Luz Elda Sanchez is a native of Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico and came to live in El Paso in 1988. She obtained a GED in 1989 and graduated as a Medical Secretary Transcriber in 1990 to start working for the City of El Paso in 1991 as a Clerk Typist. She is married and has two wonderful children.

After 5 years as a Clerk Typist, she promoted to a Clerk Typist II with the Archaeology Museum. She spent two years there before moving up to the position of Secretary within the Fire Department (FD). For the last 18 years, her time with FD has been spent in the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Her time with OEM has afforded her the opportunity to partake in multiple emergency management courses to include the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study (IS) courses.

Luz Elda loves working for OEM and especially likes working with uniformed individuals because of the respect and professional courtesy given on a regular basis. “I have enjoyed the time that I have worked with OEM, primarily because my position gives me the opportunity to support the OEM team and interact with outside agencies to indirectly prepare and/or assist the citizens of El Paso during vulnerable times. I have personally observed the great job and dedication first responders have on assisting the citizens of El Paso and being able to support their job is truly satisfying,”-Luz Elda Sanchez.

Samantha "Sammy" Aburto is a Public Safety Planner with El Paso’s City-County Office of Emergency Management. She began her career in Emergency Management in January 2010 when she joined the Air Force. She completed the Emergency Management Apprentice Course as well the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Responder Course with the United States Army CBRN School, Toxic Agent Training, and became Hazmat certified at the Technician level. She then spent three years in Spangdahlem AB, Germany gathering the bulk of her experience. This is also where she was able to complete an Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Management and accomplished training to become an Emergency Management Journeyman. She then spent one year at Holloman AFB Emergency Management office before separating from the military and moving to El Paso in 2014.

Since leaving the military, she has earned a BS in Public Safety and Emergency Management through Grand Canyon University. Samantha graduated with honors and is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree.

Samantha began working for OEM in May of 2017 after working with Texas Department of Public Safety for over a year.

Robert “Bob” Bartley started his career as a professional firefighter in 1996 and worked his way through the ranks to become Fire Chief in 2008 for a municipal fire department. He has responded to numerous disasters and large scale incidents throughout his career such as Earthquakes, wild fires, floods and landslides. Bob has served and participated on various committees and task forces such as:

President of the Solano- Napa County Fire Investigation Unit

  1. President of the Solano- Napa County Fire Prevention Unit

  2. President of the Solano- Napa Training Officers

  3. Chapter President Of the IAFF Local 1186

  4. Adjunct Instructor Fire Technology Training Academy

  5. Adjunct Instructor of the Solano – Napa County Wildland Fire Academy

  6. Committee member for the Solano- Napa County Fire Chief, and the Sacramento County Fire Chief Associations

Throughout his career, he has served in all aspects of Public Service, such as firefighter, patrol officer, arson investigator, Emergency Operations Center Committee President, Planning and Zoning Committee member, Local and State All- Hazards Incident Management Type II and Type III teams as Planning, Logistics, Operations and Incident Commander positions.

After retiring from fire service in 2010, Bob began the journey of furthering his education to obtain his Bachelors’ in Homeland Security with the Concentration of Emergency Management, and then in 2016 returned to school to obtain and graduate with his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management in June 2017.

Bob has been employed by the El Paso Fire Department since 2012, as a Planner and then transitioned into the Office of Emergency Management in 2014 a Public Safety Planner. “I feel that I have been successful in assisting the City and County jurisdictions in achieving an enhanced preparedness level based upon my experience, knowledge and education in the different aspects of the phases of Emergency Management,”-Bob Bartley.