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

Contact: frank@estiempo.com | Website: estiempo.com

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 sits on the Advocacy Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Josef Castañeda-Liles

Josef Castañeda-LilesJosef Castañeda-Liles is the Senior Associate Director of Prospect Management and Analytics at Santa Clara University.

He earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves on the board of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose. He earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves on the board of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose. 

Luis Loe

Luis LoeLuis Loe is currently the Personnel Officer for the Human Resource Division of the Nevada Department of  Transportation. Before NDOT, he worked two years as a Human Resource Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement where he served as HRM for various stores in Northern Nevada and Folsom California.

Luis Served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2015. His last six years in the Air Force he served as the Recruiting and Retention Superintendent (RRS) for the Nevada Air National Guard. Under his leadership as RRS he helped raise the overall manning level from a respectable 96% when he took over to a record high of 104% when he retired. Luis served as a Board Member of both the Joint Diversity Executive Council of the Nevada National Guard (Army & Air) and the Nevada Air National Guard Diversity Council. Luis also served on the National Executive Council for the Air National Guard Recruiting & Retention Superintendents. He has also served as the President of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Boxing League, Inc. with 18 Boxing Clubs serving about 400 youth from diverse communities in Northern Nevada.

Luis holds a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and is working on his Doctorate of Management in Executive Leadership from Colorado Technical University.

He is married to Imelda and together have a total of six children and eight grandkids with two more grandkids on the way in early 2018!

Laura Méndez Barletta, PhD

Author, Educator, Photographer, Professor

Contact: lmbarletta@gmail.com

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

Contact: EMpresenta@gmail.com

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 SVLatino.com (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 updates the SVLLS website, provides videography support and photographed the 2012 Summit.