Vice President, Hispanic Strategies (ret.)
The Coca-Cola Company
Frank P. Ros serves as Vice President, Hispanic Strategies for The Coca-Cola Company where he is responsible for managing the Latin Affairs Department. This includes developing and implementing the strategy for having the Company become a leading corporate citizen within the Latino community. He transformed a one-market urban community relations program, Coca-Cola Presents Art of Harmony, into an eleven-market, nationally recognized and award-winning property. He received The Coca-Cola Company’s Chairman’s “Exemplary Award” and is one of fifteen associates selected by the Chairman and CEO to serve on The Coca-Cola Company Multicultural Leadership Council.
Selected as one of “100 Influentials” in the U.S. for 2011 by Hispanic Business magazine, Mr. Ros has also participated in a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening Georgia’s economy. Governor Roy Barnes appointed him Chairman of the first Georgia Commission on Hispanic Affairs, an advisory body on matters relating to Georgia’s Hispanic population. He has served on the Hispanic Task Force charged with identifying and assessing the impact of the State’s growing Hispanic population on the University System and was appointed to serve on the State’s Governor’s Education Reform Study Commission.
Mr. Ros has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and serves on the boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, WellStar Health System, Pinnacle Orthopedic Research Institute, and the Lott Trophy Committee. He also serves on a number of advisory boards of prominent national Latino-focused organizations, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, League of United Latin American Citizens, Cuban National Council, Florida State University Center for Hispanics, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. He has also been a past board member with leadership roles in numerous other community-based organizations, foundations, and educational institutions.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and in 1984 received his Master’s degree with honors. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Ros was selected Academic All-SEC and was Team Captain of the University of Georgia’s 1980 National Football Champions. He is a past recipient of the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Award.
Dean of the College of Education
University of South Florida - Tampa
Vasti Torres is Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Prior to taking this position she was Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) in the School of Education at Indiana University. Before becoming a faculty member, she had 15 years of experience in administrative positions, most recently serving as Associate Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at Portland State University.
Dean Torres has been the Principle Investigator for several grants, including a multi-year grant investigating the choice for Latino students to stay in college, as well as a multi-year grant looking at the experiences of working college students. She has worked on several community college initiatives, including Achieving the Dream, Rural Community College Initiative, and Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students project.
Dr. Torres has authored or co-authored over 50 articles, chapters, and books, directed 11 dissertations, and given over 35 keynote addresses at professional conferences. Currently she is the Associate Editor of the Journal of College Student Development. She is active in several higher education and student affairs associations and in 2007–2008 she became the first Latina president of American College Personnel Association, a national student services organization.
She has been honored as a Diamond Honoree, Senior Scholar, Wise Woman, and is a recipient of the Latino Network John Hernandez Leadership Award of the American College Personnel Association. Other honors include the Contribution to Literature and Knowledge Award from NASPA, Professional Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Georgia, and Program Associate for the National Center for Policy in Higher Education. In 2008 she received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. In 2011-2012 she served as a Fulbright Specialist in South Africa. Dr. Torres is a graduate of Stetson University and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia.
Senior Vice President, Station Services
As PBS’ Senior Vice President, Station Services, Juan Sepúlveda represents the perspective of PBS’s independent member stations in the ongoing management and strategic direction of PBS to ensure that PBS programs, products, and services support each station’s connection to its community and audience. He also works closely with stations, the PBS Board of Directors, station affinity groups, and other national public media organizations to focus on issues of sustainability.
Mr. Sepúlveda came to PBS in January 2014 from the Democratic National Committee where he served as Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs.
Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In that capacity, he designed and led the first-ever Hispanic Policy Conference, along with a series of Hispanic Community Action Summits across the country.
Mr. Sepúlveda is also the founder of a national, strategy consulting organization, The Common Enterprise, which grew out of a national Rockefeller Foundation initiative. This effort took him to over 35 states where he worked with communities in urban and rural
From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Sepúlveda was the host of Conversations on PBS member station KLRN, where he also designed and led KLRN’s Community Advisory Board.
Mr. Sepúlveda is the third Latino ever awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and also holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Accepting the Award:
Patricia R. Callahan
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Wells Fargo & Company
Senior Executive Vice President Pat Callahan is the Chief Administrative Officer managing Corporate Communications, Corporate
Social Responsibility, Enterprise Marketing, and Government Relations. She oversees the company’s brand, communications, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement efforts. In addition, Ms. Callahan successfully led the largest, most complex banking merger in U.S. history, providing oversight and strategic direction for the merger of Wells Fargo and Wachovia Corporation.
A 36-year veteran of the company, Ms. Callahan has served as head of Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management, providing regulatory compliance oversight for the company. Before that, she was head of Human Resources for Wells Fargo since the company’s merger with Norwest in 1998. Before the merger, she was head of Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Systems, Finance and Operations, and head of Human Resources from 1993 to 1997.
Ms. Callahan began her banking career at Crocker National Bank and held management positions in operations, finance, and commercial real estate. In 1984, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and Manager of Corporate Services. When Crocker merged with Wells Fargo, she became division manager of Wholesale Operations and Systems, and served on the company’s Corporate Responsibility Committee. In 1991, she assumed responsibility for systems, operations, and finance for the Real Estate Group.
Ms. Callahan is an advisor to Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is a member of the MIT Corporation, and the University’s Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Board of Directors of The Marine Mammal Center in Marin, California.