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Avila names two to its Board of Trustees
Valdez, Ojile join 26-member governing board

June 22, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - -Ana Valdez and Christine Ojile are the two newest members of Avila University's Board of Trustees, the University announced recently.

The two women were nominated for service and then vetted by a board committee that handles selection of new trustees. They were recommended and accepted by the full board at its May 13 meeting. They become part of what is now a 26-person panel which makes policy and oversees the operations and budget at Avila. Their membership on the board is effective immediately.

Valdez, who obtained a master's in business administration from Avila in 1996, is the executive director of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, a coalition of Hispanic organizations throughout the U.S. that advocates for inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America, headquartered in Washington D.C. She has spent nearly 20 years working with numerous non-profit, grass roots and community-based organizations and has worked at Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, H&R Block and Sprint. She has served on the boards of several Hispanic leadership organizations in the Kansas City area and was founding president of the Kansas City chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

"As an alumnus of Avila University, I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees," Valdez said. "My aspiration is to ensure that we regard diversity at all levels of the University and to embrace that spirit in all facets of the responsibility for which we have been assigned. I look forward to serving the students and faculty of Avila and to contribute to its reputation as an outstanding institution of higher learning."

Ojile, who earned a bachelor of science in business management, along with minors in economics, psychology and studio art from Avila in 1982, has served on the Avila Board of Counselors since 1996, including several years as chair. She also serves on the Advancement Committee and was instrumental in recruiting several new members in 2010. She is regional vice president for client development at Kantar Retail, a global retail research, training and consultancy business that delivers a competitive advantage to clients through forward-looking insights, proven advisory and transformative education. She is a member of Kantar Retail's sales leadership council and is involved with Kantar Retail's client advisory board. Christine also represents her company on the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Executive Education Advisory Board. She has received awards and recognition for leadership and producing team/individual above expectation results.

Prior to joining Kantar Retail, Christine had an extensive career with Hallmark Cards Inc. in sales, training, trade/customer marketing and project management. Her experience included assignments of increasing responsibility in both North America and the international arenas. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and Network of Executive Women.

"I am excited to continue my involvement with the Avila community," said Ojile. "Through my many years as both a student and volunteer, I have thoroughly enjoyed my Avila connection. As I embark on my new position on the Board of Trustees, I am eager to share my knowledge and experience to help the organization continue to build on its solid foundation."

"Ana Valdez and Christine Ojile epitomize what we are looking for in trustees for Avila University," said Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., president. "Their dedication to excellence in their professional and personal lives, along with a commitment to service and devotion to Avila, make them perfect choices to join our Board of Trustees. We all look forward to their input and contributions to the board and university in the near future and beyond."


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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.