Abraham Hernandez graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors degree in communication with an emphasis is public relations. After graduation, Abraham joined the Centro Hispano team where he oversaw a variety of programs as the Health Promotion Coordinator. During this time, Abraham has presented at a variety of conference covering a variety of subjects including: values-neutral teaching, adapting curricula for diverse populations, cultural competency, coalition building, and healthy sexual education. Abraham currently serves as President-elect for the Utah Society of Public Health Educators (USOPHE) and is an active member of a diverse group of coalitions that aim for equal access to resources for at-risk and underserved populations. With 13 years of professional experience, Abraham is now the Executive Director of Centro Hispano.
Don has been a member of the Centro Hispano Board of Trustees since 2010 and now serves as its vice-president. He is also Chair of the Provo City Sustainability & Natural Resources Committee, a member of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Clean Air Task Force, and past President of Provo Rotary Club. He and his wife Janelle have supervised teachers of English as a Second Language for Provo City School District. Don earned a B.A. in Russian at Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. at Ohio State University. Until retiring in 2004, he taught Russian at BYU where he directed North America’s largest university Slavic language program, general education, the Faculty Center, and the Foreign Language House program. He is an avid gardener and grandparent.
Yudi Lewis has over 25 years of experience working in higher education. She has completed two bachelor of science degrees in business management and behavioral science (psychology emphasis) from Utah Valley University. She has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.
She has been a UVU adjunct faculty member for the past 14 years. She has taught research methods for UVU Emergency Services and the University Student Success program. During the past nine years, she has served as a program director for UVU’s Latino Initiative. Under her leadership, the Latino student enrollment at UVU has increased by 284% and the Latino student graduation headcount by 212%. UVU has the highest Latino student enrollment as a four-year institution in the state of Utah. Her work with the Latino Initiative has been recognized in the state of Utah, nationally, and internationally. She has been recognized for creating and fostering K-16 and community partnerships. The UVU Latino Initiative has been recognized by the White House as a Bright Spot for Hispanic Excellence (2015) and a Finalist as an Example of Excellence in Hispanic Education by Excelencia in Education based in Washington D.C. (2013, 2015).
Sergio is an extraordinary partnerships builder and communicator. He is passionate about strengthening relationships and providing the best experience for customers. Sergio graduated from BYU Provo with a degree of International Relations in 2006. His ability to interact with diverse communities and gain acceptance has enabled him to serve in the Hispanic Latino Advisory Council of Jon Huntsman Jr. Recently, Governor Herbert has appointed him to the Board of Juvenile Justice Services. Sergio is a pioneer, who currently resides in Lehi and has lived in Utah county since 2004. He is married and a father of 4 children. To relax, he finishes Ironman races; most recently, Ironman Boulder 2018.
Antonella Packard has served in Senior Management capacities for various international companies, among them Fortune 500 corporations. Her professional background covers a number of industries, from Banking, Construction, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, and Healthcare. She presently owns a medical device and building materials company. Ms. Packard has a B.S. in Business and holds a Masters of Business Administration.
In 2008, Ms. Packard was named as one of Utah’s 20 Most Influential Hispanics by Business Connect Magazine and is one of the 2011 national “Freedom From Fear” Award recipients. She served as the Executive Director for the Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, Ms. Packard promoted workforce diversity initiatives with mainstream business and supplier diversity certifications among Latinx, multicultural, and women-owned businesses, in addition to promoting other initiatives geared toward strengthening these businesses in the region.
Community Service is very important to her. She has served in many state and national boards. Ms. Packard is a past Co-Chair of the Utah Hispanic Latino Legislative Task Force, and was the first State Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Utah, the largest and oldest Latinx Organization in the United States founded in 1929, a post to which she was re-elected in June 2016.
As State Director, she has focused her efforts toward Latinx Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Empowerment and community building. Ms. Packard enjoys working with youth and has served as a mentor to many because she knows they hold the key to our future.
Ms. Packard hails from the Caribbean coast of Honduras. She lives Saratoga Springs.
Wilford Puertas grew up in Northern Peru and has been living in the US for the last 20 years. He has been married for 18 years and has 4 children. Wilford has worked for 10 years in the car retail industry, 7 years in the airline industry, and currently he is a manager of accounting for Highmark School Development, which is a Charter School Developer. Wilford holds a Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in Latin American Studies. He loves spending time outdoors with his family, he enjoys sports but he especially has a passion for soccer. He spent 2 years on a service mission in Peru and is currently serving as an ecclesiastical leader in his church. Wilford tries to always be a positive influence to his peers and find the good in all things.
Paul H. Thompson
Paul H. Thompson served as president of Weber State University from 1990 to 2002.
He received a doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1969. Returning to Utah, he came to work at Brigham Young University, serving as a professor of Organizational Behavior and chairman of the department of Organizational Behavior. Paul also served as the dean of the Marriott School of Management. He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, among which are the following:
The Center for Women and Children in Crises
The Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University
The Utah State Economic Development Board
The Coalition for Utah’s Future
Our Schools Now
Paul and his wife Carolyn are the parents of six children, five daughters and one son. They also have 29 grandchildren.
Adriana started as a volunteer in Centro Hispano in 2006. She volunteered as an English teacher to families around the community and as a youth soccer coach. She has been a member of the board since 2015. She is involved with stopping human trafficking in Utah and is part of the UN Women Utah chapter.
She graduated from BYU in Information Technology as a major with TESOL and Coaching PE as minors. She is now pursuing her MBA from WGU. Adriana works for Incomm as a product support manager and system administrator. She leads a diverse team that have won several awards for quality and excellence.
She owns two huskies: Laishka and Shiro. On her free time, she plays sports, watches movies, rides her Harley Davidson and goes biking with her dogs.