District 3

Appointees

Board appointees provide valuable contributions to City ordinances, departments and projects. We are fortunate to have residents eager to serve District 3 and the City through board or commission involvement.

Our District 3 appointees provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to these committees and we thank our appointees for dedicating their volunteered time and input to moving the City of El Paso forward.

If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please email your resume to district3@elpasotexas.gov. As board vacancies approach, we will consider those on the interest list. For a list of all the Boards and Commissions, please click here.

 


Animal Shelter Advisory Committee

SANDRA DIFRANCESCO

 


Bicycle Advisory Committee

RYAN FIERRO

 


Building and Standards Commission

FRANK HERNANDEZ

 


Capital Improvements Advisory Committee

MANUEL MORENO

Manuel MorenoManuel (Manny) Moreno is currently a retired Aerospace & Defense Engineer and Engineering Manager. Prior to working for Rockwell-Boeing for 30 years, he worked 10 years in the garment industry as a technician on automated equipment and progressed to engineering - designing pieces of automated equipment to enhance productivity and lower costs. At the time of his retirement from Boeing in June 2013, Mr. Moreno was the Senior Engineer and Engineering Manager for the Boeing Strategic Manufacturing Center in El Paso, Texas, and was in charge of the Test Engineering, Test, Metrology, Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Information Technology, Facilities Engineering, and Facilities & Maintenance departments. He was also in charge of and successfully completed several Capital Improvement Projects during his tenure at Boeing-El Paso. A 1969 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in El Paso, Mr. Moreno served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1973 and did a tour in the Republic of South Vietnam in 1972. After receiving several meritorious promotions and commendations, he was honorably discharged in November 1973.

 


CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE BOARD OF THE MASS TRANSIT

JONATHAN MORAN

 


CITY ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

EMRE UMUCU

Dr. UmucuDr. Umucu is an assistant professor in master of rehabilitation counseling program. His research focuses predominantly on psychosocial adaptation, well-being, life satisfaction, and quality of life in people chronic illnesses and disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. He is also interested in developing culturally sensitive positive psychology interventions to improve psychosocial adaptation, well-being, life satisfaction, and quality of life in people chronic illnesses and disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities. He has published multiple scientific articles and book chapters on psychosocial adaptation, well-being, life satisfaction, and quality of life in people chronic illnesses and disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities.

 


City Plan Commission

CARLOS GALLINAR

 


Civil Service Commission

LETICIA ARREOLA

Leticia ArreaolaLeticia Arreola serves as the Corporate Director of Human Resources at Esperanto Developments -a Hospitality Management company. In this role, Leticia has responsibility for employee relations, talent management, benefits administration as well as offering training to over 800 employees across Texas. Prior to joining Esperanto Developments, she worked at Raytheon as an HR Generalist and FedEx Ground as a Human Resources Field Manager. Leticia graduated from the University of Phoenix.  Leticia is also a member of the Women’s Lion Club.

 


Committee on Border Relations

MARIO PORRASMario Porras

Mario is the Director of Binational Affairs with the El Paso Community Foundation since October 2016 and founder of USMXS, a binational business development consultancy firm that focuses on the United States - Mexico energy trade and logistics. He has lived, studied, volunteered and worked on both sides of the El Paso – Ciudad Juarez border. He obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004, and has worked with transnational companies such as GE and Sumitomo; he owned a successful business in downtown El Paso until 2012. He was part of Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s team since he took office in 2013 where his areas of responsibility were United States - Mexico binational affairs and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice and Department of Commerce affairs. He has been married to his wife Mariela Díaz since 2012; Mariela is a kindergarten teacher at Polk elementary and a UTEP graduate as well.

 


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STEERING COMMITTEE

TAMIEKA HENRY

TAMIEKA HENRYTamieka Henry is an El Paso, Texas native born and raised. For the past 6 years she has proudly served in the United States Army and currently works as a Medical Reserve Liaison for William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Fort Bliss, Texas. She is presently the President of El Paso Young Black Leaders, a newly founded non-profit organization designed to connect and engage El Paso's young professionals in the black community and beyond through personal and professional development experiences. Ms. Henry holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration.

 


EL PASO BOND OVERVIEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BOAC)

DANNY PEREA

 


ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION

ELENA GRASHEIM

 


FAIR HOUSING TASK FORCE

MARC SALAZAR

 


FAIR HOUSING TASK FORCE

MIGUEL A. HERNANDEZ

Miguel HernandezMiguel Hernandez is Executive Director of El Paso County Housing Authority (EPCHA), a quasi-municipality dedicated to providing affordable housing and family self-sufficiency services using HUD, State and local funds. Hernandez's passion has always been to give back to his community and dedicated his career working for non-profit organizations. Hernandez has a track record for implementing programs that improves quality of life for all El Paso residents regardless of income status, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Before joining EPCHA, Hernandez managed the admissions, occupancy and re-certification for all housing programs at the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso and responsible for co-managing a $38 million dollar budget. Previously he obtained his lending certification at FirstLight Federal Credit Union and dedicated his time by providing financial literacy classes to residents and certifying new employees. Most recently, Hernandez assisted the new County Judge, Ricardo Samaniego, by taking on the role of Senior Policy Advisor and helping his transition during his first six months of office. Hernandez serves as a member of the Fair Housing Task Force Board of the City of El Paso, EMBA Corporate and Community Engagement Selection Committee Member at the College of Business at UTEP and most recently became member of the El Paso Continuum of Care Board.

 


Greater El Paso Civic, Convention and Tourism Advisory Board

KATIE SCOTT

Katie ScottKatie Scott was born and raised in El Paso Texas. She graduated from Coronado High School and received her bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. After graduating from college Katie moved back to El Paso where she currently resides. Katie has worked at City Hall and has worked on many political campaigns for El Paso candidates. She started her marketing company View from the Top Marketing in 2016 where she strategically puts together a customized marketing plan to promote and build her clients businesses while building their company brand and rapport. Katies travels have led her to the Great Wall China, the Pyramids of Giza and the tallest building in the world in Dubai. She truly believes that travel is knowledge and loves learning about different cultures, their traditions and surrounding herself with a multicultural environment. Katie is also very involved in the El Paso community. She has used her marketing company to create fundraisers benefiting many El Paso charities and causes. She is excited about El Paso’s futurefor herself and her family. She believes that El Paso tourism is so important to market properly and efficiently in order to make El Paso a popular destination. With a strong emphasis on tourism, she believes El Paso will have many more opportunities for her community, and the future.

 


HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION

PAULINA LAGOS

Paulina LagosPaulina Lagos received her Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Architecture History & Theory. She currently serves on the board of the American Institute of Architects El Paso Chapter and is a practicing architect at Exigo Architecture. Paulina has worked on several projects for the City of El Paso and is committed to improving the quality of life of all El Pasoans through design.

 


MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD

CARLOS A. LOWEREE III

 


MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD

LUCIO GLENN

lucio glennLucio Glenn is currently the Community Resources Development Specialist for the local workforce development board, Workforce Solutions Borderplex. He has extensive program management experience working with underserved populations and has worked with several community initiatives.  Lucio previously served as the Legislative Aide for District 3 City Representative Cassandra Hernandez and worked on several public art projects in coordination with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. He assisted with art project community meetings and planning to support public art programming in the community.

 


Open Space Advisory Board

ALYSSA CERVANTES BENAVIDES

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Border Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Cervantes Benavides has 17 years of experience as a policy analyst; of which was initiated as a legislative policy analyst in the Texas House of Representatives' Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation Program. She is currently the Associate Managing Director of the Office of Clinical Informatics & Digital Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso. Ms. Cervantes Benavides is a representative in the Leadership Women Texas program, a scholarship recipient of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Chief Information Officer Boot Camp, a member of the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas and dedicates her personal time to mentoring students from the local community and from cities across Texas.

 


PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

MICHAEL ADJEMIAN

 


REGIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVISORY COUNCIL

KC GRIFFIN

 


RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM ADVISORY COUNCIL

AMPARO HERNANDEZ

 


VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

DON PARROTT

Don ParrottDon Parrott was born in Lewes, Delaware and joined the United States Army in 2008. Throughout his 9-year career, he served as a Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer, as well as a Recruiter and Recruiting Center Commander. After completion of his service in the Army, Don Parrott returned to El Paso, TX with his wife and two children. He began working for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as a Veteran Resource and Referral Specialist before joining the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) as the West Texas District Outreach Coordinator. Don Parrott works closely with Veteran Service Organizations in and around El Paso to ensure that veterans are aware of the services they are entitled to, while also referring them to the services they need. He has previously served as a board member for the Workforce Solutions Board of Directors, serving the employment and training needs of the El Paso community.

 


ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

ISAAC RODRIGUEZ