Executive Board of Directors
Patricia Trejo is a Mexican-American from an immigrant, migrant farm-worker family of eight. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Mass Communications from The University of Florida. Her Master’s Degree is in Educational Leadership, and she is currently a Doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Trejo has been a servant leader in public education for 22 years, serving as a Teacher, Learning Team Facilitator, Assistant Principal and Principal. She has worked in Polk, Broward, and Palm Beach counties at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Mrs. Trejo currently serves as an Administrative Program Planner for Hispanic/Latino Studies where she helps to infuse Latino history and culture into the curriculum and instruction. She provides professional development to teachers and administrators, and organizes an annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute. Mrs. Trejo also collaborates with the Hispanic/Latino community to help provide mentors for Latino youth, foster parent involvement, and assist with community outreach.
In 2011, she served as the President of the Palm Beach County School Administrators’ Association, and in 2014 was named SECME Administrator of the Year. In 2016, Mrs. Trejo was the first Mexican-American to be inducted into Auburndale High School’s Hall of Fame in Polk County, FL. In 2019, she was honored with receiving the Wings of Inspiration Award from the Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and given the 22nd Annual Triunfo Education Award by the Palm Beach Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In March 2021, she was recognized and awarded for being an administrator that made an outstanding difference by the National Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Currently, she serves as the President for the Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Secretary for the National Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents’ State Affiliates, a graduate of the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy (Cohort X), Co-Facilitator for the National ALAS Linking Latina Leaders Network, and an Ambassador for The Florida Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce for Palm Beach County.
Dr. Enrique Vela
An advocate for educational equity and inclusion, Dr. Enrique Vela has served for over 20 years as a public educator in New York City, Orlando, and Palm Beach County.
Dr. Vela currently serves as a principal in Palm Beach County and works as an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University, where he collaboratively developed the new Leadership for Social Justice course. He currently serves on
the Florida ALAS Board of Directors in the capacity of Vice President.
Patricia Ordóñez-Feliciano, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia Ordóñez-Feliciano was born in Nicaragua and her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was 17 years old. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Ph.D. in Global Leadership. She has served as a secondary math teacher, Instructional Specialist, and Assistant Principal. She is currently a Principal in the District of Palm Beach, and an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Florida Atlantic University. She has also served as internship supervisor for students completing their Master of Education in Educational Leadership at various universities in the U.S. and co-facilitated the Linking Latinas Network events for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. She is a champion for Social and Emotional Learning. Her school was featured by the White House’s Be Best initiative in 2019. Dr. Ordóñez-Feliciano believes that creating a positive and supportive school culture as well as developing strong teacher leaders are key ingredients to school success. She encourages future education leaders to lead with their heart and always keep students’ needs in mind when making decisions.