Valerie Belen Dionne

National Chair

Valerie is a 3L at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawaii, and President of La Alianza Hawaii. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Valerie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Hilo receiving her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Administration of Justice.  In the summer of 2012, Valerie served as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Sabrina McKenna at the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Talia Rodriguez

National Vice Chair

Talia Rodriguez is a 2L at SUNY Buffalo Law School. She is a 2013 recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship and is a law clerk in NYS Senator Mark Grisanti’s office . She is an executive board member of the AFL-CIO, Pride at Work Buffalo Chapter and the N.A.A.C.P Buffalo.

Gerald Polanco
Gerald Polanco

Central Regional Director

Gerald Polanco is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He graduated from the University of New Mexico Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Languages: Spanish & French. He is currently a volunteer for the Cabrini-Green Criminal Record Corps and was an AmeriCorps volunteer in college.

Maritza Y. Sanchez

Director of Policy Initiatives

Born in Mexico and raised in Dallas, Texas, Maritza Sanchez now resides in Austin, Texas and is a 2L at The University of Texas School of Law. In the summer of 2013, Maritza was a judicial intern for a federal judge in Laredo, Texas. In 2009 she obtained her B.A. from Duke University where she majored in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. 

Josh Hodges

Mid-Atlantic Regionial Director

Mr. Hodges is a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ohio.  He is currently a second year law student at The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  Prior to attending law school, he worked six years for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and graduated from Miami University, cum laude, with a degree in Integrative Studies.

Rebecca Ojeda

Mountain Regional Co-Director

Rebeca Ojeda is a 3L at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. A Tennessee native, she has a B.A. in Economics & English from Vanderbilt University. She serves on the executive board of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association and upon graduation will be practicing litigation in her beloved South.

George M. Gomez

Attorney General

George is a current 3L at Northern Illinois University College of Law. He received his B.A in 2011 at NIU with a triple emphasis in Public Law, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Recognized as a Political Scholar by the Political Science Department for academic contribution to the studies of immigration and identity politics.  He currently clerks for the Hon. Judge Timothy McCann in Kendall County. 

Krysia Camino

South Atlantic Regional Director

Born in Peru and raised in Ocala, Florida, Krysia now resides in Tennessee and is a 1L at The University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and tripled majored in Medicine, Health & Society, Philosophy, and Spanish. Prior to beginning law school, Krysia interned with the Federal Public Defender’s Office of the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville.

Devan Orr
Devan Orr

Mountain Regional Co-Director

Devan is a 2L at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. In 2012, she received her B.A. in History, with a minor in English Literature, also from ASU. Growing up in Northern New Jersey, and then California, she found her way to Phoenix and is now a Sun Devil for life. Go Devils! 

Hector A. Maquieira

Chair Emeritus

This past June, Hector A. Maquieira received his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, where he was President of the school's Latin American Law Students Association.  Originally from Flushing, NY, Hector received his Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Michigan in May of 2009.

Dynette M. Cordova

Mountain Regional Co-Director

Dynette M. Cordova is a second-year law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Dynette received her B.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing and her M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the R.O. Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Dynette served as the 1L Representative of MALSA, and served on the hosting committee of the 2013 NLLSA Conference. Dynette is also involved in ALPFA, a national business organization committed to furthering Latino professionals. Prior to attending law school, Dynette worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Procurement Document Controller and Contracting Representative.

Amber Macias Mayo

National Treasurer

Amber is a second-year law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from University of New Mexico earning a degree in Sociology and Business Administration. Prior to law school, Amber was a family law paralegal for 15 years. During law school,she continues to work for New Mexico’s most highly esteemed family law firms. Amber is also the Treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta, McManus Chapter.