Alumni Profiles

Nancy Padron de Mendez

Up for the Challenge

Nancy Padron de Mendez ’12 faced a tough decision when she received her acceptance letter from USC. Her boss had just offered her a promotion with more pay. For a single mother who also helped provide for her six younger siblings, she was caught between achieving a dream and making ends meet.

Nancy turned down the promotion, came to USC and graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the USC Marshall School of

Erica Silva

Coming Home

When Latino Alumni Association scholar Erica Silva ’11 first visited the USC campus, she felt like she’d come home. But when she was accepted, it was a mixed blessing; USC’s price tag was daunting. Her parents knew how hard she’d worked to get to USC. With only three years left on their mortgage, they refinanced their home to allow Erica to attend the university.

Erica is grateful for her parents’ sacrifice—and has given them an invaluable return on their investment

Geri Holman

Dream Achiever

Personally and professionally, Geri Holman ‘88 helps people achieve their dreams. As business development manager for Ceridian, she helps businesses maximize their human, financial and technology resources. As a volunteer, she founded FutureBoost! to provide personal coaching and motivational workshops for teens and young adults, guiding them toward their college and career objectives.

She brings this same passion to the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA)—as well as business acumen honed at the USC Marshall School of Business. As co-chair of

Manny Anguiano

Giving Back

Although Manny Anguiano ’87 could not accept a USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) scholarship because it would have jeopardized his varsity baseball scholarship, he admired the association’s work and, after graduation, asked how he could help. He has remained active with the association, chairing the scholarship committee, serving on the board of directors and several committees, and helping tomorrow’s Latino leaders succeed in college.

After a dozen years at Sunset Telecom Systems, where he was a partner as well as

Maria Jones

An Entrepreneurial Approach

Maria Jones-Sechrest ’87 began her entrepreneurial career with a T-shirt business while she was working on her degree at the USC Marshall School of Business with an emphasis on marketing and advertising. Instead of following the traditional route of a corporate career, she launched her own production company and then began a packaging company that specializes in the cosmetic, skin care and personal care industries.

During her student years at USC, Maria never imagined she’d be fortunate enough to

Sandy Oliver Lopez

An Advocate for Others

Sandy Oliver Lopez immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with his family at age 5. He attended one of the toughest schools in Orange County, where he organized a march to urge his high school to employ certified counselors to help more students prepare for college. He has managed to earn straight A’s since high school, has continued his advocacy for social justice working toward passage of the DREAM Act and has run his own tutoring business

Lorena Lopez

Serving as an Inspiration

At age 15, Lorena Lopez ’10 learned that it only takes one second to change your life. After suffering a seizure, she learned she had developed epilepsy. Concerned for her well-being, her parents didn’t want her to go back to school, much less attend a major university far from her hometown of National City, Calif.

“It totally changed my life,” she says of the condition. “I made new decisions and came up with an entire new course

Karime Sanchez Bradvica

Foundations of a Life

Karime Sanchez Bradvica ‘80 was 11 years old when she first saw the USC campus.   

“I had emigrated from a small town in Mexico a year prior,” she remembers, “and I had never seen such a beautiful place.”

Right then and there, she decided she would go to USC. In response, her mother said to study hard and get good grades. “As I grew older, she always said ‘when’ I graduated from college, never ‘if,’” Karime recalls of

Ulloa Brothers

The Ulloa brothers

The Ulloas, Walter ’70, Roland ’73 and Ronald ’76, grew up in a small agricultural community in California’s Imperial Valley. Their parents dreamed of the brothers attending USC—and they did just that, each earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by law degrees at other institutions. All three have become successful broadcast executives.

The Ulloa brothers share their success with new generations of Latino Trojans through their support of the USC Latino Alumni Association. Ronald is a member of the LAA Corporate Advisory