1. Tell us about yourself.
I was born in El Paso and lived in Cd. Juarez before coming back to El Paso at the age of 10. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double major in Human Resources and Computer Information Systems. I have worked in the non-profit sector all my life. I have been married for 4 years. Recently, I became a proud father of a beautiful baby girl. One of my favorite things to do is travel.
2. Give us a description of what you do for the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center.
I am the Grant Administrator for the Family Resiliency Center. As the Grant Administrator, I oversee the functions of the grant at the programmatic and financial level to maintain compliance with funding. I interact with the contractors that offer a variety of services to the individuals who were impacted by the tragic event on August 3rd.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
I am proud to be involved on this initiative because of its purpose to help individuals that were affected by August 3rd to heal through a myriad of services that include traditional and non-traditional mental health services. This is an opportunity to help those in our community impacted by connecting them to appropriate resources.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center?
I have learned that our community is resilient and a proud one. Our community does not hesitate in helping others when in need. I have learned that I although I am not providing direct services to struggling families, I play significant role in monitoring the services that are provided to FRC participants.
5. What interests you the most about your position at the El Paso Family Resiliency Center?
As a the Grant Administrator for the FRC, what interest me the most is the ability to work cohesively with the FRC Administrator, VP of Community Impact, the Resiliency Navigators and the rest of the staff to accomplish the mission of the grant. It is also important to mention, to learn about the contractors and other agencies who offer traditional and non-traditional mental health services for FRC participants -- its valuable to this position.
6. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center team.
I had to look up a quote that I would identify with, so I selected this one: “A problem is a chance for you to do your best” by Duke Ellington.