Board of Trustees

Quiroga is organized and operated as a 501(c)3  not-for-profit corporation under Illinois law and

governed by a board of trustees (“Board”). The Board has the fiduciary responsibility for overseeing and managing all legal, corporate, personnel, and operations of the Institute and for ensuring that all policies and assets held by Quiroga are properly used to advance the educational purposes. This includes oversight of the educational programs and faculty.

The Board has a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer that serve as officers of the Board.


Gerardo Mosqueda, PhD, President

Mr. Mosqueda was born in Guanajuato Mexico in 1957.  He holds a BA in Industrial Psychology, a Master Degree in Languages and Spanish Literature, an MBA from Universidad LaSalle and a Ph.D. in Business Administration, also from Universidad LaSalle.  M served as the Director of the Psychology Counseling Services, Inc. and has over thirty-six years of teaching experience at the Institute level, and over twenty-two years of social research, conducting over seventy-nine research projects in Macroeconomics, Education, Politics, and Government.  He has lectured at universities in Mexico, USA, Spain, Italy, and throughout South America. Mr. Mosqueda is the Founding President of the Psychology Guild of the State of Guanajuato, Vice President of the National Center for Youth Studies, and has served in various other capacities on several other nonprofit organizations.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of UVAQ (Mexico). Address: Av. Juan Pablo II #555, Col. Santa María de Guido, Morelia, Mich., Mexico, C.P. 58090.

Francisco Salazar, PhD, Vice president

Mr. Salazar was born in Mexico City in 1940. He has two BS degrees, one in Chemical Engineering (Universidad Iberoamericana) and one in Industrial Chemistry (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico); an MBA from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi, and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Universidad La Salle.  He has extensive corporate experience, serving as the President and General Director of 5 significant corporations (Chemical Products of San Luis, Cibermex Apple Distribution Center, Brancomex, Chemical Products of Latin America, and LPQ Corp.).  He has served as the President of Academic Personnel of UASLP Faculty and the Secretary-General of both the National Association of College Academic Personnel and the National Confederation of College Workers.  Mr. Salazar also has significant experience as a public servant, having served at various levels in the Mexican Government, including State Representative, Senator, and Congressman, President of the National Foundation of Public Servants, and Vice Minister of Labor.  In 2005, Mexican President Vicente Fox appointed Salazar as Mexico’s Minister of Labor, where he served through 2006.  He has over twenty-seven years of teaching experience at the high school and college level.  He currently serves as a director on the Board of UVAQ (Mexico) and as President of the Directive Council of the Labor Policy Institute.

Raúl Martínez Rubio, Treasurer

Mr. Martinez was born in Michoacán, Mexico in 1957.  He received his BA & MBA from UVAQ Mexico and a Senior Management Direction for Higher Education Institutions from the Harvard Extension School and Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico).  He has over 28 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level, and he currently serves as the President of UVAQ (Mexico). He also has extensive fundraising experience.  He also serves as National Counselor for COPARMEX (The Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic), an independent business association focused on significant policy issues for the Mexican economy and society.

Cherie Meacham, Trustee

Ms. Meacham was born in Chicago, IL. She has a Ph.D. in Spanish from Northwestern University (1983), an M.A. in Spanish from Kent State University (1972) and a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Champaign, IL (1968). Ms. Meacham was Professor of Spanish at North Park University (1983-2009), Instructor in Spanish at Illinois Institute of Technology (1981-83), Instructor in ESL at St. Augustine Comm. College (1979-83), Lecturer in Spanish at Mundelein College (1980-83), Teaching Assistant in Spanish at Northwestern University (1976-81) and Teacher of Spanish and History in Coventry High School (1972-76). At North Park University, Ms. Meacham held the following administrative roles: Chair of Foreign Languages (1984-2002), created and administrated Winter Term in Morelia, México (1985-97 and in alternate years 1997-2009). Created, chaired and taught Women’s Studies Program (1991-97), Director of the Faculty of Cultural Studies (2002-20011) and Creator and Chair of Global Studies Program, (2004-2009).

María Prado, Trustee

Ms. Prado was born in Michoacán, México. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and obtained her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Ms. Prado is a founder of Prado & Renteria, the largest Hispanic-owned CPA firm in Illinois. The firm serves a variety of clients through its specialized practice areas: employee benefit plans, government, corporations, private companies, and non-profit organizations. Prado & Renteria has recognition as one of the Top 100 fastest growing Hispanic companies in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine and has been featured on ABC 7 -- one of the top television networks in the state—as one of the most established minority firms in the Chicagoland area.

Michelle Chávez, Trustee

Ms. Chávez was born in La Manzanilla, México. Former Illinois State Representative of the 24th District. As State Representative, Ms. Chávez worked on the following committees: Human Services; Elementary & Secondary Education; Mass Transit; State Government Administration; Health Care Availability Access; Higher Education; Governmental Accountability and Streamlining; Committee of the Whole. Ms. Chávez is a well-recognized Latino leader in the Mexican Community.

José Manuel Ortiz, Secretary

Mr. Ortiz was born in Puebla City, México in 1966.  He has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México, he holds a Masters of Business Administration, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Anáhuac.  He has more than 25 years of experience working in corporate, financial and strategic projects, 15 years as a consultant in strategy for small and medium business and more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education teaching and academic administration.