Frank Spencer III
Mr. Blanco is a lifelong El Paso who is deeply committed to the long-term success of the Borderplex community. He currently serves as a Partner and the Director of Insurance and Estate Planning and Strategic Wealth Advisors in El Paso, TX. He has also worked as a Managing Member and Financial Advisor at Capital Wealth Management. Mr. Blanco holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mr. Adame is currently the Managing General Partner of Mexus Group, LLP and the President/CEO of Mexus Communications Management, LLC, a Wireless Internet Service Provider to commercial clients in El Paso County, southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez. Previously, he served as the Director for Business Development of DTSI, an information technology company located in San Antonio, Texas. With over thirty-six years of experience in ownership and management of retail, direct and outsourcing sales and solutions in the United States and Mexico, Mr. Adame holds extensive experience and expertise in the technology field.
Armando Aguirre has dedicated his career to helping students fulfill their dreams. His commitment to excellence in education is evidenced by his impact to the educational community in the state of Texas. Currently, Dr. Aguirre serves as Executive Director at ESC-Region 19. Part of his responsibilities is to provide leadership necessary to ensure that the programs and services, provided by the ESC, support the improved quality of public education. Additionally, he works closely with the superintendents to identify and respond to needs of school districts in the region, establishing priorities for the most efficient use of available resources .Dr. Aguirre has stayed true to his vision of shaping education in El Paso and inspiring students, teachers, and administrators to move forward.
Born and raised in El Paso, Mr. Alcala has worked in the field of Rehabilitation for over 35 years. He is the Area Manager for the DARS El Paso East Supervisory Unit and has received numerous recognitions over the years to include Regional and Statewide Area Manager of the Year distinctions. Mr. Alcala serves as our current Vice Chair on the Workforce Solutions Borderplex Disability Sub-Committee and was an active participant in the development of this sub-committee.
Bruce has been a member of the Texas Workforce Commission since February 2019. His focus is on connecting Veterans and Transitioning Service Members with the resources and tools they need to lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have willingly served. He is the Vice Chair for the City of El Paso - Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and serves on numerous boards across the city. He retired as Sergeant Major with 38 years of service with the US Army in March of 2016. During this time, he served both the active U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve.
Mr. Bhaskar serves as the Executive Vice President and CFO of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP). Mr. Bhaskar directs strategic and financial leadership of HACEP’s affordable housing initiatives and programs. He is responsible for strategic and financial leadership of HACEP’s state-of-the-art housing initiatives and programs which provide high-quality housing to over 40,000 El Pasoans through its 8,000 affordable subsidized housing stock. Mr. Bhaskar holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri, Block School of Business, and a Master of Accounting (MA) from the University of Kerala in India.
After more than 45 years in the electronic components industry, Mr. Biernacki retired at the end of 2020 from full-time employment as Vice President of Operations and Quality with Stackpole Electronics, Inc., a global component manufacturer. He has remained with Stackpole as a consultant working on special projects. Mr. Biernacki earned an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso College of Business Administration, and a BA from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He has served on several boards and committees at UTEP, with the aim of helping students better prepare to enter the workforce.
Steven J. Blanco was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Blanco attended law school at Baylor University where he graduated cum laude in 1996. Mr. Blanco is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1996 and the State Bar of New Mexico in 1997. Mr. Blanco is a shareholder and Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at the Firm. He is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Blanco practices in the Firm's Labor & Employment, Litigation and Local Government & School Law Practice Groups.
Bill Coon received his B.S. degree in Psychology from Southwest Oklahoma State University in Weatherford OK. His non-profit career began with the YMCA in San Antonio in November 1989 as a sports director. He has over 30 years in non-profit management. He has been part-time employee at the front desk to the President/CEO of the YMCA of El Paso. Bill serves on the Sun Bowl Board of Directors and works with the Game Day Committee, Soccer Committee and Parade Committee of the Sun Bowl.
As the newly appointed Vice President for Outreach and Community Engagement, Dr. de la Rosa serves as the liaison between the university and community healthcare providers, fostering relationships that will advance education at TTUHSC El Paso. He also works closely with Federally Qualified Health Centers, the Border Health Commission. Hispanic Chamber, school districts, and medical societies to strengthen to develop and strengthen community relations and partnerships. Dr. de la Rosa remains active as a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges. the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics. and various other national organizations. At the local level. he serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso.
Dan Dunlap is a native Texan, born and raised in Amarillo. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Commission in the United States Air Force. In 2000, Mr. Dunlap and his wife, Ann, became the sole owners of Christopher’s Home Furnishings which they continue to operate today as a classic “Mom & Pop” business. In addition to being self-employed, Dan is currently serving his fifth term as Mayor of Marfa, Texas, and is also serving as the Municipal Judge for the City of Marfa, Texas.
I am Ernestina Fauntleroy and have been in the child care profession for over 20 years. In my early teenage years, I developed a passion for kids while babysitting my nieces and nephews. When I started having my children, I realized the necessity of having a qualified child care provider. I am a caring person who loves helping in the development of children. I’ve learned child care requires you to be energetic, people-oriented, self-sufficient, dependable, and an effective communicator. All are attributes I possess and continually seek improvement in to become more effective in my profession.
As a military spouse, I’ve obtained experience in Military Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes. During my tenure in the Military Child Care Centers, I served as a Lead Teacher/Mentor. This position was challenging and rewarding. Having the opportunity to mentor military spouses in child care afforded me the chance to give back to the military community. My experience has also provided the opportunity to serve as a child care volunteer in churches. My experience and passion fostered a safe and secure environment within the ministries I served.
My passion for children led me to start my child care home business. I was awarded and have maintained a Texas Rising Star Home since 2010 and a National Accredited Home since 2009. I’m also a National Association Family Child Care (NAFCC) Observer. I have completed my Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education. I’ve also obtained my Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentials. All are great accomplishments towards my professional development. They also provide parents a peace of mind knowing I’m qualified to care for and teach their children. My greatest accomplishment is the lifelong relationships I have established with parents and their children. I will forever cherish all the children I’ve had the pleasure to care for. They will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Molly Flores has an extensive career as a Financial Economist analyzing the use and distribution of resources in markets and evaluating how time, risk, opportunity costs, and information can create incentives or disincentives for a particular decision. Currently, Mrs Flores serves as Manager of Community Engagement for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Part of her responsibilities is to provided strategic direction to El Paso’s Community Outreach function, Restructured engagement activities to align with Bank-wide priorities and reorganized team structure to respond to these goals. Mrs Flores holds a Masters of International Affairs, with specialization in Economics from the University of Texas A&M, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a minor in Spanish and International Studies from the Truman State University.
Ms. Gallardo serves as the Public Affairs Officer for Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, a healthcare system that includes two acute care facilities, one free-standing Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers, Regional Oncology Centers, Women’s Centers, Imaging and Diagnostic Centers, and two Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is a part of HCA, the largest healthcare chain in the world and has several accredited centers of excellence.
Leonard “Tripper Goodman, III is the President and CEO of Goodman Financial Group which is a financial services firm founded in 1919. Mr. Goodman is active in the local community serving as Chairman of ReadyOne Industries’ Board of Directors, Chairman of the UTEP Development Board, and Co-Chairman of the Paso Del Norte Group’s Civic Committee. In addition, he is currently serving on multiple boards across the community. He is a lifetime member of The Million Dollar Round Table and has been the recipient of the National Management Award from the General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA) and elected President of the General Agent Association – John Hancock Financial Services.
Mr. Hernandez is executive director of the Horizon City Economic Development Corporation. The nonprofit attracts investments, retains and expands area businesses and cultivates entrepreneurs in the fastest growing community in El Paso’s metropolitan area. The corporation in 2019 launched the Horizon Tech Accelerator Program to build an aerospace and engineering innovation and services-focused ecosystem with the University of Texas at El Paso. Hernandez is a graduate of UTEP where he mentors the area’s top high school journalists as a volunteer with the university’s Journalism in July program.
Mr. Kenzie has been a businessman in the Borderplex community since 2011. He serves as the managing partner for Mayor Clay Productions L.P., a full-service video production company and television content development house. Together, he and his wife, Belinda, own and operate Stone Village Tourist Camp and Stone Village Market in Fort Davis, Texas.
Ms. Maldonado serves as the president for Roof Toppers of El Paso, Inc. Roof Toppers of EL Paso, Inc. has been in business since 1991, and was founded by Ruby and her husband, Ruben. The company began as a residential roofing company and through the years of expertise ventured onto the Commercial and Industrial side of roofing. Incorporated in 2004, the company changed ownership to be majority woman owned in April 2015.
As the president of the EPFTSP, Mr. Moore is one-third of the eligible non-supervisory personnel within the county's largest school district on all matters of compensation and working conditions. He is the lead advocate on education issues effecting the students and teachers; such as the abuse of standardized testing, real college and career readiness, and Special Needs. Mr. Moore works every day to ensure local students in the community develop into the high-quality workforce of tomorrow.
Mary Jo Ochoa-Hernandez has been in Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) since 2005 and currently works with the Far West Adult Education Consortium to provide AEL services in the Borderplex region. As the Career Pathway and Transitions Coordinator for Socorro ISD, Ms. Ochoa focuses on providing local career and educational opportunities aligned to the vision of the Texas Workforce Commission. She currently serves on the Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee whose charge is to advise the Texas Workforce Commission on matters related to the administration of the AEL programs in Texas.
Ms. Perez serves as the Management Committee Member and Managing Partner of the Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP El Paso Office. She oversees all office operations, personnel and budgets and the collection and litigation programs for over 56 clients in El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson Counties. As a member of the firm’s Management Committee, she directs the overall firm’s operations and policies. Ms. Perez is a graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law and the University of Texas at El Paso. After law school, Ms. Perez was a briefing attorney for the Honorable Justice Susan Larsen of the Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals. She worked for the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office and for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office prior to joining Linebarger Goggan in 1995.
Emma Wollschlager Schwartz, MPH, serves as president for the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation, a non-profit organization that drives the vision for positioning the Paso del Norte region as the premier center of health delivery, medical education and biomedical research for military, border and Hispanic populations. Prior to joining the MCA Foundation, Schwartz was founder and president of Wollschlager Consulting, LLC, dba W Consulting, LLC, a healthcare management and regulatory compliance consulting company. Schwartz’s involvement in the community includes work as director of WestStar Bank in El Paso and the Paso del Norte Center of Hope, an anti-human trafficking outreach and victim support organization. She is a member of the Borderplex Alliance and is on the Advisory Board of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.
Doctor Serrata is the President of El Paso Community College (EPCC), a nationally recognized institution of higher education offering associate degrees technical and vocation diplomas, one-year certification and continuing education classes located in the Borderplex city of El Paso, TX. Dr. Serrata holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development.
A native of El Paso, Ms. Short holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2017, Ms. Short was honored by El Paso Inc. as a Woman of Impact and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce with the Breakthrough Leader Award. Mica currently serves as the Vice President of Development for the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation team where she focuses on the development and implementation of a charitable giving program to support the philanthropic goals of individuals, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations in the region.