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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”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 »

People that “Echo”-Danna Gallardo

Since 1991, Danna Gallardo has been working with youth. She is a dedicated educator who enjoys working with young people from various educational settings. “I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with these young people and their families.  It has truly opened my eyes to what unconditional love can accomplish,” said Dana. Ms. Gallardo is the ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Sonia Sanchez

Border Eco for the month of February selected Sonia Sanchez for our feature story on People that “Echo” in Santa Cruz County. Sonia Sanchez is a prevention specialist for Circles of Peace. She has worked there for 5 years. She started working in the field of prevention on February 2012. Ms. Sanchez currently manages the Anti Alcohol Drug Coalition Team ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Marisol Mercado

Marisol Mercado is our selection for the January magazine people that “echo” in Santa Cruz County. She currently works for the Mayor of Nogales as an executive assistant. Her role is to make sure the mayor’s office runs smoothly. She started working for the mayor’s office on July 20th of  2015. The opportunity to work for the mayor became available ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Juan Espinoza

Juan Andres Espinoza was born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Nogales, Arizona. Growing up on a border town allowed him to be part of both the American and Mexican cultures. Andres earned his Associate’s Degree in Social Work from the Cochise College Santa Cruz Center in 2012 and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Family Studies at ... Read More »

People that “Echo”-Judy Mendoza

Judith Mendoza Jimenez was recently promoted to NUSD Director of Special Services after having served as NHS principal since March 2011.  Born and raised in Nogales, Sonora, until immigrating to Nogales when she was in fourth grade, Mrs. Jimenez finished her education in local schools, mastering English and a love of learning. After graduating from NHS, she earned a degree ... Read More »

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