Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Photo From Left to Right:
David Sublasky (Board Chair); Blanca Topete (Member); Kathy Becker (Member); Melodya Salaices (Member); José M. Limón (Secretary); Dr. Armando Aguirre (Executive Director); John C. Elder (Member); Patricia Ramirez (Board Vice Chair); Fred Sanchez (Member)

Effective governance is an important part of any successful Head Start Program. Head Start has created a governance structure that allows for broad representation and strong oversight. The structure includes three distinct entities that come together to form a solid whole; each effectively contributing to the operations of the ESC Region 19 Head Start Program. The ESC Region 19 Board of Directors serves as the policy-forming and evaluative body of the Regional Education Service Center, and performs those functions specified in law and in State Board of Education rules.

Policy Council

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Photo From Left to Right:
Paulina Cuellar (Sgt. at Arms), Janet Natividad (President); Jasmine Adame (Vice President); Flor Cardona (Secretary); Not Pictured - Iain Fields (Treasurer) 

The ESC Region 19 Head Start Policy Council is comprised of Head Start parents who have children currently enrolled in the program, legal guardians and community members.

The Policy Council meets monthly to approve the direction of the Head Start program and asses data such as child outcomes, information reports, and measurements of the program's progress in achieving school readiness goals. 

The Policy Council also serves as advocates and information liaisons to Head Start parents and families, while promoting parent involvement and family wellbeing.

Socorro Rodriguez

Socorro Rodriguez

Head Start Director

A believer in dreams and making those dreams a reality, Socorro Rodriguez, former Head Start parent, volunteer and teacher; now lives her dream. As the ESC Region 19 Head Start Director, she administers a nationally recognized Head Start program that serves more than 4,300 economically disadvantaged children and their families. 

Her 30 years of experience with Head Start began in 1987 as a parent and volunteer, followed by 12 years as a Head Start teacher assistant and classroom teacher. And 16 years of administrative experience including positions as Head Start center manager, program manager of Academic Enrichment Services and Director of Administration and Operations. 

Under her leadership, she exudes an air of confidence to move forward an organization known for quality and innovativeness. Her experiences have become workable strategies that have helped enhance the growth of the organization and strengthen the quality of Head Start services for children and families. Her passion for learning is demonstrated through her own academic achievements. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She also received an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a teaching option from El Paso Community College. She is a CEA Member, a member of the National Head Start Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Ramona Huffman

Ramona Huffman

Director, Comprehensive Services
Huffman was born and raised in Fabens and is a graduate of Fabens High School. After her husband’s retirement from 25 years of service in the Air Force, Huffman returned to El Paso in 2001 where she began working for Head Start as a teacher. Since then she has served as facilitator/coach, program manager, and for the past 2 years Director for Comprehensive Services. 

Prior to joining Head Start, Huffman was a preschool teacher for over 10 years at the Air Force Academy, Colorado, Portugal, and Germany. She spent 14 years as administrator in various positions throughout her career in Early Child Education. 

Huffman holds an AA in Early Child Development, a Bachelor’s in Social Psychology, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.

John H. Alarcon

John H. Alarcon

Director, Facilities, Maintenance, Transportation & Support
Alarcon has resided in El Paso for over 40 years and graduated from J.M. Hanks High School in 1984. Alarcon joined the ESC Region 19 Head Start team in August 2015. He has been associated with the educational field for over twelve years and fifteen year in private industry management. Within his business experiences, Alarcon has managed multi-million dollar program budgets and held the position of Production Manager, Plant Cost Accountant and Warehouse Superintendent for different organizations in El Paso, Texas. Alarcon has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. As Director of Facilities Maintenance and Transportation, Alarcon ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of these departments to meet the educational needs of our ESC Region 19 Program.

David Valle

David Valle

Director, Human Resources - Risk Management
Valle has been with the Head Start program for over 25 years. He began his career at ESC Region 19 Head Start as a social worker. His prior experience as a youth minister and counselor made him a respected and effective liaison between Head Start parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders. Since then, Valle has served as a Head Start Center Manager, Staff Development facilitator, and Human Resources Program Manager, to his present position as Director of Human Resources and Risk Management. Valle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Samford University, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Guillermo Martinez

Dr. Guillermo Martinez

Director, Data Management, Evaluation, and Technology
Dr. Martinez has been with the Head Start program for over 15 years. He has lived in El Paso for 27 years and is a graduate of Cathedral High School. Dr. Martinez holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University, a Master's in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Management from the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Dr. Martinez joined the Head Start program as an Evaluation Assistant, subsequently became service area Program Manager, and Senior Program Manager. His expertise in program evaluation, research design and methods, data analysis, and information technology support the program’s efforts to promote informed decision-making practices and continuous quality improvement to better meet the needs of our ESC Region 19 Head Start program.

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