Advisory Board

Adlai Wertman

Adlai Wertman is the founding Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to USC, Adlai spent seven years as President and CEO of Chrysalis, the only non-profit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless change their lives through employment. Prior to Chrysalis, Professor Wertman spent 18 years as Managing Director and Manager of Prudential Securities' West Coast Public Investment Banking Group. He has taught non-profit management at UCLA, and is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Wexner Heritage Fellow.

Lou Mercado

Lou Mercado has more than 20 years of experience in turnaround, startup and fast-paced environments, where he has driven organizational improvements and implemented best practices in a diverse number of areas: supply chain, retail, logistics, inventory management and operations. Today, as the vice president of Inventory Management at CVS Health, the scope of his role and his organization impacts the company’s entire retail business – 7,800 CVS/pharmacy stores and 18 distribution centers in the U.S. – making them responsible for tens of billions of dollars. Lou has taken on a leadership role in preparing the company for the cultural demographic shift and looking into what it means to the future of CVS Health.

Brad Lea

Founder of LightSpeed VT, Brad has reinvented the way training, learning and communication is delivered, tracked and measured. LightSpeed VT’s interactive video-based training platform engages users to learn more quickly and efficiently via patent pending technology that delivers rich media content, role-play simulations and various cutting edge learning aids embedded with deep real-time reporting metrics and notifications. Brad's vision focused on user experience to increase engagement, accountability to measure and ensure high performance and results that are sustainable. He has revolutionized web-based learning.

Jose "Rafi" Rodriguez

José "Rafi" Rodríguez is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez where he obtained Bachelors in Science in Chemistry. A Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force ROTC program, he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1978. He later obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Systems Analysis from the University of West Florida. Rafi Rodriguez dedicated over 25 years working on research, development and program management of weapon systems to provide combat superiority to the Unites States Air Force. In 2004, Rafi Rodriguez retired from military service with the rank of Colonel.

Rich Melcombe

Richmel Productions is a diversified independent entertainment company headed by President & CEO, Richard F. Melcombe. Richmel specializes in specific entertainment areas including domestic & international television, strategic thinking & planning for major media companies, and domestic & international marketing & promotion. In 2006, Richmel revived its low-cost and Spanish-language entity, Señorita Anita Productions, and produced the reality magazine show Ride ‘N for the ABC Television Station Group. In 1998, Sony acquired the original Señorita Anita Productions to produce shows exclusively for Telemundo. Richmel retained the rights to the Señorita Anita Productions name and has reactivated the division.


CHL Academy Team 

Glenn Llopis


Glenn Llopis (pronounced ‘yō-pēs) is the Chairman of the Glenn Llopis Group a nationally recognized thought-leadership, human capital, and business strategy consulting firm -- and Founder/CEO of Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL) Academy – the leading talent development and advancement organization for U.S. Hispanic professionals. He is the best-selling author of the book, Earning Serendipity and contributing writer to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Huffington Post. In 2014, he was recognized as a top 20 influential writer at Forbes and a top 100 leadership speaker and business thinker by Inc. Magazine. 

Annette Prietos

Vice President Client Relations

Annette Prieto-Llopis is the Director of Client Relations at the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL). She also serves as a CHL Trainer / Coach and is the Deputy Editor of CHL's Latina Expert Blog. Ms. Prieto-Llopis is also a contributing writer to Annette has had an accomplished career in sales and training with more than 17 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and brings that practice to CHL. In addition to serving as CHL's Client Relations Director, Annette works on developing culturally-tailored training to give Hispanic business leaders the tools they need to grow and thrive. One of Annette's greatest passions is empowering individuals to be their best selves in both their personal and professional lives. She has quickly become a sought after coach and mentor by young Latinas.


Roland Schertenleib

Vice President Digital Business

Roland Schertenleib is responsible for the creative direction and technology strategy for the platform. Mr. Schertenleib moved to the United States from Switzerland to assist a colleague launch a technology business – and one year later started his own agency focused on interactive design and development. Prior to this, Roland earned his MBA from the University of Zurich, attended the SAE College for Interactive Design and was a creative director with various advertising agencies in Europe.With a focus on the development of both traditional and digital brands, Mr. Schertenleib works with small startups and large fortune 500 corporations alike delivering a high-quality innovative product as well as exceeding client expectations.


Michael O’Neill

Senior Editor

Michael O’Neill has been working as a writer and editor since moving from Boston to Los Angeles in 1995. He was a managing editor in the Web & Communications group at IBM Corp. and for various industry publications, including the highly-regarded Candle Computer Report. Additionally, he edits a weekly blog appearing on, and has contributed to other sites such as Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review. O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, and continued his studies in UCLA's New Media Program, where he specialized in story analysis and editing.


Guilherme Oliveira

Senior Content Coordinator

Guilherme Oliveira is responsible for the content management for the platform. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Guilherme moved to US to attend University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he completed a certificate program in International Business Operations and Management, and a second program in Marketing. Guilherme then joined Center for Hispanic Leadership as a Senior Content Coordinator, where he was soon hired for a permanent position. Prior to this, Guilherme experienced working with big brands such as Hasbro and Siemens.