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El Paso, Texas 79901
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El Paso, Texas 79940
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Elida S. Perez
Elida S. Perez is a native Texan. She studied print media at the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated in 2010. Perez had been working in the Pacific Northwest, after graduating from UTEP, at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.
While working for the Statesman, her work was recognized in the 2012 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Content, 204 Second place for Best Educational Coverage for her contribution to reporting on the closure of area schools.
She is also a Chips Quinn Scholar and received the Scripps Howard Top Ten Student Journalists award in 2007.
Aaron J. Montes is a senior multimedia journalism student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He graduated from Burges High School in 2010, where he was the head photographer for two years with his yearbook organization; the Stampede, the school newspaper; and Pegasus, the literary magazine.
In college, Aaron has worked as a photo editor and multimedia editor for the Prospector, the University newspaper. He has also reported for Borderzine an online news magazine. In the spring of 2014, Montes reported for Hispanic Link News Service under Charlie Ericksen as part of the Scripps Howard Semester in Washington. He plans on doing investigative reporting in political and economical issues in El Paso.
Board of Directors
(Note: Members of the board of directors do not have any editorial control over the content in Newspaper Tree)
Roy Ortega, President
Roy Ortega is a long-time El Paso media professional with a background in print journalism, TV news, radio broadcasting, Internet news and public relations. His career began in San Antonio in the late 1960s while still in high school. He studied journalism and broadcasting at San Antonio College and the University of Texas at Austin. He arrived in El Paso in 1976 and worked as a TV news anchor and reporter at several local TV stations. He later became a news director at KTSM-TV and a TV station manager at KINT-TV in El Paso. His journalism experience includes work as a business writer, media columnist and content editor at the El Paso Times and a regular contributor to the Newspaper Tree online newspaper.
Since 2009, he has worked as a community relations specialist for Project BRAVO, Inc. and Project Amistad. He serves on the citizens advisory committee at El Paso’s public television station KCOS-TV and is a regular volunteer host for several community-interest programs and fundraising activities. Ortega has also been involved in a number of educational endeavors in the Ysleta Independent School District including service as a member of the Scotsdale Elementary School and Eastwood High School Campus Education Improvement Committees. He is also a member of the East El Paso Kiwanis Club.
Jeanne Foskett, Vice President
Now retired, Jeanne Foskett worked for 30 years at El Paso Community College as an English professor, Dean of Arts & Communication, and Special Assistant to the President. Her work at EPCC included working with the Arts, Literature, Women’s Studies, and Leadership. Currently, as a community volunteer, she serves on the following boards: Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Loretto Academy, Women’s Fund, and Newspaper Tree.
Jeanne lives with her husband of 48 years, Bob Foskett, a retired jazz musician and engineer, and her two dogs. She has one daughter, Nicole, who lives in Austin with her husband and 3 1/2 year-old granddaughter, Ivy.
David Marcus, Treasurer/Secretary
David Marcus serves as the managing partner of Marcus, Fairall, Bristol + Co., PLLC, a leading, full-service accounting group in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.
Marcus is often recognized as the first person to take groundbreaking steps in bringing high profile personalities to El Paso for non-profit fundraising events. But he is also known for his tremendous community involvement, support to local non-profit organizations and his efforts to promote understanding and build relationships between the various religious and ethnic groups in our community. Marcus has been honored by many state and national organizations for his generous spirit. He was profiled in Philanthropy in Texas magazine as a "Big Thinker.” He also received the Public Service Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants for his efforts.
Among local recognitions, Marcus was named as “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Italian-American Cultural Society; was named “Citizen of the Year” by the March of Dimes; received the Humanitarian Award from the Black El Paso Democrats; the Bravo Award from the League of Women Voters; and was awarded the City of El Paso Mayor’s Excellence Award by Mayor Carlos M. Ramirez.
Keri Moe is a public affairs and communications professional with more than 10 years of experience managing a broad range of communications issues for public and private sector clients. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She has also taught Public Relations at UTEP and at El Paso Community College. She is a past member of the Public Relations Association Rio Grande Chapter and a founding member and past-President of Public Relations Association of the Southwest.
Miguel Fernandez serves as CEO of Transtelco, a telecommunications carrier established in 2001. The company is one of a very few telecommunications service providers that cover both the U.S. and Mexico border states. In this position Fernandez is responsible for the implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the organization.
He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1998 with bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.
Dan Longoria is a vice president with Mattress Firm. He operates more than 20 Mattress Firm franchise stores in El Paso, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Julie Summerford Tarwater
Julie Summerford Tarwater is Vice President of Business Systems in Information Technology at Hunt Companies. She has 20 years of experience in software development and internet solutions companies. She has worked with a range of clients in non-profit, finance, education, and government with a focus on business systems solutions and project management. She has enjoyed involvement with many El Paso initiatives including Newspaper Tree, Border Art Residency and The Classroom Fund. Julie holds a BA in Mathematics from Texas Tech University and an MBA from St. Thomas University.
Chris Cummings is a native El Pasoan working in commercial real estate. A graduate of UTEP with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English, Chris has served on several boards in the area. Chris currently serves on the Directors Circle of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, is a founding member of Artspace El Paso, and as of March, 2014 has joined the board of Newspaper Tree. He is married to Michelle Cummings, a Registered Nurse, with whom he is raising 2 boys, Cooper and Zane.