San Juan Office


Juanita Valdez-Cox
Executive Director

Juanita grew up in a migrant family and experienced the challenges faced by farm workers. Since 1981 she has devoted her energies to the struggles of farm workers and immigrants, first with UFW, and since 2003 with LUPE. Her determination to see low-income families win the respect they deserve drives her to keep pushing for resolution to the issues that afflict their lives.

Maricela Martinez

Maricela Martinez
Office Manager

Maricela was born in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was farm worker for about 20 years in the states of Michigan and Indiana. She graduated from Hidalgo High School and  came to La Union de Campesinos in 1989 through a workforce program. She has dedicated many years of services in different capacities to LUPE.

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Esther G. Herrera
Operations Manager

Esther brings years of experience in working with youth, college students and parents from low income, migrant, and first generation college communities. At LUPE, she finds a unique opportunity to educate and empower colonia residents and minorities for social change. Esther is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Administration.

John-Michael Torres
Communications Coordinator

From Mission, Texas, John-Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he got involved with the Student/Farmworker Alliance. After graduating, he returned home and joined local organizing efforts for farmworker rights and against corporate-led globalization. He now works as LUPE’s Communications Coordinator and is happy to add his granito de arena to the struggle for justice in RGV colonias.

Martha Sanchez

Martha Sanchez
Community Organizing Coordinator

Martha leads LUPE’s team of community organizers as they work with local communities to identify and develop indigenous leadership and their ability to mobilize their friends and neighbors around local issues. Martha loves working with people to help them realize the power of unity and how they can build opportunities to work together to affect change.

Vaughn Cox

Vaughn Cox
Program Development Coordinator

After more than 20 years as a Movement Volunteer, Vaughn joined the LUPE team 2002. In addition to a variety of administrative tasks, he works on researching and preparing grant applications and writing reports to funders. He feels privileged to work for LUPE members and help them build better communities for their families.

Cristina Leal

Cristina Leal
Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator

Cristina was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American. As a Community Outreach Specialist, Cristina enjoys being able to contribute to the self-development of LUPE members, which allows them to improve their lives and their ability to respond to new opportunities.

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Hilda Patino
Social Services Provider

Born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Hilda immigrated to the United States in 1998 and received her education from the PSJA Independent School District. She came to LUPE as a volunteer in 2003 and assisted the organizing efforts in the PSJA area. She is currently training in immigration and income tax services for assistance with client’s needs.

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Evon Bueno
Data Entry Clerk

Evon Bueno is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero in our San Juan, Texas, office.

Cristela Rocha
Community Organizer (Pct. 2 & 4)

Cristela Rocha is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Juan, Texas, office.

Abraham Diaz
Education Specialist 

Abraham was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and immigrated to the US at a young age. He graduated with a BA in Mexican American Studies from The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. In college, Abraham organized with Minority Affairs Council, an immigrant-youth led organization on campus for protections and to uplift the voices of immigrant students on campus. At LUPE, Abraham enjoys being able to contribute to the self-development of community members, which allows them to improve their lives and their ability to respond to new opportunities.

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Felix Rivera
Social Services Provider

Felix Rivera is originally from Nicaragua and has lived most of his life in Los Angeles, California. He has been involved with LUPE since 2009 and currently works as a social provider for our organization. He truly believes in LUPE’s mission statement.

Xochitl Hinojosa
Social Services Provider

Xochitl Hinojosa is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Juan, Texas, office.

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Julian Rodriguez
Administrative Clerk

Julian Rodriguez is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and resides in Weslaco, Texas. He is a graduate of UTPA with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a veteran U.S. Marine Corp. he currently works for LUPE as an office clerk. His participation helps our office run smoothly and he finds success in helping improve our community.

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Maria Trujillo
Social Services Provider

Maria Trujillo was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. She started as a volunteer since La Union del Pueblo was founded. She currently works as an accredited social worker for LUPE. What motivates her to do her job is the daily contribution of our organization to improve our community.

Linda Mercado
Administrative Assistant

Linda joined LUPE in September 2018. She is from Edinburg but lived outside of the Rio Grande Valley for many years while gaining her multi-faceted work experience. Linda provides administrative support to the entire team at LUPE where she is able to utilize her extensive skillset in the world of non-profit. She loves working for an organization that is positively impacting the lives of its members and the community. Outside of the office, Linda is a certified Bokwa instructor who enjoys CrossFit, playing with her grandkids, reading, and singing to her rescue cats, Blue and Sansa.

Catalina Ramirez
Community Outreach Specialist (Pct. 2 & 4)

Catalina Ramirez is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Juan, Texas, office.

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Maria Guadalupe Alanis
Maintenance

Maria Guadalupe Alanis is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Juan, Texas, office.

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Lupita Negrete
Receptionist

Lupita Negrete is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Juan, Texas, office.


Alton Office


Claudia Garcia
Office Manager/Social Services Provider

Claudia Garcia is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero in our Alton, Texas, office.

Nancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez
Receptionist

Nancy Rodriguez is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our Alton, Texas, office.

Nelson “Tony” Solis
Social Services Provider

Nelson Antonio Solis was raised in the Valley and also studied there. His curiosity for U.S. politics developed  into an interest in civil rights, the Constitution, U.S. politics and U.S. history. For that reason he has joined LUPE.

Marco Lopez
Community Organizer (Pct. 3)

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Marco migrated to the US at a young age. He graduated with a BS in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M. In college, he organized protests against the Iraq War and for in-state tuition for Undocumented Aggies. Post college, he assisted with several labor campaigns that included harassment, wage theft, and pickets as a delegate for the IWW. At LUPE, he uses his talents to better our local communities.

Kayla Montaño
Community Outreach Specialist  (Pct. 3)

Kayla Montaño is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero in our Alton, Texas, office.

Laura Quiroz 
Social Services Provider

Laura was born in Pharr, Texas. She has been involved with LUPE since she was 15 years old. She has been actively involved with the organization by participating in different campaigns. As of today, Laura works for LUPE as a social provider and she is passionate in helping our people of the community.


Mercedes Office


Rafaela Guzman
Office Manager/Social Services Provider

Rafaela Guzman is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our Mercedes, Texas, office.

Lupita Lopez
Office Clerk

Lupita Lopez is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our Mercedes, Texas, office.

Mercedes Benavides
Community Outreach Specialist  (Pct. 1)

Mercedes Benavides is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our Mercedes, Texas, office.

 


San Benito Office


Javier Hernandez
Office Manager/Social Services Provider

Javier Hernandez is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Benito, Texas, office..

Jacqueline Hurtado
Office Clerk

Jacqueline Hurtado is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Benito, Texas, office..

Agripina Gomez
Community Organizer Cameron County

Agripina Gomez is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our San Benito, Texas, office.

Jesus Montalvo
Community Outreach Specialist  (Cameron County)

Jesus Montalvo is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero in our San Benito, Texas, office.

 


Pharr Office


Tania Chavez

Tania Chavez, M.B.A, M.A.
Fund Development & Systems Strategist

Tania is an immigrant from Veracruz, Mexico with a background in Student Affairs who discovered the world of organizing at the Latino Leadership Initiative through the Harvard Kennedy School-Center for Public Leadership. Chavez founded Minority Affairs Council–a student-led organization that harnesses the talents, abilities and determination of the RGV youth. Chavez continues to advocate for college access for students regardless of immigration status. Currently, Tania helps implement new ideas in service to LUPE members.

 

Sergio Treviño
Digital Organizer

Sergio Treviño was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and grew up as a migrant worker. He is a proud staff member at La Union del Pueblo Entero based out of our Pharr, Texas, office.