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. Ms. Everett manages the AmeriCorps member program in the Environmental Office, spearheads the preparation, analysis and maintenance of EMO Strategic Plan; as well as enhancing environmental management infrastructure and policy. She also promotes conservation through land use planning and assists in development of accountability standards for hunting and recreational activities on Tribal land, in addition to managing environmental restoration planning and implementation. She recently was the lead for the development of the YDSP Environmental Code. 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.
Edna Sierra-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 and Wildlife Management Committee. She also maintains the current recordkeeping systems, Chilicote Ranch rentals and assists with all planning and implementation of environmental outreach events. Her work experience includes serving the Pueblo as the Contract Health Services Supervisor where she managed the health care budget that provides medical payment assistance to over 1700 Tribal members. She worked her way up to this position after serving as the Contract Health Secretary and Contract Health Services Claims Specialist. Additionally, Ms. Sierra served as a board member of the Medicaid and Chip Regional Advisory Committee from 2010 through 2012, the committee works with the Health and Human Services Commission to improve Medicaid and Chip services.
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.