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Dr. Oxiris Barbot Appointed to Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York.

Dr. Oxiris Barbot has been appointed to Commissioner of the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this role, she will lead the 6,000-member agency charged with protecting and promoting the health of New Yorkers in one of the largest and oldest public health agencies in the world. She is the first Latina to lead the agency.

A native Bronxite and a pediatrician, Dr. Barbot most recently served as Acting Health Commissioner. Dr. Barbot, who had previously served as first deputy commissioner, has been the acting leader of the department since the departure of former commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. Dr. Barbot previously served as medical director for New York City’s schools and as Baltimore’s health commissioner from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Barbot has over 25 years of experience in advancing health equity and providing healthcare in urban communities. She previously served as commissioner of health for Baltimore City. Prior, she served as medical director of the Office of School Health at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Department of Education. Before working in New York, Dr. Barbot was the chief of pediatrics and community medicine at Unity Health Care, Inc., a federally qualified health center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Barbot received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her pediatric residency at George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center.

Alejandra Santamaría Promoted to President of Univision Arizona.

In her new role, Alejandra Santamaría oversees the state of Arizona with two broadcast stations in Phoenix, two in Tucson, four radio stations and Digital marketing solutions including social media, targeted email campaigns and customized content creation.

With a media career spanning over 25 years, she started at Univision where she was an intern and hired as a Research Analyst out of college. She was the Research Manager before leaving to radio for fours years. She worked for Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (HBC) where she served as Research Director and later transitioned into Sales as Account Executive.

Santamaría was recruited to return to Univision as Sr. Account Executive for the recently launched KFTR-TV in 2002. She was promoted to Local Sales Manager in 2007. She was given the title Director of Local Sales in August 2013 where she lead a local team of 10 professionals who jointly generate $33 million dollars in revenue.

Santamaria is a founding member of the Univision Women’s Leadership Council, a corporate initiative that aims to help advance the careers of women within Univision. She earned her B.A. in Communications and a Business Minor from Loyola Marymount University.

She currently resides in Scottsdale with her husband Atilio, their eighteen-year-old twins Maximilano and Sebastian, and English Bulldog Daisy.

New El Mirage, AZ Mayor, Alexis Hermosillo.

Alexis Hermosillo is a proud fourth-generation resident of the City of El Mirage where she and her family have lived for nearly 70 years. Prior to becoming Mayor of City of El Mirage in Arizona, she worked for a public transportation company in the Maricopa county area, and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative for Congressman Raúl Grijalva.

Hermosillo holds an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in interdisciplinary arts, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. In her spare time, she puts her knowledge and skills to work supporting opportunity youth in El Mirage.

She is committed to the empowerment of women. She serves on the Board of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, and has worked with the Hispanic Women’s Corporation, supporting their national youth initiatives. She believes that investing in today’s youth is an investment in our future, and has dedicated herself to engaging and motivating Latino youth through leadership development programs, including with the National Council of La Raza (UnidosUS).

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