BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Dr. Hector F. 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.
Mrs. Mary Helen González
Ms. Ixchell González
Board of Directors, National Hispanic Institute at San Antonio. Born and raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México and San Antonio, Texas. Founding member of the Hispanic Youth Leaders Organization. Founding member of the San Antonio Community Leadership Council. She attended schools in México and Texas graduating from Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. Receiving a Bachelor in Education with a Minor in Reading from St. Mary’s University and a Master in Educational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. Ixchell is a graduate of numerous top-ranked leadership programs including the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “Executive Leadership Program”, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University “Effective Change through Public Policy Management” Certificate Program, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s “Leadership Development” Program. She has been a professional dancer/instructor throughout the U.S. and México. She continues to be a life long educator serving as a volunteer, teacher, curriculum coordinator, Head of School and Superintendent. She is the chief architect behind the contemporary Project Administrator position of the National Hispanic Institute at San Antonio’s Great Debate Team, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hispanic Institute at San Antonio and the Borrussia Dortmund Soccer League. She is also a volunteer and fundraiser for TMI Episcopal and is on the Advisory Board for Relay Graduate School of Education. Ixchell has lived and studied throughout various parts of México.