Since 1999, Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo served as Executive Assistant and Public Relations Officer for the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS). In January 2006, The HETS Board of Directors appointed Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo, as the new Executive Director to lead the organization in its next steps after serving as the Interim Director for a 5-month term. She took on the challenge to guide the organization towards a self-sustainability model and continue the implementation of targeted services and programs, for all members and the educational community, in general. As an expert in member relations, project management, and integrated communications, Montalvo has contributed to HETS with a keen perspective, helping translate the organization members’ needs into opportunities for growth and collaboration.
Dr. Montalvo’s job focuses on bringing growth to the Consortium and diversifying member benefits, as it expands its membership, creates new services, and proposes new educational technology options for its constituencies. Strategies to be implemented will also open new doors towards the enhancement of the organization’s image and strengthen its mission.
Dr. Montalvo’s achievements included the creation and coordination of the HETS main conference called: Best Practices Showcase with an Academic Fair, the annual event called: Student Leadership Showcase, the publishing of the peer-reviewed HETS Online Journal which is part of the Cengage and EBSCO databases, the redesign of the Virtual Plaza portal (www.virtualplaza.org), and the development of new services, training in Spanish and English, and strategic alliances with organizations to benefit HETS constituencies.’
Dr. Montalvo has a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from the Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico, and a Doctor’s Degree in Leadership in Education at the Inter American University in Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus. She had coordinated several international trainings in Colombia and México as part of the partnership with Blackboard and had participated in several Conferences and Forums, National and International, like Virtual Educa International Conferences, among others. Dr. Montalvo served as Speaker on the Red Técnica Universitaria in June 2014, the Latino Institute Conference in April 2014, VI International Congress CITICED CREAD Caribe 2009, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Annual National Conference on 2008, among other events.
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Yubelkys Montalvo, Ed.D.
HETS Executive Director