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Armando Chavez, PharmD
Overcoming significant challenges to become a trailblazer in the field of pharmacy, Armando Chavez is an exceptional healthcare professional who has . His journey, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso High School, and finally UT College of Pharmacy, reflects his relentless pursuit of excellence. Armando's expertise spans critical areas like oncology, HIV, medication therapy management, and clinical research, and his dedication to clear communication in healthcare, especially for Spanish-speaking patients, has made a lasting impact. Despite personal tragedy during the COVID pandemic, Armando worked tirelessly to ensure vaccine access for vulnerable communities. His contributions have been recognized with the 2020 Volunteer of the Year award from the Capital Area Pharmacy Association (CAPA).
Emmy Alcocer-Hill is a proud graduate of Eastwood High School and NMSU, with a remarkable career trajectory. She currently serves as the Senior Manager-Sales Enablement at UFCU and has held significant roles in various chambers of commerce. Emmy is the past chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Young Chamber. In 2018, she was honored with the Latina Achievement Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Beyond her professional achievements, Emmy is deeply committed to leadership and community involvement. Her journey includes participation in all three core programs at Leadership Austin, where she gained valuable insights that has enabled her to continue giving back to the community and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
A proud graduate of Bowie High School and UTEP, Endi Silva has made significant contributions in government and law. She currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer, coordinating and promoting customer experience activities and establishing brand and outreach strategies at DIR. Endi's career journey includes roles as a research specialist with the Texas Senate Research Center and as a policy analyst with the DIR. Her educational background, graduating Summa Cum Laude from UTEP with degrees in Theater Arts and History, has shaped her commitment to excellence. In 2021, she was honored with the Governor's Commission Rising Star Award, and she continues to make valuable contributions in her field.
As a Coronado High School graduate and UNM alumna, Missy Strittmitter has made a lasting impact in the education and non-profit sectors. Currently serving as the Chief Development Officer at Leadership Austin, she has played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of professionals in Central Texas, helping them develop into influential leaders. Her leadership led to the creation of Leadership Austin's first Community Engagement Conference. With previous experience at the Ronald McDonald House, Missy has consistently demonstrated her commitment to community development and leadership. Her dedication and contributions have been recognized through her involvement as a Leadership Austin 2015 graduate and a 2021 AARO Fellow.
Morris (Mo) Pittle
Morris Pittle, affectionately known as Mo, is the creative force behind Jewboy Burgers, a beloved Austin eatery. Raised in El Paso, Mo transitioned from a successful advertising career to the culinary world in 2016, combining Jewish and Border cultures in his restaurant. As he once aptly put it, "I grew up in a Jewish household, and that household happened to be in El Paso, where Mexican food is everything. It's the best food in the world." His flavorful creations have earned him numerous awards, including Austin Monthly's best burger, and a spot-on Yelp's top 100 places to eat in Texas. Mo's storytelling and marketing background have made his burgers not just a meal but a cultural experience, uniting El Pasoans in Austin through the taste of home.
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