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People that “Echo” are individuals within Santa Cruz County that work diligently to improve our community. These individuals are selected for their exceptional community service.

People that “echo”- Marco Antonio Zamudio

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This month Border Eco introduces an individual who works behind the scenes at Cochise College but has for several years echoed many accomplishments throughout his life. Marco Antonio Zamudio is originally from San Diego, California. He moved to Nogales, Arizona at the age of 4 years-old with his parents. He has been working in the field of education for the ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Marie Montenegro-Ochoa

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This month of April Border Eco introduces Marie Montenegro-Ochoa Department of Child Safety Program Supervisor. She is a Nogales native who graduated from the Nogales High School in 1986. Ms. Montenegro-Ochoa completed an associate’s degree at Pima Community College and then completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Northern Arizona University. She has been working for the Department of ... Read More »

People that “echo”-Alan Aguirre

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This month’s people that “echo” is Alan Aguirre. Mr. Aguirre is not new to the field of education. He has been working in the field for more than 9 years. He first started working in the field of education as a teacher’s aide at Nogales High School teaching mariachi. Mr. Aguirre worked directly with mariachi students, and Mariachi Apache. After ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Chris Young

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There is a new rising star in our community Chris Young. He is currently working at the Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office as a chief deputy. Mr. Young started working for the Santa on October 31, 2016.  “The Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office led by Mr. Alfredo I. Velásquez, plays an important role in the success of education within our ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Mary Darling

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This New Year we are proud to introduce our People that “Echo” Mary Darling. She is a community leader working hard to make a difference in Santa Cruz County. Mary moved to Nogales in 1997. She has been a Santa Cruz County resident for 19 years. She is originally from Chicago. She moved from Chicago to Tucson to attend the ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Francisco Padilla

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Our pick for this month’s People that “Echo” is Francisco Padilla from First Things First. He is an individual dedicated to public service. Francisco Padilla serves as the Regional Director for the Santa Cruz Regional Partnership Council. He has been working in the field of early education for 4 years. First Things First is a statewide initiative dedicated to to ... Read More »

People that “Echo” Linda Rushton

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This month’s people that “echo” in Santa Cruz County is Linda Rushton. She has been living in Nogales for 7 years in November. She is the founder and chair of the non-profit organization Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage and the Santa Cruz International Film Festival. “Nogales is one of the most important cities in our state. It is a safe ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Mercedes Castro

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This month Border Eco features a woman in our community who has for several years dedicated herself to public service. She is a real-life warrior who has faced many challenges in her life but still continues to move forward. She has dedicated herself to helping women victims of domestic violence in Santa Cruz County have the resources they need to ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Lourdes Suarez

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For the month of September, Border Eco selected a community leader who has dedicated herself to working with victims of sexual abuse, and domestic violence.  Lourdes Suarez is an advocate for Su Voz Vale. Her role is to provide support, and guidance to women, children, and men who are victims of abuse. “My role of work  is to help reduce ... Read More »

People that “Echo”Marcela Chavez

“I have two jobs that I extremely 
enjoy. I get to work with the community. I have an opportunity 
to help people,” said Marcela Chavez.

This month we recognize an individual by the name of Marcela Chavez from our community who has been “echoing” for years as the program director for United Way of Santa Cruz County. She is an individual who has established herself well within the community as a dedicated public servant. She has dedicated herself entirely towards supporting local organizations within the ... Read More »

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