O.U.R. recently added Mr. Alberto Puertas to their Board of Governors.
Alberto Puertas is a career/academic counselor for the University Advisement Center at Brigham Young University. His responsibilities include: serving as the International Advisement Specialist at BYU; teaching courses in career strategies, career exploration, and effective learning; mentoring students at risk, and assisting the University in promoting career development issues and objectives.
Alberto has a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from BYU. He has mentored many college students doing humanitarian work and internships abroad. He has presented workshops and seminars in the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru. In his presentations and daily work, Alberto Puertas emphasizes the relationship between meaning, spirituality and career development. He also stresses the benefits and challenges globalization presents to vocational guidance in the international arena to this new millennium.
Alberto’s support and dedication to career orientation is tireless. He currently serves NCDA (National Career development Association) as the Latin American Director. From 2008 to 2010, he served on the Board of Trustees for NCDA, which allowed him to see the positive impact of NCDA on career development in this nation and around the world. In addition, Alberto has served as the International Career Issues Committee Chair. In this position, He led the formation of the Ambassadors program to assist the international members of NCDA who needed to network and understand the dynamics of the organization during NCDA annual conferences. Alberto has headed NCDA delegations to South America to promote career development interests and objectives.
Alberto Puertas serves as the Chair of the Board for Teens ACT, an organization whose main objective is empowering teenagers at risk for college. His support to local and international community projects is an important component of his contribution to society. In his outreach to the local and international community, Alberto served as a member of the Board of Directors of Southern Cross Humanitarian. Presently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Eagle Condor Humanitarian and the Liahona Children’s Foundation, organizations whose efforts benefit the less fortunate in developing nations. His many humanitarian functions has taken Alberto to the Philippines, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
Alberto and his wife Kristen of 24 years live with their three beautiful children in Orem, Utah. In his free time he enjoys reading, nature, good cuisine and spending time with his family and friends.