REALIZE Cohort for 2015-16 is announced

June 29, 2015

Dramatic change is taking shape in the fields of population health and medicine. This fast and progressive evolution in our community requires capable leadership. In response, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation created REALIZE, an innovative leadership development experience that helps ensure a network of leaders, who are committed to improving health for the benefit of future generations.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the REALIZE Cohort for 2015-16. These individuals will begin an intense nine-month experience starting in July, which is custom designed to transform good leaders into “transformational leaders” for the benefit of the region’s health.

New cohort includes:

Ms. Kari Bachman - Coordinator, Doña Ana PLACE MATTERS The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

Mr. Joseph Bocanegra - Corporate Relations Specialist Sierra Providence Health Network

Mr. Manuel Castruita, M.Ed. - Director of Guidence and Couseling El Paso Independent School District

Mr. Bill Coon - President/CEO YMCA of Greater El Paso, TX & Rio Grande Valley

Ms. Chrystal Davis, LPC - COO of Diversion Services Emergence Health Network

Dr. N. Patti Fernandez, PhD, MPH, CHES - Director of Programs for NAMI El Paso National Alliance on Mental Illness-El Paso

Ms. Janine Laskowski Gallinar - Clinical Director Family Service of El Paso

Ms. Eufemia (Pema) B. Garcia, MBA, MAOM – Regional Director/Associate Director Texas A&M University, College of Architecture

Ms. Veronica Garcia –Director of Development Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Ms. Cathy Gaytan LCSW - Executive Director El Paso Child Guidance Center

Mr. Joe Gudenrath - Executive Director El Paso Downtown Management District

Ms. Andrea Gates-Ingle - Executive Director/Co-Founder Creative Kids, Inc.

Ms. Lorraine James, MBA – Senior Director of the Office of the Founding Dean Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing

Ms. Jamie Michael – Department Director Doña Ana County Health & Human Services

Dr. Mihai Niculescu, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Marketing The Regents of New Mexico State University

Ms. Dawn Sanchez, MBA - Southwest Region Health Promotion Program Manager New Mexico Department of Health

Mr. Raymond Sias - Interim Executive Director Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange

Ms. Lisa Tomaka - Director of Operations Child Crisis Center

Dr. Leah Whigham, Ph.D., FTOS – Executive Director Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living

Ms. Deborah A. Zuloaga - President/CEO United Way of El Paso County

For more information regarding the REALIZE Leadership Experience contact Michael Kelly, senior program officer, Paso del Norte Health Foundation at 915-544-7636 or

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