Dr. Eliza Alvarado
Eliza Alvarado is a Pharr native and graduated from Med High class of 1999. Eliza earned her B.A. in Government from Texas Woman’s University graduating Cum Laude. After graduation Eliza moved to Washington D.C. and was accepted to The George Washington University School of Political Management.
In 2006 Eliza moved to Dallas to obtain her PhD in Public Affairs at The University of Texas Dallas. From 2014-2017 Eliza served as Director of Government Relations, Grants, and Programs for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. During her time there, the hospital was awarded the largest Texas Workforce Consortium grant in the history of the state (2.7 Million). In addition, she helped pilot the first cohort of dual enrollment nurses in the country and helped secure a 3 million dollar Department of Education Innovation Grant.
Dr. Alvarado, currently works at Region One and is the Project Director for the PATHS Project. She has the opportunity to work with partners throughout the community and enjoys working with students to shape the future of nursing for the rest of the country.
Isela Herrera, is an Education Specialist for Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg, Texas. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas Pan American in 2002. At Region One ESC, Isela leads initiatives for both federal and state grants such as GEAR UP and TEA Perkins Reserve Grant. Prior to joining Region One, Isela served for 21 years in the high school setting. She has experience in academic and college counseling or both McAllen ISD and Mission CISD. During her first six years in education, she taught high school Spanish, Migrant Credit Recovery courses, assisted the tennis team, and assisted the dance team director. Isela believes in providing every student the opportunity to grow in the areas of academics, career, and personal and emotional health. She believes that given the proper tools and guidance, students will be able to achieve their educational and personal goals.
Jessie Doria, has worked at Region One Education Service Center for 28 years and is currently the Lead Program Assistant for the Office of College, Career and Life Readiness. Her duties include ensuring the Department is running efficiently, maintaining the department’s federal grants, (GEAR UP, Project HEAL2, PATHS) and managing logistics for conferences and workshops. What drives her on a daily basis is that she gets to see students from middle school, high school and to college graduation.
Robin Dominguez is originally from Elsa, Texas and graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 2015. After high school, Robin chose to study Pre-Dental Biology at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley after receiving the Presidential Academic Scholarship through UTRGV Scholars. She graduated in 2019, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude. During her time at UTRGV, Robin was a part of the Pre-Dental Society where she held many leadership positions, including being elected as the 2018-2019 President.
In 2017, Robin served as Head Coordinator for a Give Kids A Smile event hosted by Uriegas Dentistry in McAllen, Texas - where free oral healthcare services were provided to children from the Rio Grande Valley area. In 2018, she was given the opportunity to attend the ADA Dentist & Student Lobby Day in Washington D.C. where she was chosen to speak on behalf of her group with the offices of United States Congressmen Dr. Brian Babin and Vicente Gonzalez.
Robin is currently a PATHS Project Intern for Region One ESC. Through this position, she hopes to help guide high school students on their paths to becoming future healthcare professionals, while actively pursuing her goal of becoming a dentist.
Raquel Sanchez is an Intern for the PATHS Project at Region One.
She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley - Edinburg. Raquel attended school in Edinburg, Texas and graduated from Johnny Economedes High School in 2015.
Raquel is currently an undergraduate student attending the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and will graduate in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and with a minor in Rehabilitation. While in college, Raquel has earned two certifications within the Health field, Basic Nutrition and Basic Sports Nutrition. Raquel was also offered the opportunity to become a Certified Health Advisor.
When she is not at work or at school, she enjoys cooking and running and when she has a chance she enjoys scrolling on Pinterest. Raquel is passionate about health and tries to be a health advocate. While working with the PATHS Internship Program, Raquel hopes to gain experience herself as well as expand her knowledge when it comes to the many Health Science career opportunities that are out there and help raise awareness about the many pathways available for students.
Andres Barron is a Valley Native from Edinburg, TX. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Med High Class of 2019. He is currently attending STC to get his Associate's Degree in Nursing. Andres works at Region One as a PATHS Intern to help students have access to all the healthcare programs available in the Valley. When Andres is not at school or work, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
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