Our Team

Executive Leadership

  • Ricardo M. Jasso
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Ricardo M. Jasso was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with...
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  • Claudia Jasso
    Chief Development Officer
    Claudia keeps Amistades productive and on track to reach its goals as its Chief Development Officer. She provides leadership to...
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Program Leadership

  • Joseph M. Gill
    Director of Programs
    Joseph was born in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, NJ. He...
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  • Alexandra Boneo
    Project Manager - Cochise County
    Alexandra Boneo is from the Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora border communities. She has over 15 years of experience...
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  • To Be Hired
    Project Manager - Pima County
    Coming soon....
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Administrative Services

  • Melissa Gomez
    Special Projects Manager
    Melissa Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California, however has a strong tie to the Tucson community. She holds Bachelors...
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  • Karen Blocher
    Staff Accountant
    Karen Funk Blocher is a staff accountant with more than twenty years of experience in a variety of organizations, now...
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  • Patricia Chiquete
    Finance Manager
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Pima County Program Staff

  • Denisse Luna
    Project Coordinator
    Denisse Luna was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her associates degree at Pima Community College then transferred...
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  • Mateo I. Garcia-Chacon
    Project Coordinator
    Mateo I. Garcia-Chacon was born and raised in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mr. Garcia-Chacon graduated from Tombstone High School and later...
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  • Gabriel Tsai
    Project Specialist
    Gabriel was born and raised in Avondale, Arizona, and is currently attending the University of Arizona Honors College. He is...
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  • Gianna Mattio
    Lead Epidemiologist
    Gianna is originally from Melrose Park, Illinois but moved to Arizona with her family at the age of 8. She...
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  • Maria Alvidrez
    Project Coordinator
    Maria was born in Tucson, Arizona then moved to Nogales, Sonora with her family when she was young. She spent...
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  • Arielle Guerrero
    Lead Navigator
    Arielle Guerrero was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in public health and...
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  • Zayra Ortiz-Medrano
    Project Coordinator
    Zayra Ortiz-Medrano was born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Fronteras, Sonora, Mx, located 45 minutes from the southern border....
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Cochise County Program Staff

  • Monica Ybarra
    Project Coordinator
    Monica Ybarra was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. She is currently a member of AmeriCorps and assigned to the...
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  • Elsa Orozco
    Project Coordinator
    Elsa Orozco was born and raised in the wonderful border communities of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora. She has...
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  • Cristal Mazon
    Street Outreach Coordinator
    Cristal Mazon was born and raised in the border town of Douglas, AZ and earned her Associate’s Degree in Business...
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  • Jaime Rose
    Street Outreach Coordinator
    Jaime Rose was born and raised in the border town of Douglas, AZ. He was raised by Mexican-American parents and...
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  • Laura Franco
    Prevention Specialist
    Laura Franco was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona, and graduated from The University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree...
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Board of Directors

Carlos Gonzalez, Aztlan Associates
Chairman

Manuel Medina, Multicultural Associates
Vice Chairman

Juan Ibarra, Owner, The Catholic University of America
Secretary & Treasurer

Ricardo M. Jasso, Amistades, Inc.
Director

Steve Torres, AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Director

Blanca Varela, Community Advocate
Director

Jazlín Ladriere, Smith College
Director

Miguel Flores Jr., Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consultant Services
Director

PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ernie Feliz, Felicia Granillo-Mendivil, Claudia Jasso, Harry Kressler , Francesca LoMonaco, Francisco Moreno, Clara Ortiz, Rene Salgado, Magdalena Santos