About Us CEO & Staff

Office of the CEO
Leila H. Melendez

As CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex Ms. Melendez works closely with local businesses, educators, and economic development agencies towards improving the skills level of El Paso’s residents and the competitiveness of the Borderplex region.

Ms. Melendez is native El Pasoan, having graduated from Bel Air High School and her bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in Business Administration from UTEP. In 2016, she completed an Executive Education Course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Behavioral Insights.

Ms. Melendez is very active in the community, serving on boards that promote and serve El Paso and its citizens, including the Fireman and Policemen’s Pension Fund Board and Executive Forum.

Ms. Melendez has tried her hand as an entrepreneur, launching a food mail service business, Food Flight. She was recognized as a Woman of Impact by El Paso Inc. and recognized as a Breakthrough Leader from the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

Esther Becerra
Special Projects Director
Abigail Ruiz
Executive Coordinator-Board of Directors Liaison
WSB Staff
Human Resources
Gisela Guzman
Human Resources Manager
Communications & Public Affairs
Kandolite Carson
Creative Content Manager
Alondra McDuffie
Multimedia Outreach Specialist
Innovation & Development
Alma Aranda
Innovation & Development Director
Dezeree Fraga
Workforce Programs Specialist
Odette Flores-Ruiz
Rural Development Project Manager
Janell Valles
Nextforce Program Manager
Louis Castillo
Industry Project Manager
Carson Carter
Innovation & Development Project Manager
Jacqueline Goodship
Innovation & Development Project Specialist
Lorenzo Lopez
Innovation & Development Project Specialist
Sergio Esquivel
Digital Transformation Specialist Coordinator
Richard Hunt
Digital Transformation Specialist
Casandra Martinez
Digital Transformation Specialist
Isaac Rodriguez
Digital Transformation Specialist
Nick Muniz
Operations Manager & EO Officer
Michael Velez
Program Specialist
Kendrick Snipe
Operations Specialist II
Adrian Carrasco
Operations Specialist
Family Services
Marisela Correa
Family Services Director
Martha Cuellar
Workforce Project Specialist II
Zuniel Torres
Texas Rising Star Mentor
Maria Guzman
Texas Rising Star Mentor
Lizbeth Acosta
Texas Rising Star Mentor
Adriana Salpas
Texas Rising Star Mentor
Laura Garcia
Texas Rising Star Onboarding Mentor
Monica Jasso
Workforce Project Specialist
Melanie Shearer
Texas Rising Star Onboarding Mentor
Frank Leal
Workforce Project Specialist II
Rogelio Luna
Industry Project Manager
Organizational Effectiveness & Research
Karina Castillo
Organizational Effectiveness and Research Director
Melissa Sapien
Organizational Effectiveness Specialist
Jeanette Alvarado
Financial Analyst
Diana Meraz
Workforce Programs Specialist
Jennifer Garcia
Workforce Programs Specialist
Denice Hernandez
Workforce Programs Specialist
Mariel Soto
Research Specialist II
Financial Services
Myriam Guerrero
Chief Financial Officer
Laura Avalos
Fiscal Manager
Isabel Jimenez
Budget Analyst II
Aida Monica Espinoza
Accounting Supervisor
Angela Martinez
Budget Analyst
Andrea Kitchen
Accountant I
Iduvina Mendez
Associate Accountant
Veronica Celis Chavez
Saray Lozano
Budget Analyst
Marcos Aguirre
Workplace & Information Technology
Adriana Chacon
IT Director
Jesus “Chuy” Barraza
System Support Specialist I
Martha De La Cruz
System Support Specialist I
Donald Perry
System Support Specialist I
Rosny Wilson
Network Specialist II
Purchasing & Contracts
Diana Velazquez
Purchasing & Contracts Manager
Grant Associates
Niquisha Washington
Program Director
Denisse Arrieta
Deputy Director