NHI STAFF


The majority of NHI’s small staff is housed out of Maxwell, Texas. NHI also maintains a staff person in Mexico and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Ernesto Nieto

President & Founder
Native of Houston, Texas

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Texas Wesleyan University
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Austin College
M.Ed., Special Education, University of Houston
BA, Education, Southwestern University

Distinguished Alumnus, Southwestern University
Distinguished Alumnus, Northside High School (formerly Jefferson Davis High School)
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges
Human and Civil Rights Award, National Education Association
Recognized by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Mayor’s Excellence Award, the Association for Hispanic Municipal Officials, the Texas State Teachers Association, and the Mexican American School Board Association.

(512) 357-6137

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Gloria De León

Co-Founder 
Native of McAllen, Texas

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Texas Wesleyan University
Doctor of Humane Letter, honoris causa, Austin College
BA, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas Pan American)

Distinguished Alumnus, University of Texas-Pan American and recognized by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Girl Scouts of Texas, and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

Involved with NHI since 1979
gdeleon@aol.com

Kathryn Nicole Nieto

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Native of Austin, Texas

MBA, University of Texas at Austin
MBA, El Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
BA, Latin American Studies, Vassar College

Involved with NHI since 1983
(512) 357-6137 ext. 201
nsada@nhimail.com

Julio I. Cotto

Senior Vice President & Director, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session
Native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

MLA, Humanities, St. Edward’s University
BA, Latin American Studies and Philosophy, Boston University

Involved with NHI since 1997
(512) 357-6137 ext. 211
jcotto@nhimail.com

Zachary D. Gonzalez

Associate Vice President & Director, Collegiate World Series
Native of Austin, Texas

BA, Spanish, Texas State University
BAIS, International Relations, Texas State University

Involved with NHI since 2005
(512) 357-6137 ext. 205
zgonzalez@nhimail.com

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Dylan Besteiro

Director, Business & Finance
Native of Brownsville, Texas

BA, Mass Communications, Texas State University

Involved with NHI since 2014
(512) 357-6137 ext. 208
dylan@nhimail.com

Gabriela Morales Barajas

Director, NHI-Villanova Leadership Service Center, Villanova University
(Latin America Relations)
Native of Monterrey, México

MA, Villanova University
BS, El Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Involved with NHI since 2005
(484) 222-1461
gaby@nhimail.com

Paola Hernandez

Director, Great Debate (Texas) 
Native of Ciudad Juárez, México

University of Texas at El Paso

Involved with NHI since 2007 
(512) 357-6137 ext. 207
paola@nhimail.com

Craig Elkins

Coordinator, Celebración 2017
Native of McAllen, Texas

BS, Economics, Texas A&M University – College Station

Involved with NHI since 2009
512-357-6137
craig@nhimail.com

Cielo De La Cerda

JFL Intern, Office of Admissions
Native of Eagle Pass, Texas

Texas State University

Involved with NHI since 2010
(512) 357-6137
cdelacerda@nhimail.com

Dakoda Z. Flores

JFL Intern, Property Management & Business
Native of Round Rock, Texas

Austin Community College

Involved with NHI since 2012
(512) 357-6137 ext. 212
dflores@nhimail.com

Andrea Garza

JFL Intern, Business & Community Development
Native of Brownsville, Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Involved with NHI since 2012
(512) 357-6137 ext. 222
amgarza@nhimail.com

Arantza Cendejas

Executive Administrator
Native of Houston, Texas

Rice University

Involved with NHI since 2010
(512) 357-6137 ext. 204
arantza@nhimail.com