The Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP) is a non-profit organization founded in Houston, Texas in 1986. Members meet at least once a month to discuss issues and topics in the community, country, and the world, and how they affect the Hispanic community. The organization’s main goal — to raise money for its scholarship fund while simultaneously supporting and encouraging young, aspiring media professionals as well as seasoned professional members. HAHMP has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships since the organization’s start 30 years ago with 10 scholarships awarded to deserving recipients each year. Thanks to corporate and individual donors, these scholarship recipients are now busily working at becoming the next generation of media professionals.
HAHMP’s Executive Board of Directors:
President – April Arias
April Arias is an Emmy-award winning journalist who recently made the move from television news and radio to an independent public relations consultant. She is the former Editor of the afternoon drive for Houston’s News 92FM.
April started her career as a television producer in Waco, but quickly made the move home to Houston when she became Associate Producer at KPRC-TV. April didn’t work as an Associate Producer long. She eventually worked her way up the ranks, becoming Producer and then Executive Producer at KPRC. In her time at KPRC, April won three Lone Star Emmy Awards for best newscast, along with numerous awards from the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters.
April is a native Houstonian, and proud Texas A&M University graduate where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in College Station. She currently lives in Stafford with her Pug, Calvin. To contact April, e-mail: email@example.com
Membership Chair – Sybil Sánchez
Sybil Monciváis Sánchez is currently the Media Relations Manager for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. Prior to joining The Salvation Army, she was the Community Relations Coordinator for Univision 45 KXLN, where she began her professional career as the Public Affairs/Promotions Assistant in 2003.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas, where she double majored in Communications and Spanish with a Minor in Theology. Sybil is a native Houstonian and is married with three children. On her spare time, you’ll find her guest blogging for local sites and for her own personal blog “sybilline” at sybilblog.wordpress.com.
Sybil has been an active member of HAHMP since 2003, where she has served as Membership Chair (2009 – 2013 and 2016) and Executive Producer for “Houston on the Move” (2013 – 2015). She founded and coordinated HAHMP’s past Mentorship program (2008-2010) and created the concept and helped launch “Houston on the Move” in 2010. Sybil has also organized special events, networking gatherings and professional development opportunities for the organization.
Scholarship Chair – Susana (Susy) Barbosa
Susana (Susy) Barbosa is currently the News Producer for Univision’s regional newscast Noticias Texas Primera Edición. Prior to joining Univision, she was the Media Specialist at Fox Sports Network in Houston.
Susy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston where she majored in Communications Journalism. She has been an active HAHMP member since 2013 when she joined as a student and helped with the production of HAHMP’s “Houston on the Move” in which she now serves as the Executive Producer. Susy is also HAHMP’s Scholarship Chair. In her free time she likes to listen to music and travel.
|Treasurer – Frank Morales
Frank Morales is the Finance Director for KTMD Telemundo of Houston. His duties not only include Houston but also San Antonio, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno, Denver, Las Vegas and McAllen. He has been with Telemundo for the past 24 years and has served various titles within the station.Frank graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and has a Master’s in Business Management and Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University.He is the Treasurer of HAHMP and has been honored to serve for the past ten years. His hobbies are running, biking, hiking, fishing, CrossFit and has accomplished various goals including running a marathon, biking from Houston to Austin for the MS150 bike ride of 185 miles for 11 years straight and has participated in a triathlon.
Web Chair – Nelson Vanegas
Nelson has ten years of broadcast experience as former Creative Production Director for Univision Communications where he produced radio and digital media content and helped strategize and roll out social media policies to Univision’s radio markets across the US.
Nelson has been a member of HAHMP since 2010 when he became involved in the mentorship program. He is also active in the TEDxHouston and TEDxYouth@Houston leadership teams and is a mentor in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston. He and his wife/business partner are avid supporters of community-centered initiatives and social good projects in the arts. His mission in life is to inspire others to use technology and the digital space to fuel and empower social do-gooders. You can follow him @NelsonVanegas on Instagram and @NelsonV713 on Twitter and Snapchat.
Social Media Chair – Jessica Bolaños Vanegas
Jessica has 10+ years of experience in digital media, social media, content creation and marketing. Before co-founding her business she was an independent marketing professional serving as a market manager, brand ambassador and photographer among other roles for national marketing agencies where she represented clients such as MTV, Univision, Houston Chronicle, Maxim Magazine, Anheuser-Busch, Swisher International and many more.
Jessica is a Contributing Writer for the Huffington Post and co-leads the TEDxHouston and TEDxYouth@Houston digital video experience and social media teams, respectively. She’s a habitual KIVA micro-lender, supporting entrepreneurial women in Kenya, Colombia, Cambodia and Peru and has been an active member of HAHMP, sitting on the social media and gala committees. She is dedicated to social, political, economic and environmental causes and the use of digital media to support humanitarian affairs. You can follow her @FancyCapitalist on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.
Gala Chair – Viridiana (Viri) Maldonado
Viri is a proud graduate of the University of Houston where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Global Business and Spanish. On her down time she enjoys volunteering with local organizations, painting, traveling as well as blogging at The World According To Viri.com, Connect with Viri on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ViriMal