Hall of Fame 2015
Nine individuals were selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame 2015. These individuals are exceptional community leaders working towards making a difference in Santa Cruz County.
Norma L. Santa Cruz-Lucero-
Norma Lucero, born and raised in Nogales, is a 1985 graduate of Nogales High School where she played for the Apache Volleyball Team and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America as well as an officer in the Spanish Club. During her professional life she has worked for the produce industry, in the medical field, as a non-profit coordinator, and in the utility field where she has been employed for 14 years with UniSource Energy Services as an administrative assistant. However, it is perhaps as a very active volunteer that Mrs. Lucero is best known. She is presently a board member and secretary of United Way of Santa Cruz County, a band booster with Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35, a judge for the NHS Exhibitions, chair of the
Community Action Team representing UniSource through community involvement and volunteer coordination, and has chaired the Santa Cruz County Relay for Life for four years and has been a team captain for 10. All of her dedication to the community has not gone unnoticed. She was recognized as the UniSource Volunteer of the Year and Project of the Year in 2006 for her work as the chair of the Santa Cruz County March of Dimes. Then she was recognized in 2011 as Community Volunteer of the Year, and in 2012 honored for heading the Relay for Life and surpassing fundraising goals.
Adeline Elizabeth Cripe
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” This quote from Winston Churchill reflects Adelina Cripe’s service to NUSD and to the community Mrs. Cripe has taught on three continents: Europe in Northern Ireland, Africa in Nigeria, and North America in Nogales. She has educated students in kindergarten through high school and even at the Teacher’s College level. She said one of her greatest pleasures in life is hearing from or meeting former students and having them share success stories—doctors, teachers, professors, social workers, youth leaders, receptionists, parents, and now even grandparents. After retiring in 2000 she began what she called her “second career” as a fulltime volunteer.
Mrs. Cripe spent seven years in the missionary service in Nigeria and still is an active faith-based volunteer through her affiliation with United Churches Fellowship in Nogales. In addition, she was the volunteer coordinator for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) for 10 years and is still involved with the program which has brought a love of reading, not to mention books they can take home, to thousands of NUSD students. Mrs. Cripe is currently a member of the SCC Response Task Force for Family Violence, a board member
of Circles of Peace, and a member of the Santa Cruz Drug Free Coalition.
“I will never forget that you are part of what I’m today. I remember you pushing us to finish school and became somebody in life. And that will always be in my mind and heart. Once again thank you!” These words from a former student with a young child who had been part of Alicia Alvarez’s Even Start program in NUSD are reflective of why she is now principal of Alta Vista High School in Tucson. Her roots took hold in alternative education, and while she briefly ventured out of the field, she returned to become a renowned educator. A 1988 NHS graduate, she is the youngest of 11 children and enjoyed great family support. She said certain teachers along the way, such as her patient and attentive fourth-grade instructor at Mitchell, helped her realize that how children are treated with even non-verbal messages shapes their futures.
Ms. Alvarez earned a degree in psychology from the U of A and a Masters of Arts in Education Leadership from NAU. She completed her principal
internship while working for her current charter-school company and was tagged to be the leader of Alta Vista when that site was still just a dirt lot. The recipient of many honors, including the Rodel Foundation 2015 Exemplary Principal award, she continues her commitment to helping all students develop two keys to success: respect and responsibility.
Mary Helen Maley
While serving as an attorney and later as Justice of the Peace, Mary Helen Maley experienced first-hand how many problems with her clients had started at a young age, and as a result, she began a program called Circles of Peace for the prevention of teen violence and bullying five years ago. Working in the eighth-grade classroom of Desert Shadows Middle School teacher Charlene Cooper, Judge Maley presented alternatives to conflict resolutions that did not lead to destructive behaviors. Another project in which she is involved is the Flags for First Graders program that provides a flag to each first-grade student in Nogales. Judge Maley gives a short lesson on the history of the flag
and the United States, thus letting even the youngest students know the importance of their county and a respect for its flag. She began her post-secondary education at Fontbonne College and continued at Memphis State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and a Master’s in Education before adding a law degree from Temple University School of Law Judge Maley is active in the Nogales Woman’s Club and Zonta Club. She retired as Justice of the Peace in December of 2014 and is now working on a
Master’s in judicial Studies from the National Judicial College and the University of Nevada at Reno.