Kristen Bowdre, Executive Director

Kristen is a native Texan and a United Methodist Deaconess. She holds a Master of Social Work from UT and a Master of Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Kristen has worked in immigrant serving organizations professionally for the past 10 years, including at Annunciation House as a volunteer and board member and as an Accredited Representative at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services. Kristen is excited to be back in El Paso to continue living out her passion of working for social justice, especially by welcoming and accompanying immigrants. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking and camping with her cattle dog, Sookie.

Coming Soon, Staff Attorney

More information coming soon!

Yolanda Ochoa, Bookkeeper

Yolanda is an El Paso native and holds a BS in Human Resources with a minor in accounting. She has been working in the accounting field for most of her life. She enjoys working with non-profits the most. In her free time, she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to be assisting JFON in our mission to help others in the community.

Board of Directors

Todd Curry, Chair

Dr. Todd A. Curry is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Texas at El Paso. His primary interests lie in judicial representation and indigenous peoples and the law.

Steve Putnicki, Vice Chair

El Paso resident since 1963, graduated from UTEP, retired video production specialist at local tv stations, Martin Recording, Inc, El Paso Natural Gas, and the El Paso Independent School District.

Anthony Martinez, Secretary

E. Anthony Martinez is a fifth generation El Pasoan with roots in Chihuahua, Zacatecas, and Durango. He has a passion for universal human rights and a rule of law guaranteeing those rights. Anthony is an attorney practicing in El Paso

Janet Smith, Treasurer

Dr. Janet Smith is retired from the software business and is now a full time volunteer with a focus on immigration issues and immigrant welfare.

Perla Chaparro

Ms. Chaparro is a native to the border region and holds a Master’s degree in Social work from the University of El Texas at El Paso. She has experience working in the education and non-profit sector, and volunteering with community-based organizations advocating for immigrant’s rights.

Eva Moya

Eva M. Moya, PhD, LMSW is a borderlander, raised in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. She is an Associate professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Collin King

Collin King has a passion for social justice and education. Collin currently volunteers with National Model United Nations as a member of conference staff, and has volunteered with this organization since 2014 bringing a rigorous educational simulation to more than 2,000 international students each year. Collin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from New Mexico State University in 2012. Collin currently serves as the store manager for the NMSU Bookstore.

Rev. Dr. Pam Rowley, Ex Oficio

Rev. Dr. Pam Rowley is the District Superintendent of the El Paso District of the United Methodist Church. More info coming soon!