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Dr. Hector F. González

President and Co-Founder, National Hispanic Institute at San Antonio

Dr. Héctor F. González is the Director of Health for the City of Laredo, Texas. In his 30 years of public health service, he has been dedicated to improving the lives of South Texans through numerous scientific, professional, and medical initiatives as well as direct involvement in the Latino community. His Medical Doctor Degree is from La Universidad Autónoma De Guerrero and his Masters in Public Health is from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Public Health at San Antonio.


Dr. González has served as Director-Border Environmental and Consumer Health-Texas Department of Health; Interim Director Communicable Disease Control/Chief Epidemiologist-San Antonio Metropolitan Health District; Physicians Assistant for Vida Y Salud Health Systems in Crystal City; Director of health services, health professions development and the childrens health access services for the Center for Health Care Policy and AVANCE, Inc. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio School of Allied Health, Family and Community Medicine Department and the South Texas Environmental and Education Research Center, San Antonio, Texas and the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) for the Integrated Health Sciences Facility (IHSFC), School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University.

Mrs. Mary Helen González

Vice-President and Co-Founder, National Hispanic Institute at San Antonio

Mrs. González is a Health Administrator with the University Health System of San Antonio. She is a founding member of her company, which serves clients across Bexar County, and has over 20 years experience in the health policy and health insurance industry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and continued education at La Universidad Autónoma de Xochicalco en Cuernavaca, Morelos, México.


A long time community leader, Mrs. González served as the Women, Infant, and Children Tri-County Director at Vida y Salúd Health Systems, where she oversaw Zavala, Dimmitt and La Salle Counties. She developed a Teen Clinic and summer programs for high school students to gain experience in the health industry. Mrs. González also co-founded Teatro theater troupe, which used plays to educate, entertain and inspire members of our community around the US and México. She is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and sits on numerous boards; She has won several awards including La Prensas Health Award honoring Outstanding Women in Action. As the Vice President of the SACLC and volunteer for the National Hispanic Institute, she serves as a role model, mentor and trainer for countless youth across San Antonio and the U.S.

Mr. Jim Hernandez

Product Manager, Dahill

Mr. Hernandez is a native of San Antonio , TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He has been in the document imaging and management industry for over 10 years. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Hernandez has been a significant contributor to his community over the past decade, as a volunteer coach with CYO and A.I.A.L leagues., an active volunteer at Central Catholic High School and at Little Flower Church. He is also the proud parent of SAYLC high school trainer, Matthew Hernandez, YLC c/o 2010.

Mrs. Yvonne S. Hernandez

San Antonio Independent School District

Mrs. Hernandez is a native San Antonian. She is in her 11th year as a staff member with SAISD, working with Pre-K students. In addition, she has exhibited outstanding committment to the youth of our community for nearly twenty years as a parent volunteer/officer in the PTA/PTC, a Room Parent Coordinator, and Chairman of various school-related committees, athletic and band booster and the coach of a middle school softball team. She does not hestiate to take on leadership roles in the organizations/ activities she cares about and always goes above and beyond to ensure that they are successful in carrying out their goals. Mrs. Hernandez and her husband, Jim, have been huge assets to the SACLC family. She is also the proud mother of SAYLC High School Trainer, Matthew Hernandez, YLC c/o 2010.

Mr. Dominic Gonzáles


Mr. Gonzáles is originally from Lubbock, Texas and has been involved in the SACLC since 2002. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University in California, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hispanic Institute, and is on the City of Austin’s Citizen Review Panel for the Office of the Police Monitor. Dominic has worked for the Texas Judiciary since 2009 and also works as an independent filmmaker, focusing primarily on documenataries.

Mrs. Marilyn Ortiz deSimone

Event Coordinator, Downtown Aquarium, Houston, TX

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