Our Mission

Our Mission is to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy.

Since its inception in 1919, Junior Achievement USA has been steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that every child has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. The practical business knowledge and personal economic skills taught by Junior Achievement help improve the quality of students’ lives, facilitate workplace readiness, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Through a network of 140 affiliate offices in all 50 states and 113 international members throughout the world, Junior Achievement USA delivers more than 22 richly diverse, integrated, and sequential economic education programs for school children in grades preK-12. Throughout its history, Junior Achievement USA has developed meaningful and productive relationships with its partners, including schools, administrators, teachers, parents, volunteers, community members, and businesses.

Junior Achievement of El Paso, Inc. is a member of JA USA and a part of the global organization that operates in 123 countries and reaches 9.7 million students. For more information please click on the link below: Click Here

Locally, Junior Achievement of El Paso, Inc. has been serving El Paso County since 1967, with effective hands-on financial literacy programs that reach out to young people with a diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds in both urban and rural settings. Last year we served thousands of students within the Greater El Paso Area.

Since 1967, JAEP has served over 111,107 young people in the El Paso area. The JAEP office serves anywhere between 4,500 to 10,000 students per year. In 2018-2019, JAEP provided programs for over 7,062 students in the El Paso area. JA programs are delivered by our dedicated and trained volunteers. The JAEP office currently has a volunteer base of over 588 individuals who implement JA programs throughout the city.

Board of Directors 2019-2020

Executive Committee

Board Chair

Mike Gallegos, Group Rental Manager

Enterprise Holdings Inc. – Enterprise, National & Alamo Rent-A-Car

Vice President

Michael Morales, VP of Credit Ops



Yvonne Santillan, El Paso / New Mexico Border District Manager, Vice President

Wells Fargo Bank

Education Liaison

Carlos Vega, Private Client Advisor

HUB International Insurance Services


Kristy McGee, CRPC

Senior Vice President, Investments and

Senior Portfolio Manager

Heritage Premier Financial Services of Raymond James

Prospective Member

Omar Chavez, Registered Client Services Associate

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Daniel Sonnen, Wealth Advisor

Lauterbach Financial Advisors

Board Members

Renzo Ames, Remarking Sales Manager

Enterprise Holdings-National Car Rental/Enterprise Rent-A-Car


Grisel Arizpe, Senior Engineer

El Paso Electric Company


Ruben Batista, VP of Sales

Clear Channel Outdoor


Juan Cabrera, Superintendent

El Paso Independent School District

Steve Carbajal, Manager- Client Services


David Medina, General Manager

L&F Distributors


William McClain, SVP Refining Manager


Joe Meza, Director of Professional Business Services



Matt Osberg, SVP Corporate Finance

Helen of Troy

Lettie Ramos, Vice President of Mortgage Lending


Sustaining Members

 Ceci Davila, Vice President of Operations



Nathan Hirschi, Senior Vice President-CFO

El Paso Electric Company


Nick LaMantia, Manager

L&F Distributors


Don Margo, Area President

HUB International Insurance Services


Imelda Moreno-Acosta, CPA

SBNG Certified Accountants


David Ortwein, Director of Operations

VIVA Capital Funding, Inc.

Howard Smith, Vice President of Marketing

Pizza Properties

Your JA of El Paso Staff

Elizabeth Terrazas, President


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Dianica Jaquez, Education Manager


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Bianca Menchaca, Development Associate


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