ONTARIO, Calif. (April 10, 2015) -- Col. Irene Zoppi-Rodriguez, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico's deputy commander, was recognized as a Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle, an independent Television Program that reaches over 16 million households in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas.The recognition took place during the Latina Conference 2015, April 2."I thank God for the opportunity and I hope this (recognition) serves as an example for many young Latinas who are told - they can't achieve it," said Zoppi, who is the first female to hold the position of Deputy Commander in the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico, the largest U.S. Army command in the Caribbean.With a doctorate in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland, a Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School, a Master's in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico, Zoppi embodies the determination of the female Hispanic soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve.