Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees, Inc.

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Irma Treviño, Public Affairs Specialist Bilingual explains the expanded Child Tax Credit on Spanish TV news station

Irma is the President of the Rio Grande Valley HIRE Chapter in Harlingen, TX since 2012 and a HIRE member since 2002 when she joined the South Texas Chapter in San Antonio, TX.  Irma has been with the IRS since 1991 as a Revenue Agent and in July 2002 became the Bilingual Spokesperson for IRS media relations. Currently, she is working for the Planning and Content Development section 1 within the Communication and Liaison (C&L) division.

As an IRS spokesperson Irma is frequently featured on television, radio and print media. Recently she recorded a segment for Univision on Advance Child Tax Credit that is a must listen.

2020 Fleming Award Winner - Victor Aledo

As National Office chapter president, I would like to share some exciting news with the other chapters and board,  about one of my chapter  members, Victor Aledo, acting Director of Tax Forms and Publications and 2020 SES Candidate.


Victor was nominated and was awarded the prestigious 2020 Flemming Award.  The Flemming Award is awarded annually to twelve federal stellar employees with three to 15 years of federal government service. Award recipients are nominated by their federal agencies and selected through a competitive judging process. The awards are presented by the Arthur S. Flemming Commission, in partnership with the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. The winners are recognized for performing outstanding service in the fields of applied science and engineering, basic science, leadership and management, legal achievement, and social science.


Victor won this award for his efforts to overhaul the way the IRS corresponds with taxpayers with limited English proficiency or disability, collaborating with offices throughout the IRS to dramatically expand the type and number of taxpayers that can be served.


He will be recognized  in a GovMatters TV Network in a  virtual celebration this summer. 


Please join  me in congratulating Victor on this accomplishment! We are so very proud of him!

Sergio Guzman, HIRE National President
Senior Manager Readiness Program - Patricia Didonato selected

Thirty-four LB&I applicants were recently selected into the Senior Manager Readiness Program (SMRP). Congratulations to Patricia DiDonato, who is HIRE’s National Vice President. She currently works in Large Business and International, Enterprise Activities Practice Area as a Team Manager and currently is acting as Staff Assistant to the Director of Field Operations.

SMRP is a two-year developmental program that prepares participants for senior manager career opportunities. Participants in the program also gain experience by temporarily serving in a managerial assignment and other developmental opportunities. This program runs March 2021 to March 2023.  

Patricia has been involved with HIRE since 1988 and has participated in all levels at the local, regional and now at the national level.  She is enthusiastic in helping HIRE meets its mission and goals by helping its members thrive and advance in their careers through the various local and national trainings and to provide community support through various efforts such as VITA and in providing scholarships.

Please join us in congratulating Patricia!
Pay It Forward Program Award Winner

We are happy to share with you the news that Janice Foulk, CIO for HIRE National was nominated and selected as one of the three winners for the "Pay It Forward" program in October 2020. She is currently a Senior National Account Manager at the Austin, TX Service Center. This award focuses on the servant leader philosophy and exemplifies the following qualities.


  • A servant leader needs to assume good intensions of co-workers and not reject them as people, even when forced to reject their behavior or performance.
  • Don’t operate with your eyes shut, missing key signals that foretell pending problems or potential opportunities.
  • Servant leaders demonstrate an understanding of the importance of responding in a healing manner as problems and crises develop.
  • When we practice active listening, we develop the relationships necessary to be successful.
  • Servant leaders use persuasion over coercion to meet tight deadlines.
  • Stewardship is the key to build partnerships with staff, and to truly recognize the value they bring to the organization.


As its CIO and member of the National Board, Janice's servant leader qualities are on full display. She has been instrumental to the success of this organization.  

Congratulations Janice. We are very proud of you on this well-deserved recognition.  


Patricia DiDonato

HIRE National Vice President

Northeast Area Representative Retirement

HIRE National wishes to congratulate Ernestina Lejarza on her upcoming retirement on December 31, 2020.  Thank you for the contributions that you have made to HIRE. We enjoyed having you serve on the National Board in your capacity as the Northeast Area Representative as well as your time on the Philadelphia Chapter Board.


We wish you the best of health and lots of enjoyment during the next phase of your life.

Patricia DiDonato - HIRE VP Receives Diversity Spectrum Award

Diversity Spectrum Award Background: The Diversity Spectrum Award recognizes LB&I employees who have demonstrated sustained commitment to maintaining and promoting an environment of diversity, equal employment opportunity and inclusion, aligned with the LB&I vision. Nominations will be evaluated on three criteria related to EEO and Diversity, including: Leadership, commitment, and employee engagement; Advancing an environment of inclusion and Community Leadership and Outreach.

Diversity Spectrum Award Winner: Patricia DiDonato, Supervisory Revenue Agent, in the Enterprise Activities Practice Area, in Glendale, California. (Nominated by James Ellis, Program Manager in the Enterprise Activities Practice Area.) 

Patricia has been involved with the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) group since she began her career with the IRS in 1988. She became National Vice President in August 2019 and leads HIRE in the fulfillment of its mission to prepare members for career advancement within the IRS, conduct community outreach, and mentor and coach employees. Patricia assisted area representatives with leadership and guidance of all 36 chapters nationwide in addition to serving on both the annual business meetings and national training conference planning and implementation teams. 

Patricia has been heavily involved in the preparation for the HIRE National Training Conference and has presented topics at several workshops. She was instrumental to the success of these events and led efforts to secure presenters, assisted in the program book development, oversaw logistics, reviewed and approved budgets, and met regularly with committee chairs to ensure all planning was completed. Serving as a Sponsorship Committee Chair for the HIRE conference, Patricia was successful in reaching outside the agency to secure corporate financial support for LB&I employees to attend an employee recognized organization event. Patricia consistently demonstrates strong leadership in her work with HIRE and is committed to developing her leadership skills. She enhanced her leadership skillset by completing the Latina Global Executive Leadership Program in 2016 and served as an advisor for the program in 2018 and 2019.

Congratulations, Patricia, on winning the Diversity Spectrum Award.

HIRE Austin Chapter president, Carl Flores and vice president, Graciela Duran-Briceño engaged IRS employee volunteers to take an active role during the March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) telethon for the Spanish speaking community viewers, this event was hosted by UNIVISION via live broadcast and Facebook reaching a large Spanish speaking population. During Juan Carrizales’ interview with UNIVISION, he and HIRE volunteers shared a wealth of tax law knowledge to answer basic tax questions to ensure Spanish speaking taxpayers are well informed of their tax obligations for 2019 tax season.

Volunteers from L-R


Back Row: L-R Juan Carrizales, Carl Flores, Olga Rodriguez, Lorena Silerio, Shirley Rivera, Copitzi Salinas, Maribel Sewell, Emedelia Luna, Graciela Duran-Briceño

Front Row: L-R Maria Gutierrez and Ruth Lister

HIRE Familia Comes Together for Scholarships

Every year at the Annual Business Meeting, the National Board and the Chapter representatives vote on the upcoming year’s budget. The treasurer stands at the front of the room, reviews the proposed budget and everyone votes yay or nay. It’s standard procedure and usually not that exciting. This year was different. Jesse Martinez, our National Treasurer (picture on the left), proposed budgeting $5,000 for scholarships to deserving students across the country. Quietly, Rose Pruneda raised her hand and announced that she would personally pledge $250 towards the Scholarship Fund. Irma Trevino from the Rio Grande Valley Chapter also raised her hand, “I’ll pledge $200.” Carmen Nallion from Ogden quickly followed with “I’ll pledge $200.” More hands shot up, so many that Sergio couldn’t take notes fast enough. What an amazing moment. In a matter of 3 minutes, over $1,700 additional donations were raised for scholarships! It was invigorating and truly a demonstration of how the HIRE familia comes together for great causes. Please share this story with your chapter. If you or your chapter would like to pledge to the HIRE Scholarship Fund, email Jesse Martinez.

Pledges during the ABM: Colorado Chapter $ 100, Rose Pruneda $ 250, Irma Trevino $200, Lara Castillo $ 100, Paula Victoria $ 100, Teresa Dominguez $ 100, Oregon Chapter $ 100, Utah Chapter $ 200, Melinda Estrada $100, South Florida chapter $ 100, Jesse Martinez $ 200.

Puerto Rico Chapter Assists in Disaster Relief (April 4, 2018)

On September 20, 2017 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the effects on the island were devastating. A national HIRE relief effort was led by the South Florida chapter and with the help of the HIRE National Board they collected donations of cash and much needed supplies from chapters nationwide.


The local Puerto Rico Chapter jumped in to support their fellow members and the IRS employees working on the island. Even though many employees suffered from the impact of the hurricane, the HIRE Puerto Rico chapter identified employees with the greatest needs. For example, the chapter assisted one employee whose apartment was flooded resulting in the loss of almost all their personal belongings. In another case the chapter helped an employee with an elderly parent who had lost the roof to his home and was forced to move temporarily while his home was repaired. 


All the donations that were collected were used to provide assistance to those impacted by the hurricane. The chapter provided economic assistance to six local members plus two additional IRS employees (non-members). The chapter distributed three checks for $500 and five checks for $56.


One of the recipients sent a thank you: “Last week I received a donation from HIRE which I didn’t expect and for which I’m very grateful. I don’t have words to express my Gratitude. Thanks to HIRE I’ll be able to continue getting everything together at my home.”


HIRE is committed to helping our members and IRS employees in general during the time of crisis. The local chapter continues to work with local employees to provide disaster relief assistance and career development.


We thank everyone who generously donated their time, money and organized collections of supplies for the relief efforts.

(Photo of Puerto Rico local board with the envelopes (disaster relief) to be provided to employees. Left to right, Nerida Villanueva, Ruth Santos, Deborah Garay, Yanira Morales, and María Guzmán.)