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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”-Mary Darling

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

People that “Echo”-Denisse Melendez

This month’s people that “Echo” is Denisse Melendez. She is a Nogales native born, and raised in Nogales, Arizona. Mrs. Melendez attended A.J. Mitchell Elementary, Wade Carpenter, and graduated from Nogales High School in 2001. Mrs. Melendez is happily married to Luis Melendez they have 3 children: Luis Jr, 13 years old, Alexa 8 years old, and Aaron 5 years ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Ismael Morales

On September of 2015, the Office of the Santa Cruz Superintendent offered the position of the Virtual Response Director to Ismael Morales. The Virtual Response Program is a security web based program, which implements the safety of all children for all schools in Santa Cruz County. “I am really fortunate to work with such a professional team, and good people. ... Read More »

People that “echo” Suzie Sainz

For this month our magazine section on people that “echo” selected Suzie Sainz. She is the County Recorder. Mrs. Sainz has been working in this field for over 22 years. She is again running for re-election this year. The Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office retains important documents, records, maps, and surveys. The Recorder’s Office assigns a docket and page number ... Read More »

People who “Echo”- Sheriff Tony Estrada

Safety is a top priority for every community. It is important to have an experienced leader that is knowledgeable about public safety. Sheriff Tony Estrada understands the importance of public service. “Trust is an important factor in public safety. My role is to ensure public trust by providing quality public safety to all citizens of Santa Cruz County,” said Sheriff ... Read More »

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