Team Members

Frank Carbajal

Author, Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation, Founder and President of EsTiempo LLC, and Founder of the Silicon Valley Leadership Summit

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FrankFrank Carbajal is Founder and President of EsTiempo and coauthor of Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation. An inspiring collection of success stories from the country’s most prominent Latinos, Building the Latino Future offers insight and advice for Latinos in any industry who want to succeed spectacularly.

As a part of the Ken Blanchard network of keynote speakers and a member of the Silicon Valley Coaching Federation, Frank Carbajal provides small business owners, CEOs, executives, managers and directors, with the framework and tools necessary to achieve their personal best.

Frank holds an MA, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. Currently, Frank is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), and sits on the Advocacy Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Luis Lecanda

Entrepreneur, Business Intelligence Specialist

Luis LecandaLuis Lecanda is the Business Analyst at Santa Clara University, which has been recognized by U.S News & World Report and Forbes as one of “America’s Best Colleges” at the national and regional levels. Luis focuses on capturing business intelligence and analytics that drives business decisions. He is passionate about assisting students to achieve their higher education objectives at any level because it empowers individuals and strengthens the community with new ideas, sustainable progress, and collaboration.

Lecanda is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where he received a Bachelors of Science in Commerce with a focus in management and a Masters in Information Systems. He continues his personal education as a graduate student at the Leavey School of Business where he will complete the MBA program. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling to different international destinations, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. He is currently training to compete regionally in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

Laura Méndez Barletta, PhD

Author, Educator, Photographer, Professor


Laura Méndez Barletta, PhDOriginally from Fresno County, California, Laura Méndez Barletta received her PhD in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008. Her doctoral research, which received an award from the American Educational Research Association, made extensive use of video and photographic data to analyze the relations between language, culture, and verbal interaction in the learning process of Mexican-American primary school students.

Laura has nearly 15 years of experience working on issues affecting underserved and underrepresented communities and has published research in refereed journals and other professional publications on minority education, the needs of English language learners, literacy development, and learning disabilities. She has taught at both the University of Colorado at Boulder and Stanford University. Beyond her teaching and research experience, Laura has also worked in the field of Public Health (having developed and/or directed large adolescent health education programs in Southern California and Colorado) and in the K-12 public school setting. Laura’s work is primarily concerned with the relationship between language, culture, and collaboration in the learning process. Her research interests include higher education, bilingualism, language and literacy acquisition, and the teaching and learning of children from non-dominant groups.

Eydie Mendoza

Writer, Multimedia Producer, Educator, Web Producer


Eydie MendozaRaised in San Jose, Calif., she first attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco after graduating from Yerba Buena High School. She relocated to Los Angeles to work in the fashion district and while she was there she changed her major to English at Pasadena City College, transferred to Mount St. Mary’s College, and received her Bachelor’s in English and Spanish.

Mendoza worked over eight years as a college international and domestic student advisor, including children of migrant workers at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and College of the Redwoods in Eureka. She enjoyed working for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) office in Sacramento with early childhood dual language programs on a national level.  She too has worked with underserved and underrepresented communities as a bilingual educator assisting families, care providers, teachers, youth and adults in pursuing their dreams for a better education and life. After the NCLR office closed in northern Calif., Mendoza moved back to her hometown of San Jose, where she has reconnected with family, friends, and the community. She is a former SVL Editor-in-Chief (2011-2012) and a former San Jose Pride Board Member where she served as a Publicist (2012-2014) and CFO (2013). She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.

Mendoza updated the SVLLS website for 2013 & 2014, photographed the 2012 Summit, and will video record the 2014 Summit.

Rosalia Zarate, Doctoral Student | IES Predoctoral Fellow

Developmental and Psychological Sciences, Stanford Graduate School of Education


Rosalia Zarate smRosalia Zarateis a PhD Candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences Program. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interests include: resilience, recruitment and retention of Latino/as in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), STEM transition to higher education, the mathematics achievement gap, STEM education and program evaluation. One of her current study’s focuses on the trajectories of Latina’s into STEM fields showing the need for STEM academic programs particularly in high school and in transition to college. She aspires to provide effective qualitative and quantitative research that provides better understanding of new approaches in assisting marginalized students in STEM.