia Chapter: Secretary of the NACOPRW Philadelphia Chapter (2003-2006).  President of the Philadelphia Chapter (2009-2010). Ms. Ortiz also served as Treasurer at the NACOPRW National Board (2007-2008). Second Vice President to the NACOPRW National Board (2008-2009) and President to the NACOPRW National Board (2010-2011).

Vivian was a 2010 Honoree at Grupo Fuego’s 13th Annual Black Tie Gala - Grupo Fuego is a musical dance group based in North Philadelphia, its director Hector Serrano. This group founded by Hector Serrano, was created to mentor students through the arts. She also received a Special Recognition from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs at the Pennsylvania Latina Women Symposium- Edward G. Rendell, Governor and Norman Bristol Colon, Executive Director.

Vivian hopes to lead and to extend NACOPRW’s members’ involvement in community activism to the Philadelphia’s Hispanic/Latino community. “My hope for NACOPRW is to set the example for our future members and their involvement in their region’s developing Hispanic/Latino community.  My  aspiration is for members continue to promote the full participation of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic women in their economic, social and political life in their communities A graduate of LaSalle University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and English, Vivian was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she currently resides.

 

Carmen T. Bonilla, Delegate to the National

Experience as a Realtor for seven years. Currently with RE/MAX Affiliates N.E. in Philadelphia. Previously with Century 21 Alliance in Levittown and Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Langhorne. Prior to being a Realtor worked as a Program Developer and Manager of a Task Force for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, a Not-for-Profit organization in Center City.

A member of such organizations as the Latino Leadership Alliance of Bucks County (LLABC), Latino Partnership Initiative (LPI), the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC) the Hispanic Leadership Development Program (HLDP) of United Way, and Taller Puertorriqueno Inc.(TPI), a North Philadelphia cultural arts organization. Member of the National Association of Real Estate (NAR) and the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR). Currently a Director at the Bucks County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Board, as Chair of the Diversity Awareness/Equal Opportunity Committee and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professional (NAHREP) currently the President for the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter (Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey).

Enjoys being actively involved with the Philadelphia Chapter of NACOPRW since 1998, was Vice President from 2000 – 2004 and President from 2004 – 2008 and 2009 1st Vice President for NACOPRW National Board and currently Assistant Second Vice President for NACOPRW National Board.

Having been awarded NACOPRW Philadelphia Chapter 2004 ODESSA Award, the 2007 Coldwell Banker Hearthside Rising Star and 2008 Hall of Fame Award for the National Association of Real Estate Professional (NAHREP)

Having moved from New York to Bucks County in 1995 and made Bucks County home for the past sixteen years. Attended St. Francis College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. Proud mother of a son Patrick and a daughter Cathyann and “Nanny” to Tara Devon.
My heart has always been with the Latino Community and been involved in all aspects of giving and volunteering my free time to the communities in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

 

Kerensa S. Figueroa, Delegate to the National

A native of Northeast Philadelphia, Kerensa Figueroa currently lives with her family in Summerdale, after living briefly in Florida. Kerensa has been an active member of her community from adolescence. She is currently the Crew Advisor for Venturing Crew 100, a co‐educational, youth‐lead scouting program based at St. Martin of Tours Church in Oxford Circle. Kerensa is also active in the community service oriented Hispanic American Riders Association (HARA), and in the St. Martin of Tours parish community. Kerensa also has become an advocate of Diabetes Awareness.

A member of NACOPRW since 2003, Kerensa previously served as a Junior Delegate to the National Convention. In her new position as Delegate to the National Convention, she hopes to recruit and encourage increased youth and young adult participation A proud graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School, Kerensa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanics at Lock Haven University in 2005. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Temple University’s School of Medicine.

 

Zoraida Figueroa, Alternate Delegate

Zoraida has provided early intervention for children for Kencrest Services for 19 years. She is a home base teacher and works with families through Child Link providing developmental assessments for children ages birth to three. Zoraida is very active in her parish, St. Martin of Tours. She helped to start a Spanish mass seven years ago. She is a Eucharistic minister, greeter and a member of the Spanish committee. Zoraida is also a member of the pastoral council and the voice of Latinos in her parish. Zoraida is an advisor of the Venture Crew 100, which is a coed group for teens associated with the Boy Scouts of America.

Venture Crew 100 volunteers to help the community with various issues such as the Mother’s Day breast cancer awareness and Diabetes Awareness. The crew also takes camping trips and participates in events sponsored by American Legion post 840. Zoraida is also a member of the American Legion post 840 Women’s Auxiliary.  Zoriaida is Co-founder and Treasurer of the Hispanic American Riders Association (H.A.R.A).  Members of HARA educate the community on safe riding; give back by volunteering time in their community and being positive role models to youth. Zoraida has been a member of NACOPRW since 2001. She held office of Delegate for two terms before becoming Treasurer.

 

Violeta Colón Torres, Alternate Delegate

Iris Violeta Colón Torres is a freelance writer, lecturer and performing artist with over 20 years of experience.  Iris Violeta has written commercials for radio and television, done editing for mayor publishing houses on books and has been a ghostwriter for several publications.  As a performing artist Iris has written, directed and performed in local theaters, hosted a radio show at Mega Communications for the Latino Partnership, “Punto y Aparte”, anchored a television show for channel 35, “Latin Connection”, and has worked in numerous Hollywood films and radio voice-overs. 

Iris Violeta is a published poet and author, well-known for her poetry many of which have been published in major anthologies in the United States.  Her works include: Un Pedazo de Historia – Provocaciones Patrióticas – Un poema de Amor para una Noche Solitaria – Crisol de una Nación - Legal pero fuera de alcance – Soy Mujer, Madre, Hija, Hermana, Compañera – De Amores y Llantos – La Vida + La Libertad + La Búsqueda de la Felicidad = Alto a la Violencia – Subsistiendo la Violencia Doméstica. She is an established weekly Newspaper Columnist for two Philadelphia Latino Newspapers and is a strong advocate for battered women. 

As a community activist she has served or been a member of numerous organizations, they include: Pennsylvania Hispanic Journalists & Writers Association, Women of Color Caucus – Chair, Criminal Justice Commission – Commissioner, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights – Correspondence Secretary, Hispanic Media Coalition - Vice-chair, The Authors Registry, The National Women’s Organization, The Professional Women of America, , The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, and The Manchester Who’s Who.

Iris Violeta  has been the recipient of many awards such as: The American Poetry Award – The Amherst Society Poetry Award – The President Award For Literary Excellent – The International Poet of Merit Award – The National Authors Registry Award for Literary Excellent – The Poet Laurel Award for Poetic Achievement –– Channel 6 ABC Award for Journalism Excellent – The International Poet Laurel of the Year Award - Resolution No. 781 City of Philadelphia for Literary Accomplishments – National Image Leadership Award for Excellence and Commitment on Literature – Most Influential Latino Award – Channel 6 ABC Latina Woman Award – Delaware Valley Woman of the Year Award.

Iris Violeta has been a long time member of the National Association of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW).  She has served as their National President (2004-2006), President of the Philadelphia Chapter and First Vice- president to the National Board.