Nellie Mendoza, MSW
Director of Programs
Nellie Mendoza has served as the Director of Programs at NAMI El Paso since June of 2017. Nellie began her work at NAMI El Paso in November of 2013 as a Program Coordinator. While at NAMI El Paso, she has worked on a variety of community development activities, including program implementation, project development and capacity building.
Nellie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at El Paso in the Spring of 2010. In 2011, she then received her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In addition to her work in the public sector, Nellie Mendoza volunteered her time at CIMA hospice, child placement agencies, post adoption services, therapeutic horsemanship, and several political campaigns.
Director of Outreach and Fundraising, Webmaster
Isidro Torres received his BA in Organizational and Corporate Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso. He began volunteering with NAMI El Paso in 2015 and was later asked to join the board by the NAMI El Paso Board President at the time. He decided to step off the board late 2016 to become part of staff. Isidro is the Walk Manager for NAMIWalks El Paso. Through his work for NAMI El Paso by serving in various capacities, Isidro sees the importance of NAMI El Paso in the community and works to further the organization's mission and reach.
Christina, a native El Pasoan, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a been a strong advocate for helping her community long before joining the NAMI El Paso team by volunteering and fundraising for various organizations in El Paso. Christina has extensive knowledge and experience in office/account management and event planning. She has a deep-rooted passion for helping others and brings her strong organization skills and experience to NAMI to help expand on all the great work the NAMI El Paso team has begun.
Outreach and Volunteer/Intern Coordinator
Yoli Armendariz will be graduating December 2019 from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication with a minor in Health Promotion. Yoli started as a Communication/Public Relations Intern at NAMI El Paso in April 2018. She has served as Historian for UTEP’s Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary, and is currently serving as the organization’s Treasurer. Yoli is a Videographer for The Great Khalid Foundation, which invests in children’s academic future. In the past, she has organized fundraising events to support the El Paso community in collaboration with various organizations. Integrating communication into health only benefits the community and as someone who believes in serving the community Yoli wants that to reflect in her work.
Office Manager, Administrative & Advocacy Office
Ruth took the Family-to-Family class in 2000 has been a member of NAMI El Paso ever since. She has a true appreciation of how much help and support NAMI gives the families of people living with a mental health condition and is proud to be working with such a fine organization. Ruth hopes she can offer others the same hope that NAMI gave her and her family.
Tonie was contracted to complete NAMI's bookkeeping responsibilities in April of 2017. While not currently licensed, she has worked in the fields of professional accounting, forensic accounting and fraud examination. Like many of us, Tonie has also lost family and friends to the struggle with a mental health condition. She strongly believes in the mission of NAMI El Paso and is happy to assist the organization in achieving its goals while remaining fiscally responsible.
Alejandra Valdez, MRC CRC
Alejandra is a program coordinator for NAMI El Paso. She coordinates classes for parents of children and family members of adults who have expressed or have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition. As a previous elementary school educator and now as a mastered rehabilitation counselor, she has many years of experience working with families and the community. Alejandra has a deep commitment and passion for the mental health sector as she has seen the great need and lack of sufficient and effective mental health support and treatments available to our community. She intends to continue to work in the non-profit sector for many years to come.
In December 2017, Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. Sarah is currently working at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence with hopes to pursue a degree in Mental Health Counseling from UTEP to support individuals affected by mental health conditions. Sarah’s goals as an intern for NAMI El Paso are to build upon all of the hard work staff, volunteers, and past interns have done by connecting the community with NAMI’s mental health services, supports, and resources. Sarah also plans to help NAMI El Paso out in the mission to end the stigma of mental illness through community outreach and involvement.