Nellie Mendoza, MSW
Director of Programs



Isidro Torres
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 Alcantar
Office Manager & Programs Specialist, Program Office

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.



Ruth Hill
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 Duryee

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.


Yvette Foose, MPH
outreach and Volunteer/Intern Coordinator

Yvette earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Her focus includes nutrition, physical activity, and an interest in mental health.  Through volunteering with different programs while in grad school, she realized the importance of volunteers and how they impact the sustainability of programs.  She will use her knowledge to direct and impact volunteers the same way NAMI is positively impacting the community. 



Denise ugA, MBA
Program Coordinator

Denise Uga received her MBA from University of Phoenix in 2009.  Her Bachelor's degree is in Business Management, also from University of Phoenix.  Previous work experience includes retail management and mental health.  Currently, she is a Program Coordinator for the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in El Paso.  Denise has been with the nonprofit organization since 2013, coordinating classes and presentations to educate the community on mental health.  She coordinates these NAMI Signature Programs: In Our Own Voice, Parents & Teachers as Allies, and Peer-to-Peer.  Denise also serves as Vice Chair of the PNAC (Planning, Network, and Advisory Committee) at the local mental health authority.


Alejandra Valdez, MRC CRC
Program Coordinator

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.



YOlanda armendariz
Communication/PR Intern

Yolanda is a Communications/Public Relations Intern at NAMI El Paso. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communications with a minor in Health Promotions. She is Historian for UTEP’s Eta Sigma Gamma which is a Health Promotions honorary program and is an volunteer art instructor at the YMCA. Integrating public relations into health and medicine only benefits the community and as someone who believes in serving the community, Yolanda wants that to reflect in her work.


Yazmin castruita
rehabilitation counseling Intern

Yazmin is an intern at NAMI El Paso. She obtained her BS in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from UTEP in 2017. Currently she’s pursuing her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso. She is a member of the Student Rehabilitation Counseling Association student organization at UTEP in which she volunteers in various community events with the goal of advocating for people with disabilities. As a future professional, she aspires to increase the education in the El Paso community about the importance of acknowledging and understanding mental health, primarily the Hispanic community.

Brandi lawler
mental health counseling intern


Oscar leyva
rehabilitation counseling Intern

Oscar is in the process of completing his Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso. He received his Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus on America Lit. and Social Sciences from UTEP.  He is the treasurer of the Student Rehabilitation Counseling Association (SRCA), and together volunteer in the community. Oscar has been a part of the NAMI family since taking the NAMI Peer-to-Peer class in 2017.