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 and Founder
Native of Houston, Texas

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Texas Wesleyan University
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Austin College
Master level studies in 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

Gloria-De-Leon

Gloria de León

Co-founder & Executive Vice President
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 Sada

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Policy & Advancement
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 Irving Cotto

Senior Vice President and 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 Gonzalez

Director, Collegiate World Series & Collegiate Affairs; Community Organizer (SF Bay Area, AZ, FL, NJ and Washington DC)
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

Dylan Besteiro (1)

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

Marisa_Zepeda

Marisa Zepeda

Director, College Register and Special Projects

BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Involved with NHI since 1997 
(512) 357-6137 ext. 204
mzepeda@nhimail.com

Karla Martinez

Director, Midwest U.S. Relations (Midwest Great Debate & National LDZ)
Native of Palatine, Illinois

BA, Law, Letters and Society, University of Chicago

Involved with NHI since 2005
512-357-6137 ext. 206
karla@nhimail.com

Gabriela Morales Barajas

Director, NHI-Villanova Leadership Service Center, Villanova University
(Northeast U.S. and Latin America Relations)
Native of Monterrey, México

Graduate student, 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, Texas Great Debates
Native of Ciudad Juárez, México

University of Texas at El Paso

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

Dakoda Flores

JFL Intern, Business & Finance
Native of Round Rock, Texas

Austin Community College

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

Natalia Chapa Mills

JFL Intern, Great Debate
Native of El Paso, Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Involved with NHI since 2013
(512) 357-6137 ext. 223
nchapamills@nhimail.com

Cielo De La Cerda

JFL Intern, LDZ
Native of Eagle Pass, Texas

Texas State University

Involved with NHI since 2010
(512) 357-6137 ext. 223
cdelacerda@nhimail.com

Andrea Garza

JFL Intern, Collegiate World Series
Native of Brownsville, Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Involved with NHI since 2012
(512) 357-6137 ext. 205
agarza1@nhimail.com

Elena Pojman

JFL Intern, Admissions
Native of Austin, Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Involved with NHI since 2012
(512) 357-6137 ext. 205
epojman@nhimail.com