Carmen East was born on January 22, 1970 in Corpus Christi, Texas, but has lived in El Paso TX all of her life. Carmen is an only child and was raised by her parents until her father died of colon cancer when Carmen was just 16 years old. Carmen’s mother worked very hard to provide for her daughter and Carmen was able to attend Father Yermo Catholic School for both elementary and High School.
Carmen met Floyd when she was 5 years old and the families frequented each other often because their mothers were very good friends. It was then that she and Floyd began to form a bond with each other. They remained close until High School when life took them in different directions. They rekindled their relationship when they were both adults and had both been divorced. It was like they never were apart. They were together many years before marrying on December 12, 2012.
Carmen holds a BA in Business Administration with a Major in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, G and a Graduate Project Management Certification from the University of Phoenix. She is working on her Doctoral Degree in Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information Systems and Technology. Carmen was awarded the 2018 Latinas in Tech award for her technological contributions in the past 22 years.
Carmen carries with her the lessons she has learned from her family; “Career, Community and Compassion.”
Angie is a life-long resident of El Paso, Texas. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University where she completed a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. She is working on completing a Master’s degree in Theology from Catholic Distance University.
Prior to coming to Texas 635, Angie worked for Choice Hospice of Texas as the bereavement coordinator and volunteer coordinator where she provided support to families of hospice patients nearing the end of life. She also provided support by recruiting volunteers to visit with the hospice patients. While at Choice Hospice Angie was able to start the We Honor Veterans Program and achieved the top level of service recognized by the National Palliative Care Association and the Veteran’s Administration. This program provided vet to vet volunteers to the veteran patient’s and also a recognition program to honor them for their service to our nation.
She worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for 28 years in various capacities. She retired as a Hearing Officer and presided over administrative hearings and fair hearings on actions taken by the Texas HHSC. While working for the State she also worked as a Community Initiatives Specialist developing initiatives and projects to support Child Protective Services in a Region that covered 6 Texas Counties. Her work with the Child Welfare boards in the 6 counties, produced over $600,000 in assistance to CPS for the children of those counties in her first year. She also developed volunteer programs to support CPS and supervised the volunteer and intern programs. Angie was also the Quality Assurance Support Manager for HHSC Region 10 that included 6 Texas counties where she performed complex program administration involving development of program goals and objectives for error reduction. During her tenure as Support Manager her Region was recognized for dramatic error reduction in the Food Stamp program. She was a member of the USDA Food and Nutrition Food Stamps Error Reduction Task Force for the Southwest Region and was instrumental in developing error reduction initiatives that were adopted by several of the Southwest Region states. Her early career with HHSC also saw her as an Eligibility Specialist, Assistant Supervisor, and a policy analyst.
Angie served as a volunteer religion teacher and Religious Formation Director for various parishes in El Paso, Texas for over 25 years. She also worked as a volunteer Youth Director and was a member of several church choirs.
Angie has 3 siblings all from El Paso, Texas and her family has deep roots in the military and law enforcement, which she proudly supports.
Maria del Carmen is a Lifelong resident of El Paso, Texas. She has been an employee of Texas Health Sciences for 22 years; starting in the department of Pediatrics, moving on to the Medical Practice Income Plan—Under the Training Division, and currently is Unit Manager for the Anesthesia Department. She is a certified coder through AHIMA. Maria del Carmen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from University of Phoenix and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University. She has been married to William Craig Rooslet for the past 25 years and they have three children; Joshua, Ryan, and Mia. Her husband is a 20 + year veteran of law enforcement.
Burt Blacksher has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for WestStar since 2017, having previously served as Chief Credit Officer. He joined WestStar (then Bank of the West) in May 1992.
An active member of the community, Burt serves in leadership positions for numerous non-profit organizations including the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso as Chairman (2015 - 2018), YMCA of Greater El Paso, REDCO (El Paso’s Regional Economic Development Corporation), the Rotary Club of West El Paso, and immediate past chairman and current board member of Project ARRIBA.
Burt attended the University of Texas at El Paso and is a graduate Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Married to Capt. Bill Schneider of State Police, two children & three grandchildren Daughter, Tymber Breunig is RN & has three precious children, Marli – 9 years, Rowdy – 6 years and Jayce – 14 months, and her husband Jayson Breunig is a Directional Driller.
Son, Taylor who is in his junior at Texas Tech University majoring in Psychology, Business and Pre-Law.
Founder (the vessel GOD used) & Executive Director of Lubbock Victim Assistance Services, Inc. (1992 – present) Governor Greg Abbott appointed Pam to the
Texas State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision (2017 – present)
Texas Depart of Criminal Justice Director’s Citation (1996),
Texas Depart of Criminal Justice Mediation/Dialogue (2000),
Texas Depart of Criminal Justice Crisis Team (2005 & 2007)
Martin Luther King Commemorative Council of Lubbock (1995)
United States Department of Justice award for Public Service (1996)
Office of the Attorney General, Washington D.C. Victim Service Award (1998)
Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association Liberty Bell Award (2002)
United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Certificate of Appreciation (2004)
Texas Attorney General Certificate of Excellence for Victim Services (2007)
Texas Department of Public Safety Jacqueline Saburido Award (2008)
Shallowater HS Student Council “We are leaders because of your support” Award (2010)
Michael is a life long resident of El Paso, Texas and a graduate of Bel Air High School. He is the eldest of four children born to Jose and Phoebe Sanchez. Michael graduated from the El Paso Police Academy in March 1999. During his 19 years of service to the community he has served in different departments around the City; 3 years as a patrol officer at Central Regional Command and 13 years in the traffic division, currently he is assigned to the Pebble Hills Regional Command as a patrol officer. Michael served as the El Paso Police Department Funeral Committee Chairman from November 2015 to January 2018. He took a short break from this work but returned as a Funeral Committee Operations 2 in July 2018. Michael also serves as a Family Service Counselor for Sunset Funeral Home since 2016 and assists First Responders and others with pre-arranging funeral services. When not protecting our city, Michael loves to give back to the community and has been a Basketball Official since 1992 for High School, College, and ABA Divisions. He sits on the Texas High School Basketball Officials Association board since 2009 and is in charge of registration, testing and background checks. Michael is the President of the El Paso Basketball Officials Association since 2006. He also loves football and is a Sun Bowl Football Game Volunteer, a PAC 10 Team Host Committee member from 2004-2007, and is on the Game Day Committee since 2008. Michael is married to Elsa and they have a beautiful daughter Emily. Michael, Elsa and Emily are avid Denver Broncos football fans and every season travel to Broncos home and away games.
Dr. Edward J. Degnan is the Director for Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Foundations at the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS), Orlando, FL. He is responsible for the establishment for both an AF M&S Workforce and the AF Live-Virtual-Constructive Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA). In the area of Workforce Development he is ensuring that AF warfighters have the appropriate skills, experience, and training to exploit what Modeling and Simulation (M&S) has to offer. Work that he is directing on LVC-IA will ensure that the AF standards and architectures are designed with interoperable standards, protocols, and databases for simulations supporting acquisition, analysis, experimentation, test and evaluation, planning and training both internally to the USAF and externally to the Joint community, other services, coalition partners, and other non DoD Agencies.
Dr. Degnan is a leading educator and researcher with a 35-year military, academic, and government career. His military career began in the U.S. Army in 1973 as a military police dog handler. From 1978 through 1983 he had multiple Air Defense Artillery assignments which culminated in commanding a high tech surface to air missile site in Germany. In 1987, he was assigned to the Battle Command Training Program as the Operations Officer responsible for the detailed planning and installation of the computer hardware and telecommunication (data and video) links to a host mainframe computer from various locations around the world. In this position Dr, Degnan was also responsible for the development of a system for analyzing upper level management effectiveness through interactive computer simulations. During this period he designed and established a simulation facility in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of war gaming and analyzing war plans through computer simulation prior to and during DESERT SHIELD / STORM. In 1991, he was assigned to USAF Blue Flag to work joint integration of large scale Army and AF constructive exercises.
Upon retirement Dr. Degnan worked extensively in academia at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training. As a Senior Research Associate / Primary Investigator, he was responsible for researching technology applications, computer simulations and technology integration in various domains. A large portion of his research was focused in the areas of simulation-based manufacturing; and design of simulation architectures for use in the Department of Defense, educational settings and non-Department of Defense organizations. Additional responsibilities included designing applications of technology for the public education system, criminal justice system, home defense preparedness, anti-terrorism, manufacturing industries, local communities, and mass media.
In 2001, Dr. Degnan became a government civilian employee as the Development Program Manager, for the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. In this position he was responsible for the management, development, analysis, validation, and improvement of all Army simulation and technology integration operations, education and technical training programs. While in this position he was able to establish both an M&S military and civilian workforce for the Army. Since 2005 Dr. Degnan has been working for the USAF at AFAMS on finding solutions to the cross foundational M&S issues in order to have an educated and trained AF M&S workforce and to establish an integrated and persistent environment that improves warfighter capabilities within the USAF, Joint and Coalition communities.