Promoting Positive Growth in our Community

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Felipe Martinez
President

Felipe Martinez serves as the DSCEP President, he was born and raised in El Paso. Felipe proudly served in the United States Navy for eight years. Honor, courage, and commitment continue to be Felipe’s core values. Felipe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Felipe currently works as a medical device sales representative for Stryker Orthopaedics and has for over ten years. His ability to work in a fast-paced and stressful environment has helped him overcome any and all obstacles. Felipe’s passion to help others is evident through his work in the community. As President of the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP) Felipe spearheaded a phenomenal transformation and growth of the group into a viable corporation.

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Nancy Castañeda
Vice-President

Nancy Castañeda has served as the DSCEP vice president since 2015. Nancy worked in special education for the El Paso Independent School District prior to becoming a full time mother to her daughter Keira who has Down syndrome. Nancy is passionate about her volunteer work, giving back to the community, and being an advocate for individuals with Down syndrome. Nancy is supported by her husband Jaime Castañeda and her two children, Keira and Alekzander.

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Rosemary Neill
Treasurer

Rosemary Neill is the DSCEP Treasurer and is a Program Officer for the El Paso Community Foundation. Rosemary has extensive management and budget, public speaking, grant writing and community development experience with small and large not for profit organizations and public local, regional and state entities. Previous experience includes tenure with the County of El Paso, the Rio Grande Council of Governments, and YWCA Paso del Norte.

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Christina Paz DNP, RN, FNP-C
Secretary

Christina I. Paz DNP, RN, FNP-C is the DSCEP Secretary and an experienced registered nurse, having been in the profession for the last 13 years. Dr. Paz received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2003 and in 2009 a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Science Center with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus. In 2013, Dr. Paz received her Doctor of Nurse Practice degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Paz maintains full-time employment at Centro San Vicente Health Care Clinic servicing the medically underserved. Dr. Paz is also adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Paul Foster Medical School. Dr. Paz was selected as an El Paso Del Norte Health Foundation Graduate Fellow in 2013. Dr. Paz holds current board appointment as Secretary for the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso, and is chair for their medical committee “Every Little Blessing’s Beginning.” Dr. Paz has the unrelenting support of her family, husband Mark Paz, daughter Alessandra Paz, 3 yrs old: born with Down syndrome, daughter Faith Paz, 1yr old and her mom “Grandma Saenz.”

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Araceli Berumen
Board Member

Araceli Rocha Berumen is currently working on her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education (EC-6). She will be graduating in the fall of 2017 from the University of Texas at El Paso. Araceli is currently working as a substitute teacher for the Canutillo Independent School District. She is a determined, hard working woman that has a passion for making El Paso better for our Down syndrome community. She is supported by her husband Manuel J. Berumen and her three children, Desaree, Alondra and Sebastian.

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Joyce Y. Cordell
Board Member

Joyce Y. Cordell is the Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the El Paso County Community College (EPCC). Joyce leads an award-winning marketing team and several initiatives in the college that make a positive impact in the community. Joyce has served on the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso’s Board since 2016. Joyce grew up in El Paso, graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and earned her Master’s in Management and Leadership at Webster University. Joyce enjoys many hobbies but her favorite thing on earth is spending time with her daughter, Amanda Rose.

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Will S. Harvey
Board Member

Will S. Harvey is a native El Pasoan and the President of EP Riverbend Development. EP Riverbend Development specializes in real estate with a focus on the development of Office, Retail, Self-Storage and Neighborhoods. He received a BS in Economics with Finance and a BA in Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University. Will loves spending time outdoors with his wife Lauren and three children Schuyler, Safford, and Westover.