Board of Directors

Mr. Rodrigo Garcia, M.B.A., Chairman

  • Agency Assistant Director, Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs
  • President, Goldleaf Partners & Company, LLC
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Student Veterans of America
  • Board Member, National Society of Hispanic MBAs – Chicago
  • Supervision & Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (former)
  • University of Illinois, MBA (Finance); Northeastern Illinois University, BA (Finance)
  • Honors include: President Obama’s Call to Service Award, the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Rising Star Award, and being recognized as one of Miller Coors & Partners Top 10 Hispanic Community Leaders.  Other recognition: the Adelante! Leadership Fund, Alpha Chi, Beta Gamma Sigma, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Northeastern Illinois University, the State of Illinois, the Student Veterans of America, the United States Marine Corps, and the University of Illinois.

Mr. Jose Fernando Gomez, M.B.A., Vice-Chair

  • Senior Director, Global Market Access, Shire HGT
  • Marketing Director, Global Market Access & Value Proposition Development, Abbott Laboratories (former)
  • Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, MBA; Universidad de Puerto Rico, BSBA (Business)

Dr. James Gillespie, , Ph.D., J.D., M.P.A., Member


Dr. Pedro Huertas, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., Member

  • Global Medical Lead, Shire HGT
  • Medical Director, BHI for Mind-Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital(former)
  • Chief Development Officer at Advanced Cell Therapy, Inc. (former)
  • Chief Development Officer at Amicus Therapeutics (former)
  • Harvard University, MD, PhD (Cell and Development Biology); Stanford University, MS (Biochemistry); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS (Management)

Dr. Omar Perez, Ph.D., Member

  • Senior Director Diagnostics Oncology, Worldwide R&D, Pfizer
  • Founder and (former) Senior Director Research and Technology, Nodality
  • Stanford University, PhD (Molecular Pharmacology); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Exec Ed (Management); University of California at Berkley, BA (Biochemistry), BA (Philosophy), BSC (Chemistry)

Mr. Gus Rodriguez, CPA, CFA, M.BA., Member

  • Branch Chief – Health Care, Biotechnology and Insurance Group – Division of Corporation Finance at U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Chief Financial Officer, Mason Vitamins (former)
  • Johns Hopkins University Master of International Public Policy, School of Advanced International Studies; University of Miami, MBA (Finance); University of Virginia, MS (Management of Information Technology)

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