June 12, 2021

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Governor makes new appointments


Announced new designations for the Convention Center District Authority, OCIF, ACT, ASSMCA, Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment Authority, Tourism Company, Division of Gaming and NIE

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Strength – The governor, Pedro Pierluisi, announced on Monday new designations for various agencies, such as the Convention Center District Authority, the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF), the Highway and Transportation Authority (ACT), the Administration of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ASSMCA), the Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment Authority, the Tourism Company, the Gaming Division, and the Bureau of Special Investigations (NIE).

In the District Authority of the Convention Center, the governor appointed Mariela Vallines Fernández as Executive Director. Vallines Fernández has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Juris Doctor degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, both Cum Laude.

He worked in the hospitality industry for the Westin and Wyndham chains. She has worked in Legal Aid clinics and practiced as a trial lawyer in civil, criminal, administrative and appellate practice cases. In addition, she has served as director of the Legal Division of the Municipality of Guaynabo and is currently the deputy mayor of said municipality.

Likewise, Natalia Zequeira Díaz was announced as Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF). Zequeira Díaz has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph University in International Marketing and a Juris Doctor from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

He completed a master’s degree in banking, corporations, and financial law. She worked for multiple banking institutions on the Island and had the opportunity to work as a legal advisor to resolve internal problems and controversies about applicability, jurisdiction and regulations at Citibank International PLC, in Madrid, Spain.

On the other hand, in the Highways and Transportation Authority (ACT) the Governor reported the appointment of engineer Francisco Rodríguez Dosal as Executive Director. Rodríguez Dosal completed two bachelor’s degrees, one in Civil Engineering Sciences and the other in Surveying and Topography Sciences, at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. In addition, he has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and has worked as a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico. He has 24 years of experience in public service and in the construction industry.

In addition, he has been part of and presided over different infrastructure and construction projects with different companies in the western area of ​​Puerto Rico.

Dr. Carlos Rodríguez Mateo was appointed as Director of the Administration of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ASSMCA). Dr. Rodríguez Mateo has vast experience in the areas of medicine and public policy. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and studied medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

Rodríguez Mateo has four master’s degrees in Public Health, Strategic Governance and Political Communication, Public Administration, and Management and Political Decision, from various prestigious universities. He has served as a university professor at the same time as his medical career, and was the Medical Director of facilities in Guayama and Salinas. Likewise, Rodríguez Mateo stood out as mayor of Salinas, senator and leader of different commissions of the Senate of Puerto Rico.

Nilda Marchan was nominated for Executive Director for the Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment Authority. Marchan graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Architecture. She worked in various architecture firms in Puerto Rico and for more than ten years she worked in San Francisco, California, where she dedicated herself to designing federal projects such as the Naval Station Treasure Island, two American embassies abroad, and the largest women’s university in the world. world for King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia. She has experience at Roosevelt Roads where she has served as the Project Manager and later as the Director of Development and Operations. He also spent time serving in the Puerto Rico Land Administration where he managed the government property portfolio. She was vice president of the American Institute of Architects for two years representing Puerto Rico.

On the other hand, the Governor nominated Carlos Mercado Santiago as Executive Director of the Tourism Company. Mercado, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Metropolitan University, then completed a master’s degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance from the same institution. He began his career directing marketing efforts for the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) where he was responsible for creating and promoting educational campaigns on forest conservation in conjunction with multiple agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. He served as Legislative Director of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives and later served as Director of the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company where he was dedicated to the creation and execution of public policy for the agency.

He recently worked as deputy executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, where he was in charge of designing and executing government tourism plans, managing the budget, and directing the agency’s public policy.

The Governor also appointed Orlando Rivera Carrión as Director of the Gaming Division. Rivera Carrión studied high school at Columbia College with a concentration in Business Administration. He began his career managing the Condado Plaza casino area, where he supervised and managed slot machines and table games. He was marketing manager for several hotels and consulting firms in Puerto Rico, coordinating marketing strategies to attract tourism and promote attractions such as the Hotel San Juan casino and the Wyndham Condado Plaza & Casino. Rivera Carrión has dedicated the last fifteen years of his career to directing the casino sector within the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, directing and supervising around 82 casinos throughout the island. He is an expert in the slot machine division and has management experience in the restaurant industry in Puerto Rico.

The first president also appointed Rafael Freytes Cutreras as Director of the Special Investigations Bureau. Freytes Cutreras has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He also obtained his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico. He served as legislative advisor to the Puerto Rico Senate Legal Committee, where he prepared and analyzed bills and commission investigations. He has currently been an assistant prosecutor assigned to the Arecibo prosecutor’s office for eleven years, attending investigations and prosecutions of criminal cases.



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