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HECTOR HOYOS

HECTOR HOYOS

Hector Hoyos, a Puerto Rico born CT resident, is a leader in the biometrics and IT industries. He has collaborated with the likes of Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and L3 Communications, among many other distinguished organizations, in bringing to market disruptive technologies and solutions that have kept safe our military the world over, as well as many countries. As the founder, CEO and Chairman of various cutting-edge technology companies with extreme vision he has created state-of-the-art biometrics, surveillance, and defense technologies, along with an IEEE standard in IEEE 2410, and is currently working on bringing to market secure smartphones and tablets that cannot be hacked. He holds 100+ patents issued/pending and has developed security and defense solutions being used by multiple governments and millions of people around the world on a daily basis.

CESAR SIERRA

CESAR SIERRA, MD

Cesar A Sierra, M.D. is a plastic surgeon who specializes exclusively in the eyelids and facial areas around the eyes. Dr. Sierra is trained as both an eye surgeon and cosmetic & reconstructive ophthalmic plastic surgeon.

Dr. Sierra earned his Medical Degree from Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine where he was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He then completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he received the Marvin L. Sears Award for Clinical Excellence followed by an ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery) accredited Fellowship at Kresge Eye Institute & William Beaumont Hospital in greater Detroit, Michigan. He is certified by and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Sierra continues his dedication to the field of surgery by teaching surgeons procedures and techniques of cosmetic and reconstructive orbital and eye plastic surgery as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

HANS HERTELL

AMBASSADOR HANS H HERTELL

Hans. H. Hertell was sworn in as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001.

An attorney with more than 20 years experience in government, public affairs, and corporate and banking law, Ambassador Hertell was one of the founding partners of the third-largest full service law firm in Puerto Rico, Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer & Hertell. From 1992-96, Ambassador Hertell was Managing Director for the Caribbean and Latin America at Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey, a government and public affairs company based in Washington, DC. During 1989, he served as a member of the Commission to Review U.S. Magistrates for Reappointment, U.S. Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Between 1982-84, Ambassador Hertell was a political and legal advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico, as well as to the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Treasury of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

As a businessman, Ambassador Hertell was Chairman of American Builders Corp., a general contractor in Puerto Rico, and Chairman of a joint venture between American Builders and Beers Construction Co., a member of the Skanska group from Sweden - one of the largest construction companies in the world. Ambassador Hertell has served on the Board of Directors of OCASO Insurance Offices of Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of one of the largest insurance companies in Spain. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Interstate Waste Technologies, Inc. and one of three board members of El Comandante Operating Co.

In the banking sector, Ambassador Hertell was Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Ponce Bank (NYSE), one of the largest publicly traded corporations in the Caribbean. From 1989-91, he served as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

Ambassador Hertell was Puerto Rico State Chairman of the Young Republican National Association from 1984-85 and a Member of the National Steering Committee for George Bush's successful 1988 presidential campaign. He has served on the National Finance Committee of the Fund for America's Future and as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1988, 1992 and 1996. In 1999 then-Governor of Texas George W. Bush appointed Ambassador Hertell co-chairman of the George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee in Puerto Rico. Mr. Hertell was a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ambassador Hertell holds a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University of New York and a juris doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.

MARIETTA VAZQUEZ

MARIETTA VÁZQUEZ, MD

Dr. Marietta Vázquez is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Vázquez graduated Cum Laude from Yale University in 1990. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and returned to Yale to complete her Pediatric Residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale Univ School of Medicien, Associate Residency Program Director in Pediatrics, Director of the Yale Pediatrics Global Health Track, Director of the Yale-Children’s Hospital Hispanic Clinic and Director of the Yale Residency Wellness Program.

Dr. Vázquez studies the clinical epidemiology of infectious diseases in children, focusing on studies on the efficacy of vaccines. Several of her studies have had direct impact on clinical practice by providing relevant information to medical providers and the public regarding newly-licensed vaccines. Dr Vázquez was the first Latina in the US to be appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)—a group of experts in immunization, who provide advice and guidance on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr Vazquez has been an active spokesperson for the CDC in both Spanish and English media campaigns. Dr. Vázquez directs the Yale Pediatrics Global Health track (a training track for pediatrics residents and fellows) and conducts collaborative studies internationally.

DAVID DE ANGEL

DAVID E. DE ÁNGEL SOLÁ, MD

Dr. David E. de Ángel Solá is a Post Doctoral Clinical Fellow for Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. de Ángel graduated with a major in Romance Languages and minors in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Studies from Haverford University. He attended University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed a Pediatric Residency at the San Juan Municipal Hospital. His ongoing research is focused on identifying correlations between mRNA and asthma in pediatric patients.

ADM JOXEL GARCIA

ADM JOXEL GARCIA

LISSETTE GUTIERREZ

LISSETTE GUTIERREZ, MD

SPECIAL THANKS TO:


  • Chemence Medical

    • Tanea Parrott

  • Children’s Hospital of Phiadelphia

  • CT Governor’s Office

    • Allison Herwitt

    • Kenny Curran

    • Sean Scanlon

    • Michael Bednarczyk

  • Harvard Medical School

    • Dr. Jeannette Perez

  • Hertell Group

    • Amb Hans H. Hertell

    • Juan Saavedra

    • Karen Leyva

    • Annie Mayol

    • Anastasia Kitsul

  • Puerto Rico Department of Health

    • Concepción Quiñones de Longo

    • Mabel Cabeza

  • Putnam Bridge

    • Nicholas Prouty

    • Nathalie Dalmau

  • Sterns

    • Michael Giacone

  • Pheonix Children’s Hospital

    • Daniel Velez

    • Randy Hinners

    • David Higginson

    • Betsy Kuzas

    • Tim Ogren

    • Yolanda Douthard

    • Ambrosia Johnson

    • Olufemi Adeyemi

    • Lia Foy

    • Joseph Meliska

    • Marvin Wallace

    • Calen Anderson

    • Terri McGregor

  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center

    • Laura Flavell

    • Dave Ingmanson

    • Karen Scinto

  • United Airlines

    • Nicole T. Lee

    • Carlos Barriera

    • Michael Oslansky

  • Waterbury Hospital

    • Yarixa Lopez

  • All Children's Hospital - Tampa

    • Dr. Sara Muñoz-Blanco

  • Hector Hoyos

  • Dr. Cesar Sierra

  • Adm Joxel Garcia

  • Dr. Lissette Gutierrez

  • Dr. Marietta Vázquez

  • Dr. David De Angel

  • Judith Mark

  • Jennice Fuentes

  • Frank Tobin

  • John Shapiro

  • Joseph Fuentes

  • Greg Page

  • Pamela O'Connor

  • Leena El-Ali

  • Neil Lee

  • Elliott Murray

  • Gabriel de Jesús of Honne Capital

  • Daniel Ortiz of BROKR

  • Dr. Michelle Ramirez Assistant professor

  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

  • NYU Langone medical center

  • Artz Cure Sarcoma

  • Julian Sierra

  • Paulina Sierra

  • Juan Carlos Molina

  • Melbelys Manso

  • Any names we failed to list but have contributed to AFA, Thank you!

HELPING THOSE IN NEED


American Family Airlift (AFA) was set up as a joint effort between Hector Hoyos and Dr. Cesar Sierra MD to provide relief to those suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico. AFA focuses on connecting medical supplies from the continental United States to Puerto Rico. We are concerned citizens that believe we must come to aid of fellow Americans in time of need, as we have done in the past:

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