Ana Alfaro has been a community relations specialist for nearly 24 years. She has been a full-time program manager since April of 2018 to this present day, so 4 years and 8 months; has been with Eversource for 23 years and 9 months; Attended Post University in Waterbury, CT where she achieved a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Media Studies
Will Perez is a Management Consulting professional who helps organizations plan and deliver on their transformational strategies. He is a Managing Director at Slalom Consulting where he has worked since 2012. He has also held prior leadership positions at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Accenture, and Virtusa. Born in Aguada, Puerto Rico and a lifelong Connecticut resident where he attended the University of Connecticut and earned a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
He has volunteered his time to numerous non-profits in Hartford and is a member of the Latino Endowment Fund giving circle. He joined the Hispanic Health Council Board in 2019.
Joel Cruz, Senior Director of the Institute for the Hispanic Family and Strengthening Families Programs, has over 15 years of experience in Community Outreach, Public Speaking, Nonprofits, Program Development, Case Management, Strategic Planning, Social Services, Mental Health, Healthcare, and Public Policy.
Joel authored numerous ordinances and resolutions helping to address quality of life in the City of Hartford as Council Minority Leader from 2012 to 2015. Served 8 years of honorable services in the United States Marines Corps. Currently serves as vice-chair to the Charter Oak Health Center Board of Directors (2013 to present), Commission member to the Town of Windsor’s Youth Commission (2018-Present), Reviewer for the Council of Accreditation (COA). Joel is certified as a Fatherhood Family Life Coach master trainer by the National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL). Member of the Prevention Child Abuse Advisory Committee.
Professionally, David works as a Vice President and Market Leader for Bank of America Merrill locally here in Hartford, CT. He has been working in the Financial Services industry since 2008. David graduated from Westfield State University in 2008 with a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Finance and a minor in economics. Additionally, he holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation.
David resides in East Windsor, CT with his wife, Kelly. He is an enthusiastic volunteer in the community and currently serves the town of East Windsor as a member of the Board of Finance and Chairman of the Pension Board. In is free time, David enjoys playing and watching soccer and cannot wait to start traveling again!
While at NYU Bellevue (faculty practice and resident training) she ran the Women’s Health portion of the NYU medical school student health program and directed the Bellevue Teen Pregnancy clinic. She also initiated her work in global health with medical missions in Central and Latin America. Most of her time has been spent in clinical work as well as a current board member with Grounds for Health; an NGO whose mission is to eradicate cervical cancer.
She’s now in private practice at Mansfield Ob GYN Associates for 13 years. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor at UCONN Storrs through EL Instituto where she teaches her course in Women’s Health issues in the Latinx and African American communities.
Yvette has lived through these experiences accompanied by her wonderful husband Anthony Johnson.
She recently served as the director of the BSW program and the Puerto Rican/Latin@ Studies Project at the UConn School of Social Work. Her research and teaching interests include an examination of coloniality, White Supremacy, implicit bias and their effects on intersectional identities, and the importance of critical consciousness on advocacy and allyship. She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions (forthcoming 2021).