The UMC Foundation is powered by the passionate dedication of a team of professionals committed to bridging the equity gap to ensure quality health care for everyone in the Paso del Norte Region. Led by B. Abigail Tarango, Ph.D., Executive Director, the Foundation staff brings a wealth of experience and expertise to maximize the community impact of every dollar donated and to ensure these positive effects last for generations.
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B. Abigail Tarango, Ph.D
Dr. Tarango has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, and of those, over 7 years of executive leadership experience. As the Foundation’s Executive Director, she utilizes her strengths as a strategist, advocate, and leader to help see that the UMC Foundation of El Paso enters a new chapter of growth and evolution.
Additionally, Dr. Tarango has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, and has earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (EE-16). She is most honored to serve in this capacity for the community that she grew up in and that helped raise her children.
Focused on mission-driven work, she is excited to have a very active and responsive “power board” with members who lead the way for fundraising efforts and advancing the work of our safety net, research, and teaching hospital, University Medical Center of El Paso.
Rebecca “Becky” Friesenhahn
Director of Operations
With over 35 years of direct supervisory experience in fiscal management and over 21 years in grants management, Becky has provided great leadership to the UMC Foundation. As the Director of Operations, she contributes to the day-to-day operations, fiscal and policy management of the Foundation.
Additionally, Becky has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is experienced in data management and preparing progress reports for various government agencies (i.e., U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Health & Human Services). She says she feels that this role has been what her whole career and life have been building towards. It serves both her heart and soul while reinvigorating her business acumen and utilizing her expertise in her field.
Alexandro J. Simental
Grants Coordinator and Writer
Alex earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso and earned a Public Leadership Certification from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He brings to the Foundation over 27 years of experience in government and non-profit management.
As a grant and program development professional, Alex is proactive in seeking out funding opportunities that align with UMC Foundation of El Paso’s goals. As the Grants Coordinator and Writer, he clearly articulates how the proposed funding requests align with our mission and priorities and provides evidence-based arguments to make a compelling case for funding.
He has served as program director/principal investigator for federally and state-funded programs, including Title X Family Planning and Ryan White Primary Care Services. He previously served as an organizational analyst for the City of El Paso Department of Public Health and as state-appointed chair of the West Texas HIV/STD Community Planning Group. He currently serves on the Institutional Review Board of Centro San Vicente, a Federally-Qualified Health Center.
Program Director | Fundación de México
A graduate of both the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) and Park University with degrees in Travel and Tourism and Social Psychology, respectively, Margarita joined the Foundation in 2013. As Director of the Fundación UMC de México, she is responsible for coordinating the assistance for children in Ciudad Juárez through the Borderless Giving Program. Over the years, her hard work has made a difference in the lives of more than 100 families through life-changing surgeries.
Margarita brings a wealth of experience in the areas of human resources, training and development, event coordination, and convention organization. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Beto.
Taylor Moreno is a Government/Community Relations and Philanthropic specialist within the Paso del Norte region. With over 18 years of experience in those respective fields, Taylor brings a diverse background to her current role as Development Director with El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation and the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso.
Serving as the fund development official for both hospitals, she has successfully quadrupled revenue for the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation since coming on board in July of 2017. Since beginning, her role with the El Paso County Hospital District, Taylor has raised more than $9 million for life saving programming and equipment for patients living in the largest international borderplex in the world.
In this role, Taylor is able to combine her passion for giving back to her community, her interest in the medical field, and her personal empathy to help further the mission of the hospital. Taylor is currently seeking her Master’s in Public Health through UTHealth and is the proud mother to her son, Camden, whom she is raising to appreciate the culture and uniqueness of the city they call home.
Eduardo "Eddie" Rubio
Executive Assistant - Board Manager
Serving in multiple capacities for UMC Foundation of El Paso, Eddie is currently the Executive Assistant and is responsible for Board of Director’s management. With a powerful and active board of 30 members, Eddie organizes the Board meetings, retreats, committee work, and ensures the operations of the Board run efficiently.
Eddie earned his Bachelor's degree in Organization and Corporate Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso. Eddie has extensive experience in translation and transcription services for government agencies, and you may recognize his voice as the play-by-play and analyst for the Spanish broadcast of UTEP Football.
Patricia “Paty” Moreno Tercero
Paty provides much more than administrative support to the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso. Her previous work experiences have prepared her to fulfill the UMC Foundation’s needs. Her belief in hard work, being extremely organized, and her problem-solving ability have contributed greatly to the Foundation.
Paty earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and continues her studies to advance her interests in finance and other business models. While Paty enjoys camping, solving puzzles, and spending time with her three boys, she is often seen volunteering for car seat safety events.
Program Director | Children's Miracle Network
As Program Director, Alexa raises funds and awareness for our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. She joined El Paso Children's Hospital Foundation 8 years ago with a sincere passion to ensure every child has a healthier future. In her role, she oversees national partner’s campaigns where thousands of dollars are raised every year, mostly one dollar at a time.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Alexa was a sales executive for a local Spanish television and radio station. During this time, she was responsible for developing, closing and maintaining advertising accounts for the station.
Alexa earned a Bachelor’s in Media Advertising from the University of Texas at El Paso. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young child. She loves to go to the movies and spending time camping outdoors.
Program Director of Community Programs
As the Program Director of Community Programs for the UMC Foundation, Carolyn manages Project C.A.R.E. (Community Access to Rehabilitation Equipment), the El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program, the Compassionate Care program, and the Foundation's Volunteer Corps. She is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Proxy, UMC CARES Ambassador, and a recipient of the UMC Star Award.
Carolyn has dedicated 22 years to non-profit programming, passionately serving people in need of resources and assistance. During her 9 years with UMC Foundation, she has been committed to the success of community programs and the overall endeavors of the foundation.
Carolyn believes in the importance and power of positivity when it comes to impacting the lives of children, adults, and families through injury prevention and education, engaging the community through volunteerism, and providing support services to individuals facing barriers to acquiring resources for their health and wellness.
Specialist for Community Programs
As a Specialist for Community Programs, Abraham works closely with Project C.A.R.E (Community Access to Rehabilitation Equipment), a community program that connects low-income patients to the vital medical equipment they need. He is especially passionate about how the Foundation is giving back to his community through the Car Seat Safety Program. This program is dedicated to making our region a safer place, one car seat at a time.
Abraham is currently attending the University of Texas at El Paso, where he is working to complete his Bachelor's degree in Engineering.