Dr. Ortiz is an Associate Professor for Clinical Psychiatry for Lewis Katz Temple School of Medicine. She is the Chief of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic at Temple University Hospital. As part of her commitment with the Latino American Community, she participates as a Commissioner to the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs and is the President of the Society of Ibero Latin American Medical Professionals. Her clinical work is on the interphase of mind and body and how medical disease affects the mind and vice versa. She has participated in multiple workshops educating the community life and by radio and TV. She has published several academic articles and book chapters. As part of her involvement on integrated care, she is leading the organization of the Spanish Network Spanish speaker Physicians for Temple University Hospital and is a Board Member at Philadelphia Medical Society.
Mr. Percy Rosales holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., and a Bachelors degree of Arts from Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Mass. He is a Communications and Marketing Director with over 16 years of experience developing innovative customer solutions and campaigns for corporate clients including energy companies, healthcare organizations and government departments. For the past six years, he has been the manager of recruitment, communications, community outreach/education and marketing services for two of the largest gas and electricity energy companies in the greater Philadelphia area. He has a great skill at communicating with the public and their service providers and is sensitive to the client’s specific needs.
Ms. Priscilla E. Jimenez joined Kline & Specter after gaining experience with a federal civil rights office, a Philadelphia hospital and another city law firm while also being an active leader in the Hispanic legal community. She was also chosen by the independent rating service Super Lawyers as a 2015 and 2016 Pennsylvania “Rising Star,” an accolade reserved for the best 2.5 percent of the state’s attorneys who are 40 or younger. She was also featured in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Jimenez, who is fluent in Spanish, is the immediate past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, where she mentors minority law school students. She is also the past-president of the Hispanic Bar Association’s Legal Education Fund. Jimenez was also recognized in late 2016 as one of the “Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos” by the newspaper Impacto. She is also an accomplished violinist.
Antonio Valdés With close to 20 years of experience in behavioral healthcare management Antonio (Tony) Valdés is one of the most visible leaders in children’s behavioral health services in the greater Philadelphia community.
Tony began his career in behavioral healthcare in 1987 as a Social Worker for Connections CSP, a behavioral healthcare provider, which at that time specialized in delivering community-based services in Delaware. In 1994, after completing his MBA in Health & Medical Services Administration at Widener University, Tony assumed the position of Director of Operations for Connections CSP. In this role, Tony applied his practical experiences as a service provider to successfully manage over 100 employees and five (5) different programs.
In 1995, following his 9 year tenure at Connections, Tony served as the Executive Director of the Child Psychiatry Center (CPC) in Philadelphia. Under Tony’s guidance CPC successfully expanded program services, diversified its staff, and was the catalyst for the organization’s greater involvement in the community of North Philadelphia. While expanding CPC’s community presence Tony began to establish himself as a sought after speaker and advocate for the needs of Philadelphia’s behavioral health services provider community, thus setting the ground for his community involvement in years to come.
In 1997 Tony assumed his current position as the Executive Director of Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CcTC) – a non-profit agency specializing in providing behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families. Since assuming this position, Tony has successfully expanded CcTC six-fold – with an overall staff increase from 45 employees to 350, an increase in its annual budget from $1.8 million to $16 million, and a service expansion of 4 programs to 16. When Tony first joined CcTC, the Center served approximately 250 children and families per year, today CcTC annually serves over 2400 children and families across Philadelphia from its 14 sites.
In addition to his role at CcTC, Tony has taken a leadership role in several community organizations, including:
• Board President of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc., (Concilio)
• Member of the Board of the Maternity Care Coalition from 1998 to 2005
• Chairman of the Mayor’s Children Summit 2001, City of Philadelphia
• Co-Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Transition Team 2000
• Board President of the Philadelphia Alliance from 2005 to 2007
• Member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Children’s Behavioral Heath – 2006-2007
• Member of 2007 Dominican Parade and Festival Committee
• Member of the CCPDE (Consejos Consultivos De La Presidencia De Los Dominicanos del Exterior) in the Delaware Valley
Throughout his career, Tony Valdés has raised the bar in providing innovative and much needed services to the City, while remaining sensitive to the needs of the diversity and cultural richness of the community at large.
Mike Garcia of Citizens Bank was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, moving to Philadelphia over 25 years ago. Mike is a Vietnam era US Marine veteran. After his tour in the Marine Corp he moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University. Mike began his career in Philadelphia in 1985 as a financial specialist with the former PRP, INC. a non-profit housing development organization. Soon after, he joined HACE as a business analyst committed to the economic growth and development of EL Centro De Oro- the North 5th St commercial corridor.
In 1990 Mike joined Mellon Bank as a CRA Field Manager with his primary responsibility of providing access to affordable mortgage products to Philadelphia’s low to moderate income community. In 2001, as a result of Citizens Bank’s acquisition of Mellon Bank’s retail banking operations, Mike joined Citizens Bank. Today he manages a Mid-Atlantic mortgage sales group in Pennsylvania; New Jersey and Delaware.
He currently serves as Chairman on the board of directors of HACE, a North Philadelphia community and economic development corporation. Mike is also on the board of Directors of El Concilio, a social service provider, and is also an advisory board member of the Lauretha Vaird Boys & Girls Club. He was the former chairman of the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley and co-chair of the Roberto Clemente Monument Committee responsible for the creation, commission and perpetual care of the Roberto Clemente statue located at the North Philadelphia middle school bearing his name.
Mike’s other passions are basketball, salsa dancing, golf and reading. He currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA with his wife Lori, son Michael a recent graduate of George Washington University, and daughter Julia a student at Harriton HS in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania.
Lourdes Hernandez is currently Senior Analyst and Community Outreach Manager for PECO’s Universal Services Department. In her role, Ms. Hernandez works extensively with civic, business and community leaders to raise awareness about PECO’s Customer Assistance Programs. Lourdes is also President of the Organization of Latinos at Exelon (OLE). In her previous role, Ms. Hernandez worked in PECO’s Human Resources Department as Leadership Development Program Manager for Exelon’s First-Line Supervisor Development Program and managed Exelon’s Employee Survey Program. Prior to joining PECO/Exelon, Lourdes worked for Booz, Allen & Hamilton as Production Manager for their Market Research Division.
Lourdes’ professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD), and the International Institute of Business Analysis (ILBA). Lourdes is very active in her community and has served as an Advisory Board Member for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and is a current board member of both the Local Chapter and National Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW).
Lourdes holds a B.S. in Management from Rosemont College and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini College. Lourdes and her family currently reside in Philadelphia, PA.