Our Team

  • 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
    As Chief Development Officer, Claudia keeps Amistades productive and on track to reach its goals. She provides leadership to strategic...
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  • Melissa Gomez
    Project Director
    Melissa Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California, however has a strong tie to the Tucson community. She holds Bachelors...
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  • Joseph M. Gill
    Project Director
    Joseph was born in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in...
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  • Alexandra Boneo
    Project Manager
    Alexandra Boneo is from the Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora border communities. She has over 15 years of experience...
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  • 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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  • Mario Cruz
    Lead Epidemiologist
    Mario Cruz Jr. was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has been living in Tucson, Arizona for the past...
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  • 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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  • Fernanda Garcia Rochin
    Lead Navigator
    Fernanda Garcia Rochin was born and raised in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, a small border town dependent on agricultural...
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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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  • 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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  • Maria Lopez
    Project Coordinator
    Maria Lopez is a determined, hard-working, passionate woman who is always looking for a way to give back a la...
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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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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

PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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