Our Team

Executive Leadership

  • Claudia Jasso
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Claudia leads Amistades so that the agency can sustainably deliver on its long-term vision. Claudia comes to this role as...
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  • Ricardo M. Jasso
    Founder and Chief Cultural Officer
    Over a career spanning close to 50 years, Ricardo has distinguished himself as a visionary community leader, advocate, educator/mentor, behavioral...
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Program Leadership

  • Maria Alvidrez
    Program Manager- Pima County
    Maria Fernanda was born in Tucson, Arizona then moved to Nogales, Sonora with her family when she was young. She...
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  • Alexandra Boneo
    Program Manager - Cochise County
    Alexandra Boneo is from the Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora border communities. She has over 15 years of experience...
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  • Joseph M. Gill
    Director of Programs
    Joseph was born in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, NJ. He...
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Administrative Services

  • Isabel Boisvert
    Executive Services Coordinator
    Isabel Boisvert was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but grew up in La Grange Park, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor’s...
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  • Jason Cummins
    Junior Accountant
    Jason was born in southern Illinois and moved to New Mexico with his family when he was 10 years old....
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  • Barbara Reyes
    Finance Assistant
    Barbara was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She attended a Catholic School, St John the Evangelist Catholic School, from...
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Pima County Program Staff

  • Leonardo Gamboa
    Program Manager
    Leonardo Gamboa is a queer, multiracial, fronterizo and recent transplant to Tucson, Arizona. He closely identifies with the US/MX border...
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  • Denisse Luna
    Project Coordinator
    Denisse Luna was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her associates degree at Pima Community College then transferred...
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  • Gianna Mattio
    Evaluator & Epidemiologist
    Gianna is originally from Melrose Park, Illinois but moved to Arizona with her family at the age of 8. She...
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  • Annahi Montes de Oca
    Project Coordinator
    Annahi Montes de Oca was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She completed her Associates in Liberal Arts at Pima...
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  • Maciel Moreno
    Project Coordinator
    Maciel was born in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from San Miguel High School on the south side of Tucson. She...
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  • Zayra Ortiz-Medrano
    Project Coordinator
    Zayra Ortiz-Medrano was born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Fronteras, Sonora, Mx, located 45 minutes from the southern border....
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  • Karla Toledo
    Program Manager
    A dedicated individual with roots in Sonora, Mexico, but a heart firmly entrenched in Tucson, Arizona, where she has spent...
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  • Gabriel Tsai
    Project Specialist
    Gabriel was born and raised in Avondale, Arizona, and is currently attending the University of Arizona Honors College. He is...
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Cochise County Program Staff

  • Laura Franco
    Project Coordinator
    Laura Franco was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona, and graduated from The University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree...
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  • Eduardo Lucio Gonzalez
    Project Coordinator
    Eduardo Lucio Gonzalez was born and raised in Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico. Mr. Lucio graduated from Colegio de Bachilleres #6 High...
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  • Cristal Mazon
    Street Outreach Coordinator
    Cristal Mazon was born and raised in the border town of Douglas, AZ and earned her Associate’s Degree in Business...
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  • Elsa Orozco
    Project Coordinator
    Elsa Orozco was born and raised in the wonderful border communities of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora. She has...
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Pinal County Program Staff

  • Sharon Boyd
    Youth Coalition Liaison
    Sharon Boyd has been the Director of Coolidge Youth Coalition since 2009. The Coalition has administered two Drug Free Community...
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Board of Directors

Ricardo M. Jasso, Amistades, Inc.
Founder and Chief Cultural Officer

Claudia Jasso, Amistades, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Carlos Gonzalez, Aztlan Associates
Chairman

Manuel Medina, Multicultural Associates
Vice Chairman

Juan Ibarra, The Catholic University of America
Secretary & Treasurer

Steve Torres, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Director

Blanca Varela, Community Advocate
Director

Miguel Flores Jr., Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consultant Services
Director

PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ernie Feliz, Felicia Granillo-Mendivil, Claudia Jasso, Harry Kressler †, Jazlín Ladriere, Francesca LoMonaco, Francisco Moreno, Clara Ortiz, Rene Salgado, Magdalena Santos