AUTHOR, speaker and COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Keynote Speaker | Saturday Breakfast
ALBERT MONREAL QUIHUIS is an award-winning author of multicultural and bilingual books in different genres for children, young adults, and readers of all ages. He is a speaker in schools, museums, and libraries and organizations of all types. Albert is an Arizona Historian, educator, and Latino community advocate. He uses his writing, speaking, knowledge and experiences into making a better community for all.
More about Albert
Albert wrote the award winning “Sofia and Pepe the Parrot Adventure Series: his first in the series of children’s books to honor his parents and family tradition. He realized the need for multicultural books and became passionate about writing books that motivate and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture, history and being proud of their heritage. Albert wrote the young adult book “Better Than Me, Three Generations of Inner Strength” and won two International Latino Book Awards, Most Inspirational and Best Story with a Latina Theme. His most recent book is “The Legacy Journal, The Treasure Map to Your Life and Your Heritage” which won three awards.
Prior to writing, Albert was a Certified Financial Planner. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a native of Arizona and traces his ancestors to the 1700s in Arizona. Albert is serving or has served on the following Boards of Directors- Arizona Humanities, Tempe Historical Society, Tempe Tardeada, East Valley Hispanic Business Alliance, Dia De Los Muertos Festival at the Mesa Art Center, Chandler Mariachi Festival, Chandler Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee, and the YMCA Chandler-Gilbert.
Dr. Alejandrina Mata Segreda
Latin American Area Representative, Costa Rica Beta Chapter, and DKG Strategic planning committee
Keynote Speaker | Friday Luncheon
I have been an Elementary and Preschool teacher, professor at the University of Costa Rica in the area of Counseling, Vice President of this institution and Vice Minister of Education of Costa Rica.
After 46 years of professional work, I am retired and doing volunteer work for DKG.
In 1984 I was invited to be a member of the Society and through the years I have served in several positions, Executive Secretary, Chapter President, Chapter Parliamentarian, State Organization President, Chair of the Communications Committee among other responsibilities in Ad Hoc Committees. My first experience at the International level was in the World Fellowship Committee and then in the Leadership Development Committee. As a member of the International Administrative Board, I belong to the Strategic Planning Committee.
My main interest as Representative of the Latin American Area is to promote greater integration among the Latin American members and with the rest of the members of the international organization. To achieve this, I apply part of the knowledge that my training as a counselor has given me: strengthening the identity of the Latin American group in face of the purposes and identity of DKG as a whole.
international student at the University of Arizona
Keynote Speaker | Friday Breakfast
Alona Kladieva is an international student at the University of Arizona. She will graduate, May 2023, with a MA from the Teaching English as a Second Language program and will start her PhD right away in fall 2023. She has been teaching English in the Ukraine, and after coming to Tucson in August 2021 she started teaching English to immigrants in a nonprofit organization called Literacy Connects. Alona loves teaching and keeps working on becoming a better teacher every day. She plans to connect research in second language writing to teaching and bring the innovative teaching methods back to Ukraine.