Board of Directors

Justin M. Alvarez, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA

Justin AlvarezMr. Alvarez is founder of The Alvarez Firm, a law corporation, where he focuses on business and real estate transactions, and estate planning. Mr. Alvarez founded his firm to serve a diverse client base with a common thread: clients either have problems that need to be solved or want to structure their businesses and life matters in a manner that will help avoid problems now and in the future. The firm’s mission is to provide the best possible outcome for each client and matter given all of the existing circumstances.


 

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap.

Philadelphia, PA

Charles J. ChaputA Kansas native, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and completed Studies in Psychology at Catholic University in Washington D.C. He earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington D.C., in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970. Archbishop Chaput also holds a Master of Arts in Theology. He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997. As member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop.


 

Alex Chaves, Sr.

Los Angeles, CA

Alex ChavesAlex Chaves has been a business leader in the parking industry for more than 50 years. He established Parking Company of America and he currently serves as their Chairman of the Board. Mr. Chaves generously serves on many boards of hospitals, schools, and other foundations. He was appointed by George Bush Sr. to a special task force for free trade with Mexico and was one of Governor Davis’ Goodwill delegates for improving Mexico-California relations. He was honored by the American Diabetes Association as the 2006 Father of the Year and in 2012 received one of the Cardinal’s Awards of the Los Angeles diocese. Alex and Nadine, his wife of 55 years, have eight grandchildren and reside in Los Angeles.


 

Dorene Dominguez

Los Angeles, CA

Dorene DominguezDorene Dominguez is the Chairwoman and CEO of Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Vanir Construction Management, Inc., and Vanir Development Company, Inc. which ranked #26 in revenue by Engineering News & Review. In addition to her leadership of the Vanir companies, Ms. Dominguez serves or has served on various corporate boards of publicly traded companies. Currently, she is a director on the CIT Group and CIT Bank NA boards (www.cit.com), the KB Home board (www.kbhome.com) and is a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee for each company. She is an active member of the Coca-Cola Hispanic Advisory Council, which advises Coca-Cola senior management on various issues related to its business operations as they impact the Hispanic community. An active community booster, Ms. Dominguez is a part of the ownership group that purchased the National Basketball Association “Sacramento Kings” in a successful effort to keep the team in California’s capital city. She thus became the first Latina to hold the distinction of NBA ownership status. Her philanthropic activities are many and varied, including working with and inspiring underserved elementary and high school students that aspire to attend Universities that may seem to be out their reach, and she is especially committed to her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, in developing access for these students. She founded The Dominguez Dream, a foundation in memory of her late father, which serves elementary schools in underserved communities by empowering children to achieve their full potential in Literacy and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). She has also partnered with the Nicholas Academic Centers, which seeks “to provide support to underserved high school students to improve their academic performance, achieve their full potential, promote their admission to colleges and universities, retention and graduation and to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to live successful and productive lives.” Ms. Dominguez is the former Chairwoman and a current member of the University of Notre Dame Latino Studies Advisory Board, which advises senior University leadership. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, and is active on the Chamber’s political action committee. In recognition of her national business, philanthropic, and community efforts, Ms. Dominguez has been recognized by “Fortune” magazine as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017”.

Ms. Dominguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance from Harvard University. Ms. Dominguez provides the Board with extensive experience in executive management, finance, asset management and corporate governance.


 

Tom Espinoza, Chairman Emeritus

Phoenix, AZ

tommy-espinozaTom Espinoza is the President and CEO of Raza Development Fund, Inc. (RDF), the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the U.S., with more than $350 million in total assets under management. In 1999, Mr. Espinoza pioneered a faith base approach to community development, establishing RDF’s Partnership of Hope (POH) and the Hope Fund. Under Mr. Espinoza’s leadership, RDF provides capital to low-income and Latino serving organizations nationwide. These organizations have received technical assistance and loans which have helped leverage nearly $3 billion in private capital for education, affordable housing and healthcare projects serving low-income families and individuals.

Mr. Espinoza is a prominent architect of Hispanic community and business development policy and programs, with over 45 years of experience that span the breadth of the public, private sector, and nonprofit spectrum. Due to his unwavering commitment to the community; both local and national, Tom was awarded the SRE Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (México), Reconocimiento-OHTLI Award, recognizing his distinguished work of serving the Mexican community, in the United States. He received the 2014 Valley Leadership Man of the Year and most recently inducted to the 2015 Valle del Sol Hall of Fame. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Tom has dedicated his career to helping Hispanic families and individuals live in peace and dignity through the combined empowerment forces of educational opportunity and community/business development.


 

The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D.

Los Angeles, CA, Episcopal Moderator

archbishop-gomezMost Reverend Jose H. Gomez, STD. is the Archbishop of Los Angeles and CALL's Episcopal Moderator. He served as the Archbishop of San Antonio from February 2005 until May of 2010 when he became the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Previous to his appointment in San Antonio, Archbishop Gomez served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver since March 200l. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and is the son of Dr. Jose H. Gomez and Esperanza Velasco, both deceased.


 

Dr. Arturo Ibarra, Chairman

Los Angeles, CA

Arturo IbarraDr. Ibarra has practiced general dentistry in two locations in the East Angeles area since 1977. Born In Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, he moved to East Los Angeles at the age of six. He attended Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, UCLA, and USC. He is the CALL Chapter leader in Los Angeles and a long time member of Legatus (including past president). He and his wife, Letty, have two grown daughters and a son. He resides in Pasadena.


 

Aner Iglesias

Los Angeles, CA

Aner IglesiasMr. Iglesias came to the United States from Cuba in order to join his family, who had previously left Cuba years before to escape political prosecution. After his arrival to the United States, Mr. Iglesias graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, where he earned a dual degree in electrical engineering and business administration in 1989. At age of 24, Mr. Iglesias established his first business. Today, Mr. Iglesias operates and owns a chain of supermarkets with yearly revenues exceeding $150 million. He is also a real estate investor with properties in Nevada, Florida, and California. Iglesias is an active member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, the United Grocers Committee, the Mexican-American Grocers Association and the American Grocers Association.


 

José de Jesús Legaspi

Los Angeles, CA

José de Jesús LegaspiJosé de Jesús Legaspi has been a leader in promoting, through his company of 40 years – The Legaspi Company, principally to business and also to civic and educational institutions the demographic trends and the cultural values of the Hispanic community throughout the US. Mr. Legaspi owns and operates shopping centers throughout the US providing the needed goods and services to the Latino population. He has been a commissioner of the LADWP and a director of the LAMTA as well as Regent of his alma mater Loyola Marymount University, member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital, board member and previously President of the Latin American alumni association of LMU, as well as vice president of the Los Angeles Chapter of CALL. He and his wife are quite active in their parish in Montebello including fundraising for revitalization of the plant and the school. A source of pride is the funding of a scholarship at LMU for those students interested in teaching in the inner cities. It has provided opportunities for approximately 35 students realize their dream of being one for others. Mr. Legaspi and wife are proud parents of three children and enjoy being grandparents to eight children.


 

Jorge I. Leiva

Houston, TX

Jorge I LeivaDr. Jorge I. Leiva is a native from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He attended college and Medical School in his hometown and continues to travel back to his hometown where his family resides. Having two cardiologists in his family, his father and his brother, he has always been in close contact with the medical field. In 1993, he decided to pursue a General Surgery training in the United States and successfully completed his residency in 1999 at St. Joseph Hospital. Dr. Leiva is fluent in Spanish and is always happy to care for patients who require a friendly person to take them through their illnesses with the comfort of communication in their native language. He is happily married and the father of four children with whom he spends all the free time that he gets. He enjoys traveling with his family bicycle riding, swimming and playing racquet sports.


 

Most Reverend Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Phoenix, AZ

Thomas J. OlmstedA native of Kansas, Bishop Thomas Olmsted was ordained in 1973 and served as a parish priest before beginning his doctoral studies in Rome. He earned a doctorate in canon law summa cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1981 and served in Vatican Sectretariat of State until 1988. He became bishop of Wichita in 2000, and the fourth Bishop of Phoenix in 2003. 


 

Mario J. Paredes

New York City, NY

Mario J. ParedesMario J. Paredes is with the New York City based American Bible Society and serves as the presidential liaison for the United Nations Initiative on Roman Catholic Ministry and Hispanic Projects. He previously served as Director of Community Business Development for Merrill Lynch & Co. and has wide experience in the Church including having directed the operations of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the USA in the Northeast and having served as Founder and Director of the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center. He is a former White House appointee for Latin America under President Ronald Reagan. Currently, he serves as trustee for the Cathedral College, the Salvation Army, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, and the Musica de Cámara Board.


Nora Urrea

Los Angeles, CA

Nora UrreaNora Urrea has served as Administrator of Soledad Eye Surgeons Medical Group for the past 29 years. This ophthalmology group operates offices in Los Angeles and Monterey Park, California. Prior to her current position, she worked as a research consultant at Economics Research Associates in Westwood, California, where she performed economic impact and feasibility studies for large companies and governmental entities. She currently serves as the Finance Chair of CALL National and presides over the Family Enrichment Los Angeles program as its Executive Director. Nora earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles. Nora lives in Arcadia, California with her husband of 37 years, Paul, and are the proud parents of five children.


 

Rodrigo Vela

Phoenix, AZ

Rodrigo VelaMr. Vela is the Chief Financial Officer for Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution in the country with over $250 million of assets under management. He is responsible for directing all financial, accounting, and treasury activities of the organization, participating with the executive team in the development of the organization’s strategic plan. In his capacity as CFO, he facilitated the negotiation andexecution of nearly $200 million in new credit facilities. Prior to becoming CFO in October 2012, Mr. Vela served as Director of Finance and underwriter for the Educationand Childcare Finance practice at RDF, where he advised both private and public schools on their facilities financing needs and overall performance. He is the President of the Phoenix chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, and served in the Board of Directors of the Right to Life League of Southern California. Mr. Vela holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Monterrey Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.