A Heartfelt 'Thank You'


The Hispanic Services Council would like to thank everyone that helped make our annual networking breakfast a resounding success. Jeff Eakins, the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools, served as our keynote speaker and addressed the importance of working together to improve the academic success of our Latino students.


We’d also like to thank the five community leaders who were selected by our Board of Directors to share their personal stories of success. The individuals highlighted below took time from their busy schedules to share their journeys and inspire others to reach higher, achieve more, and to always dream:

Yvette Segura


Vice President and General Manager
USAA's Southeast Regional Office


Yvette has worked in the insurance industry since 1984 and has been with USAA since 1989.  During her tenure at USAA, she has held a variety of leadership positions in the Property and Casualty Company and has lived across the USA in San Antonio, TX, Atlanta, GA, Colorado Springs, CO and Tampa, FL. 


In 2007, she was named Vice President of Claims Service Operations in USAA’s home office in San Antonio, TX. In March of 2015, Yvette returned to Tampa in her current position of Vice President and General Manager of the South Regional Office where she serves as the on-site Senior Officer responsible for shaping workplace culture, and provides leadership to the 2,600 USAA employees in Tampa. 


Yvette holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration.  In addition, she attained the CPCU and CCLA designations.  She has held board of director positions with various non-profit organizations in every city she has lived. 


Dr. Alberto Vázquez Matos


Chief of Staff
Hillsborough County Public Schools


Originally from Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Dr. Vázquez began his career in education as a teacher, academic dean, assistant principal, and principal.  He has served as adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, the Ministry of Education of Lithuania, Fordham University, University of Notre Dame, Saint Leo University, and the Ana G. Méndez University System, where he received the Presidential Medal for his dedication to education.


Dr. Vázquez has also served as the Associate Superintendent of Schools for Strategic Planning and Governance in the Diocese of Brooklyn and as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  He was appointed Chief of Staff for Hillsborough County Public Schools in July 2015.


Dr. Alberto Vázquez has a Doctoral Degree in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning; a Professional Diploma in Advanced Leadership Studies and a Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College; and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College.


Braulio Colón


Vice President and Program Director of Postsecondary Education Initiatives
Helios Education Foundation


In his current position, Braulio works along the community investment team to identify partnership opportunities and implement the Helios Foundation’s strategic postsecondary initiative goals in Arizona and Florida.


Prior to Helios, Braulio was Executive Director for ENLACE Florida an organization based at the University of South Florida (USF) that promotes program and policy development designed to influence systemic change and improve college-preparation, access, and completion rates for limited-income, first generation, and underrepresented students.  Under Colon’s leadership, ENLACE evolved into the Florida College Access Network (Florida C.A.N.!), a statewide network.


Braulio has also served as the Southwest Regional Director for the Florida Department of Education Office of External Affairs and Communications and as General Manager for Public Relations and Partnerships for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. 


Braulio earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Africana Studies and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

John B. Ramil


President and Chief Executive Officer
TECO Energy


Since 2010 John Ramil has served as President and CEO and has been intimately involved in overseeing TECO Energy's operations and the implementation of corporate strategies. Before his current role, John served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2004 and was named to the company's Board of Directors in 2008.


John was formerly President of Tampa Electric Company, and Executive Vice President of its holding company, TECO Energy. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for TECO Energy. John has held a variety of engineering, operations, marketing, customer service and environmental positions since he joined Tampa Electric in 1976 as a cooperative education student.


John received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of South Florida.


In 2001, he was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the charter Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida, where he was elected chair of the board in 2010. He also serves on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and he sits on the corporate board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc.


Rosa Cozad


President and CEO
Amerigroup Florida


As president and CEO, Rosa is responsible for all aspects of the company’s health plan operations in the state of Florida, including service to more than 290,000 Medicaid, Medicare, Long Term Care and Healthy Kids members.


With more than 30 years of experience in the managed care and insurance industry, Rosa has extensive experience in regulatory and legislative affairs, health plan operations and business development, including managing start-ups.


Before assuming leadership of Amerigroup Florida in 2013, Rosa was CEO of Amerigroup Washington. Prior to this, she served as CEO of UnitedHealthcare overseeing community and state programs; she was the senior vice president of VISTA Health Plan, the president of commercial and government programs at Beacon Health Plans, and director of Florida accounts for Physician Corp. of America.


Rosa, a licensed life and health insurance professional, graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and in Psychology, and received her Masters abroad at the Institut Culturel International, Vichy- Cusset, France.


Her board service includes Board Chair of the Alliance for Aging (2005-2010), Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, Florida Coalition on Hispanic Aging, Association of Retired Cubans-United Seniors, and Director of the South Florida Chapter of the InterAmerican Businessman Association.


And Last but Certainly not Least...


...we honored two Hispanic Service Council ‘Heroes’ who’ve partnered with us, going the extra mile in their commitment to Hillsborough County’s Latino community:

Ida Booth


Education, Recruitment and Training Specialist
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections


The first recipient of the HSC Hero Award was Ida Booth who has been a dedicated and enthusiastic speaker at HSC’s U.S. Citizenship classes. Ida Booth is the Education, Recruitment and Training Specialist for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections where she has worked for more than six years. She is a Tampa native and the product of the public schools of Hillsborough County, having graduated from Hillsborough High School and later matriculating and graduating from the University of South Florida. Ida has had the supreme pleasure of traveling to many foreign destinations and recognizes the oneness of all humanity and believes as did Socrates - she is a citizen of the world. She is honored by the award and has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Hispanic Services Council over the years in their efforts to give Spanish speaking peoples from all over the world an opportunity to realize their dreams and make real the ideals we all hold so dear, primarily a better way of life for our families.


Ford Hispanic Network Group
Ford Motor Credit Company


The second recipient was not an individual, but a group of individuals, who for the last 6 years have come together to contribute to the academic success of many of our children through Operation Good Start. HSC's Hero is the Ford Hispanic Network Group, of Ford Motor Credit Company’s Tampa Business center. The Hispanic Network Group was established in 1992 by Leo Padilla, former manager of Hispanic Programs within Ford. The Network Group's mission is to represent Hispanic issues while promoting and achieving industry leadership for diversity at Ford Motor Company. In the last 5 years, its 44 members in Tampa have achieved their goal of ensuring that our children have a good start by collecting over 600 backpacks fully equipped with much needed school supplies.