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It is an important time to be part of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. As we all navigate our way during this season of change, we find comfort in the connections and relationships we share through HWNT.
I am honored to serve as your Interim Chair and present to you the amazing women who serve on your State Board of Directors.  We represent each chapter across Texas and are working together on ways to strengthen our connections and build upon new and long-standing relationships.  Our commitment to you is that we will offer opportunities for you to learn and grow through community engagement, training sessions and leadership opportunities.
We want HWNT to be your place to Connect, Learn and Grow
Looking ahead we are faced with new challenges, but our mission remains the same to promote the advancement of women in public, corporate and civic life through education, personal and professional development. We will invest in our organization by creating a clear path forward for HWNT through the development of our next strategic plan.Where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Together, let’s embrace this opportunity.  
Sandy Segura Alcalá, Interim Chair

Sandy Segura Alcalá


Sandy Alcalá has a diverse background and experience in fund development and nonprofit management, the printing industry, interior design and event design. Before owning EPIC Event Design for seven years, Sandy was the Co-Founder and the founding Executive Director of a college access program called Con Mi MADRE. She is currently involved with their family business, which is a wholesale printing company.

Sandy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has a long history of volunteering and supporting nonprofit organizations which focus on women, children and education. She was the State Representative for the HWNT Austin chapter in 2019. This year she became Interim state chair for HWNT shortly after becoming the state chair-elect.

She enjoys spending time in her garden, attending Texas football games, hosting family gatherings and loves anything related to Disney!

Cris Solis Wilson
Vice Chair of Membership


Cris Wilson is CEO of CM Institute of Leadership and Co-Founder of Crossroads Academy, Inc. In 1991, she started her career in law enforcement. Currently as a Federal Investigator with the Federal Public Defenders Office, she has over 22 years of law enforcement experience to include over 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve with 5 deployments and several awards.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Texas-Pan American. In addition, she holds an Associate of Arts degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences and Associates of Science in Criminal Justice both from South Texas College. 

Cris served as chair, chair-elect, past chair, secretary and treasurer of the HWNT RGV chapter.

She is married to Michael Wilson of 27 years and has two adult children, Michelle and Christian. 

Amanda J. Arizola,MBA, MHSM

Vice Chair of Development


Amanda Jane Arizola, MBA, MHSM,is the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Philanthropy Southwest. Amanda also serves as the Co-Founder and Chief Analyst for CoACT North Texas. She is the first Latina appointed board member to the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers, JPS Health Network.

She is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, Amanda earned a double B.A. in Government and Mexican American Studies. In addition, she earned a double Masters in Business Administration and Health Systems Management from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. 

Amanda is a 20 year member of HWNT. She served as the state representative, parliamentarian and ArtSi co-chair for the Fort Worth chapter. She also served as the vice chair of marketing on the state board. She is a member of both the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters.

Christina Elena Elbitar
Vice Chair of Marketing


Christina is Co-Owner and Vice-President of Café Chadra, Inc. which operates Chadra Mezza & Grill and West Fork Grill. She also co-owns 1622 Park Place Properties, LLC. 

She earned a BBA in Corporate Finance from the University of North Texas. She was State Education Chair in 2019 and was reappointed to vice chair of marketing in 2020. She was chair and  past chair of HWNT's Fort Worth chapter in 2009 and 2010. She was awarded the chapter estrella, Shining star and rising star by her chapter. Christina is co-founder of the LIP program in Fort Worth which became a state-wide initiative with varied programs all over Texas.

She and her husband Nehme of 20 years enjoy spending time outside of work together on their new farm in Fort Worth.

Jeanette Martinez Paz 



Jeanette serves as Executive Administrator to Tarrant County Precinct One Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks. She also serves as the Treasurer of the HWNT Fort Worth Chapter.

She graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington, where she earned her Master’s in Public Administration and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. 

Jeanette is a Fort Worth native, wife and mother to three children: Eric, Ethan and Bella. In her spare time, she loves to travel, practice yoga, read, play tennis and spend time with family and pets.

Abigail Maria Garcia

Abby works as a legal assistant with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in Protective Orders.  In March of this year Abby celebrated 25 years of service with Tarrant County.  Abby has also worked part time at two insurance and tax offices where she has done taxes, insurance, bookkeeping and translation of documents.

She is a parent of an alumni and scholarship recipient of the HWNT Fort Worth chapter Latinas in Progress program. Her daughter, Dominique, is 24 years old and just graduated with a Master’s Degree in social work.  Abby also has a son who is 19 and works fulltime.

Abby is a cancer survivor and raised two children on her own.  

Erica Marie Lopez


Erica M. Lopez was born and raised in San Benito, Texas. She now resides in Austin and serves as a client and marketing liaison for Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.

She attended St. Mary’s University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2005. In 2006, Erica obtained her Master of Arts degree in Legal Studies along with a Paralegal and Mediation certificate from Texas State University. 

Erica served as chair-elect, chair, past chair, historian and education chair for HWNT's Austin Chapter.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys traveling, spending quality time with her adorable pets Duchess and William, and of course attending weekly Zumba classes.

Veronica Trevino
Education Chair


Veronica R. Trevino is a Community Supervision Officer in Sinton, Texas with the San Patricio Probation Department.

She graduated from Corpus Christi State University with a Criminal Justice Degree and earned an Associates Degree from Del Mar College in Pre-Law. 

Veronica has been a dedicated member of HWNT since 1994.  She has served the Corpus Christi chapter as chair, chair-elect, past chair, state representative and parliamentarian. At the state level, she was the vice chair of development and currently serves as education chair. This year her chapter is recognizing her as chapter estrella.

Veronica has been married for forty-one years to Raul Alberto Trevino they have two grown children Gabriela and Raul II. She loves being around her six grandsons which keep her young.  Veronica has been active in her church of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  

Florence Salazar-Bruner 



Florence Salazar-Bruner is owner and CEO of Firehouse Auto Sales, LLC. Her business is in it's 8th year. She has served the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 25 years within the auto industry.  

Additionally, Florence is known in the community for actively serving organizations that benefit families, women, children, economic growth, and cultural appreciation. She was the vice chair of membership for the Fort Worth chapter from 2017 to 2018.

Flo is the mother of 6 children ranging in age from 27 to 12 and one grandchild. She resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Scott and family.

ANAChrista Robles



AnaChrista was born and raised in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. She supports the diversity inclusion and human resources teams at VisitDallas. She is also the Director of Communications for the League of Women Voters Dallas. 

She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and received a degree in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Business Management. 

AnaChrista currently serves as immediate past chair for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Dallas chapter, where her previous roles included chapter chair, education chair and professional development chair. She was recognized as the Dallas chapter estrella in 2016. 


AnaChrista is a giver, connector and collaborator.  In her free time, she enjoys travel, volunteering and admiring the beauty of peacocks.  

Anette Landeros

Immediate Past Chair


Anette is President and CEO of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 
A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Anette earned a B.S. in Public Policy Analysis. In addition, she earned a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2007.
Anette served HWNT as state chair in 2017 and 2018. She was state chair elect, and the chapter chair and education chair for the Fort Worth chapter. She was co-founder of the Hasta los Muertos Bailan fundraiser in Fort Worth. She was awarded chapter estrella and rising star by her chapter. 
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Joseph and newborn son, Joaquin. 

Adela N. González, PhD, M.P.A

Chair of the

Past Chair’s Council

Adela N. González, PhD, M.P.A is recognized as a national, state and local leader in public health with extensive experience in numerous executive positions at the state and local levels including the Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Dallas and Vice President of Administration at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (1996-2006). She retired from UNTHSC to return to South Texas. She moved to San Antonio and returned to work, retiring December 2014 as the Executive Director for the Center for South Texas Programs and South Texas Area Health Education Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She had a faculty appointment at the University of Texas, School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus.
Dr. González was one of the 200 Latinas that chartered HWNT at its first conference in 1987 in Dallas, Texas. She has been a member for 33 years and has served as chapter chair in Fort Worth from 2002-2004 and state chair from 2004-2006. She was awarded chapter estrella in 2006. She currently serves as chair of the past chair’s council in an advisory capacity to the board.

Jessica Coronado

Austin Chair &

state representative


Jessica Coronado currently serves as Senior Executive Assistant to the Deputy City Manager to the City of Austin.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Public Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Jessica served as chair-elect and vice chair of fund development for the HWNT Austin chapter.
Jessica is married to Joe Morales and together they have a 7 year old daughter, Sofia, and a one year old daughter named Catalina. 

Shelley hinojosa

state representative

Corpus christi

Shelley worked for Mental Health Mental Retardation as a director of a Texas commission alcoholism Prevention Grant.  She formed Alcoholism information for Mexican Americans. She later became the Executive Director of Padres then as a marketer (the first Hispanic women to hold the position) at Bayview Hospital.She also became co-owner and C.E.O. of Loe-Del. After her stroke in 2010, she remained an Avance-San Antonio Early and Headstart  consultant until 2019. Shelley retired as co-owner of Gemini printing. 
Shelley studied to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). She later received a Bachelors  in Psychology.
Shelley has been married to a Vietnam veteran for 46 years.  She has two sons and 3 grandchildren. Her dream came true in 2019 when she was able to take her granddaughter to the HWNT state conference in McAllen Texas.

Laura Molina

state representative


Laura Molina is a Senior Customer Center Manager for the North Texas Tollway Authority in Dallas.
She has a Bachelors and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Laura as the vice chair of membership, treasurer, secretary, and parliamentarian for the Dallas chapter of HWNT. 
She resides in Carrollton with her husband, Renee, and two children.

desiree j. padron

state representative


Desiree J. Padron is a Program Project Specialist for a federal TRIO program at  the University of North Texas. 

She is a double graduate of the University of North Texas with a Masters of Public Administration   and B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education. She also had a valid teaching certification under the Texas Education Agency. Her passions include aligning education, community service and leadership for the students she serves. 

She has served on the HWNT Denton chapter board since 2014 and joined the HWNT state board in 2018 as secretary.

Desiree enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, karaoke, and being a "plant mom".

Sara Aragon

state representative

El Paso

Sara Aragon is a Benefits Analyst for ADP in El Paso.

She received a Bachelors in Mass Communication and Media Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word.

She has served as chair, chair-elect, past chair and vice chair of membership for the HWNT El Paso chapter. She was awarded as Estrella de Tejas in 2018 at the HWNT state conference. 

tanisia castillo-queppet

state representative

fort worth

Tanisia is a realtor at WNC Residential, LLC, and is the owner of Bilingual Notary Services. She enjoys volunteering in her community and has served on several boards. She was elected as the first Latina to serve as chair of the Latin Arts Association.

She served HWNT's Fort Worth chapter as treasurer. In 2018, her chapter also awarded her with a rising star. 

She resides in Fort Worth and is the mother of three grown children Kevin Jr, Joseph and Julie and has one grandchild Nash. 

erika aránguiz mourgues

state representative

San antonio

Erika is a fifth grade dual language math and science teacher at Harlandale Independent School District.

Erika graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a minor in Biology. After honorable service with the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division, she returned to San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University-San Antonio, earning a Master of Science in Bilingual Education. 

Erika and her husband Diego are the proud parents of three young children, Diego Jr, Jenesys, and Daniela. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.

cynthia sakulenzki

state representative

rio grande valley

Cynthia M. Sakulenzki is currently the President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  This February 2020 will be 20 years since taking her position.  Her previous experience has been that of management, public relations, administration and sales.

Cynthia served as chair for 2 terms, chair-elect and past chair of the RGV chapter. She now serves on the state board as state representative.

Sports play a major part in her life as she enjoys fishing, watching football, baseball, NASCAR, basketball, volleyball and boxing.  She enjoys traveling, being with her family and going to the beach.

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