Thomas E. Borrego, J.D., Campaign Director for the Wichita Public Library Foundation. Borrego has over 20 years of philanthropic leadership and fundraising experience with non-profit organizations including Wichita State University Foundation, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Newman University, Sterling College, and the Hutchinson Regional Health System. A native of Wichita and a graduate of Wichita State University and Washburn University School of Law, Borrego has applied his legal knowledge to assist individuals with their philanthropic goals. Borrego has served as the President of the Hispanic Law School Students Association, President of the La Familia Senior Center, Chairperson of Senior Services, Chairperson of Grace Med Clinic, Former Member of the Kansas Hispanic Education and Development Foundation and currently serves on the USD 265 Goddard Foundation.
“Education is the gateway to opportunity. Developing relationships in the business community is critical to access that opportunity. KHEDF understands that these two elements are vital for a young student’s success. Giving back to young Hispanic students striving to make an impact in the community is my personal way of making Wichita strong.”
John Buckley, Colonel, U.S. Army Retired, is the Military Relations Manager for Koch Industries, Inc. Currently, in partnership with Koch’s companies, he is developing and implementing strategies to attract, hire, integrate, and retain well-qualified military veterans. Previously, he commanded Infantry Soldiers in combat and peacekeeping operations, contributed to the strategic and operational planning for operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Libya, and provided daily advice to the senior leadership of the Army, and other senior commanders who answered directly to the President of the United States. As a Director in two of the Army’s most prestigious schools, he enabled professional life-long learning by developing enduring curriculum and improving faculty development. In September 2014, he retired after serving our nation for 33 years.
“I believe education is a dynamic, life-long process that excites the mind and stimulates imagination. If we provide quality education to our youth, we will enable their creativity and invention. In turn, they will instigate necessary change and advancement in our society for years to come. My goal is to help create quality educational opportunities for our youth, and this Foundation allows me to pursue this aim with other like-minded professionals.”
Yolanda Camarena, president of the KHEDF Board of Directors. Her career has been in higher education administration. She is a graduate of Wichita State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. She served as director of admissions for Newman University in Wichita from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, she became associate director of the Master in Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In that role, she was an academic adviser, worked in admissions, and served as minority student coordinator. She also completed work on her master’s in public administration in 1988. While at the Kennedy School, she helped found the Journal of Hispanic Education, now a reputable resource for Hispanic policy research. She served as the Wichita regional coordinator for the LULAC Education Service Center on her return to Kansas. In addition to KHEDF, she serves on the Butler County Community College Foundation Board of Trustees; on the Grants Committee, Wichita Community Foundation; and is chair, Schools and Scholarship Committee, Harvard University.
“I strongly believe that education is the greatest aspect of success for a person, because it is something that is ongoing and can never be taken from you. We have to ensure that our Hispanic youth have every opportunity to succeed. Working together to provide scholarships is a vital key to their success.”
Alex Chaparro, Ph.D., Carl/Rozina Cassat Professor in Aging, Director of the Regional Institute on Aging, Dept. of Psychology at Wichita State University. He was previously an assistant and associate professor in the department before his current leadership post. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in biomedical physics at Harvard University. He received his bachelor of arts in experimental psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.; his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; and his post-doctoral training at Harvard University’s Division of Applied Science and Department of Psychology.
“The Foundation allows me to contribute to my community in a domain that I am passionate about, namely using education to transform one’s life.”
Dennis I. Clary, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Cox Communications in Kansas. Prior to his position at Cox, Dennis was employed with The Boeing Company for 12 years serving in a variety of capacities, including Boeing’s sole, enterprise-wide leadership development program and an assignment as Chief of Staff. Dennis has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and is also a graduate of the Executive Master of Business Administration program at Wichita State University. Dennis serves as Vice Chair for the Wichita board of the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He also volunteers for the Young Professionals of Wichita and has served on boards for YPW, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Providing educational opportunities to all youth in our community is paramount. With the Hispanic population the fastest growing in Kansas, an investment of my time in the KHEDF is not only the right thing to do, it is essential for the economic prosperity of our region.”
Sylvia Orozco-Do, MD Former Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Kansas School of Medicine. She worked with medical students and residents in the inpatient hospital rotation. She is currently in private practice and is the current physician for Hair by Robotics where she specializes in hair transplantation. She is a graduate of San Diego State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a nurse for 5 years before returning to school to obtain her medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine.She is currently on the Board of Trustees at Wichita Collegiate School and Board Member of Wichita Community Foundation.
“Education has open the many doors that otherwise I wouldn’t have known. Is the Key to setting your on path and future. It is our job to show Hispanic students the importance of education. So excited to be part of this organization that will help change the path to many kids in our community”
Gary A. Freeman, treasurer of the KHEDF Board of Directors. Partner at Regier Carr & Monroe, L.L.P. He specializes in taxation for businesses and individuals, business and tax planning, accounting, business valuation and litigation support. He earned his B.B. A. degree in accounting from Wichita State University and has achieved the professional certifications of CPA (Certified Public Accountants);and ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants); and CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts). He has served on various community and professional boards including as a past board member and treasurer for the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. His professional work includes providing services to Hispanic businesses. He has also traveled to various South American countries.
“There is a definite need to encourage the education of the Hispanic community for the benefit of all.”
Dominic Gauna, director, Creative Services & Community Relations, Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. At KWCH, Channel 12, in Wichita, he has served as camera operator, floor director, newscast director, producer/director, commercial production supervisor, and production manager. He received his B.A. in communications from
Wichita State University with an emphasis in electronic media. Besides his KHEDF role, he serves on the boards of the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Midway Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“Everyone deserves an opportunity to pursue higher education and to experience the American dream.”
Veronica Johnston is the owner of Johnston’s Clothiers where she has worked in retail sales since 1981. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas Newman College in 1982. She chaired the Emerald Ball in 2000 to benefit the Via Christi burn center. She has also co-chaired the Johnston’s Fall Fashion Event for multiple years to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. She co-chaired the Party on the Plaza event at Newman University to benefit student scholarships. Most recently, Veronica chaired the Johnston’s Half Marathon race in 2014 to benefit the Center of Hope and The Armendariz Hispanic Scholarship fund at Newman University. She also serves as a volunteer at her church.
“I am a first generation Hispanic college graduate. Higher education impacted my life and the lives of my children. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the KHEDF Board and to be a part of this life-changing mission. It is vital to the growth and strength of our community to ensure that our Hispanic youth reach their potential.”
Irma Luna, secretary of the KHEDF Board of Directors. Former instructor in English as A Second Language program and Learning Center instructor for USD 259 to help high school students and adults obtain their GED diplomas. She was also a leader and trainer for SER Corporation and was admissions counselor for Butler Community College. Her extensive community involvement includes the American Red Cross, Hispanic Commission on the Status of Women, the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and serves on the board of the Foundation. She graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor of arts in education and a master of science in vocational and industrial education from Pittsburg State University.
“The burgeoning numbers of Hispanics in our country make it critical for us to educate our youth so that they can, as their ancestors before them, contribute fully to our society.”
Charles Rivera CLU – Investment Adviser/Registered Representative for Eagle Strategies LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He specializes in business continuation planning, executive benefits and estate planning for the business owner. He has been a financial advisor for 31 years. He received his B.A. in biology with a minor in chemistry and Spanish from Kansas Wesleyan. He did graduate work at Wichita State University. Besides his work as co-founder with KHEDF, he serves on the University of Kansas Endowment Community Advisory Board. He is also co-founder of the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“KHEDF is leading the way in helping prepare individuals who seek to achieve a higher education which is the key to greater opportunity for the Hispanic community.”
Nathan Sander is a Vice President/Branch Manager for Bank of the West. Nathan has been with Bank of the West since 2007 and has had many different roles. Nathan is currently manager of the Central and West St. branch. He handles the daily management as well as business development activities for this location. Nathan graduated from Emporia State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Business, with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. Nathan is also active with Wichita Area Habitat for Humanity as a budget coach and family support committee member. Nathan also volunteers with Junior Achievement, Young Professionals of Wichita, and United Way of the Plains.
“Education can open many doors and provide opportunities for young adults. I am grateful to be involved with an organization assisting the Hispanic community with attaining their dreams through education.”