Evaristo Cruz-Environmental Management Office Director- Is responsible for the administration and operation of the Pueblo’s environmental protection and natural resources conservation programs. He is also responsible for developing, implementing and administering the General Assistance Program in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. As well as managing other departmental grant programs. Mr. Cruz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology with a double minor in both Chemistry and Biology. He has extensive experience as a Solid Waste Coordinator from 2002-2008 for the Rio Grande Council of Governments.
Andrea L. Everett-Environmental Specialist- Ms. Everett is an Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribal member and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science (Geoscience Concentration) from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has an interest in Native American land and resource conservation efforts and has several certifications in ArcGIS technology. Prior to be being promoted to the Environmental Specialist, Ms. Everett served as the GIS Assistant.
Shanon Connelly-GIS Technician-Is responsible for assisting with the maintenance as well as the coordination and development of current and new spatial and non-spatial databases of the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo’s Geographic Information System. Ms. Connelly holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science & Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science & Policy degree with a minor in Geography, both from University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She has previous experience using GIS for cultural resource management and archaeological investigations. Ms. Connelly has also taught introductory environmental science courses at universities in Florida.
Estela Gomez-Environmental Clerk- is a Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribal member. Her duties the office include typing and/or reproducing correspondence, reports, forms and other material generated by the Environmental Director. She also maintains the current recordkeeping systems. Her work experience includes sitting on the Higher Education Committee and was an active member of the National Indian Education Association for 5 years. In addition Estela attended Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM for two years where her studies were in the fields of Business Administration/Contemporary Indian Issues and worked for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service.
Ivonne Mata-AmeriCorps Environmental Correspondent and Educator- Mrs. Mata is responsible for conducting environmental research on topics that the EMO would like greater emphasis in sharing with the community. She also performs educational outreach activities in the community and conducts environmental outreach. Prior to performing educational outreach, she has also recieved her certification as a GIS assistant. Mrs. Mata is a student at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communications. One of Mrs. Mata’s main goals when seeking her choice of career was finding one that allowed her to better her community.