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The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Nonprofit Conference: Reimagine! Given the challenges of the current pandemic, nonprofit organizations have had to serve more people in need with fewer resources. The Nonprofit Conference: Reimagine! is designed for nonprofit executive leadership, staff, and board members to come together to think, develop, and grow. Reimagine! will feature three plenary speakers, three lightening talks, and three break-out sessions/panels. Panelists and speakers include locally and nationally respected authors, thinkers, philanthropists, and corporate leaders. On-demand viewing of conference now available! Purchase access below:
Opening Remarks by Casie Pedregon, Development Coordinator, PdNCFIntroduction by J.J. Childress, Community Engagement Manager, MicrosoftCarlos Maestas, Founder & Chief Storysmith, Key Ideas, Inc.
Tracy Yellen, CEO, PdNCF
Presented by Bank of AmericaIntroduction by L. Frederick Francis, Chairman & CEO, WestStar BankDr. Akhtar Badshah, Founder & Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators GroupModerated Conversation with J.J. Childress, Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft
Dan Tangherlini, Managing Director, Emerson Collective
Dr. Roberto Coronado, Senior VP in Charge & Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Attendees may select one of the three following sessions during the conference. All panel sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the event.
Presented by Texas Tech Physicians of El PasoModerated by Elsa Borrego, Senior Director Talent Management & Learning, Helen of TroyPanelists:Kabir Kumar, Senior Director, Walmart.orgSarah Keh, VP of Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial, Inc.Eduardo Gutierrez, Vice President of Strategic Communications, El Paso Electric
Presented By The NMSU Arrowhead CenterModerated by MaryBeth Stevens, President, Better Business BureauPanelists:Congresswoman Veronica EscobarCeleste Flores, US Communities Director, GivingTuesdayAndy Carey, CEO, Executive Director, U.S. Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership
Presented by Trade Border LogisticsModerated by Laura Uribarri, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, UTEPPanelists:Mike Bradley, West Texas INFOSECIzzac Gonzalez, West Texas INFOSECRosemary Marin, Shareholder, Director, & Chair, ScottHulse Law FirmTello Cabrera, CPA, SBNG CPA
Woody Hunt, Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors, Woody & Gayle Hunt Family Foundation
Introduction by Allison Glass, Board Chair, Paso del Norte Community FoundationSylvia Acevedo, Former CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA
Mica Short, VP of Development, PdNCFCasie Pedregon, Development Coordinator, PdNCF
All presentations will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing for attendees after the event.
Founder & Chief Storysmith | Key Ideas
CARLOS MAESTAS believes storytelling is the best way organizations and people can move others to action. He is the founder and chief storysmith at Key Ideas, a Texas-based firm that helps organizations sharpen and share their messages. Carlos has interviewed thousands of people in his career, and since Key Ideas was started in 2002, it has won multiple awards and received five Lone Star EMMY nominations. A stand-up comedian who once opened for Saturday Night Live alum Dennis Miller, Carlos also has an MBA and leads a workshop called Storytelling That Moves People across the US. His book on storytelling, Mommy Lied to God launched the Summer of 2020 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in multiple categories.
Founder & Chief Catalyst | Catalytic Innovators Group
Dr. Akhtar Badshah is the Distinguished Practitioner and Associate Teaching Faculty at University of Washington; and is the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group where he advises individuals and organizations to catalyze their social and philanthropic investments. He is also the founder and curator of Accelerating Social Transformation, a mid-career professional development certificate course on social impact. Dr. Badshah led Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts for ten years, where he administered the company's community investment and employee contributions. Dr. Badshah is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development, managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise. His new book Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World, Harper Collins Leadership Series, has just been released. Dr. Badshah serves on the boards of Microsoft Alumni Network, Global Washington (Chair) and The Indus Entrepreneurs, Seattle. He is an accomplished artist and a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Badshah and family are very active philanthropists in the Seattle area.
Former CEO | Girl Scouts of the USA
Entrepreneur, investor, business leader, rocket-scientist. Passionate about building, scaling and leading market transitions. Startup mindset; global outlook. Devout believer in the power of transformation and disruption to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world.
Author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which details Sylvia’s personal journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM and other U.S. technology leaders.
Ms. Acevedo served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA from May 2017 to August 2020, and as interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2016 to May 2017. She was a board member from 2008 until 2016. One of the most enduring non-profits in the world, Girl Scouts supports more than 2.5 million girls worldwide and generates more than $800 million annually through its iconic cookie program to support local Girl Scouting.
Chair of President Obama’s White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership. Driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. National speaker on Education, STEM, cybersecurity, demographic trends and leadership. Ms. Acevedo currently serves on the Qualcomm Board of Directors.
Chairman and CEO | WestStar BankFrederick “Rick” Francisis Chairman of the Board of WestStar Bank Holding Company, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank. He is the Vice Chairman of the board of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Electric Company; Paso del Norte Community Foundation; the Hospitals of Providence and has served the Governing Board in multiple capacities since 1996, including Chairman at the Transmountain, Memorial and Sierra Campuses; as well as the Borderplex Alliance, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Texas Business Leadership Council, the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association, and the Pioneer Association of El Paso County.
Mr. Francis served on the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University System (2003 - 2019) and was Chairman, on the Executive Committee for the Texas Hospital Trustees, and the board of Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR). Mr. Francis served as president of Area 5 (Rocky Mountain States) Boy Scouts of America, the Young Presidents Organization, the Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America, the Sunturians, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso. Mr. Francis has been active with the Business Advisory Council at the El Paso Community College, the Rotary Club of El Paso, the Better Business Bureau, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, Mr. Francis was honored as a “Silver Beaver” by the Boy Scouts of America and, in 2001, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In 2005, he was named “Outstanding Ex” by Coronado High School and “Distinguished Alumni” by the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University in 2008. In 2007, Rick and his wife, Ginger, were named El Paso’s “Philanthropists of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2009, he was named “El Pasoan of the Year” by El Paso Inc. and in 2010 was inducted into the El Paso Business Hall of Fame.He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (BBA Finance), the Texas Tech School of Banking, and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking conducted at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Francis has been a Director of WestStar Bank since 1996.
Senior VP in Charge & Senior Economist | Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Roberto Coronado oversees the law enforcement functions and economic education programs across all offices of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District.
He also has oversight for the El Paso Branch, the Bank’s economic research and outreach functions in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, and recruits Branch board members.
Coronado is also a senior economist and member of the regional group of the Bank’s Research Department. In that capacity, he provides regional input into the Dallas Fed’s monetary policy process and is responsible for monitoring and tracking economic and business activity in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. His research focuses on issues pertaining to the Mexican economy, U.S.–Mexico economic integration and border issues. Coronado has written articles for various Federal Reserve publications and academic journals in both the United States and Mexico.
Coronado serves as a director for the Texas Lyceum, and as a board member for Texas 2036, El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence and El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Houston and holds a BBA in accounting and economics and an MS in economics from University of Texas at El Paso.
Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors | Hunt Companies, Inc.
Mr. Hunt graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, and he subsequently received his MBA in Finance from UT. Mr. Hunt also earned an MA Degree in Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
In addition to his duties with Hunt, Mr. Hunt is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors; foundation trustee of the Texas Higher Education Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; Founding Chairman of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso, where he now serves on the Board of Directors; member and former Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council; Vice-Chair for the Council for Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development; an Advisory Director for WestStar Bank; member of the Executive Council of No Labels; and Co-Chair of American Business Immigration Coalition.
Mr. Hunt was previously Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee, which was charged with developing the Higher Education Plan for the State of Texas for 2015 to 2030; Vice- Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents; served seven years, three as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO); was founding chairman and a board member of the Medical Centers of the Americas Foundation in El Paso; was chairman of the Texas Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness; a member of the Western Governors University (WGU) Texas Advisory Board; was a member of the Commission for College Ready Texas and the Texas Tax Reform Commission; was a member of the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE); was a member of the Texas Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies; was a member of the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding; was a member of the Council for Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Texas Higher Education; was a member of the Paso del Norte Foundation; and was the chairman of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric (Nasdaq: EE) as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors of PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, Mr. Hunt has served on numerous other civic, non-profit, and professional boards.
Mr. Hunt has received the Mirabeau B. Lamar medal which is awarded to individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to higher education in the State of Texas. Mr. Hunt received the Dick Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award from the Texas Business Leadership Council, which recognizes a business leader who has exemplified the positive outcomes that are derived at the intersection of volunteerism and public policy.
Mr. Hunt has also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin, been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and the El Paso Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Hunt also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987.
Managing Director | Emerson Collective
Daniel “Dan” Tangherlini is currently a Managing Director with the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic and investment firm dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so that people can live to their fullest potential. His interest is in bringing enhanced performance to business, philanthropy and government. He also served as its first Chief Financial Officer until the fall of last year.Priori to joining Emerson, Dan was the President of the technology start-up Seamless Docs. His other role outsideof public service was as the Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity firm with commercial real estate investments across the United States. Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Tangherlini served as Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), having been nominated to serve in the position by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate. As the agency head of GSA since 2012, he identified creative ways to leverage unused government assets, particularly real property, including launching a series of high-value property exchange and redevelopment proposals such as the FBI Headquarters (DC), VolpeTransportation Research Center (MA) and Moffett Federal Airfield (CA).Mr. Tangherlini served as the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013(also a Senate confirmed position), concurrently serving as the Assistant Secretary for Management. Prior to his role at Treasury, he managed budget development and performance management of District agencies when he served as the District of Columbia City Administrator and Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2009. While City Administrator, he also served in the capacity of the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the DC Water and Sewer Authority (now DC Water). In 2006, he served as the Interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). From 2000 to 2006, he served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and from 1998 to 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department. From 1997 to 1998 he served in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and from 1991 to 1997 he served in various capacities at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.Mr. Tangherlini received a B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and lives with his wife, daughters and dogs on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He fixes broken things for fun.
Senior Director | Walmart Foundation
Kabir serves as Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s Community Pillar. He oversees strengthening local community through over thirty initiatives, ranging from Walmart’s global disaster philanthropic response and resilience programs to supporting Walmart’s 1.2 million US associates through employee assistance, scholarships, giving and volunteerism to localized community giving through grants, cause marketing and other initiatives at over 4000 facilities around the US. Kabir joined the Walmart Foundation in 2014. Prior to Walmart, Kabir worked with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he helped raise over $2 billion. He supported both individual philanthropists and corporate philanthropic services to over 100 corporations. Internationally, he spent five years living and working in India and London, where he established nonprofit organizations focused on community development and skills based volunteerism. Kabir also worked for several years with an investment house in London, investing in US, UK and Indian markets, and helping create the emerging markets investment strategies. Kabir has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brandeis University a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School of Social Policy and Management.
VP of Inclusive Solutions | Prudential Financial, Inc.
Sarah S. Keh is a vice president of Inclusive Solutions at Prudential Financial. In her current role, she leads strategic philanthropy and partnerships to help advance the company’s commitment to inclusive economic growth. She oversees program strategies to expand work and wealth opportunities, strengthen communities, improve services for veterans and military families, and support disaster response and recovery efforts through philanthropic grants, shared value partnerships, and skills-based volunteering programs.Sarah currently serves on the board of JerseyCAN and chairs the Council for Innovative Funding for Career Outcomes for Social Finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Vice President of Strategic Communications | El Paso Electric
Eduardo Gutiérrez serves as Vice President of Strategic Communications, Customer and Community Engagement. Mr. Gutiérrez previously served as Vice President of Public, Government and Customer Affairs.
Mr. Gutiérrez joined EPE in November of 2013 as Manager of Public Relations. Mr. Gutiérrez has more than 20 years working with a variety of nonprofit entities and Fortune 500 companies to develop marketing and public affairs strategies. Prior to joining EPE, he was founder and Managing Director of the Gutiérrez Group LLC, a strategic marketing and public relations firm specializing in consumer and public affairs.
Mr. Gutiérrez is a native El Pasoan and a graduate from Del Valle High School. Mr. Gutiérrez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, a third-generation El Pasoan, proudly represents Texas’ 16th Congressional District.She took office on January 3, 2019 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives after making history as the first woman elected to this seat and the first of two Latinas from Texas to serve in Congress.
Congresswoman Escobar serves on the prestigious House Judiciary Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Ethics Committee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. In addition, she serves as Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
She holds leadership positions on both the Democratic Women’s Caucus as Vice Chair, and the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform as Co-Chair. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the New Democrat Coalition, and a co-founder of the Congressional Moms Task Force on Family Separation.
In Congress, she has established herself as the voice of the border and as a national leader on gun safety, health care, and immigration, including fighting the Trump administration’s inhumane and cruel policies that harm border communities. She has led legislation to address our nation’s immigration challenges in a responsible and humane manner by ensuring accountability, transparency, and oversight.
On February 4, 2020, Congresswoman Escobar delivered the Spanish-language Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address. She gave the nationally televised speech from Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, a community health clinic, in El Paso.
Before her election, she served on the governing body for El Paso County, first as a County Commissioner and then as County Judge. There, she fought back against those who used government for their own personal gain and worked with her colleagues to modernize and reform the organization. She also worked to make El Paso County a leader in expanding access to healthcare by working with the University Medical Center of El Paso to build primary care clinics and the El Paso Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital on the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Prior to her service with El Paso County, Congresswoman Escobar was an English teacher at the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College, Communications Director for former Mayor Raymond Caballero, and the Executive Director of Community Scholars, a non-profit that taught high school students how to produce public policy reports and recommendations.
Congresswoman Escobar is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and New York University (NYU). She and her husband, Michael, live in Central El Paso with their beloved cats. They have two grown children: Cristian Diego and Eloisa Isabel.
US Communities Director | GivingTuesday
Celeste Flores supports and mobilizes GivingTuesday’s network of 200+ Communities across the United States. This includes engaging with leaders on growth of their local movement, developing collaborations, as well as activating new community campaigns including diverse communities, causes and all voices. Celeste is a strategist focused on social good and community-led campaigns with decades of experience in activating a vision, engaging cross-sections of a community, building partnerships to expand impact and sustainability, and engage more people in giving. Celeste has also held leadership positions at I Live Here I Give Here, Foundation For the Carolinas, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Texas Children’s Hospital, United Way in Houston and Accenture.
Executive Director | U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP)
Andy Carey was named Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) in September 2008. The BPP is a binational membership organization that strengthens individuals and institutions that serve border communities so that they can achieve their individual missions in the region. BPP works to grow community philanthropy, leadership and cross-border collaboration in order to increase the human and financial capital needed to address the complex issues facing the region. Since 2008, the BPP has grown to over 300 institutional members from across the U.S. and Mexico, training hundreds of civic leaders and dispersing over $400,000 in technical assistance. Additionally, BPP has engaged numerous national and international agencies to educate them about the actual realities and assets of the border region. Andy also serves as Adjunct Faculty member in the University of San Diego’s School on Leadership and Education Sciences, where he teaches a graduate level course in binational nonprofit management. Prior to joining the BPP, Andy served for 15 years at Kiwanis International. Andy served as a member of the Executive Management Team, and was responsible for leading growth initiatives throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific and led Kiwanis’ Worldwide Service Project initiative in Latin America to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders. He completed his baccalaureate degree in Political Science and Foreign Language, and his master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Purdue University. Andy is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In his community, Andy was appointed Commissioner of the Independent Districting Commission to form electoral districts to elect City Council representatives in Escondido, CA. Andy also serves on the advisory board of St. Mary Catholic School. Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico awarded Andy the Ohtli Award in recognition of his commitment and long history of service to the needs and interests of the Mexican community residing in the US. In announcing the award, Ambassador Marcela Celorio, Mexican Consul General in San Diego, said: "Andy not only reflects remarkable social leadership through more than twenty years of work in philanthropy, but also demonstrates the true love and devotion of a person who has dedicated his entire life to promoting a better understanding between Mexico and the United States of America, its people and its culture."
Shareholder, Director, & Chair | ScottHulse Law Firm
Rosemary Marin, a shareholder and a member of the Firm’s board of directors, leads the ScottHulse Labor & Employment Section, and participates actively in the Firm’s Litigation and Education practices.
Ms. Marin is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.
Ms. Marin has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. It indicates that she has practiced law for many years and is recognized by her peers for the highest levels of skill and integrity. She has also been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters and as “Best Lawyer” by BL Rankings.
Ms. Marin and her colleagues handle the full spectrum of labor and employment practice, on behalf of local, regional, and national clientele, both large and small.
Representing management, Ms. Marin handles employment litigation and regulatory issues (Title VII, FLSA, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, OSHA), labor union matters (NLRB, NLRA), and provides legal and practical advice on implementing business strategies that affect executives and other employees. Ms. Marin’s focus is on both prevention and strong advocacy. She is experienced in providing training and advice to help businesses take proactive steps to prevent employment disputes, but is also a seasoned litigator who aggressively defends against lawsuits and other claims of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas and New Mexico Commissions on Human Rights, with a success rate of more than 90%. She has successfully defended against thousands of workers’ compensation claims, also with a success rate of over 90%.
Ms. Marin is also a highly experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried many jury trials on behalf of employers. She has also successfully resolved hundreds of lawsuits, as well as claims and administrative charges and investigations arising from those charges. She has defended against discrimination claims based on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, religion, national origin, harassment, retaliation, disability, family and medical leave rights, veterans’ rights, wage and hour protections, and state tort and contract laws.
Other key services provided by Ms. Marin include: preventive advice and training; alternative dispute resolution and arbitration; counsel on personnel and labor matters arising from sales, mergers and acquisitions, plant closings, and reductions in force; traditional labor matters; and, counsel and training regarding restrictive covenants, trade secrets and non-competition agreements; governmental compliance and audits (ICE, DOL, DOJ, etc.) and numerous other areas affecting employers.
Professional and Community InvolvementMs. Marin’s commitment to her profession is seen in her long history of being actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including: the American Bar Association; American Inns of Court, Federal Bar Association; Bar Association for Fifth Federal Circuit; State Bar of Texas (Member, Labor and Employment Law, Education, Civil Litigation Sections); Fellow, Texas State Bar Foundation; Texas State Bar College; Texas State Bar Pro Bono College; Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Texas Women’s Bar Association; El Paso Bar Association (ex officio, 1996-1998; Chair-Labor Law Committee; Chair-Ethics Committee, Speakers Bureau); Founding Fellow, El Paso Bar Foundation; El Paso Women’s Bar Association; Mexican-American Bar Association; El Paso Society for Human Resource Management; Texas Association of School Board Attorneys; National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys; Claims Litigation Management Alliance.
Ms. Marin was named a “Woman of Impact” by El Paso Inc. for her contributions to the El Paso community through her professional and volunteer work. She has volunteered her time and legal expertise to a number of community endeavors, including as a present and past board member of the The United Way of El Paso County (Board Chair, HR and Policy Committee Chair), CommUNITY En Accion (Vice Chair, Scholarship Committee Chair), the El Paso Bar Foundation, Child Crisis Center of El Paso, YWCA Paso Del Norte Region (Executive Committee, Chair of Policy and HR Committees), and the El Paso Club (Chair, Policy and HR Committee). She has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Justice Center for Abused and Neglected Children, and as a volunteer judge for El Paso County Teen Court.
Vice President | West Texas INFOSEC Society
Izzac Gonzalez is an IT Security Architect at IBM Corporation and is also Vice President of West Texas INFOSEC Society, an El Paso, Texas based non-profit focused on cybersecurity. Izzac is a cybersecurity champion with a passion for learning and continuous improvement. He enjoys sharing ideas and knowledge with current and future cybersecurity professionals around the world. Izzac has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years, holds two engineering degrees as well as numerous cybersecurity certifications.
President | West Texas INFOSECMike Bradley is the President of West Texas INFOSEC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in El Paso, Texas. In this capacity he leads a volunteer effort to enrich the region's cybersecurity awareness and foster collaboration across all members of the community. The organization recently held its first cybersecurity summit with over 150 participants and a distinguished panel of experts from across the El Paso metropolitan area.
Mike's career currently places him at Prudential Financial's El Paso office where he led a multi-faceted team of application security engineers, cybersecurity operations center specialists, and security administrators. Concurrently, he also supports the growth of the region's cyber talent while serving as an Adjunct Faculty at El Paso Community College.
Just before joining Prudential, Mike completed a 28-year military career as the IT and Operations Manager for the Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program at Ft. Bliss – one of the Army’s largest military installations. There he oversaw all operational staff functions, development, planning, analysis, integration, and execution of all programs within the organization that provided transition services to over 30,000 DoD servicemembers, retirees, and their family members.
Throughout his military career, Mike performed in a variety of command and staff assignments culminating as a Director of Operations and Training. In that role, he directly supervised nine senior managers responsible for HR, intelligence, current and future operations, logistics, and communications in support of a 4,400-strong fighting force at Fort Bliss. His military career spans across several states and includes 16 years overseas in Germany and Korea. Mike participated in several contingency operations In Kosovo and six combat tours to Iraq. He Is a recipient of 18 awards and service medals, was inducted into the elite Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and awarded the Honorable Order of St. Barbara, the patron Saint of the Field Artillery.
Mike now calls El Paso home but was born and raised in Asheville, NC. He has a AS degree in Information Systems Security from El Paso Community College and holds several IT and cybersecurity certifications.
Certified Public Accountant | SBNG CPA
Mr. Cabrera is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, holding a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in Financial Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Texas, with over nine years of experience in public accounting. Mr. Cabrera has been with the firm since graduation from UTEP. His experience consists of audit engagements of governmental entities, non-profit organizations and, HUD-insured projects, as well attestation services such as financial statement reviews and due diligence procedures. Mr. Cabrera is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the El Paso Chapter of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Cabrera is a Leadership El Paso’s Class 38 alumni. Tello also served as President of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Chapter of the Texas CPA Society during 2019 and was a recipient of the “Rising Star” Award issued by the CPA Society in 2018. Tello has also obtained the AICPA’s Advanced Single Audit Certificate.
President | El Paso Better Business Bureau
Marybeth Stevens serves as the President of Better Business Bureau Paso del Norte where she and her team work to promote an ethical marketplace based on trust. She was recently elected to serve on the International Association of Better Business Bureau’s Board of Directors and appointed to Chair its Governance Committee. Marybeth also serves as the El Paso County Judge’s appointee to the El Paso County Ethics Commission, is a guest lecturer and has taught Organizational Communication and Leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso, and serves on several local boards.
Prior to joining the BBB, Marybeth’s career focused advocacy and public and community relations. She began her professional career in Washington, D.C., representing the industry at state and federal levels as Senior Counsel for the American Council of Life Insurers. In 2002, she and her family moved to El Salvador and then Mexico City, where she consulted for USAID projects relating to criminal justice reform and human trafficking. In 2010, she joined El Paso Electric and oversaw EPE’s local government affairs, public relations, and corporate citizenship programs as Assistant Vice President of External Affairs and Public Relations. She has also provided executive management and organizational consulting services in the border region.
Marybeth earned a B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin and a J.D. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations.
Senior Director Talent Management & Learning | Helen of Troy
Elsa Borrego is a proud El Paso “boomerang.” Born and raised in El Paso, moved away, and came back home after living in San Antonio, Texas for 10 years and an additional 3 years in Phoenix, Arizona.
During her time in San Antonio, Elsa led a Global Training Team in Europe & Asia for Bank of America. She then transitioned to a role at USAA, a Fortune 500, Great Place to Work company where she focused on leadership development, culture and engagement. USAA offered her the opportunity to move to the Phoenix, AZ campus to lead their leadership development efforts. The road that led her back to El Paso was an opportunity with Helen of Troy; she has served as the Global Leader for Training & Development, Talent Management & Culture since 2016.
Elsa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Master’s degree in Adult Education & Training from the University of Phoenix. She has also earned several training certifications in the areas of Culture Shaping, Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion. She is a proud graduate of Leadership El Paso Class XL and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The El Paso Chamber. Her passion is giving back to the community and supporting issues such as under privileged women & children, the elderly and immigrants.
She enjoys traveling the world with her husband Mario, but has recently enjoyed being a tourist in their own backyard. One of their favorite weekend outings is dining in the beautifully revived downtown area.
Community Engagement Manager | Microsoft
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs | UTEP- College of Business Administration
VP of Development | Paso del Norte Community Foundation
A native of El Paso, Ms. Short graduated from Loretto Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was named Outstanding Academic Graduate Student by the Institute for Policy and Economic Development when she received her Master’s in 2004, and she is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. In 2017, Ms. Short was honored by El Paso Inc. as a Woman of Impact and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce with the Breakthrough Leader Award.
Chief Executive Officer | Paso del Norte Community Foundation
Tracy J. Yellen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, which includes the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Fundacion Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, El Paso Giving Day and a growing community of philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Foundations in 2013, Tracy served as Managing Partner of MJD & Associates, Campaign Director for the World YWCA Global Campaign, Development Director for the YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, Public Outreach Director for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, and Program Coordinator in the Office of Border Affairs for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Tracy is active in the El Paso community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch, Borderplex Alliance, PHIX Health Information Exchange, Fundacion Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, and YWCA World Service Council. She was previously on the boards of the University Medical Center of El Paso, YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, Women’s Fund of El Paso, Mesita Elementary, Wiggs Middle and El Paso High School PTAs, Kern Place Association, Keep El Paso Beautiful and The Johns Hopkins University.
Tracy has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2014 El Paso Inc. Woman of Impact, 2014 Project Amistad Humanitarian of the Year, 2012 Association of Fundraising Professionals Executive of the Year, and 2012 Nolan Richardson Charities Elaine Pharr Woman of the Year.
Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a former college basketball player and marathon runner. Tracy is married to Steve Yellen and has two children.
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