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Hispanic Heritage Month

At Southern Company, our people are the heart of our company.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Yvonne Murray

Meet Jose Totti

Jose Totti, Birmingham Transmission Maintenance Center (TMC) supervisor at Alabama Power, moved to Alabama 10 years ago after receiving a job offer at a job fair at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez but keeps strong ties to his heritage.

Jose started his career with Alabama Power in June 2012 as a protection and control field services  engineer. As TMC supervisor, he is responsible for the safe maintenance, operation and reliability of transmission assets in the Birmingham area.

“For me, Hispanic Heritage represents unity. The best way I can describe this feeling is when family comes together to celebrate successes and support one another in tough situations. It means having a deep sense of togetherness and understanding between the whole community. I like to think I bring that sense of community everywhere I go,” Jose said.

“The advice I would give to new employees of Hispanic heritage is to embrace who you are and to share your uniqueness with those around you. It is an opportunity to share with friends and colleagues your own personal heritage and culture,”

Jose

Growing up, he enjoyed family gatherings during Christmas. Some of his favorite memories involve his family coming over to eat arroz con gandules (rice with peas), lechon asado (roast pork) and morcillas (blood sausage) while drinking coquito (coconut nog).

Jose says coworkers can be an ally to the Hispanic community by being open, inclusive and accepting and by showing interest and asking questions to learn more about different cultures and experiences.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to new places, trying new foods and playing soccer.

Natacha Val-Gonzalez

Meet Natacha Val-Gonzalez

Natacha Val-Gonzalez, compliance and reporting manager at Georgia Power, has called the United States home since age 14 but recognizes the importance of remembering her Uruguayan heritage and passing it down to her two children.

Natacha started her career with Georgia Power in 2010 as a bilingual customer service representative and is the 2022 president of AMIGOS, an employee resource group (ERG) for Hispanic and Latino/Latina employees and allies. 

Natacha had fond memories growing up in a small town in Uruguay with childhood friends and family.

“My experiences shaped who I am today. Being a teenager and moving across the world to a new country with a different language has made me resilient,” Natacha said. “I would advise anyone of Hispanic or any heritage for that matter to be their authentic selves at work and in life. I believe we can be our best selves when we are true to our identity.”

Natacha Val-Gonzalez
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and remember our roots. I feel more connected to other Hispanics in ways I never imagined through AMIGOS and love being a part of this big team,”

Natacha

Natacha and family

She says people can be allies to the Hispanic community by being open-minded, inquisitive and never placing the weight of an entire group of people on one person.

“The Hispanic community is very diverse, and we all have very different stories. Ask questions and be open to learning about experiences and opinions that are different from your own,” Natacha said.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her twin boys, Diego and Santi, and her husband, Ricardo. She also has a passion for do-it-yourself projects.