About Us

Executive Board

Lizbeth Duran

President

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My name is Lizbeth Duran and I am a STEM advocate in the Hispanic community. I have been a part of the SHPE SF Bay Area Chapter since 2016 and this is my second year serving as President. This year the chapter is focused on making significant strides in membership growth and fundraising. Additionally, the chapter is making several internal operational changes in hopes of improving efficiency in order to expand it’s reach and impact in the community. Professionally, I am a Technical Consultant currently working for a boutique consulting firm in San Francisco. Outside of work and SHPE I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, learning new things and spending time with family and friends. If you are passionate about impacting the Hispanic community via STEM get in touch today!

MaryEllen Ruiz

Vice President

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I am a lifetime member since 2003 and have had a 16 year career as Strategic Account Manager at ST Microelectronics. I was the Chair of Professional development during Region1/2 West coast expo and understand the professional development needs to help you excel in your careers. I am passionate about diversity, increasing Latino awareness within technology firms and supporting the professional growth of our colleagues in the Bay Area.

Leticia Martinez

Treasurer

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I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from CSU Sacramento. I work for PG&E in SF as an Associate Distribution Planner. I've been a part of SHPE since 2009. Just like many of the other board members, SHPE has been a major part of my professional life. It's an honor to be part of this year's board. I can't wait to see our goals for this year come into play.

Priscilla Nguyen

Secretary

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My name is Priscilla Nguyen, and I'm a Design Engineer at Degenkolb Engineers in downtown Oakland. I am from Houston, TX and moved to the Bay Area about 5 years ago. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Architectural Engineering and from Stanford University with a MS in Civil Engineering. I have been a part of SHPE since my freshman year in college. I served as a Recruitment and Retention Co-Director during my sophomore year and as the Academic Director during my senior year at UT Austin. I'm happy to continue being on the SHPE SFBA executive board, serving as your Secretary this 2019-2020 year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and catching up with friends and family.

Neftali Eunice Romero

Professional Development Director

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I graduated from Humboldt State University(HSU) as an Environmental Resources Engineer(Civil) with a focus on water resources. As an undergraduate student I was a part of ten students who are the founding members of the HSU SHPE Chapter. After becoming an established chapter, I became the Academic Liaison and President in hopes of providing resources to students to help them be successful in the engineering program. At HSU I assisted with the development of an engineering tutoring program to provide students with academic support and assist in informal mentoring opportunities. I also assisted with the application for the Hispanic Serving Institute STEM Grant ” Vías hacia la Excelencia Académica,” by the U.S. Department of Education, which awarded HSU with a $3.9 million grant. The impact I made at HSU has instilled the importance of being involved in an organization that empowers the Latinx and Hispanic community in STEM; thus, I am eager to be the Professional Development Director of SHPE SF Bay Area. As the Professional Development Director, I hope to provide the resources needed to better the Latinx and Hispanic engineering community by hosting events that assist in developing the skills needed to build your own brand, establish yourself in your field, and build the network required to be a force to be reckoned with. Please feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in telling your own success story to the SHPE community or are interested in hosting our professional chapter at your company’s office.

Tatiana Diaz-Gallegos

Membership Development Director

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I graduated from Boston University with a BS in Computer Engineering.I am a Security Consulting Analyst at Accenture based out of the San Francisco office. I joined SHPE in 2014 (my freshman year at BU). At BU’s student SHPE Chapter I held the position of: President, Vice President, and Treasurer. SHPE was my familia in college and opened a lot of doors and connections for me and my professional career. Being a part of this professional chapter as the Membership Development Director I hope to create that same welcoming space for other members. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, watching shows, traveling, reading, hanging out with friends, drinking lots of coffee.

Stacie Arechavala

Community Outreach

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I graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UMiami and M.Eng. from Duke. I'm originally from Florida and moved to the Bay Area last year. I joined SHPE as a professional toward the end of 2018 and have found a great community away from home. In my free time, I enjoy going on adventures, exploring the outdoors, reading, and eating tasty food. I'm excited to encourage the next generation of Latinxs to pursue STEM careers through engaging outreach events!

Brenda Pena

Student Outreach

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Brenda Peña is from Anaheim, CA and graduated from the University of Californa, Riverside in 2015 with a bachelors of science in Bioengineering. After graduation, she started at Medtronic Cardiovascular and since transitioned into her current role as Program Lead. She is passionate about bridging the gap between college to career and empowering the Hispanic community to excel in their respective fields and as leaders. As Student Outreach Director, she plans to strengthen the connection between students and professionals in the bay area. In her free time, Brenda can be found on a plane, participating in sports, hikes and snowboarding.

Nicolas Botello

Webmaster

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Howdy, I am a Software Engineer at Zume in San Francisco. I moved to the bay area after graduating from Texas A&M. I've been part of SHPE since High school. I enjoy playing board games, watching movies/anime, and hanging out with people. looking forward to helping in this year's board.