National Executive Board

For God | For Family | For Country

Betty Cardenas
National Chairwoman
Betty Cardenas is a devoted wife, mother, community leader, and a successful career woman. On the National level, Betty serves as the National Chairwoman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly the only Hispanic Organization established by the RNC. She has served as a regional co-chair for the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum’s Annual Luncheon and Auction, in Dallas.  The event raised more than $1.6 million and had more than 1,200 ladies attending.  Recently she became President of Synergy CR2, Inc. and is a federal firearm licensed dealer, in West Texas. Betty is constantly under attack for her conservative values and her bold Second Amendment stance. Her core principals of faith, family and hard work are deeply rooted in Texas. Betty brings a mix of numerous achievements, such as working with governors, senators, and mayors, foreign Intelligence officers, international affairs and global platforms. She earned a Political Science Degree and a minor in Computer Science from UNIVA (a private Christian University). Although her professional experience and strength include a diversity of interests; her drive to serve the Hispanic community was reignited during the 2016 Presidential elections. Betty could no longer stand on the sideline and watch how her community was getting misled and misinformed by the left-wing mainstream media. She felt an urgency to reach out to the Hispanic community. Betty also worked for President Donald J. Trump’s campaign to get the Hispanic votes in Texas. She tops the list of Hispanics most personally invited by the President of the United States to the White House. Betty was among last year’s Tribute to Women by the Texas Federation of Republican Women (one out of ten thousand members). Betty is a Constitutionalist and an active advocate for the Second Amendment.  She is proud of her immigrant parents and their humble beginning, helping her to achieve the American Dream.  She believes unity is strength when there is teamwork and collaboration, and incredible things can be accomplished. Betty wants to continue being an active liaison between the Hispanic community and the White House, and her goal is to boost the Hispanic Republican vote nationwide. Gabriel and Betty have three boys; Abraham 24, Gabriel 18, and Giovanni 11.  Her family attends Church of the Blessed International, where she and her husband were recently ordained as Associate Pastors. During the weekends, Betty can be found at church, the soccer fields or on the shooting range.
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Elisa Slider
National Vice Chairwoman
Elisa was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her father is a self-made businessman who worked hard growing his trucking company. Her mother was born in Cuba and escaped from the oppression of the Castro dictatorship to the United States in 1961. Elisa is the oldest of six children to include two brothers and three sisters. She quickly learned the values of family and hard work as she helped her mother raise her younger siblings and worked several part-time jobs. She graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1998. Elisa is married to Richard Slider, a Sergeant Major in the Marine Corps Reserve, and has two children, Nicolas age fourteen and Keira age eleven. Professionally, Elisa worked as a preschool teacher and provided administrative assistance to her Father’s business out of High School. Later, she was hired by the Clark County School district as a Special Education Assistant for providing assistance to special needs children. After working there for several years, she took over ownership of her Father’s business. She reorganized the company and is currently the Co-Owner of Silver State Hay Incorporated a trucking / brokering company that provides agricultural products to the South West region of the United States with overseas shipping contracts. The conservative values of the Republican Party are a perfect alignment with Elisa’s strong family values, patriotic views and love of our constitution. Growing up, she listened to the stories from her grandparents and elders describing the atrocities committed under a communist social regime in Cuba. At an early age, she realized that the freedoms we have in this Country should be cherished. The protection of life, the 2nd amendment, a strong military, business growth, national security and less government intrusion are the principles that make her want to take a stance with other Hispanics across this country.
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Orlando Salazar
2nd Vice Chairman
Orlando Salazar graduated BA Marketing- Univ Texas, El Paso 1980. He played Varsity Football for two years. Orlando currently resides in Dallas, Texas he is married to Janet and has one son, Luke. Orlando is the owner of JLO Properties, LLC a Commercial Real Estate Development and co-owner of 44 Farms providing Black Angus seed stock operation and beef production. In addition is also co-owner of Cornerstone Achievement Center, a school for children with special needs. He is the founder and Chairman of the Golf Fore Life Charity golf event benefiting Thrive Women’s Clinic, Dallas crisis pregnancy center, since 2010. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Verified News, an alternative news outlet that competes with the AP. Co-Founder of Hispanics United for America, super PAC that is reaching Hispanic Business owners with conservatism and seeking out, developing conservative Hispanic candidates to run for public office in Texas. Orlando enjoys golf and fly fishing, and is fluent in Spanish.
Michelle D. Martínez
National Secretary
Michelle D Martinez is a first-generation American and proud child of hardworking Peruvian parents. She was first elected to delegate of the California GOP in 2013. Upon her first convention, she immediately chartered a new chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly Pasadena. This new chapter provided conservative Hispanics in the greater Pasadena area a platform to speak their views and values and collaborate with other established Republican volunteer organizations. Furthermore, they were instrumental in presenting candidates to the local community by holding Candidate Forums and inviting dignitaries to member meetings. She has worked on Gubernatorial and Mayoral elections as well as successfully running her campaign for Altadena Town Council. She was elected to serve as Councilwoman for the city of Altadena in 2014. While councilmember, she was central to the launching of new businesses in her district as well as presiding on the Land Use Committee to review and accept conditional use permits for both residents and businesses in the Altadena community. Along with serving her community, Michelle has an extensive career in business and consulting, and is the founder and CEO of M³ Solutions. She has restructured and directed billion-dollar operations, with practices across the globe. Michelle is steadfast to God, Family, and Country and to the commitment to leave a legacy that is sustained in faith! For those reasons, Michelle dedicates her time to growing the circle of influence Hispanics has both with local communities as well as the national level, ensuring Hispanic Americans have a presence in policy and leadership. Michelle currently is the elected Western Regional Director for the National Board of The Republican National Hispanic Assembly. Her mission is to win the West back by connecting Hispanics across the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. “We, Hispanics, are visionaries and builders. Our faith, imagination, and work ethic is all we need to shape our future. Because if we can imagine it, we will create it!”
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Mairén Torres
National Assistant Secretary
Mairen Medina-Torres was born in Massachusetts of Colombian parents. She grew up in the state of Florida and now lives in Long Island, New York. Mairen is a lifelong Conservative who came from a very humble beginning,as she watched her mother work fulltime during the day and go to school at night to equip herself and provide for her family. Her mother instilled in her the value of dedication, love, hard work, and good Spanish cooking. Today, she is a Business Systems Architect within the Healthcare Industry, with vast experience in business administration across a wide range of industries, working directly with the Regional Director of Merrill Lynch, as well as other healthcare leaders as CEO’s and Leadership Executives. Mairen graduated with honors in Communication Disorders, from Adelphi University. She also graduated with honors from the Assemblies of God, with a degree in Bible Theology and Christian Education. She has a passion for local outreach and international missions. In November 2018, in the company of her Church’s Missions Team, they successfully launched a much-needed communal Medical Clinic in the mountains of Loma Larga, Honduras. Mairen has distinguished herself working and volunteering in the capacity of Fund-Raising Administrator. At her local church, she functions as an Audio/Visual Designer, a Worship and Devotional Leader, and Girls Ministry Teacher. She is also an accomplished Christian recording artist, publisher, and songwriter. Mairen enjoys spending time with her adult children whenever possible, alongside her husband Rey Torres, National Chief Administrative Director at the RNHA. Above all, she is a devoted Evangelical Christian, who values ministering with her husband at their local congregation.
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Rey Torres
National Treasurer
Rey Torres was born and raised in the US Territory of Puerto Rico (hoping it becomes State 51) and moved later to New York, where he has lived for many years. He is a lifelong Conservative, presently he is a Healthcare Administrator, and a dedicated Bible Theology and Christian Education Instructor in New York for over thirty years. Rey studied Engineering at The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM), and Health Care Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University. In his career, he has been awarded the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) and the ServiceMaster Financial Control Award. Growing up in Puerto Rico, “hard work” was a way of life. He watched his mother work very hard to provide for their family; these formattable years, though very humble, sowed seeds of diligence and determination. Rey is an apologist and author, publishing papers such as “Quantum God: The logical implications of Quantum Mechanics and the existence of God” a persuasive document using scientific reasoning to prove the existence of God. In addition, Rey is a professional musician, a recording artist, and a writer for many Christian artists as Sound of Praise Ministries, Yadira Coradín, Michael Rodriguez, Josue Sánchez, Angel Maldonado, and his wife, Mairén Torres. An ex-minister, Rey and his wife Mairén are devoted Evangelical Christians, active with local community outreach events, international missions, and at their local congregation.
Genaro Padroarias
National Congressional Liason Officer
Genaro Pedroarias is a geospatial analyst, instructor and Spanish media commentator who has worked in the technology and government contracting fields with involvement in numerous political projects. Currently, he serves as congressional liaison on the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) executive board and past chair of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Virginia (RNHA VA). Genaro appears regularly as a Republican analyst and RNC surrogate on Spanish news broadcasts. Born to Cuban parents in Los Angeles, California, he moved to Northern Virginia in 1997 to work in a wireless telecommunications venture. Genaro brings with him a long of career political activism dating back to his college years when he served on the board of directors of the California College Republicans as voter registration director and regional area director. He also served as chair of the Cal Poly Pomona College Republicans. While residing in California he volunteered for numerous campaigns at the local, state, and Federal level. Genaro’s greatest political passion lies in helping elect bright, energetic Republicans to office. To help in this effort, he and a partner established, a California PAC dedicated to recruit, train and elect young individuals to positions at the local level. In 2003 he completed a term as president of the Young Hispanic Republican Association (YHRA). In both 2000 and 2004 Genaro was an active volunteer for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In 2004 he was even featured in numerous television campaign ads, which were also shown at the Republican National Convention in New York City. In 2004 Genaro proudly served as a member of the elite Bush 72-Hour Task Force in the state of New Hampshire. Since 2015 he is a frequent guest commentator supporting President Trump on major Spanish network news shows airing on CNN Español, Entravision, Univision, NTN24, Alhurra TV, and Voice of America. Genaro received his B.S. in Geography from the California State Polytechnic University and a Professional GIS Certification from George Mason University School of Continuing Education.
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Sam Gómez
National Finance Chair
Sam Gómez is a 3rd generation Texan. He was born and raised in San Angelo, Tx, a small conservative town in West Texas. He’s been married to his wife Guadalupe Gomez for 35 years, and they have three sons and one daughter. Guadalupe is currently the Chairwoman for the local RNHA chapter in San Angelo, TX, as of May 2019. He has been a great asset in coordinating events at the local level to promote the chapter and the conservative beliefs that we all treasure. Because of his entrepreneurial spirit, he managed to open his first independent car dealership in 1989 and most recently in 2010 in partnership with his sons. They are operating two dealerships at this time that, with God’s hand and protection has been able to survive through all the ups and downs of the economy over the years. With over 30 years in the car business sales, Sam is very compassionate about being honest and loyal to all his customers so they will return, and often many do because of his great charismatic personality. He also enjoys promoting and helping other business owners grow by developing promotional ads on social media. Sam loves meeting new people and has met many new patriots in the community since being involved with the San Angelo, Tx RNHA chapter. He cares about the souls of others, so when he has an opportunity to speak to them about God’s love and forgiveness, he doesn’t hesitate to share his testimony. He believes this is the first step to reach and help people understand the conservative beliefs and how they align with God’s will for our country. Even though he wasn’t always a conservative, Sam realized how important the election of 2016 was to America; therefore, he voted for the first time as a Republican for President Trump. He also takes every opportunity to share the party values and platform with others, especially the minorities in his community, without being concerned about how he might be judged. Sam has successfully reached others and continues to work hard to promote our conservative values. He is always willing to go over and beyond for the hope of our great country and serve with great honor.
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Lydia Guitierrez
National Committeewoman
Lydia attended Pepperdine University for her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and California State University, Dominguez Hills for her Masters in Multicultural Bilingual Education and School Administration. She holds three credentials in Multiple Subjects K-12, Bilingual Education and School Administration. She is a master teacher for UCLA’s Math Project Center X, a Fellow from Cal State Long Beach in the Writing Project, and a lecturer for the Los Angeles County Teachers Mathematics Association. Lydia’s lifelong commitment to the welfare of others began in earnest at the age of twelve years old when she began teaching a Sunday School class for elementary children. As she grew up, Lydia put a priority on caring for others by visiting the elderly, helping neighbors with chores, and reaching out to teens to give them hope for the future. As a professional, Lydia dedicated two years to teaching in the country of Colombia, then devoted seven additional years during U.S. school breaks to giving humanitarian aid to the street children of Colombia and working with local orphanages. She also did humanitarian work in the Philippines. Lydia’s professional career began as a teacher, but after her father’s death, she left the field to earn more money to help her family. Lydia worked in the aerospace field as an administrator for the F/A 18 Radar, then later as an acting supervisor in Cost Estimating overseeing contracts, scheduling, and budget costs. She then left the field to return to what she cared about most, the joy and love of teaching children. In addition to her other positions, Lydia served seven years as an elected official as a board member for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council that oversees the Coast of San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. She served on the Education Committee and Chaired the Budget & Finance, Cultural Committees for Coastal San Pedro. Lydia is currently teaching for the Long Beach Unified School District as a second-grade teacher. She has taught 19 years for LBUSD.
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Abraham López
National Committeeman
Abraham López served the Great State of New Jersey as the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Civic Engagement at the Office of the Lieutenant Governor where he oversaw the Department of State’s Division of Programs. Abraham also served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (NJCHPRD), a role he was named to by Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in March 2011. He brings over a decade of leadership experience in civic engagement, organizational development, Hispanic and faith-based grassroots communities, where he’s been responsible for community organizing, nonprofit management, and fundraising. Prior to becoming NJCHPRD Executive Director, Abraham served in the Governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as Director of Hispanic and Faith-Based Affairs. There, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Administration’s aggressive outreach efforts to the State’s Hispanic community and its work with various communities of faith. Prior to joining state government, Mr. López was Deputy Coalitions Director for the Christie-Guadagno campaign. In November 2015, Abraham was elected Committeeman of Westampton Township and elected by his peers in January of 2016 to serve as Deputy Mayor, making Abraham the youngest elected official and the first American of Hispanic ancestry to hold such positions in the township’s history. Abraham serves on the executive board of the Detective Melvin Santiago’s Dream Fund for New Recruits, Inc., and serves as a youth leader and children’s ministry classroom leader at his local church. Abraham earned a Bachelors’s degree in Political Science from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey and a Masters in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Abraham is Associate Manager of Public Relations and Communications at a Theme Park and resides in the City of Oviedo, Florida with his wife, Brenda, their son, Isaac Abraham, daughter Abriana Isabella and son Israel Alexander.
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Aarón Ruíz
Southern Regional Director
Regional States Responsibility:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Aarón Ruíz Caballero is a Mexican born American, husband and father of 4 children. He serves as the Southeastern Regional Director for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA). He is an entrepreneur, and deeply in love with Jesus Christ. Aarón's call is to make heavenly wisdom and humility cool and trendy. He is passionate about capitalism and believes it is God's preferred system for prospering an entire nation. He hopes to inspire a generation of Americans who seek to become virtuous individuals. He enjoys reading, following the financial markets around the world, learning history, sharing God's word and spending time with his beautiful wife, Verónica. He resides in Boerne, TX.
Mónica Yelin
Western Regional Director
Regional States Responsibility:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Mónica Yelin is a lifelong conservative and passionate supporter of the Republican Platform. Eager to explore new opportunities, Monica immigrated to the United States in 1998 with a J-1 Work Visa, coupled with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and unbridled ambition. Since then, Monica received her Master's degree in International Relations and Political Science, currently serves as one of the commissioners for Preventing Domestic Violence in AZ, is a Member at Large for the Maricopa County GOP and is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives for the AZ Republican Party. Her views do not reflect the opinions of her employers.
Bob Spindell
Midwestern Regional Director
Regional States Responsibility:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Gabriel Montalvo
Northeastern Regional Director

Regional States Responsibility:
Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands.

Gabriel E. Montalvo is a second-generation Ecuadorian American living in the progressive stronghold of Queens, NYC. As it might not come as a surprise, he used to believe in Anti-American leftwing/Communistic victimized ideologies, until his high school journalism teacher introduced him to the teachings of Ayn Rand and John Stossel. Gabriel realized he was lied to about the truth of the Democratic Party, with doing more research, found his home in Conservative-Libertarian values, and became a registered Republican at the age of 18. Gabriel since then enlisted in the U.S. Army as a National Guardsman to show patriotism in his country and nationalistic pride. As a civilian, he cohosts a conservative talk show, is a writer, and political strategist. Gabriel was also the youngest state chapter Vice-Chairman in the history of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly serving New York for a year.
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