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New Board of Directors named at 2 local organizations

The Puerto Rico Community Foundation and Association of Insurance Companies of Puerto Rico recently appointed new directors for its respective boards of directors.

4 new members at PRCF
Puerto Rico Community Foundation Chairman Manuel “Coco” Morales and Nelson Colón, CEO of the nonprofit, announced the integration of four new board members, who will volunteer their services in favor of the organization.

The four new directors are:

  • Alana Feldman, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Latin American Studies at Carleton College in Minnesota and a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Human Services at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has been a member of the Peace Corps and volunteer at the Multisectoral Muse of the Puerto Rico National Forest.
  • Miguel Vargas, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He was vice president in charge of business credit cards for Citibank/Citicorp in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, and established Visa International’s Caribbean Regional Office of Visa International in San Juan. He has served on the boards of trustees and has been a volunteer at the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico, SER de Puerto Rico, Boy Scouts of America – Council of Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, among others.
  • Juan González, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the UPR. Since 1975, he has been linked to the cooperative movement and to housing projects. He began his career as administrator of the Housing Cooperative Ciudad Universitaria in Trujillo Alto. He has been chairman of the League of Cooperatives and Seguros Múltiples. He studied in the field of housing with the National Center for Housing Management.
  • Justo Méndez, founder and past president of “Nuestra Escuela,” an educational project based on liberating education aimed at young people marginalized by the education system, who have not completed high school. He is the founder of the Alliance for Alternative Education.

ACODESE presents new Board
The Executive Director of the Association of Insurance Companies of Puerto Rico (ACODESE, by its acronym in Spanish), Iraelia Pernas-Meana, announced that the organization chose its new Board of Directors for the period 2016-2017, during the celebration of its 40th general assembly.

Carlos Rodríguez, of Triple-S Management, was elected president of ACODESE. Jaime González of Antilles Insurance Company serves as the new vice president, Federico Gordo of Molina Healthcare of Puerto Rico is the secretary, and Roberto Pando of MCS Life Insurance Company is the treasurer.

The new directors on the Board are: Roberto Castro of Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico; Joaquín Castrillo of MAPFRE Puerto Rico; Frederick Millán of United Surety and Indemnity Company; and José Benítez of Universal Life Insurance Company.

“In a time of great challenges in all areas, it is a great responsibility to uphold the credibility and respect for an industry like ours. Today, we thank the outgoing Board of Directors, led by Arturo Carrion of Triple- S Vida, for executing that task in an exemplary manner. We’re confident that our new Board of Directors will continue to work to keep ACODESE as an agent of progress in the Puerto Rico insurance industry, securing the future of our island,” said Pernas.

ACODESE, an organization that has been in business for more than 40 years representing the local insurance industry through its 21 associated companies

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Business reporter with 27 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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