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Professionals, Instructors, Coaches, and Community members extraodinaire
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay
Diane Cortes is the current President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing with coarse knowledge in market penetration for Florida and the Caribbean.
Ms. Diane Cortes a Christian leader in the Community of Tampa FL Ms. Cortes is the current President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing with coarse knowledge in market penetration for Florida and the Caribbean. Throughout her career she has obtained multiple recognitions, among them are “WOLF” Women of Leadership Forum, recognized by the company Best Buy, distinguished recognition as Platinum Executive for the Company Sprint Corp.; Named Account Manager of the Year 2004 by SME Marketing Association. But her most valuable recognition is to serve the Lord, by serving others, developing leaders through community work, from the poor communities up to providing guidance to professional individuals that want to invest in the business development of Tampa Bay.
César A. Lara M.D.
Owner Center for Weight Management
FOMA-Shaman-Author-Speaker-As a physician, business and private practice owner since 1991, community- centered leader and educator, I have dedicated my life to improving the wellbeing of others. With more than 35 years as a family practice physician, I have treated thousands of patients from every disease imaginable, helped families and the elderly cope with difficult and complex illnesses, and held the hands of those at death’s door. If I could find a way to ease their suffering, that was my greatest goal.
Over the course of these years, as I, science and consciousness evolved, I knew there had to be a more effective way to treat and cure patients of disease. In particular the chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity that I saw daily in my years of practice. Then in 2005 I decided to focus on weight management and began a program that I felt would have a direct impact on treating these chronic illnesses. And began a journey of discovery that opened my eyes to the healing benefits that were now possible, allowing my patients to remove the pharmaceuticals they were taking daily to manage their conditions. The positive results continued to present themselves time and time again which now led me to delve even further into the causes of obesity and disease as an aspect of one’s belief systems and the imbalance of the energetic systems in and around the body. So committed to the absolute cure of my patients, I decided to became certified in Shamanic energy medicine to ensure I wasn’t missing a single aspect of the root cause of their disease.
Today, my practice continues to thrive and facilitate the healing of thousands of patients as I have fused the latest evidence based medicine with ancient healing traditions to enable them to take control of their health and essentially cure themselves through my whole being approach to weight loss and age management. As a trained and experienced diagnostician I see my role as a guide helping navigate the myriad of treatment options to one that is aligned with the highest potential for a balanced, happy and healthy life experience for all.
Hillsborough Community College / Dale Mabry Campus
Julia Thillet – Med. Master in Education and Curriculum-Dedicated lifelong educator, researcher and designer of learning solutions supporting the educational needs of all learners.
• Bachelor of arts, education and teaching
• Master of education, curriculum and instruction
• Post graduate certificate educational leadership certification
• Diversity, equity and inclusion certificate
• Beyond diversity training, human resource training, adult learning training (professional learning community)
• Awarded 2012 superintendent’s partnership award “Polk county public schools” all children’s hospital
• Data chats-facilitated discussion with teachers reviewing data for gap analysis, evaluation and remediation
Tampa Counseling and Wellness
Life coaching is my passion and the greatest gift I can give others. I’ve always had an innate ability to hold a safe and compassionate space for others to grow. As a Certified Life Coach, I help my clients overcome mental blocks, self-doubt, and build self-confidence. My proven method of thought-provoking questions will empower you to get excited about your next steps in life. Unlike other coaches, I utilize the fundamental principles of psychology and human behavior to help guide you on your journey.
I graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in Communication Arts and have over a decade of experience working with executives and business professionals. In addition to my role as a Certified Life Coach, I function as the Manager of this incredible practice. My goal for you, as our client, is to help you create a long-lasting relationship with one of our skilled therapists or coaches. We want you to always feel safe and comfortable coming to our practice as if this were your second home. Our goal is that you become the best version of yourself with the work you will do here at Tampa Counseling and Wellness.
Univisión Despierta Tampa Bay
Filippo Ferreti is an Italian journalist, reporter, and newscaster. He is currently a reporter for Univision Despierta Tampa Bay and Univision News Orlando.
Filippo Ferretti ( Florencia, Italia, 10 de Junio 1979) es un periodista, reportero y presentador de noticias italiano, ganador del premio Europeo de Periodismo y actualmente reporter de Noticias Univision Tampa Bay y Noticias Univision Orlando, convirtiendose en el primer Italiano en trabajar como comunicador de noticias en espanol en Estados Unidos. Empezo’ su carrera professional en el 2002 en Mediaset en la redaccion periodistica del “TG5” como reportero. Desde el 2005 y hasta el 2009 presento’ la edicion nocturna del Noticiero MTV, en Milan, Italia. Se destaco’ desde el 2010 como corresponsal periodistico desde los Estados Unidos por la television Italia y cadenas internacionales en espanol como Life TV y TVE y ancla de noticia del noticiero del fin de semana. Trabajo’ en mas de 20 paises como periodista profesional, Su desempeno profesional lo han llevado a hacer informacion y escribir por mas de 15 diferentes periodicos y revistas en varios paises. Se ha graduado en el 2004 en la Universidad de Florencia en comunicacion televisiva y periodismo. En el 2006 termino la maestria en la Universidad Iulm en periodismo televisivo. En el 2008 termino su segunda maestria en Periodismo y Comunicacion en la Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. Miembro, de la National Hispanic Asociation of Journalist, ha sido nominado en el 2018 a los premios estatales de la Society of Profesional Journalist de la Florida.
Face Forward Actors & Models Inc.
Shannon Schueman-Willenbring was born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. At the age of thirteen, she stood 5’11” and began her modeling career by walking the runway for JC Penny.
During the time Shannon owned the John Robert Powers, Shannon went on to scout thousands of talented youth and adults who now have agents and are being booked on a regular basis for print ads, television shows, commercials, music videos, and movies. the 60th Miss World pageant winner. She traveled to over 17 countries in one year completing her duties as Miss World.
Shannon opened Face Forward Actors & Models located in Tampa, FL Since opening she has placed over 100 performers with local agents. Her success stories include Jackie who booked a Glaxcokleinsmith TV commercial, several Spanish music videos, and print campaigns. Emily who was award the lead role in a motion picture, Michael and Annalise who both appeared in a short film regionally plus many other success stories. Shannon’s models appear in local runway shows and print campaigns. Shannon’s motivation is to continue providing the youth and adults of Florida with a valuable service, of self-improvement which includes life skills, communication skills, good hygiene and proper etiquette in order for them to fulfill their dreams and professional goals in whatever field they choose to work in.
Skincare and makeup
Lisbeth Aguirre – Directora de Ventas Independiente Mary Kay.
Especialista en Cuidado de la Piel y Maquillaje con capacitación avanzada.
Egresada en Administración y Especialista en Mercadeo y Gerencia.
NBC at WFLA-TV a Multimedia Journalist for Tampa Hoy! on WTTA at 9pm.
Vladimir Kislinger joined the NBC family at WFLA-TV in April 2021, where he serves as a Multimedia Journalist for Tampa Hoy, broadcasting every weekday at 9 p.m. on WTTA.
Kislinger is a well-known Venezuelan Journalist and specialist in Organizational Communications. Over the past 15 years, driven by his passion for communication, he has dedicated his professional career to the field of Journalism, News Media, Advertising, Marketing and the Academica. Since graduating as a journalist, with a specialization in communications, Vladimir Kislinger has had constant high-profile exposure due to his ethic, accuracy and deep knowledge of our Continent, including political, economic, social and cultural issues in every country in North, Central and South America.
His ascent during these years has been significant. In less than 10 years after graduating, Kislinger occupied important roles in various faculty professorships, such as, Academic Coordinator, Professor, Marketing Consultant and Director of the Social Communication School in Universidad Católica Andrés Bello; the largest unit in the areas of Journalism, Advertising Communications and Audiovisual Arts in Southern Venezuela, where he has left a great legacy and an example to be followed. A clear recognition for his extraordinary commitment to his profession.
Through the years, Vladimir has shared his passion and professional knowledge, working and collaborating with several International media, in radio, television and digital, including TV Guayana (Venezuela); Correo del Caroní (Venezuela); Onda 97.3 FM (Venezuela); Frontera Norte (México); Fusion 90.7 FM (Houston, TX); 15 Minutos News (Orlando, FL); CNC Florida Central (Colombia-USA); Infobae (Argentina); CNN (Miami, FL); EVTV (Miami, FL), among others.
Mr. Kislinger has been honored to participate in multiple international activities. Among them, the 1st Meeting of Graduate Catholic Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (Bogotá, 2008), Prayer for Art (Oración por el Arte, OPA – Quito, 2010) and Youth World Day (Spain, 2011). Recently, the International Visitor Leadership Program, IVLP (USA, 2014), Broadcast Journalism, sponsored by the government of the United States of America; a program in which, important heads of State and government have participated throughout its 70-year history.
Certified Professional Life Coach
Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios.
As a part of her cultural background, Ms. Romero inherit her Cuban rhythm in the streets of Pinar del Rio. Dancing the traditional Salsa Rueda of Cuba pushed Yoly in developing an admiration for the art of dance. Being the face of our North Tampa location, Ms. Romero is not only able to relate with different dances and cultures, but she is also able to help others in finding their own passion. “Seeing the progress of each student and hearing them acknowledge their accomplishments has created a sense of purpose within my career”, expresses Yoly with a big smile. She also enjoys being involved in the community helping other for those who needed the most. Always striving for her best self, and motivating others.
Estrella TV, MOR and ME TV
Singer - Songwriter
Colombian singer-songwriter and finalist for the 10th season of the talent show on the TV channel Estrella, “Tengo talento mucho talento”.
Kike Barrios, cantautor colombiano, nació en la ciudad de Bogotá, pero creció en la ciudad de Cartagena frente al mar caribe. Con esta influencia tropical, Kike mezcla diferentes ritmos con música urbana, fusionando géneros como el rock con elementos acústicos del caribe.
Comenzó a componer desde pequeño escribiendo poemas que luego se convertirían en las letras de sus primeras canciones. Sus inspiraciones para aquel entonces eran artistas como: Carlos Vives, Alejandro Sanz, Diego Torres, entre otros. A la edad de 17 años Kike formó su primera banda, una agrupación de Rock en español llamada Zur. En ese momento fue cuando él tuvo su primer encuentro con el escenario y se dio cuenta que la música era su pasión. Cuando se graduó de la secundaria, Kike decide perseguir la música como carrera profesional.
Kike audicionó para la temporada 10 del programa Tengo Talento Mucho Talento del canal Estrella TV, donde recibió los elogios de los jueces Ana Barbara, Pepe Garza y Don Cheto. El avanzó en la competencia semana tras semana hasta llegar a la final, convirtiéndose en el único participante del área de la bahía de Tampa en avanzar tan lejos. Aunque él no ganó, Kike cita esta experiencia como una poderosa influencia en su vida, de manera personal y profesional.
En el 2016, Kike lanzó su primer álbum “Sin Límites”, el cual recibió elogios por parte de la prensa. El álbum fue pre-nominado para los Latin Grammy en el 2017. A finales del 2017 Kike lanzó “Eres Tú” el primer sencillo de su nuevo proyecto, el cual tuvo gran respuesta por parte de sus fans y en plataformas digitales como Spotify.
Kike ha participado en diversos eventos como el Uforia Music Showcase y festivales en ciudades como Los Angeles, Houston, Nueva York, Orlando y Tampa. En los cuales, a compartido tarima con artistas como Sebastián Yatra, Reik, Alkylados, Jorge Celedon, Rafaga, El Binomio de Oro, Oscar D’Leon, Tito Nieves, Olga Tañon, Jarabe de Palo, Rabanes, Ninel Conde, entre otros.
Este año Kike firmó con la compañía Symphonic Distribution con la cual estará trabajando de la mano en los próximos lanzamientos musicales. En su más reciente proyecto, Desayunarte, Kike tuvo el honor de trabajar con el cantautor y productor mexicano ganador del Latin Grammy Edgar Cortazar y la compositora Alejandra Alberti. El sencillo fue lanzado a finales del 2019, teniendo gran aceptación ante su público. Kike abre el 2020 con otro nuevo sencillo, Mas que Amantes.
Cesar A. Salazar
Audiovisual and Digital Production
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Ivonne is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AASDN Nutrition Specialist from the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists, a certified group fitness instructor, and certified Holistic Health Coach. She works with a diverse range of clients including men, women, young professionals, corporate executives, retirees, athletes, and inactive or over-weight individuals. Her philosophy is that there is no one way of eating or living that works for everyone, and consequently, she has had success working with people from all social classes. As a Director of Wellness of Hana Prana Studio, she guides and mentor’s individuals to take responsibility for their health and supports them in making sustainable lifestyle choices.
Miss LatinTampa Corp.
Miss Latina tampa 2021
Miss Latina Tampa is a non-profit organization with its unique purpose to support the female Latin community between the ages of 4 and 21 years old, and 22-30 as Ambassador of the Tampa bay area. With focused programs to reinforce their self-esteem and confidence. This program is based on 3 fundamental principles: positive self-image, internal beauty, and personal abilities.
Vanessa Cahuas, video producer – with over two decades of experience in video production, hosting and producing, and winning video awards in different categories, Vanessa Cahuas offers a unique blend of leadership in video production and in the Outreach of the Spanish Community. While going to the University of South Florida to Mayor in Mass Communications Vanessa Cahuas was the producer and host of several TV shows, like Bridge to Fame where she won 2 awards. Phohibido aburrirse and Licencia para divertirse, tv shows that aired in different cable companies and TV stations like CNN Latino, Mundo Max, Telemundo. She also worked in production and hosted for the pledge drives at WUSF TV. Worked in the news cast for Channel 28 ABC.
Founder of the video production and marketing company Licencia para Divertirse, that has worked with more than 100 business in Central Florida and covering many cultural events, community events music videos and business events.
Author of the book License to be Happy publish in Amazon, and Barns and Nobel’s. Also, interpreter of Tampa Federal court and founder of Interpreters Tampa, serving all translations needs.
María Del Carmen Debes
Agente Especialista en Negocios y Ventas – Nacida en la Republica Dominicana. Actualmente residenciada en la ciudad de Wimauma en el Estado de La Florida. Es empresaria y (CEO) de la Compañía de Seguros “María Debes”.
Graduada en la especialidad de Secretariado Bilingüe y Certificación como Agente Especialista en Negocios y Ventas. Ha recibido algunos reconocimientos destacando su labor como orientadora en favor de la educación de la Comunidad Hispana de Tampa, su trabajo al servicio de la comunidad y de las causas benéficas, distinción que fue otorgada por la fundación sin fines de lucro: Nuestra América, por su labor como orientadora en Asuntos de Negocios y Cuidado de Salud en la Comunidad. Otorgado por Eagles Training Academy. Ha sido seleccionada como mujer profesional del año 2018 en la comunidad Tampa y Empresaria Revelación en el 2017. También ha recibido reconocimientos por la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de La Bahía de Tampa y el Premio enfoque 2019- Distinción otorgada por la Empresa Publicitaria Enfoque en la categoría de Excelencia Profesional en el área de negocios.
Cecilia De La Puente
Professional Ontological Coach
I have worked arduously in providing direction and establish support. My mission, empower every individual in their pursuits to accomplish their professional goals and those of their institutions
Miss Latina tampa 2018
Business and Life Ontological Coach
Tampa Counseling and Wellness
Erica Hand graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. After working for several years, she realized that she wanted to provide more health care services to her community and went on to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in 2013. She then pursued a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She went on to obtain a post-master’s certificate to become a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She currently uses a holistic care approach to help her clients improve mentally and physically.
Catalina Botero is a University of Florida Graduate, a dedicated mother and passionate leader in the Tampa Bay Area. She has been in the advertising and marketing industry for almost 20 years.
Currently, she leads the efforts of the Hispanic Professional Women’s Foundation an organization that provides mentorship and scholarships to Hispanic Women. She is also the Secretary of the Latino Community Advisory Council and the USF Latino Scholarship. Throughout her career, she has served on boards with a clear purpose. She has been an advocate for the Hispanic market by promoting, researching and learning about the growth of our Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay Area.
She has is a bilingual Account Executive for Spectrum Reach. She becomes a part of her client’s team and their marketing solutions. Before Spectrum and Bright House, Catalina was the lead the Research efforts for Univision Tampa and the Entravision markets. She has always been fascinated with the power data, marketing solutions and the ever changing landscape of how people consume media.
Nelcy and Steve Baltz
SN Shots Photography
Women Who Market
Presentadora de Noticias Univisión Tampa Bay y Orlando
Megan A Rapozo
Hispanic Professional Women Association President 2020 - 2021
Megan A Rapozo was born in the US but raised in Bolivia. She returned to the US as a teenager to learn the language and continue her education. Megan graduated from the University of South Florida with her Accounting degree in 2019 and will be graduating with her Master’s in Supply Chain Management in August of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accounting accreditation, while working as a Teacher Assistant for Business Statistics at USF.
Megan embraces her Hispanic culture and is always giving back to the Hispanic community. She is always present and nurturing those relationships with local Hispanic organizations and leaders to continue to make an impact in Tampa Bay.
Megan was a mentee in the Hispanic Professional Women Association Mentorship program in 2018 and has served on the board of directors since 2019 in the mentorship, fundraising and communications committee. And now she is serving as the youngest President of HPWA. She is committed to helping Hispanic women with their personal and professional development to become the best version of themselves and encourage others to pursue further education.
Dr. Carlos Garcia
Tampa Bay Counseling and Wellness
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
Enrollment Coordinator, October 2017- Present
• Created and implemented a recruitment program aimed to increasing student enrollment in targeted populations while working closely with local High Schools and outreach communities.
• Developed and executed training programs, recruitment presentations, audio/visuals for in person and online presentation in Spanish and English.
• Organized an enrollment, retention plan and designed a recruitment sustainable program.
• Delivered diverse, equitable and inclusive presentations to target all students and parents.
Luis Castro’s professional career has been developed in the world of communication and service companies. He is the creator of dpersonas.com/radio, which has many listeners throughout the Spanish-speaking business world.
Hillsborough Community College /Ybor City Campus
Develops a recruitment program aimed to increasing student enrollment in targeted populations while working closely with local High Schools and outreach communities. Vast experience working with diverse populations and an advocate for undocumented students.
Consejera en Logoterapia y Análisis Existencial
Consejera en Logoterapia y Análisis Existencial acreditada por el Instituto Viktor Frankl de Viena. Facilita talleres de Tanatología y Cuidados Paliativos; así como de talleres dirigidos a la comunidad educativa y organizaciones sociales
Professional Dancer and Choreographer
Gregorio Burgos Jr
Gregorio Burgos Jr, official DJ of the Taylor Swift concert, the Defile KNIGHTS OF SAN JAGO at TAMPA. Created his Mezclas Show “EL ARRANKE MIX”, now you can listen to him in Tampa by La Ley Tampa 107.7 FM
Peggy E. Rojas
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Radio Personality and Entrepreneur
Mexican radio personality and an entrepreneur. My confidence and being able to transmit positive vibes through radio air waves is so amazing the state awards of the Society of Professional Journalist of Florida.
Cynthia E Martinez
Certified Professional Life Coach.
Dr. Vivian Badillo
Is a Clinical Psychologist with a master’s degree in Labor Relations, and a business developer for the last 20 years. She is the founder of VIDA VI where she works as a coach for the transformation and healing of the individual.
She is currently Board Director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay.
Ana G. Méndez University
Born and raised in Panama, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, has a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in International Trade and Marketing, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Higher Education. Currently works Ana G. Méndez University as Recruitment Development Director at the Tampa Bay Campus.
Professional Life Coach
Born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has 2 years of experience in Life Coach and I am a graduate of Ana G Mendez University, with a degree in Psychology.
My passion is to teach others how to go through difficulties in life and continue to wear their best colors.
Born in Miami raised in Tampa Florida. She has 7 years of experience in the beauty industry.
Attended a Beauty Academy School and graduated as a Licensed Esthetician in which she now specializes in skin care and makeup.
Brenda Irizarry. Dog mom, part owner at Purple Halo Boutique, and president of Missions of Miracles Foundation.
Fashionista, Aesthetician, Nail Technician, Eye Lash Extensions Guru, Make Up Artist.
Prime Body Studios
Miss Latina Tampa
Miss Latina Tampa Corp is a non-profit organization with the unique purpose of supporting the female community between the ages of 6 and 30 years in the Tampa Bay area with focused programs to reinforce their self-esteem and confidence. This program is based on foundational principles, positive self-image, natural inner beauty, and the development of their own skills.