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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”-Rosa Lopez-Merino

This month Border Eco features Rosa Lopez- Merino from Wellness Connections. Ms. Lopez-Merino is not new to the field of behavioral health. She started 10 years ago working for SEABHS as a driver in December of 2008. In January 2011, she went to work for MIKID as an area coordinator. She played an important role in helping to bring this ... Read More »

People that “echo”-Christie Monreal

Christie Monreal is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice with a minor in Organizational Leadership. “I want to thank my parents, my friends, the Santa Cruz Center and my Academic Advisor Alan Aguirre for always pushing me to believe in myself. I appreciate his patience and for always ... Read More »

People that “echo”-First Lady Cathy Garino

This month “people that echo” is proud to introduce our First Lady Cathy Garino. Mrs. Garino is not new to the stage of public service. Her husband Mayor Arturo Garino is one of the most accomplished public servants in Nogales serving a second term as mayor. He served as mayor in 2010. After Mayor Garino completed his term in 2014, ... Read More »

People who “echo”-Terry Cañez

Border Eco’s choice for people who “echo” in Santa Cruz County for the month of February is Terry Cañez, Clinical Director from Community Health Associates. She was born and raised in Nogales. Terry is the oldest of 3 daughters, her parents are Jose (deceased for 20 years), and Rosa Belia Cañez. Ms.  Cañez is married. She has 5 children; 2 ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Efrain Trigueras

This month people that echo recognizes Efrain Trigueras the  Nogales Operations Site Director from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Mr. Trigueras was born in Yuma, Arizona but raised in San Luis, Arizona He comes from humble beginnings from a family of 4. His mother and father were both hard-working farmers, who worked in the fields of San Luis. ... Read More »

People that “echo”-Martiza Cervantes

Maritza Cervantes is the new WIOA Program Director but not new to the community. Late in life, she pursued a higher education from a promise she made to her father prior to him losing the battle of Emphysema. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration. She gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from ... Read More »

Meet Your Local State Represenative-Rosanna Gabaldón

Over the past six-years, Rosanna Gabaldón has been serving as our Arizona State Representative. She has been successful in advocating for Southern Arizona to the Capitol. She introduced and sponsored several bills related to public safety, the environment, and public education.  Our State Representative supported and advocated for many bills that were important for our area. She advocated for funding for ... Read More »

People that “echo”- Ricardo Santana Velázquez

This month’s people that “echo” has chosen an individual who has during his term in office demonstrated his commitment to our community. Ricardo Santana Velázquez Consul General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona was appointed on June 24, 2016.  He comes from the Consular Representations of Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas where he served as Consul General. Prior to this, ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Belinda St. John

People that “echo” aims to highlight community members dedicated to public service. Few people have the opportunity to fully experience the true meaning of one’s calling but not Belinda St. John. She knew right from when she started working at the Santa Cruz County One-Stop Career Center this was her true calling. Belinda has been working there for the past ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Silvia Brown

This month’s people that “echo” choice is a woman who has dedicated her life to helping families and children in Santa Cruz County. Silvia Brown is the Program Services Coordinator for Child-Parent Centers. She started working at the Nogales Head Start were she worked as a teacher for 23 Years. She was later promoted to Center Manager where she worked ... Read More »

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