Business people


WestStar Bank

WestStar Bank has added Manuel Ortiz Jr. as business development officer in the Wealth Management Division of the bank. Prior to joining WestStar Bank, Ortiz was the area manager for relationship management for a national bank, where he was responsible for generating new business clients and expanding existing business relationships. In addition to his banking experience, he brings more than 20 years of working with the public in numerous industries and managing portfolio profit growth. He has a bachelor of science in business management and a master of business administration.

Health Foundation

Twenty community leaders graduated from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s REALIZE Leadership Progam. These individuals participated in a 15-month experience that prepares them to address regional health needs, through the use of cutting edge leadership ideas.

They are:

• John E. Adams, El Paso Independent School District

• Blake Barrow, Rescue Mission of El Paso, Inc.

• Dr. Candyce S. Berger, the University of Texas at El Paso

• Yolanda Castillo, United Service Organization El Paso

• Monica Chavira, Doña Ana County Health and Human Services

• Elke Cumming, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region

• Katherine Doll, Sierra Medical Center

• Carlos Gallinar, City of El Paso

• Sandra N. Garcia, Center Against Family Violence

• Annette Gutierrez – Rio Grande Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

• Rene Hurtado, Emergence Health Network

• Dr. George A. King, the University of Texas at El Paso

• Yvette Lugo, Rio Grande Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

• Scott Lynch, Candlelighters of the El Paso Area, Inc.

• Susan Oliva, Advocacy Center for Children of El Paso

• Dr. Collin R. Payne, New Mexico State University

• Veronica Soto, City of El Paso

• Michael Vasquez, Ysleta Independent School District

• Alfonso V. Velarde, Child Crisis Center

• Stephen Voglewede, Competitiveness Group, BioMedical Institute of the Americas

To learn more about the REALIZE Leadership Program, visit

Health Underwriters

The El Paso Association of Health Underwriters will have its annual instilation meeting on July 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Landry’s Restaurant at 6801 Gateway Blvd West. The new officers are: President, Alan Carl; Immediate Past President, Joe Bernal; Secretary, Liz Carl; Treasurer, Liz Carl; Awards Chair, Frank Garcia; Communications Chair, Maria Almaraz; Professional Development Chair, George Saenz; HUPAC, Sergio Acuna; Media Relations Chair, Don McCormick; Membership Chair, Gillermo Zubia. For further informaiton on this meeting please contact our secretary Liz Carl at


Sunday, June 29th, 2014 EN

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