STAFF & BOARD MEMBERS
Hello, my name is Jennifer Anguiano! I was born and raised here in Amarillo, with my family originating from Jalisco, Mexico. I am a current student at West Texas A&M pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, boxing and painting. I look forward to creating greater relationships and continuing to provide helpful resources, especially to our Hispanic Community.
Throughout my time at the AHCC, I have been able to see our involvement and the impact we make, not only in Amarillo, but also in surrounding areas. It’s great to see how different businesses flourish, while allowing the AHCC to be a part of their success. I’m excited for what the future holds as we grow and work towards providing for our community!
Hola, mi nombre es Jennifer Anguiano! Nací y crecí aquí en Amarillo, con mi familia originaria de Jalisco, México. Soy un estudiante actual en West Texas A&M que persigue mi Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas. Me gusta pasar tiempo con mi familia, hacer ejercicio, boxear y pintar. Espero crear mejores relaciones y continuar brindando recursos útiles, especialmente a nuestra comunidad hispana.
A lo largo de mi tiempo en el AHCC, he podido ver nuestra participación y el impacto que hacemos, no solo en Amarillo, sino también en las áreas circundantes. Es genial ver cómo florecen las diferentes empresas, permitiendo que el AHCC sea parte de su éxito. ¡Estoy emocionada por lo que nos prepara el futuro a medida que crecemos y trabajamos para proporcionar a nuestra comunidad!
Hello, my name is Ann Romo, and I am the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Office Manager. Working alongside Jennifer Anguiano, the Executive Director, I’m eager to support the growth of our organization and aid local businesses with the resources they need.
I am originally from Snyder, Texas, and have been living in Amarillo for the past 18 years with my husband, Roland, and our two children, Ryan and Charlie. Due to my son’s autism, I am passionate about autism advocacy and inclusion. Additionally, I am one of the co-founders of our parent-teacher group Autism United, which supports and assists AU Resource teachers in AMAISD.
Our daughter is a graduate of West Texas A&M with a degree in Music Therapy and completing her internship at Lake Mary Center in Paola, KS. Our son is a Senior at Amarillo High and will be graduating this May. I am so proud of our two children, who have helped me become who I am today.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds and what I can bring to the AHCC.
Hola, mi nombre es Ann Romo y soy la Gerente de la Oficina de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Amarillo. Al trabajar junto a Jennifer Anguiano, directora ejecutiva, estoy ansiosa por apoyar el crecimiento de nuestra organización y ayudar a las empresas locales con los recursos que necesitan.
Soy de Snyder, Texas, y he vivido en Amarillo durante los últimos 18 años con mi esposo, Roland, y nuestros dos hijos, Ryan y Charlie. Debido al autismo de mi hijo, me apasiona la promoción y la inclusión del autismo. Además, soy uno de los cofundadores de nuestro grupo de padres y maestros Autism United, que apoya y ayuda a los maestros de recursos de AU en AMAISD.
Nuestra hija se graduó de West Texas A&M con un título en Musicoterapia y completó su pasantía en Lake Mary Center en Paola, KS. Nuestro hijo es estudiante de último año en Amarillo High y se graduará este mayo. Estoy muy orgullosa de nuestros dos hijos, que me han ayudado a convertirme en lo que soy hoy.
Espero ver lo que depara el futuro y lo que puedo aportar a la AHCC.
Melissa Smith is a native of Dimmitt, Texas. She is currently a Certified Paralegal at Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP and has been with them for over 16 years. Melissa is also a Licensed Court Interpreter and loves being in the courtroom. Melissa graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She enjoys doing video/audio production and graphic design in her spare time. Melissa is also on the board of Wesley Community Center and is involved in various community projects. She is married to Sergio and has 3 children, Ivan, Edgar and Ximena.
Antonia Ballejo was born in Denver, Colorado, but has been a resident of Amarillo since she was 6 years old. In 2014, Antonia graduated from West Texas A&M University with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Antonia is a Senior Accountant for Pantera Energy Company for 6 years, before Pantera; she worked at Amarillo National Bank for almost 10 years in the accounting department. She is a mother of two, her son Isaiah graduated from West A&M University in 2021 and hopes her daughter Thalia will go there as well. This will be her third year on the board.
Lisa Torres is a Black Belt in the Lean Six Sigma organization where she manages the Escalation and Value Stream Element Team Program at CNS Pantex. Lisa is responsible for project management and has a strong background in facilitating teams through critical thinking and problem solving, coaching, and training. She is a skilled Change Manager and embodies the leadership, soft skills, and strategic analysis necessary to cultivate change. Lisa is passionate about helping others. She serves on the board of a Veterans Affinity Group; Serving our Service members. Outside of work Lisa enjoys volunteering at her church, running, and watching her kids play sports.
Gustavo Sanchez was born and raised here in Amarillo, Tx to hard working immigrant parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco. He started his working career at the early age of 15 at meat plants. He worked ten years in the home and life insurance industry from sales agent to office manager. In 2015, Gustavo joined the Street Toyota Auto Group on the sales floor. In 2019, he was promoted to sales manager. Gustavo has been married to his wife Eliana for 16 years. They have two teenage boys ages 14 and 15. They enjoy being involved in the community, school, sports, church and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
AMARILLO NATIONAL BANK
Asiria Torres was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Mexico. She came to the United States at 17 and faced many struggles. While working and paying her own way through school she was able to graduate from Palo Duro High School. She continued to work while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Texas A&M University. During that time, she met her husband and had her first child all while trying to finish her education. During her time at West Texas A&M University, she started working at Amarillo National Bank as an Internal Auditor and had her second child. Asiria is now the Mortgage Loans Servicing Collections Manager at Amarillo National Bank.
Jeremy Herrera is a Native from Eunice, NM. He moved to Canyon Texas in the Spring of 2003. He is a graduate of West Texas University as he earned his Bachelors in 2005 and MBA in 2008. He then moved to Amarillo TX, in 2008 and took on the GM-Bar Manager job at Buffalo Wild Wings as it was the #1 franchise location from 2006-2009. In 2011 he joined Great Western Distributing “Reed Beverage” as their Chain Account Manager. He graduated from MillerCoors Learning Solutions for Introduction to Space Planning and Advanced Space Planning. Has major clients/buyers such as United Supermarkets, Wal-Mart, Allsups, Toot n Totum, Pak A Sak, Lowes, Stripes and many others. Jeremy serves on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, United Way of Amarillo & Canyon as a team Leader, Coors Cowboy Club, MGA at Tascosa/La Paloma and is a member of St. Mary’s church.
Helen Burton has been an Entrepreneur in the Insurance Industry for almost 20 years. Helen
started Burton Insurance Agency in 2012 and expanded her portfolio of services. She currently
serves on the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Board, Amarillo Area Foundation
Board, Treasurer for Andrea’s Project, TIRZ II East Gateway Board, Advisory Board for the
Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Helen also serves on the Task Force For Greatness
Committee and the Neighborhood Barrio Planning Committee Member. Helen is the founder of
Women Empowering Women with over 3500+ subscribers. Helen was voted Hispanic Woman
of the Year in 2019.
Annette Asencio is a native of Hereford, TX. Annette is an SVP, Bank Operations Manager and
BSA Officer for FirstBank Southwest. She has over 38 years of banking experience. She is
certified by and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
She currently oversees back-office deposit processing, electronic banking, identity theft
prevention, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, vendor management and risk management. She
served as a representative for FirstBank Southwest on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015. She also served as Chairman of the AHCC
Board in 2011 and 2012. She currently serves on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Raymond Gaitan is a native of Hereford, TX. Raymond is the Store Director at Amigos.
Raymond serves on the Advisory Council for the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He
is on the Board of Directors with The Wesley Community Center and serves on the Parent
Advisory Council (PAC) committee for Caprock High School. Raymond is the father of four sons
and has seven Grandchildren.
Charlie Sanchez is a lifelong resident of Amarillo, TX. He obtained his Safety Certification in
CHST-Construction Safety Health. He is an instructor at UT Arlington teaching safety courses.
He is a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral where he is a lecturer and an
audio/visual technician. He is actively involved in the Amarillo community through the United
Way Campaign and Los Barrios de Amarillo. He is the past president of Amarillo Center City
and past chairman of Center City Block Party. His hobbies include playing golf, watching Turner
Classic Movies and gourmet cooking.
Darlene Saldivar is a lifelong resident of Amarillo, Texas. In 1988, she was one of two
individuals nominated from all Amarillo high schools to work for the Department of Energy and
has been employed at the Pantex Plant ever since in various capacities. She has since been a
Senior Manager in the Supply Chain Management organization since 2005 in various
capacities. She currently manages shipping, receiving, and warehousing operations. She
served as a representative for the Pantex Plant on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors from 2010 to 2021. She now serves on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce Advisory Council. Darlene is married to Ernesto and they have three sons, Alex,
Fabian, and Gabriel.
LA FIESTA GRANDE
Betty and her husband, Roy, have owned and operated La Fiesta for 32 years and they have 3 wonderful children and 4 amazing grandchildren. They have lived in Amarillo since 1983. Betty has served on many boards in the Amarillo area. She has served on the Amarillo Area Foundation Internal Relationship Committee, Wesley Community Center Board, Amarillo Opera Board, Amarillo Independent School District’s Citizens Facilities Committee, Girl Scouts Five Star Council, and she is involved with many more community organizations. Education and Community are important to Betty.
Chris Villegas is a native of Amarillo, TX. Chris is the Digital Marketing/Grill Division Mgr at Boyd’s Equipment. He has been heavily involved with the community for the past 4 years working for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon. He sits on the board of directors for the Amarillo Wesley Community Center and has also sat on the boards of Los Barrios de Amarillo, American Advertising Federation, Young Professionals United. Chris is a graduate of Caprock HS where he met his wife Tosha. They have 2 boys Maddox 13 and Nolan 7.
Arturo “Art” Perez is the owner of Scottie’s Transmission in Amarillo, Tx. He was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He graduated from Hereford High School, then attended TSTI in Amarillo for Automotive. His experience with the automotive field is significantly higher, with ATRA, ASE certifications and awards to his name. Art has been married to Brenda Perez for 22 years. They have three children, Brandon, Ashlin and Ashtin. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus #4621 and the Downtown Amarillo Kiwanis Club.
CITY OF AMARILLO
Michael is a lifelong resident of Amarillo; he is married and has three children. He has attended Amarillo College, West Texas State University and is a recent Graduate as a Certified Public Manager from Texas Tech University. He is employed with the City of Amarillo (26 years) and currently holds the position of Transportation Superintendent. He is also a board member of Southwest AMBUCS and has participated in America’s Promise with AISD since 2000 and is currently an advisor to Amarillo College Industrial Technology Program.
Manuel Tovar is the Director of Ethnic Marketing at Affiliated Foods Inc., with responsibilities for marketing programs, brand management and corporate sponsorships. Prior to Joining Affiliated Foods, he worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies and served in different staff positions. Notable is his 11 years with HEB Supermarkets and his 5 years as Localized Manager. Manuel’s greatest strength is his creativity, drive and leadership. His most recent project involved a strategic program to increase the international product lines offered at Affiliated Foods. Manuel is a past Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters in San Antonio and currently involved in Amarillo’s program. He has also been involved with United Way, YMCA, Church Organizations and many volunteer programs.
Lisa Harris is a senior HR professional with over 25 years’ experience assisting small to medium size manufacturing companies. Currently, Lisa is Director of Human Resources at Cacique Foods, LLC facilitating all business-related activities of a greenfield, state of the art facility. She is responsible for acquiring and developing the right talent for the new facility in Amarillo, Texas. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Organizational Communications and her PHR. She Is a Certified Coach and regularly speaks on HR, training, and organizational development topics.
NEWSCHANNEL 10/ TELEMUNDO AMARILLO
Dirk W. Johnston, a Texas resident and graduate of Southern Methodist University. Dirk has successfully provided leadership for many businesses serving as Senior Vice President of the National Cheerleaders Association and Cheerleader Supply Company, as Senior Vice President of the Hilliard Group, served as Vice President & General Manager of KTEN Television, Sherman-Ada, Vice President of Columbia Tri-Star Television, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures Television, Vice President of NBCUniversal Television Distribution and currently serves as Director of Sales for NewsChannel 10 Media in Amarillo, Texas. Dirk is active in many industry organizations including the Texas Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Broadcasters, NATPE, Television Academy and Dallas Press Club, March of Dimes and American Red Cross to name a few.
Paul is a Sales Manager for Budweiser Distributing Company and has worked with the company for 14 years. Paul is married to his wife; Melissa Warner Rodriguez and they have four children. In his free time, he enjoys umpiring baseball on the weekends and enjoys playing golf and poker.
Jaime Alvarez is a Branch Manager at FirstBank Southwest and has over 10 years of banking experience. He is a native of Chicago but has lived in Amarillo for most of his life, he is married to his best friend and high school sweetheart Reyna Alvarez. He is passionate about helping others succeed financially, Jaime says that everyone can go through financial hardships from time to time and it’s always good to have a friend who can help. He is also a volunteer with the Junior Achievement organization that helps younger generations become financially responsible. Jaime loves to help out in the community in any chance he gets and is always looking for volunteer opportunities.
Gilberto was born in Amarillo but was not raised here. He grew up in a small town about an hour south of here named Friona. Once he graduated High School he moved to Amarillo and attended Amarillo College and WT. In 2019, Gilberto Elite Fight Promotions alongside his twin brother Gerardo and his business partner Jose Montanez. They started locally but due to the tremendous support received from the community of Amarillo, they have been fortunate enough to expand to other cities in the state. With the success of the company, he began to make investments in real estate and that is how his passion for Mortgage derived. Buying a home is one of if not the most important purchases one can make in their lifetime and it is an honor for Gilberto to be able to help in the process, especially helping our Hispanic community. “The community of Amarillo has done so much for me and I want nothing more than to give back.”
Annalisa Bailey is currently the Amarillo EDC’s Research Assistant & Personal Assistant to Kevin Carter, CEO. She has obtained an associate degree in business technology from Amarillo College as well as three additional certifications. Continuing to invest in her education she will return to school for her bachelor’s degree to major in Public Relations. Annalisa enjoys donating some of her time to High Plains Food Bank and is a new member of the Amarillo Women’s Network. She is married to her husband Christopher and has a beautiful, blended family of three children.
First United Bank / Plains Bancorp, Inc.
Sangie Gonzalez is a Mortgage Loan officer at First United Bank. Originally from Fontana, California, Sangie has been living in Amarillo since the age of 13. With nine years of experience in the mortgage industry, she is knowledgeable in her field. Sangie is an active member of her community and serves on the board of directors for Camp Alphie. She also volunteers at United Way, Snack 4 Kids, and High Plains Food Bank. In her free time, Sangie enjoys attending sporting events and concerts, as well as spending quality time with her nieces and nephews. She is also a proud owner of two rescue dogs who keep her busy.
EDUCATION CREDIT UNION
With over 13 years of experience in the banking and technology industries and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from WT, I am dedicated to providing leadership and guidance to help others succeed. As a true believer in the concept of servant leadership, I am passionate about giving back to my community. Currently serving as the Manager of Business Intelligence & Development at Education Credit Union, I am committed to leveraging my skills and expertise to drive growth and success. In my personal life, I am happily married with a young daughter and enjoy staying physically active through activities such as going to the gym, mountain biking, running, and playing sports.
CITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Quintin Marquez is a native of Amarillo, Texas. He is currently the Community Development Manager at City Federal Credit Union. Quintin graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Mr. Marquez enjoys lifting weights, basketball and traveling in his spare time. Quintin is also on the board of the Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee and the Amarillo Area Chapter of Credit Unions.
UNITED WAY OF AMARILLO & CANYON
Raul Rodarte-Suto is the Community Initiatives Manager at United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, the Amarillo Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition president, and a certified poverty educator/speaker under Communication Across Barriers. Raul is a first-generation graduate of West Texas A&M University. He was a program director for various after-school programs for at-risk youth and their families for twelve years, is an active volunteer on advisory boards and committees, and is an advocate for multicultural relationships and the arts. Raul is married to Stefanie and has a beautiful daughter, Kaleigh.