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 98,000 young people in the El Paso area. The JAEP office serves anywhere between 4,500 to 10,000 students per year. In 2015-2016, JAEP provided programs for 5,131 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 360 individuals who implement JA programs throughout the city.

Board of Directors

The local office is under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Directors. Twenty-four (24) of El Paso’s premier businesses are represented on the board and are dedicated to supporting the mission and programs of Junior Achievement.

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David Ortwein
Board Chair

Vice President
Capital Bank

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Mike Gallegos
Vice President

Area Rental Manager
Enterprise Holdings

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Diana Vasquez
Treasurer

Treasury Banking Operations Director
ADP

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Ceci Davila
Assistant Treasurer

Vice President of Operations
GECU

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Nick LaMantia
Education Liaison

Manager
L&F Distributors

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Shawn Ollis
Secretary

Director of Service Delivery
ADP

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Imelda Moreno-Acosta
Assistant Education Liaison

CPA Supervisor-Tax Services
White + Samaniego + Campbell, LLC

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Craig Adkins
Board Member

Business Manager
Carrey Adkins, LP

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Robert (Beto) Burton
Board Member

Research & Account Planning
Mithoff Burton Partners

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Juan Cabrera
Board Member

Superintendent
El Paso Independent School District

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Rose Gonzalez
Board Member

VP of Business Development
WestStar Bank

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Brian Grass
Board Member

CFO
Helen of Troy

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William Harvey
Board Member

President
EP Riverbend Development

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Nathan Hirschi
Board Member

Senior Vice President-CFO
El Paso Electric Company

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Dan Longoria
Board Member

Owner/President
Mattress Firm

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Ben Marcus
Board Member

Vice President of Acquisitions
MIMCO, Inc.

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Don Margo
Board Member

Area President
HUB International Insurance Services

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Henry Ocanas
Board Member

Vice President
JPMorgan Chase Bank

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Yvonne Santillan
Board Member

El Paso/New Mexico Border District Mgr, VP - Wells Fargo Bank

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Howard Smith
Board Member

Vice President of Marketing
Pizza Properties

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Elizabeth Terrazas
Staff

President
JA of El Paso

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JoLene Keipp
Staff

Education Manager
JA of El Paso