Ms. Rodriguez was born and raised in Calexico and is a graduate Calexico High, received her Associate of Arts in Photography from Imperial Valley College and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Lupe has served as Chief Photographer for the Naval Air Facility from the 1980-1990’s, worked for IVROP as Program Manager for vocational training and taught Photography to adults and high school students, was a past photographer for Imperial Valley Press and Managing Editor for Calexico Chronicle. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach for Catholic Charities in Imperial Valley where she oversees IV Catholic Charities programs.
Membership Director: Maria Peinado
Ms. Peinado grew up in Brawley and is a graduate of the University of Califonia, San Diego. While in San Diego she was involved with voter registration drives and with the Latino City Employees Association while working as an economic development intern for the City of San Diego. She has volunteered with the Preemie Family Council for the local chapter of the March of Dimes to raise awareness about the importance of preventing premature births and recently served as Vice-Chair for the Imperial Valley Regional Taskforce on Homelessness. She is a member of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Community Advisory Committee. Ms. Peinado is currently employed as the Publlic Health Information Officer at the Imperial County Publlic Health Department.
Community Service Director: Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter
Mrs. Terrazas-Baxter is an Imperial County native, graduated from Southwest High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. She currently serves on a number of committees and boards, including as second vice-chair of the Veterans Employment Committee of Imperial Valley, Sunflower School Site Council, and the Imperial Valley Young Professionals Organization. She has ten years of experience working for federal and state elected officials, including Senator Barbara Boxer, Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, and Congressman Juan Vargas. Currently, she works for the County of Imperial. She is married to John Edward Baxter and mother to Zoe and Emmy.
What Our Scholarship Recipients Are Saying
"Dear MANA de Imperial Valley,
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the IV MANA Scholarship. I'd like to take this time to thank you for your generous support. My desire is to go far and d0 great things with my education and you will be one of the contributing factors that allows me the ability to do so.
As of August 27, 2018, I will officially begin my new academic journey at California State University, San Marcos, hoping to major in psychology and later on become a well-known sports Psychologist. Again, I thank you for believing in me, supporting my dream, and my desire to continuously excel in all of my future endeavors."