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VALHEN 2013 Encuentro

Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

Richmond, VA

VALHEN 2013 Encuentro

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird
Early Bird registration for general admissions has been extended. Registration includes a one year VALHEN membership, all conference materials and food during the event.
Ended $100.00 $0.00
General Admissions
Registration includes a one year VALHEN membership, all conference materials and food during the event.
Ended $175.00 $0.00
Student General Admissions
PLEASE PRESENT YOUR STUDENT I.D. AT THE REGISTRATION TABLE AT THE ENCUENTRO. Registration includes a one year VALHEN membership, all conference materials and food during the event.
Ended $75.00 $0.00
Encuentro Presenter Ended $75.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Come to the conference and . . .

  • Learn about the higher education side of workforce development.
  • Network with those responsible for the best programs available. 
  • Engage with those who prepare Virginia's 21st Century Leaders.

Who should attend . . .

  • Academic affairs administrators, deans, department chairs, and teaching faculty.
  • Directors of recruitment and minority affairs.
  • Professionals in virtually all campus activity/service areas, including admissions, student life, financial aid, personnel, alumni affairs, and athletics.
  • Representatives of state and national institutes, associations, agencies, commissions, and foundations.
  • Community members who work with the Latino population
  • Representatives of community-based agencies and organizations.
  • Representatives from local, state and Federal governments
  • Teachers, counselors, and administrators in the K-12 system

For more information:

Please contact us at, or call 804-435-1946.


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10:30AM- 12:15PM

Thursday, October 10th

Registration, Networking, and Refreshments

12:15PM - 1:15PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Gary Rhodes, President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Dr. Mirta M. Martin, President, VALHEN

Opening Keynote: Jonell Sanchez, V.P. , Pearson Global 

     The 21st Century America:  Global Player---Maybe. 

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Plenary I: Setting the Stage

Moderator: Phillip Sandino, Director Customer Solutions, Dominion Virginia Power

Hispanics in Virginia's Workforce - Whitney Bonham, Office of Economic Development, Virginia Tech

Hot Careers in the Next 10-15 Years! - Patrick O'Brien, Office of Economic Development, Virginia Tech   

2:15PM - 3:30PM

Plenary II: Post Baccalaureate Programs and Opportunities

Moderator: Dr. Victor Vilchiz, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Virginia State University

Professional Science Masters - Dr. Sheryl Baldwin, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University

Career Switcher Program - Dr. Mark Allan, Director of Licensure and School Leadership, VDOE

NASA Ambassador's Program - Denisse Aranda, Contamination Control Engineer, Engineering Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Break & Walk - Refreshments

4:00PM - 5:15PM

Concurrent Session A

Moderator: Maria Nieto, Northern Virginia Community College and VALHEN Board Member
Examples of Exemplary Programs
Pathway to the Baccalaureate - Monica Gomez, Coordinator of Counseling Services, Northern Virginia Community College and VALHEN Board Member 

Adult Career Pathways - Christina Hubbard, Coordinator of Counseling Services, Northern Virginia Community College

Middle College Program - Mary Jo Washko, Director, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College  

Concurrent Session B

Moderator: Aida Pacheco, Workforce Programs Coordinator, Virginia Community College System
Alternative Routes to Success
Apprenticeship Program - Dr. Carmen Burrows, Associate V.P., Thomas Nelson Community College

Non-Credit Options - Mac McGinty, Vice President, Community College Workforce Alliance   

5:15PM - 5:30PM

Break - No Refreshments


Plenary III: 21st Century Workers

Moderator: Dr. Joy Hatch, Vice Chancellor for IT, Virginia Community College System

The Value of Liberal Arts in Producing 21st Century Workers - Dr. William Bosher, Executive Director, Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Developing Global Citizens: Latinos are Already Bi-Cultural - Adjunct Professor George Hiller, School of Professional & Continuing Studies, University of Richmond   

6:30PM - 6:45PM

Walk Back to Welcoming Reception   

6:45PM - 8:15PM

Welcoming Reception

Music: John Negri, Guitar & Alejandro Dieguez, Drums 


7:30AM - 8:30AM

Friday, October 11th



 8:30AM - 9:45AM

Plenary IV: The Nexus of Higher Education and Business

Moderator: Dr. Mirta M. Martin, Dean of Business School, Virginia State University and VALHEN President 

Rolls Royce & Virginia - Dr. Renee Chapline, Executive Director, Gateway Region

Systemic Solutions Program - Dr. Roger Ramsammy, Provost, NVCC-Manassas Campus

PRODUCED in VA - - Dr. Ray Drinkwater, V.P., Student Affairs, John Tyler Community College and Dr. James Groves, Associate Dean, School of Engineering, University of Virginia


9:45AM - 10:30AM


VALHEN: The Past 12 Months 


Break & Walk - Refreshments   


Plenary V: Growing Hispanic Engineers

Moderator: Dr. Karla Mossi, Associate Professor of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

David Alvarez, Director of ALCS Engineering, Altria 

Debbie Martínez, Deputy Project Manager for AEST and SSAT Projects, Aviation Safety Program, NASA

Priscilla Morales Cygielnik, Project Manager, Office of the City Engineer, City of Roanoke, VA

- Dr. Manuel Pérez-Quinones, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Virginia Tech and VALHEN V,P. 


Walk back to Conference Center   


Closing Luncheon and Scholarship Awards

- Closing Keynote Speaker, Laura Fornash,  Fornash,       

VA Secretary of Education 

- Special Guest, Al Diaz, President CMTC, Inc. and Board Member LifeNet, Inc. "Saving Lives, Restoring Health:  

A Donor Father's Perspective."
- A video message from Senator Mark Warner 


Adjourn: Dr. Mirta M. Martin, President, VALHEN

Have questions about VALHEN 2013 Encuentro? Contact Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN)

When & Where

VALHEN 2013 Encuentro at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Parham Campus
1651 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN)

The Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) VALHEN is a state-wide, educator-lead and volunteer-based non-profit dedicated to shaping Virginia’s future by promoting access to and success in higher education for our Latino and Hispanic community. VALHEN volunteers are driven by their passionate belief that our Hispanic/Latino children and communities must have access to education in order to become full and contributing members of our Commonwealth.

VALHEN’s journey is a classic study of collaboration, determination, and vision, made possible by the work of its volunteer members and the generous in-kind contributions of numerous institutions such as James Madison University (JMU), Northern Virginia Community College, Old Dominion University (ODU), Regent University, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Virginia State University (VSU), Virginia Tech (VT), and the University of Richmond (UR).

Other generous sponsors to date include (in alpha order): Altria, Bank of America, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dominion, GEICO, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Latinos in Higher Education, Liberty Tax’s Una Familia Sin Fronteras Program, NVCC Foundation, The College Board, Verizon, the Social Security Administration, the Virginia Community College System, Virginia Credit Union, Virginia 529 Program, and Wells Fargo. In addition, support and encouragement has also come from Governor Bob McDonnell, Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb, and former Governor Tim Kaine.

VALHEN addresses a need for Virginians to have a strong voice and a medium through which they can advocate for the success of the Hispanic/Latino community. As this population continues to grow, VALHEN’s unique role becomes increasingly important, already quickly turning into the “go to” organization regarding educational access and opportunities, and the inherent socioeconomic contributions connected with educational achievements. VALHEN and its members are changing the face of the Commonwealth by ensuring that Hispanic/Latinos are visible, are supported, and are on their way to higher education.

Our principal programs include:

  • Hispanic College Institute (, held each year in July
  • Encuentro (, held each year in October, during Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Scholarship Program (
  • Lecture Series designed to highlight the work of our members (

For more information:
Please contact us at or call 804-543-1946. Check back on this site for additional information, call for presentations, and registration

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