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GHCC Leadership Team 2021-04-15T23:45:18+00:00

The GHCC Leadership Team

Aisah (Ish) Gayle
Aisah (Ish) GayleSenior Director of Operations
Norma Zúñiga-Cardoza, MPA, CNP
Norma Zúñiga-Cardoza, MPA, CNPSenior Director of Program Development
Juanita Rivera
Juanita RiveraAccounts Receivable & Payable
Julia Pavón Rojas
Julia Pavón RojasProgram Development Intern
Edwar Aviles-Mercedes
Edwar Aviles-MercedesAdministrative Coordinator

GHCC Contractors

Fabiola Rios
Fabiola RiosSales and Business Development
Alejandra Peláez
Alejandra PeláezMarketing Director, UP Advertising
Jimmy McDonald
Jimmy McDonaldGeneral Counsel and Director of Government Affairs
Gina Espinosa-Meltzer
Gina Espinosa-MeltzerPrincipal. G Public Relations

GHCC Division Leadership

Alex VillanuevaPresident
HYPE
Ana Camila UrregoVice President
HYPE
Janet SevillaPresident
EME Advisory Committee
Jorge ValenciaNorth Fulton Segment
Business Groups
Alberto SapoznikTeam Chair
Ambassadors Program
Henry MolinetCobb & Douglas Segment
Business Groups

Ish is an experienced professional for over 18 years in the areas of technology administration, operations and contract management, strategic project development and regional community engagement. Aisah studied Computer Science with a specialty in Database Administration at DeVry University and her last role in local government was at the Atlanta Regional Commission as a Technology Manager for the GA Commute Options, a program of the Georgia Department of Transportation. During that time, Aisah spearheaded large technology implementation projects, she chaired a regional technology committee and supported community engagement projects throughout the entire agency.⁣⁣

Throughout the years, she has been engaged with many local organizations such as the Conference of Transportation Minority Officials (COMTO), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA), the Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC), the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials Leadership Council (GALEO), the Georgia Latino Film Festival (GALFF), the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and the Latin American Association (LAA). Aisah currently serves on the board of the Center of Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), a Federal Funded Health Care Center (COSMO), the Maestros Advisory Board (MCAC) and the GHCC’s Women Advisory Board (EME).⁣⁣

When she is not participating from civic engagement efforts, advocating for diverse communities or promoting multicultural activities, she enjoys biking, dancing and watching her two children grow: Christian and Nadia. Aisah currently lives in the City of Atlanta in Georgia, although she attributes her altruism to her mother Edith, who still lives in her country of origin, Panamá.

Norma is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. However, she was brought to the U.S. at a young age and raised in the state of Georgia. She discovered her passion for serving her community after being an instrumental member in the creation and management of CETPA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing behavioral health services to the Latino community in Georgia. Her last role at CETPA was as Chief Operating Officer (COO), in which she was responsible in managing and directing operational and administrative functions, including information technology, finance, office management, facility and human resources.

After working there for sixteen years, Norma went back to Kennesaw State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation. Upon graduation, she began her pursuit of a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration on Nonprofit Administration and obtained it in the spring of 2020.

Norma is a Nonprofit Certified Professional (CNP) with over 19 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Her areas of expertise are in nonprofit management and administration; program development; compliance monitoring; policy development; and performance improvement.

Norma also serves as Worship Leader for a Spanish-speaking congregation in Lilburn that her husband David pastors. She is a stepmom to Nico and Bianca; and a fur-mom to a pit bull named Matty Jones.

Promoted to operations director in March 2017, Juanita handles the GHCC’s financial accounts and manages chamber events. She also oversees accounts for the GHCC affiliate Hispanic-American Center for Economic Development (HACED).

Juanita joined the GHCC in August 2002 as an administrative assistant and receptionist. Six years later, she was promoted to handle bookkeeping duties for the GHCC and HACED.

Juanita holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Caguas City College, in Puerto Rico. Originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, Juanita grew up up in Caguas and her family have lived in Atlanta since 1988. Married 36 years to Isidro Rivera, she has 3 children and five grandchildren with another. She enjoys summer and watching her grandchildren play softball and baseball.

We would like to give a warm welcome to Julia Pavon Rojas, our new Program Development Intern. Julia was born in La Ceiba, Honduras and moved to Georgia when she was 8 years old. She is currently a senior at the University of Georgia studying Psychology and Criminal Justice. Julia is passionate about working with the Latino community and using all available resources to enact positive change for Latinos in Georgia and across the United States. Her hope is to become a licensed bilingual psychologist that focuses on family and child therapy. Join us in welcoming Julia to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

We would like to give a warm welcome to Edwar Aviles-Mercedes, our new Administrative Coordinator. Edwar was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, but has lived in Georgia since he was 7 years old. He is a recent graduate from Bard College and has a BA in Human Rights with a focus on Anthropology. He also holds a certificate of international affairs from BGIA (Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program). Throughout his professional career, he has worked with various organizations like Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HOPE), Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and PODER LATINX to empower the Hispanic community in civic and political engagement. His interest is to continue working in uplifting Latinos' voices through leadership, civic engagement, and business strategies.

Join us in welcoming Edwar to the GHCC!

Jimmy McDonald, will be featured as the lobbyist for the GHCC leadership team. He also serves as the GHCC General Counselor and COO. McDonald is the Managing Principal for the McDonald Firm LLC, and Donnelly McDonald Group, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science from Columbus State University, Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, and the Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Georgia State University.