Natalie Bouyett: President of the Board
Natalie graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Science and is currently studying for a Maters in Management in Non-Profit organizations at the University of Georgia. She has remained largely involved with Latino Initiatives in the Clarke County area for the past three years with a focus on economic development through entrepreneurship. She has used her skills in program development, grant writing, volunteer management, community collaborations and organizational management to lead several nonprofits, small businesses, and University departments to increase the resources available to Hispanic/Latinos. Her passions stems from her Latin roots in Puerto Rico where she lived and learned more about the warm, exuberant way of life, along with the challenges commonly faced by Hispanic/Latino communities. While she spends most of the day working to support individuals and organizations making a difference in the community, she spends her free time enjoying the Latin Dance community found in Athens and is involved with several Salsa groups.
Edward Delgado-Romero, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the College of Education of the University of Georgia. He is the Graduate Coordinator for the department and is a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia.
Dr. Delgado-Romero’s parents were both immigrants to the United States from Colombia. He attended Rhodes College for his undergraduate degree in psychology and received his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame after completing his pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University.Dr. Delgado-Romero is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45) and the Society of Counseling Psychology (17). He is a founder and past-president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association. In 2011 he was awarded the Early Career Award for Psychology in the Public Interest by APA and in 2013 he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research from Division 45.
Dr. Delgado-Romero has served on several national and international editorial boards and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology. He has written extensively in the field of counseling psychology and in multicultural psychology, specifically Latina/o Psychology. His most recent publication is a co-authored book with his mentor Dr. Patricia Arredondo, Culturally-Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os (Arredondo, Gallardo-Cooper, Delgado-Romero, & Zapata, 2014). Dr. Delgado-Romero enjoys mentoring graduate students and has actively presented and written with his advisees. His research team, BIEN! (bienresearch.coe.uga.edu) is a collaborative effort to fuse research and service. Dr. Delgado-Romero emphasizes the need for psychological research to “give back” to ethnic-minority and immigrant populations.
Dr. Delgado-Romero is a father of five. His household is a happily blended family consisting of Colombian/Greek/Irish/Dutch/Chinese heritage. Along with his wife Angie, life is never boring with the crew of Javier, Isabel, Nick, Emma and Gil.
Alejandra Calva was born in Mexico City, and raised between Cuernavaca, Mexico and the Philadelphia suburbs. She has years of experience as a public relations strategist, having developed and executed award-winning integrated programs for national consumer brands targeting U.S. Hispanics and general market audiences. She earned her B.A. in Communications and French and Francophone Studies from Villanova University in 2006.
Alejandra currently leads PORTAL, the Latino-focused initiative at UGA’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI). Under her charge, PORTAL is conducting the first-ever comprehensive needs assessment of the Athens-Clarke County Hispanic/Latino community, among other projects. She is also deeply involved in grassroots community groups that serve the local Hispanic/Latino community.
As an ALCES board member, Alejandra leverages her expertise to develop the organization’s marketing strategy and fundraising events.