Meet the Speakers!

The upcoming 2022 STXi Fest will feature a lineup of local leaders and influencers who truly represent the culture, the community, and the identity of the Rio Grande Valley. They all come from diverse backgrounds and tell different stories, but they are united by one central belief: the youth need to be engaged in conversations about our community!

Vanessa Alonzo
Vanessa Alonzo

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Dr. Lisa Chapa
Dr. Lisa Chapa

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Brandon Figueroa
Brandon Figueroa

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Vanessa Alonzo
Vanessa Alonzo

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Vanessa Alonzo

Vanessa is the lead female vocalist in the Houston-based Latin fusion group "Los Guerreros de La Musica", which has been recognized as the Best Latin Band at the East Texas Music Awards. She has also been honored by the Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation in 2014 with the International Leadership Award for her outstanding career.

Vanessa Alonzo
Vanessa Alonzo

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Vanessa Alonzo

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Dr. Lisa Chapa
Dr. Lisa Chapa

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Dr. Lisa Chapa
Dr. Lisa Chapa

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Dr. Lisa Chapa

Dr. Lisa Chapa is a board certified general surgeon who completed a Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship at Mount Sinai in New York City. She returned to the Rio Grande Valley in 2019 to practice in her hometown of McAllen, Texas as the first and only Breast Surgical Oncologist south of San Antonio!

Efrén Olivares

Efrén is the deputy legal director of the  Southern Poverty Law Center's Immigration Justice Project, which aims to put an end to immigrant detention. The project's efforts include the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, a program that provides pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants at detention centers in the Deep South.

Efren Olivares
Efren Olivares

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Efren Olivares
Efren Olivares

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Alyssia Leach
Alyssia Leach

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Alyssia Leach
Alyssia Leach

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Alyssia Leach

Alyssia is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville, where she earned a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. During her junior year of high school, she became a GripTape Challenger, focusing on learning how to market a business. Since then, she has been a GripTape Champion, Youth Leadership Board member, GripTape Podcast Host, and Peer Entrepreneur Trainer.

Valery Tobias

Valery is a graduate student-athlete at the University of Texas at Austin. She competes in both indoor and outdoor track, earning All-American honors for her success in the 800 meter event. She holds a degree in Health and Society with Magna Cum Laude designation, and she was also named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during all four of her years as an undergraduate student.

Valery Tobias
Valery Tobias

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Valery Tobias

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Brandon Figueroa
Brandon Figueroa

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Brandon Figueroa
Brandon Figueroa

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Brandon Figueroa

Brandon is a professional boxer who previously held the WBC super bantamweight title and the WBA super bantamweight title. He remained undefeated throughout the first 22 matches of his career, which is a part of the reason why he is also known as "The Heartbreaker!" In fact, he is coming to STXi Fest '22 fresh off of another victory against Carlos Castro.