Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees, Inc.

Promoting Career Advancement Through Training and Education


National Board

Patricia DiDonato National President


Patricia DiDonato has been at the IRS for 35 years. She is currently Senior Manager in Large Business & International Division (LB&I), Enterprise Activities Practice Area, Financial Products and is responsible for the West Coast Territory. She was the Frontline Manager for Financial Products for 12 years and a Financial Products Agent for 5 years working on some of the largest and most complex returns and issues. Previously, she was a Revenue Agent in Small Business Self Employed business unit for 10 years and began her career as a Tax Compliance Officer. While in LB&I, she acted as Senior Manager for IRS NEXT to support the strategic design and implementation of the IRS reorganization as outlined in the Taxpayer First Act. She was Staff Assistant to the Director of Field Operations for 2 years. She made significant contributions to update the Internal Revenue Manual known as the LB&I Examination Procedures (LEP) which affects the way business is conducted by this division.   She worked on various projects to improve case selection and processing. Many of these changes affected the LEP IRM and have been incorporated into the Revenue Agent Training.   She has led a team of instructors to update the training content and teach the Financial Products Phase 3 training and other training issues affecting the FP specialty examinations. She provides new manager training given to managers hired under the Department of the Treasury. Pat received the 2022 IRS Excellence Award for her contributions to the Southern California Recruitment Team out of Glendale, CA, and as a member of the LB&I Community of Practice for both Hiring and Recruitment, continues to support these efforts in accordance with the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. In 2020, she received the LB&I Diversity Award in recognition of her many years of service to the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE), as a volunteer board member for New Academy, two charter schools under the Los Angeles Unified School District, as an Advisor to the Multicultural Women’s Executive Leadership Program, and for her efforts to encourage and promote diversity in the workplace.

She has been active in HIRE since 1989 in many capacities. She began her two-year term as National President in August 2023 and with her board, leads efforts to promote career advancement, the HIRE mission, vision and goals. She has planned and supported numerous National Training Conferences, career advancement workshops, scholarship awards, community outreach, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and provides guidance to the local chapters. She chaired the Sponsorship Committee to provide financial support and various partnerships to ensure success of the National Training Conferences. She has been involved in strategic planning and implementation in various aspects including continued career advancement related workshops in collaboration with TAS and our own members, including during our very first Virtual Mini-Conference held in 2021, and was able to have the IRS Commissioner, Charles Rettig, provide opening remarks, and again at the Dallas, TX 2022 National Training Conference.

Before becoming the HIRE National President, she served as the West Coast Area Representative as liaison to speak on behalf of the West Coast HIRE Chapters, as the Southern California Chapter President, and in various positions while a HIRE Member. She is a true believer that together we shall go far and has provided continual support to others by reviewing job applications, mentoring, and providing mock interviews.

She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a bachelor’s in business administration. She serves as an LMU Class Captain for the Latin American Alumni Association in the capacity of a liaison between the alumni, the current Latin American/Hispanic Students, and the school. She earned an MBA in Finance from California State University, Fullerton, is an inactive Certified Public Accountant in California and Nebraska. Patricia was the IRS CPA Los Angeles Board Vice President for many years in support of providing continuing professional education to IRS CPAs. She is the proud mother of two grown children and loves the company of her family and friends, traveling, hiking, trying new cuisines, learning new languages, and making a positive impact on others, while continually growing and learning herself.

Karen (Balen) Vazquez National Vice President

Karen Balen began her career at the Service in 2006 as a group secretary and worked her way up to Special Enforcement Program revenue Agent, tax compliance officer group manager, field exam group manager, knowledge base offshore analyst, acting field territory manager before working on the Area Director’s staff as a technical analyst.


She is currently in the Manager Readiness Program and is an acting program manager in technical services responsible for SB/SE and LB&I nationwide programs and specialized programs nationwide, overseeing the work of 100 employees in over 50 posts of duty.


Karen was the Southeast Area Representative (serving 2022-2024, prior 2018-2022) and Southeast Area Assistant Area Representative (2020-2022) representing interests before the National Board of HIRE members in Georgia, Puerto Rico, South Florida, Colorado and New Mexico chapters. She was HIRE of South Florida chapter vice president (2016-2022) chairing the scholarship, membership and event committees, and she also provide oversight to the HIRE of South Florida’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) bilingual chapter.


In 2019 Karen chaired and delivered the HIRE National Training Conference. Later that year she served as IRS nationwide point of contact for the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria hurricane efforts, raising donations of cash and supplies, and coordinating with other business units and other federal agencies and not-for-profits to coordinate delivery those in need.


Karen lives in Miami, FL so she enjoys bundling up to travel to cold weather places.

National Area Representatives

Mayra Dimas, West Coast Area

Anita Dominguez Ross, Central Area 


Harold Pagan, Northeast Area

Andy Matteo, Assistant NE Area Rep

Maria Baez, Southeast Area

(Taking Volunteers*), Southwest Area


Janice Foulk, Chief Information Officer

Anita Dominguez Ross
Shirley Rivera
(Taking Volunteers*), Executive Director of Mentoring

(Taking Volunteers*), HIRE Administrator 


Jesse Martinez, Executive Treasurer


Anna Houston, National Secretary 
*Volunteering for a National Position!

Are you interested in becoming more involved with National HIRE? Do you want to help mold the future? 

 Those individuals wishing to be considered as volunteer candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The candidate must be a member of HIRE in good standing

  • The local chapter must nominate the person as a candidate

  • The candidate must submit a brief bio and a statement of commitment to support the goals and objectives of HIRE National.

  • The Chapter President will submit a statement of support for the candidate and will need to confirm that the candidate is in good standing status with the local chapter.  For questions please contact Sergio.Guzman@irs.gov.