AFCEA International Chapter News
ECUADOR CHAPTER CHAPTER - Mar 30, 2021

Teamwork Between Chapters Equates Community Opportunities

Since January, 2021, Aberdeen and Ecuador Chapters have worked together in several meetings. Susan Emert, director, individual membership and awards, Women in AFCEA, contacted the Ecuador Chapter about this working relationship.

The chapter is grateful for all the collaboration given by Lt. Col. Manuel "Manny" Ugarte, USA, vice president of awards, Aberdeen Chapter. Bill Montgomery, president, Aberdeen Chapter, expressed his excitement for an opportunity to collaborate with AFCEA Ecuador.

Maria Dolores Santos, chapter president, presented a general overview about the chapter, how it began, membership numbers, activities, events and individual member achievements.

Col. Ugarte discussed his meeting with the chapter´s Directorate of Strategic Planning and Management team and presented the proposed chapter strategic plan.

In February, Mallory Arnold, executive vice president, Aberdeen Chapter, explained that chapters look for opportunities that have value to the community in general.

The chapter also had the opportunity to meet Denisse Szmigiel, technical director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Americas (DEVCOM-Americas), Army Research Lab, Army Research Office, and Juan Hurtado, consulting director in science and technology for the Southern Command. Hurtado continues to offer his consulting services in private industry. Together they will seek opportunities in science and technology for the region.

In March, the chapter held the first meeting between Aberdeen Chapter and the Organization of American States (OAS). The chapter predicts a close relationship with the OAS for the generation of sustainable development projects, educational STEM, programs for children, microlearning, small businesses and professional education for women. The chapter is grateful for the support of Oscar Ceville, consultant, OAS Department of Sustainable Development, and Col. Ugarte as well as the participation of chapter members Jaime Endara, Manuel Querembás, Santiago Pulgar and Santos.

Event Photographs:

In March, (first line from l to r) Lt. Col. Manuel
In March, (first line from l to r) Lt. Col. Manuel "Manny" Ugarte, USA; Susan Emert, director, individual membership and awards, Women in AFCEA; Mallory Arnold, executive vice president, Aberdeen Chapter; Maria Dolores Santos, president, Ecuador Chapter; and chapter members (second line from l to r) Jaime Endara, Patricio Salazar, Carlos Rodríguez and Bruce Schulte meet online.
In February, (first line from l to r) Col. Ugarte, Santos, Rodríguez, Querembás, (second line from l to r) Endara, Diana Velez, Denisse Szmigiel, Juan Hurtado, (third line from l to r) Robert Vargas and Salazar assemble in a virtual meeting.
In February, (first line from l to r) Col. Ugarte, Santos, Rodríguez, Querembás, (second line from l to r) Endara, Diana Velez, Denisse Szmigiel, Juan Hurtado, (third line from l to r) Robert Vargas and Salazar assemble in a virtual meeting.
In March, (first line from l to r) Santos, Col. Ugarte, Endara, (second line from l to r) Oscar Ceville, Querembás, Santiago and Pulgar enjoy an online meeting.
In March, (first line from l to r) Santos, Col. Ugarte, Endara, (second line from l to r) Oscar Ceville, Querembás, Santiago and Pulgar enjoy an online meeting.

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