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Board of Directors

Workforce Solutions is led by a locally nominated Board of Directors (Board) that is representative of the tri-county region it serves: Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr counties. This Board operates under the following guiding principles: Sustainable Partnerships, Economic Opportunity, and Strategic Vision for Change.

The 25-member Board consists of 51% private sector representation, while the remaining 49% is comprised of education, community-based organizations, labor, vocational rehabilitation, public assistance, and employment services representatives. This Board is responsible for the planning, evaluation, oversight, and fiscal accountability of the Workforce services and programs of the tri-county region.



Ms. Cristina Rivera

Board Chair

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Ms. Dalinda Guillen

Board Treasurer

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Mr. Federico Lopez

Board Secretary

Board Members

Hidalgo County


Dr. Ida Acuña-Garza

South Texas Literacy Coalition
Literacy/Child Care

Dr. Luis Daniel Buentello

Rio Grande Valley Center

Ms. Anabel Chavez

Private Sector 

Ms. Sara Garza

Texas Workforce Commission
Public Employment

Mr. Eduardo Garcia

Region One Education Service Center

Ms. Rebeca Hernandez

Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Public Assistance

Ms. Carla Herrera

Private Sector

Mr. Francisco Lugo, Jr.

Private Sector/Veteran

Mr. Jaime Ortiz

Miracle Medical Equipment & Supplies of South Texas, LLC
Private Sector

Ms. Sonia Quintero

Communication Axess Ability Group

Ms. Cristina Rivera

Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Private Sector

Ms. Cristina Trejo-Vasquez

The Salvation Army
Community Based Org

Ms. Laura Treviño

Texas A&M University Colonias Program
Adult Basic Education

Starr County


Ms. Rose Benavidez

South Texas College

Mr. Noel Benavides, Jr.

Clavellina Memorial Service
Private Sector

Ms. Dalinda Guillen

Rio Grande City Economic Development Council
Economic Development

Mr. Federico "Fred" Lopez

Knights of Columbus
Community Based Org

Mr. Cesar Vera

Parasio Del Rio Adult Day Care
Private Sector

City of McAllen


Ms. Lorena Castillo

Negrete & Castillo, LLP
Private Sector

Ms. Sonia Falcon

Lone Star National Bank
Private Sector

Ms. Rebecca "Becky" Guerra

El Patio on Guerra/Nuevo Santander Gallery
Private Sector

Mr. Roberto Luciano

Simon Management Associates, LLC
Private Sector

Willacy County


Ms. Martha Rebeles

Martha Rebeles Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance
Private Sector

Mr. Ricardo Salinas

Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas - C.A.S.A. Coalition
Community Based Organization

Dr. Roy Sheneman

Valley Telephone Co-op, Inc.
Private Sector
  • Chief Elected Officials

    • Lead Chief Elected Official – Mayor Jim Darling, City of McAllen 

    • Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra, Willacy Co.

    • Judge Eloy Vera, Starr Co.

    • Judge Ramon Garcia, Hidalgo Co.