September 11, 2020
Our hearts are heavy with the passing of our former CEO, Myrna J. Deckert. Myrna served as CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation from 2007-2016.
She was an extraordinary leader committed to improving health, education, economic development, and quality of life in our region. While at the Health Foundation, Myrna developed a Regional Framework for Health to promote health and prevent disease. She helped found the REALIZE leadership development program, Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, and PHIX Health Information Exchange. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Myrna supported the growth and economic development of our region in her role as CEO of the Paso del Norte Group. As principal shareholder of MJD & Associates, she strengthened organizations and institutions. She was an unequivocal champion for the advancement of women and girls locally, nationally and worldwide serving as CEO of the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region, leader for the YWCA Change Initiative, and chair of the YWCA USA/Global Campaign.
“We are deeply saddened by Myrna’s passing. In my heart, I thought Myrna would live forever and, I know, her legacy enables her to do just that. She had extraordinary vision - creating organizations and institutions to improve our region; incredible work ethic - the first to the office and last to leave; and an unwavering love and support for her family, colleagues, and friends - always there for the special moments in our lives. She has left an indelible mark,” says Tracy J. Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, which includes the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Fundación Paso del Norte, El Paso Giving Day and growing community of philanthropy.
Our memories are full of the love and dedication she brought to our Foundations and nonprofit organizations and institutions in our region and beyond. She received numerous awards for her many contributions to our community. In addition to her love of reading, golf, bridge, and family, Myrna was a mentor to so many, and a friend to all.
Click Here to view Thank You, Myrna - video on her retirement from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in 2015.
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