Leadership Board

The Latino Native American Alumni Alliance leadership board has organized into a strong alumni group, which is critical to the success and impact of LANA3's ongoing initiatives and programming.

The LANA3 board has outlined the following priorities:

  • Plan networking events in geographic areas with large populations of Latino and Native American alumni

  • Plan alumni-student networking opportunities on campus

  • Serve as liaison with various offices, faculty, staff, and student groups

  • Improve engagement of Latino and Native American alumni with campus activities

  • Support the Latino and Native American Cultural Center (LNACC)

  • Support K-12 programs coordinated by the University of Iowa

LANA3 Board

Board Chair: Annette Stewart, 04JD, Jersey City, New Jersey
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Texas State University, Stewart completed her juris doctorate at the UI in 2004 and participated in the UI's international law program in France and London. She is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Program for her MBA. She is a manager at PwC in New York City with nearly nine years of experience working on Wall Street, including companies such as Citadel, Goldman Sachs, Markit, and Barclays. She has spent her career focused on derivatives regulation, front-to-back trading process, overall firm process improvement, project management, and legal trade confirmations with a current emphasis on Dodd Frank derivative regulations. Stewart's involvement outside of work includes participation in the Financial Women's Association and being a volunteer for the UI's ASIST (Alumni Seeking Iowa Students) recruiting program. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, Jeff Fausey, and daughter Paige.

Board Vice Chair: Jonathan Chaparro, 08BA, Chicago, Illinois
After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2008, Chaparro accepted a position with Teach For America (TFA) – a national corps of top college graduates who commit to teach for two years at low-income schools. As a corps member, he served as a literacy instructor for K-8th grade students in Chicago and completed a master's degree at Dominican University. After serving as a conflicts analyst with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman, Chaparro rejoined Teach For America and is now a recruitment manager where he focuses his time expanding TFA's brand awareness, prospect cultivation, and relationship building. In addition, he is actively involved in the broader Chicago community and also serves on the associate boards of KIPP Chicago and One Million Degrees, both programs to help students in underserved communities succeed in college. He also supports the University of Iowa as a member of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Young Alumni Board.

Treasurer: Tracy R. Peterson, 08MSW, 99BA, North Liberty, Iowa
Peterson is a citizen of the Diné Nation, of the Zuni Clan of the Edgewater People Clan, born for the Bitter Water People Clan. His paternal grandfather's clan is the Towering House People, and his maternal grandfather's clan is the Big Water People. Dividing his undergraduate study between the UI and the University of New Mexico, Peterson graduated from the UI in 1999 with a major in sociology (emphasis in criminology) and a certificate in American Indian Studies. He later earned his master's degree in social work in 2002 from the UI and is currently the Director of Diversity and K-12 Outreach in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Additionally, as a doctoral student in education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, he also is actively involved with national organizations in the areas of student development and student affairs and is a board member with the Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota, and LANA3. Peterson and his wife, Nicole, 03BSN, 08MSN, 13DNP, have a son and daughter, Aydan and Adriana.

Rosa Heredia, 75BA, Chicago, Illinois
A Galesburg, Illinois, native, Heredia lives in Chicago and retired as the bilingual lead teacher at James Shields Elementary school after 35 years. She is married to Victor, whom she met while attending the UI, and is a mother to three children, Theresa, David, and Daniel, and grandmother to Joshua. While at the UI, she was a member of the Teatro Zapata and the Bailadores Zapatistas performing arts groups. She is a dedicated member of ASIST (Alumni Seeking Iowa Students) and a former secretary to LANA3. Heredia stays busy with the Relay-For-Life cancer philanthropy, serving as secretary to her local school council, and volunteering in her local church.