Melissa Martinez Dominguez, Education Chair
University of North Texas ‘17
Double BA in Media Arts & Integrative Studies
Melissa was born in Mexico and moved to Texas at an early age. As a DACA recipient, Melissa understands the doors education can open for students. Her interest in helping students and parents understand and navigate the higher education world began while attending the University of North Texas in Denton and working for the Office of Outreach as a G-Force Mentor. Later on, she graduated with double degrees in Media Arts and Integrative Studies and started working as an Outreach Admissions Counselor at UNT-Denton. Melissa is now an Assistant Director in Admissions at the University of Texas in Arlington. She currently serves as the Dallas County Promise Associate for UTA, as well, and will soon complete her Master's of Science in Learning Technologies. Her next educational goal is to receive her Project Management Professional Certification.
Martina Martinez Treviño, Scholarship Chair
University of North Texas ‘10
Double BA in Journalism and Spanish
I’ve been an HWNT-FW member since 2013 serving on the Education, Scholarship and ArtSí committees. Since I was elected in June, I get to be a part of 2 awesome boards! Although I was born in Mexico, I consider Fort Worth my hometown – having lived here for more than 50 years. I have been married for 39 years to a saint with whom I co-own a photo/video company, Altré MEDIA. Together, we have 3 adult sons and 3 loveable dogs. I graduated from UNT in 2010 with a double major in Journalism and Spanish, going back to college after my sons finished high school. Throughout my life I’ve had variety of careers from bookkeeper to Realtor to educator to journalist and have owned multiple small businesses. Yes, I do have ADD. I love traveling, gardening, listening to books and watching live music. A fun fact about me is that I filmed an instructional video on the roof of the George Bush Presidential Library having to carry my gear up a 90 degree rebar access ladder.
Sandra Esquivel, Volunteer Coordinator
University of Texas at Arlington
BA Interdisciplinary Studies
M.Ed Leadership and Policy Studies with Higher Education Emphasis
Sandra has worked to promote higher education in the DFW area for more than 16 years both in the community college and university level. As a first generation student herself, she knows first-hand the struggles students face when wanting to attend college. Making the college experience something a student can relate to and can find fun, rather than stressful is her passion. She is the current Assistant Director for the Go Center Mentor Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mrs. Esquivel lives in Burleson with her husband Julio. They have two sons in college, a daughter in high school, and a daughter in elementary school. They love the outdoors especially when it comes to running around their pups Max and Riley.
Daisy Valk-Lopez, Mentorship Coordinator
Eastern Washington University ‘12
Master’s in Social Work
Lewis-Clark State College ‘10
Bachelor’s in Social Work
Daisy was born and raised in a small town in Eastern Oregon. Her parents migrated from Mexico in the late 1970’s and is the middle of 5 children. After graduating high school Daisy moved out of state to pursue a college degree in Social Work as a first-generation student; soon after obtaining a master’s degree in social work. Determined to start her career in Texas she initially started working with inmates as a Social Worker and after 6 years she made a career change and is now working in Recruitment at the University of Texas at Arlington Fort Worth campus. In addition, she also works as a Victims Advocate with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors with The Women Center of Tarrant County for the last 7 years. After 9 successful years in Texas Daisy has taken on many leadership responsibilities ranging from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and most recently as the Mentorship coordinator with the Hispanic Women Network of Texas. She married the most incredible human being and lives a happy life living in the place she calls home.
Favorite quote: ‘I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast I could’