Ivan Shammas is General Manager & General Sales Manager for Telemundo Atlanta, a premier Spanish-language media company providing award-winning local news and programming to the expansive Latino population in Atlanta. His experience and passion for the Hispanic market continue to drive his involvement in the community through various organizations. Shammas serves as Chair Elect on the Board of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest Hispanic Chambers in the nation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Over the past years, Shammas has served as Chair of the United Way’s Young Professional Leaders Advisory Board and as Chair of GALEO (Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials) Leadership Council (GLC) overseeing 6 community outreach committees. Shammas is a proud graduate of the 2018 Cultivating Hispanic Leadership Institute -a collaboration between the University of Georgia and the GHCC. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2015 and alumni of the GALEO Institute of Leadership. Past recognitions include the Atlanta Business Chronicle's and Georgia Trend Magazines 40 Under 40 awards. Being of Venezuelan decent, Shammas grew up in Atlanta and currently resides in Brookhaven with his wife and 3 children
Antonio Molina is a Lawyer and Navy Veteran. He is a graduate of Emory University and Georgia State University College of Law where he was an Urban Fellow. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Consultorio Medico Hispano, los de la casita verde, a medical practice geared towards helping the uninsured or underinsured community of Metro Atlanta, and he is also the Chief of Staff to State Representative Pedro Marin. Antonio dedicates himself to living a life of service and working to improve the life of those in the community, and as a result, has served in various capacities for numerous non-profit organizations, Gwinnett County Agencies, and has volunteered for various Gwinnett County School.
Antonio is an alum of the New Leaders Council, the GHCC Cultivating Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. Additionally, Antonio is the current secretary for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is an at large for the Latino Community Fund. In the past, he served on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Global Advisory Panel and is the past Chairman of the Latino Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
For his efforts over the previous years, he was awarded the GPC Alumnus of the Year Award and was named as Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40, and most recently as one of the 40 under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronical.
Phil Thorogood is a bicultural, bilingual operations/P&L leader with a background in Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Planning in the Automotive and Financial Services sector. He currently serves as Sr. Director of Assurance with P&L responsibility for Manheim’s vehicle inspection, imaging and arbitration departments.
Phil transitioned to operations from serving as AVP, Corporate Development at Cox Automotive where he led cross functional transactional teams for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures. Phil joined Cox Automotive’ Manheim subsidiary in 2006 as a Director of Corporate Development and has since led several transactions in the automotive sector in the US, Australia and Canada.
Prior to Cox Automotive Phil held several leadership positions at ING’s Latin American Insurance division with responsibilities ranging from driving regional synergies in technology to leading acquisitions and divestitures in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. Prior to relocating to the US to attend business school, Phil was a financial planning and analysis manager for his family owned refrigeration and air conditioning retail/industrial company in his hometown of Valencia, Venezuela. He also served as a consultant in the financial services practice for Accenture based in Caracas, Venezuela serving the Andean region and the Caribbean.
Phil earned his bachelor’s degree in history and international business from Lehigh University and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Phil lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Christine and three Children: Sam, Emma and Will. In his free time while not supervising teenagers, Phil serves as an Executive Director of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Through various roles, Mr. Paniagua has been responsible for designing and implementing initiatives to support the Treasury department’s expanding role at Inspire Brands. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for Inspire Brands’ Treasury operations, including managing the company’s working capital; structuring bank and vendor relationships; guiding Inspire Brand’s payment strategy; developing franchisee financing programs; managing the organization’s capital structure; ensuring compliance with the company’s various debt agreements; and serving as the Treasury Department’s Subject Matter Expert on company-wide initiatives.
Prior to this, Jose served as the Director of Treasury at the Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, where he also administered the company’s Smart Safe program. Jose earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Georgia State University and is currently on track to earn an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business in May 2019.
In addition, Jose currently serves as the Treasurer for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where his passion for his profession has successfully united with his desire to contribute to his community.
My name is Celeste Jaime, I am the HR Manager for Jaime & Santos Restaurant Group, a family owned restaurant chain located throughout Metro Atlanta and North Carolina. I am also a certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor. I assist restaurants in Food Safety and Responsible Alcohol Sales training. I am bilingual in Spanish and English, and this has allowed me to bridge the gap in understanding for my Spanish speaking clients. I love educating my clients on how to improve their businesses by practicing safe food handling and providing quality food and services. I am a mother of 2 children and 2 dogs, on my spare time I enjoy doing crafts with my kids and watching movies at home.
Joe Fernandez has over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry working with families and professionals to help grow and protect Their wealth. As a former business owner, I Also Focuses on Working with business owners and providing financial strategies for Their Businesses, employees as well as staff Their financial needs. Also, his experience includes recruiting, training and managing financial professionals.
Have Joe and his family enjoyed living in Alpharetta, Georgia since 1998. They Attend North Point Community Church Where Joe has-been parking on the host team for several years and so far have managed not to get run over. Also, He is actively involved in several community associations Including the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance and Accounting of Which He is a board member of the Atlanta chapter.
Joe is a graduate of Andrews University in Michigan Where I earned a BA degree in Mass Media. I is a registered representative for securities and is licensed to sell insurance products.
Joe Fernandez is a registered representative of and offers securities-through MML Investors Services, LLC, member SIPC. 1040 Crown Pointe Parkway, Ste 500 Atlanta, GA 30338, 770-551-3400.
Crystal has been a member of the GA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 2013. She serves on the GHCC Board of Directors, is also an ambassador and sponsors several chamber events throughout the year.
Crystal owns her own insurance agency in South Metro Atlanta. She serves businesses – large and small in all areas of their insurance needs. Understanding the needs of her clients is top priority and thus ensures that her entire sales team are bilingual in English and Spanish. She began her career writing polices with the State of California worker’s compensation division in 2001. She relocated to GA in 2004 and worked in an insurance agency until 2012; when she decided to open her own agency with American Family Insurance. Crystal is a proud mother of two and very active in her community.
Guillermo Wasserman heads the Latin American Practice of Wasserman West, LLC, an international business law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He regularly advises U.S. and Latin American-based companies in significant cross-border transactions in the Americas, primarily with respect to mergers and acquisitions, global distribution and supply chain, technology and software licensing and SaaS, and compliance. Guillermo is President of the Northwestern Law Alumni Society in Atlanta, member of the Board of Directors of the Argentine-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, and an active member of the International Section of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, the International Law Committee of the American Bar Association, and the Buenos Aires Bar Association (Argentina). Guillermo, who is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, is admitted to practice law in the U.S. and Argentina (having earned both Abogado and JD degrees in Argentina and the U.S.) and has been rated consistently with AV Preeminent – Peer Rating, from Martindale-Hubble.
Louis Acuna is a Technology Infrastructure Architect at Southern Company. In his role, he is responsible for architecting and designing voice, contact center and network solutions at Southern Company. Prior to Southern Company, Louis was the Director of Telecommunications, Voice Communications and Contact Center Technologies at Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources) where he also dealt with the technical aspects of company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Management, Finance and Budgets are also strong traits. Louis attended the University of Puerto Rico and obtained a Business Degree from Clayton State College in Georgia. Louis has been a member of the Board of Director of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and graduated from the Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute class of 2016.
Louis is from Puerto Rico and lives in Peachtree City with his wife Alicia. They have two daughters, Gabriela and Adriana. They were recipients of the “2003 Southern Crescent Tennis Family of the Year” award from the Georgia United States Tennis Association.
Ms. Demaria holds a B.S. in Chemistry, an MBA from Georgia State University, an Executive Change Management Certificate from Georgia Tech and a Master's degree in Occupational Health & Safety Management from the University of Buenos Aires. She held NASD Series 7 and 66 licenses and PMP certification and is fluent in English, Spanish, and conversant in French and Portuguese.
Daniela Demaria offers 20+ years of diverse C-Suite experience in the U.S. and abroad. Daniela is an Enterprise Strategy Leader, driving Strategy and Solutions for Fifth Third Bank. She led the development of a new digital platform concept that resulted from her work in Innovation and constantly serves as a trusted advisor to senior leadership. She has served as SVP, Chief of Staff and Business Transformation leader for the Consumer Bank at SunTrust Bank and her career also includes roles of increasing responsibility at BB&T and The Coca-Cola Company.
She is known for being an authentic, results oriented leader of enterprise-wide strategy and strategic transformation and for solving complex cross-functional problems with an innovative approach.
Daniela is a strong supporter of women and children’s causes and the Latino community. She’s a past Board member of Dress for Success – Atlanta and the United Way Women Leadership Council. She is a current board member of the GA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Cool Girls and seats on the Steering Committee of the Latina Empowerment Conference for the Latin American Association and the Advisory Board for the Latino Community Fund. Daniela is a hot yoga certified teacher and avid practitioner and occasional runner. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her two sons.
Brent has overall responsibility for leading the bank’s business development activities and overall management for Buckhead and Decatur. A native of Rome, Georgia, he is a graduate of Georgia State University. Brent is a graduate of Leadership Buckhead’s Class of 2000. Brent is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2008. He completed the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Georgia’s inaugural Leadership Class in 2009. More recently, Brent graduated from Leadership DeKalb in 2017. Brent is an active member and current President (7/1/18 thru 6/30/19) of the Rotary Club of Buckhead and serves on the global board of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention as Corporate Secretary and Treasurer. Brent joined the board of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and the board of Leadership DeKalb in 2018. He is a member of the Buckhead Business Association and volunteers with Buckhead Christian Ministry. Brent is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and serves on the Operations Committee for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Brent and his spouse, Mario Vivarelli, reside in Brookhaven.
Jason R. Anavitarte is the Director of Development and Advocacy for CareSource Georgia. He serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Equal Opportunity appointed by Governor Nathan Deal.
Most recently, Jason became the Republican nominee for the Paulding County Board of Education after winning a countywide runoff with 58% of the vote. During the 2016 election cycle Jason served as the Georgia Chairman of Senator Marco Rubio’s Presidential Campaign. Jason is a former member of the Doraville City Council elected in 2003, becoming the youngest Hispanic ever elected in Georgia and the youngest to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. In 2011, he was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Georgia. In 2005, Jason was bestowed with the Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award named after the former Atlanta Mayor.
Jason serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Chattahoochee Technical College, the largest technical college in Georgia. In addition, he serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Georgia Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors, and Cobb Chamber Board.
He received a B.A. degree from Georgia State University and M.S. degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Tech. Jason and his family are members of North Metro Church. Jason and wife, Jennifer, and daughters Taylor, Madison, and Kennedy reside in Dallas, Georgia in north Paulding County.
Greg began his professional career in New York City working for the Managing Director of a billion-dollar family office. The office managed business and real estate investments across North America, South America and Europe. He then became the Chief Financial Officer of a Wall Street hedge fund focusing on environmentally responsible real estate and construction investments. Following the 2010 economic downturn in the market, he left New York City to work his brother Michael in Atlanta, Georgia at Southern Site Development, a civil construction company focusing on site development, grading and remediation. Greg and his brother purchased Atlanta Demolition in 2012 and recently completed the complete merger of the two companies into SSD Demolition and Environmental. SSD celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2017.
Greg is originally from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in History and Spanish. He received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2011 with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his husband Charlie and their rescue dog Samantha.
Nicole Love Hendrickson was appointed as the Community Outreach Program Director for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in January of 2015. Since that time, she has developed the county’s first ever comprehensive outreach program that involves engaging diverse constituents in County Government. In her first year, Nicole launched two notable programs such as the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and Dinner & Dialogue with Chairman Nash both gaining popularity with residents across Gwinnett County. The program has grown to now include youth engagement initiatives. The outreach program has received national recognition by the National Association of County Organizations (NACO), for best in class for citizen engagement and public information.
Nicole’s expertise centers on grassroots citizen engagement, cultivating public private partnerships, program development and multicultural outreach.
Prior to her role with County Government, Nicole has served as the Associate Director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a position she held for 8 years. In that capacity, Nicole spearheaded the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute; providing grassroots community leadership development training to residents and led the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service which is known as one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country.
Nicole is actively involved in the community, serving in a variety of capacities. Her current involvement includes serving on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Gwinnett Community Board; the United Way Gwinnett Advisory Board; The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Theatre Board of Directors. She is the current Chairman for the Gwinnett Young Professionals Board of Directors.
Nicole is a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership Gwinnett; the 2015 Class of the Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute and the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute Class. Nicole is a recipient of the 2017 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Annual Public Service Award.
Nicole’s outreach program has been featured in Gwinnett Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle the Gwinnett Chamber’s Edge Magazine. She has served as a panelist on diversity & inclusion for the Partnership Gwinnett Summit and the Strategic Leadership Visit to Toronto.
Nicole resides in Duluth, Georgia with her husband and 4-year old son.
Roberto serves as VP, System Evolution for Coca-Cola North America. He is responsible for implementing the 21st Century Beverage Partnership model (North America Refranchising). He led the refranchising of two of the largest US territories, Coca-Cola Refreshment’s Southwest and West Operating Units (Texas, Oklahoma, California and Nevada), territories in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. He is currently leading the refranchising of the entire Coca-Cola Refreshments operations in Canada.
Native of Brazil, Roberto is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He started his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen in 1991. He joined Coca-Cola in 1996 and held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in finance and strategy within Bottling Operations (Coca-Cola Femsa and Coca-Cola Refreshments); International Business Units (Brazil and Latin Center); Corporate (Finance and Innovation) and North America. Roberto holds bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from Universidade de São Paulo and Accounting from Universidade Paulista, as well as an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Misael is a U.S. Citizen, born in Venezuela. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from La Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange alumnus, currently acting as Vice President/Executive Director of IANAmericas (Inter-American Network of Alumni Associations), member of Global Ties U.S. Council of International Members in Washington DC, and member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
As a dedicated social entrepreneur, he has served as chairman of different board of directors of distinguished organizations in Venezuela, including ACIZ (Association of Commerce and Industry in the state of Zulia); CEVAZ (Venezuelan-American bi-national Center in the state of Zulia) and American school Escuela Bella Vista, currently serving in those organizations as member of their Advisory Council.
Mr. Portillo is the founder and President of ProAmericas, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, since January 2010, with the main purpose of building lasting and productive relationships between leaders in business, government and civil society, fostering strategic partnerships to expand geographic reach and enhancing citizen engagement on common causes on behalf of the well-being and prosperity of the communities we serve and the world. With this purpose, he has been fostering partnerships between Global Ties U.S. and U.S American Spaces abroad, aiming to form the most comprehensive network of community-based centers in the Western Hemisphere to facilitate connections and relationships between leaders in business, government and civil society within the region.
From 1974-2001 he held many senior level banking positions in Venezuela with major focus in private and corporate banking. From 2001 on, he has been providing financial and managerial consulting services to individuals and corporations while investing in the construction industry in Venezuela and in the U.S. He has a real estate license from the state of Georgia and he is also the Founder and President of Diaphkin, LLC, a family owned corporation based in the State of Georgia, USA, which he founded in 2008. He lives in Atlanta, state of Georgia, USA, with his wife Isabel.
Aurora Theatre opened in the summer of 1996 and Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence (Co-Founder and Associate Producer) established Aurora Theatre, Inc. as a non-profit organization in 1999. Under their leadership, the theatre grew from 120 season subscribers to the 5100 subscribers Aurora Theatre currently boasts. Mr. Rodriguez’s greatest accomplishment to date was the successful negotiation to relocate Aurora Theatre to downtown Lawrenceville Georgia where it serves as the cornerstone for their revitalization. Aurora’s accomplishments include: Learning Library an educational theatre program, Aurora’s Apprenticeship for recent college graduates, Aurora Academy and Conservatory where students learn from working professionals, and Teatro Aurora a professional Spanish-language theatre company that was created to highlight Latinx cultural heritage and to help build social bridges in our community. Anthony is the Immediate Past Chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, he was the first Latino and Arts leader to serve in that position and is also past Chair of Partnership Gwinnet. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Theatre Communications Group, and the national steering committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Marist High School, the University of Georgia, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ Leadership Institute and Advocacy Institute.
In her current role as Director of Medicare Sales at Kaiser Permanente, Tammy Palmgren strongly supports her company’s mission to provide high quality, affordable health care to improve the health of its members and communities. Specifically focused on the senior market, Tammy brings her talent and expertise to this ever-changing and dynamic arena. Tammy has worked in the health insurance industry for over two decades, holding a myriad of positions in diverse settings. Her passion for healthcare began when she accepted her first position with BlueCross BlueShield of TN (BCBST) which proved an excellent learning ground and allowed exposure to multiple aspects of the industry. Her skill set includes marketing and sales, account management, provider network and contacting, Medicare based reimbursements, system configuration, clinical reporting and analytics, and product management.
After leaving BCBST, Tammy and her husband Matt developed a healthcare consulting company – Int’Ovation. With his clinical expertise in the pharmaceutical space as a PharmD, partnered with her extensive managed care background, they launched a successful company that is transforming the healthcare industry by providing guidance and expertise for pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, and employer groups with integrated services.
This experience and industry knowledge led to Tammy’s current position at Kaiser Permanente which allows her to offer superior healthcare, support and education. Tammy believes her greatest achievement is working with at-risk individuals in our community and helping them navigate through the difficult and often confusing healthcare landscape.
Outside of work, Tammy is the immediate Past-Chair of the East Cobb YMCA’s board of directors and was named 2016 Volunteer of the year for her work in the community. She currently serves as Secretary on PADV Partners Against Domestic Violence Executive Board. She is a current board member for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, serving as Area Director of the East Cobb Area Council. In addition, she serves as the Long-Term Strategic Planning Director and President Nominee for the Rotary Club of East Cobb. She is an active member of both the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Cobb and is the past Fundraising Chair for the Senior Connections Board and past Program Director for HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association). In 2018, she was recognized as a Woman of Achievement honoree by LiveSafe Resources. She and her family attend Mount Paran North Church and are active volunteers for the Children’s Art Festival at Marietta Square. She has also had the opportunity to work with Cobb County Schools by being Principal of the Day at two different schools. Her most recent accomplishment is the organization of a community food pantry at Brumby Elementary.
Marketer, entrepreneur and connector. Andrea is an experienced marketing professional with unique expertise in connecting mainstream brands to Hispanic consumers in the US online and offline. In 2013, Andrea founded H3 Media, a full-service ad agency specialize is strategy, creative development, digital and experiential marketing. Clients include: Six Flags, AT&T, the Latin American Association, Emory University and the American Cancer Society, among others.
Andrea is passionate about her community and proudly serves on several boards including the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she leads the Women’s Leadership Committee since 2018. In 2015 her company was named Small Business of the Year by the GHCC and in 2014 Andrea was named as a Rising Star by the Women’s Business Council of Georgia.
Germán Laryczower is the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Cable Broadband Products at ARRIS, a global innovator in IP, video, and broadband technology. He is responsible for the Worldwide strategy of the Broadband Cable CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) business, driving innovative broadband solutions, as the cable industry increases investments related to the delivery and in-home distribution of gigabit capable internet services.
Prior to this role, Germán spent his past 10 years of his career as the Senior Vice President of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.
Laryczower was responsible for leading CALA sales and sales engineering organizations into a double-digit revenue growth as result of successful business expansion strategies with top tier regional operators in the CALA region.
He began his career at ARRIS in 1995 and since then has excelled in critical leadership positions such as Sales Engineer, Product Manager and Sales Director in both the Canadian and Latin American markets.
In 2005, he joined C-COR, a communication services company, to successfully develop the Assurance and On Demand market in Latin America. ARRIS acquired C-COR in 2007 and Iaryczower was appointed as Vice President of Sales for CALA and with the ARRIS acquisition of Motorola Home in 2013, he become Senior Vice President for the CALA region.
To be recognized as International Salesperson of the Year (2002) and appointed into ARRIS Circle of Excellence on several occasions, altogether with a track record of business growth, innovation and outstanding results demonstrate how Laryczower capitalized on his over 23 years of business experience in the region.
Laryczower is a graduate of Florida International University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and attended the prestigious SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth College.
Ms. Olmos founded A.B. Olmos & Associates, P.C., intent on ensuring that her clients have access to the highest quality legal representation. As the practice has grown, Ms. Olmos has built her expertise to cater to the full spectrum of family law and personal injury cases and dedicates her practice to fierce advocacy on behalf of her clients. She is a registered mediator and arbitrator.
Ms. Olmos is a 2015-2016 Fellow with the American Bar Association Law Practice Division. Georgia Trend Magazine recognized Ms. Olmos in its Georgia’s Legal Elite publication. She served a 1-year appointment to the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on Children and the Courts. She served a 3-year appointment to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Alumnae Board and served as the 2014-2015 clinical instructor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s inaugural Family Law Externship Clinic at Fulton County Superior Court Family Division.
Ms. Olmos served as co-chair of the continuing legal education seminar, Eliminating Barriers to Justice II: Why and How to Ensure Language Access for Limited English Proficient and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Litigants, co-chair of the 2014 continuing legal education seminar, Eliminating Barriers to Justice: Addressing Ethical Obligations, Cultural Competency, and Best Practices for Ensuring Meaningful Language Access in Georgia Courts. She serves on the board of the Georgia Legal Service Program and is a board member of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Olmos is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Committee. Bernadette is admitted to practice with the State of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Meredith Riggs Guerrero is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Drew Eckl & Farnham. Her practice encompasses counseling and representation of companies in employee and business-related issues. She counsels employers in crafting and implementing legally compliant policies, procedures, and handbooks, and provides training to employees on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.
A significant portion of her practice is devoted to representing companies in employment disputes, as well as disputes related to breach of contract and commercial torts. She also has experience in real estate related litigation, with an emphasis on the representation of brokers and lenders.
Meredith is a member of the firm’s diversity committee and the women’s affinity group. She is an active member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors. She is a proud graduate of the 2018 class of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Cultivating Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Meredith graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2001, and then taught elementary school in Atlanta Public Schools for two years with the national service organization Teach For America. She received her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law in 2008, where she graduated with honors. While in law school, she participated in Moot Court and received honors in litigation. She also had the opportunity to clerk for Justice Harold Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court for one semester in law school.
Veronica Maldonado- Torres is a highly versatile and visionary Latina businesswoman, small business champion, supplier diversity advocate, business mentor and community leader with 15+ years of professional experience and success. Veronica excels in building strategic alliances and fostering win-win relationships among diverse stakeholders. Known as a “People and Business Accelerator “ Veronica’s solution-oriented perspective, and strategic thinking coupled with her excellent communication and consensus- building skills propel those she encounters to achieve desired success. Veronica leads the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC) as Program Director. Veronica has earned several accolades for her leadership in stewarding small businesses growth, community impact, and her own personal pursuits to aid others in adopting what she has coined “DRIVEN” principles.
As Creator & Founder of DRIVEN To THRIVE, Veronica empowers others to adopt the mindset, methodology and movement to "own your destiny" - " The Real American Dream" through 6 steps. In 2018, she received the distinction of "Top 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia" by the GHCC, in 2017"40Under40" Atl Mover and Shaker by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a 2016 Graduate of Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2016, 2016 awardee“ Top 15 Georgia Latina of Excellence- Rising Star Award” by LISTA, 2015 : Community Builder Awardee- Business Sector”by GHCA, 2016 awardee ” Keep it Moving Forward- Raising Generations” by the Mary Parker Foundation among other recognition.
Veronica currently serves as Dekalb County’s appointee to the board of directors for “ The Assembly” ( former GM Plant re- development)Community Improvement District (CID), the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta (HCCA)- Talent Development Director, and serves on various advisory roles for organizations in healthcare, construction, and IT. Veronica is married with 2 children.
Adrian is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Harvard Business School Entertainment, Media, and Sports program. He is a former President of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals and also works extensively with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football and Basketball Championships. He was named to the Atlanta Football Host Committee for the 2018 College Football National Championship Game.
Christopher Williams Sr. works in the Corporate Relations department with Georgia Power Company. In this position, Chris’ efforts focus on forming strategic alliances with diverse segments of the company’s 2.5 million customers, corporate partners and civic organizations to garner support and promote advocacy for important industry and company initiatives.
Chris began his career with Georgia Power Company as a member of the Professional Development Program working rotations in Resource Policy & Planning, HR Leadership Development, Metro South Region Operations, and Customer Choice. He has since held various roles, including Distribution Engineer, Key Account Manager, Mid-Tier Sales Account Executive, and Customer Services Supervisor in the Business Call Center.
In the community, Chris serves as a Board Member and Chair for Communities In Schools of Henry County. He is Assistant Park Director of North Henry Youth Football Association. Chris is past Governance Council Chair for Hickory Flat Charter Elementary, and past Board Member of Another Way Out, Inc and Park Pride. Most recently, Chris was inducted as a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta South Metro Chapter.
Chris has served as a Loaned Executive to the United Way of Greater Atlanta. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and is an Alum of Leadership Henry. He was also featured in Piedmont Henry Hospital’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.
He attended Tuskegee University on a full academic scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Chris is married to Ayanna Williams and has two children, Christopher II and Cayden.