Board of Directors
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2014 Board of Directors
Scott Cuttler / President
A founding member of The Frontera Land Alliance, Scott Cutler is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits of the Centennial Museum at The University of Texas at El Paso. He has degrees in Wildlife Management and Biology. A resident of El Paso for the last eighteen years, he has been active in numerous local conservation organizations involved with preserving open space.
Scott Winton / Vice President
Scott grew up in Clovis, New Mexico, and worked in the family business of real estate, homebuilding and development. Upon graduation from Clovis High School, he attended the University of New Mexico for three semesters until he decided he needed to ”figure out what he wanted to do”. He came to El Paso where he was in the heating and air conditioning and homebuilding business for six years. He returned to school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a dual majored BBA in Real Estate and Urban Development and Finance. Upon graduation, he stayed in the Austin area for twenty-five years and worked in the land development industry, owned a real estate brokerage company and performed various consulting activities for local developers. He also spent numerous years as a community volunteer in the City of Pflugerville, a fast growing suburb of Austin, where he served on the Zoning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission and three terms as mayor.He returned to El Paso in 2005 to work in the family business, The Winton Group, as Vice-President of Business Development. He brought with him a passion for development of alternative communities that offer residents an alternative to 100% car dependence. His current projects include development of the Piazza Escondida, a small mixed use development on Escondido Drive, and Rio Valley, a small “village” like development that offers mixed uses, a variety of housing types, convenient services, and walking trails and parks. He joined the board of the Frontera Land Alliance in 2010 and is beginning his second term as Secretary of the organization.
Charlie Wakeem / Treasurer
A native El Pasoan and a lifelong resident of El Paso’s West Side, Charlie Wakeem is retired from owning and operating a furniture business for 27 years. A 1966 business graduate of Texas Western College (now UTEP), Charlie is presently active in property investment and management. He has served as a club president and assistant district governor in Rotary International and is currently serving on several City of El Paso Boards and Committees, including the Open Space Advisory Board, which he chairs. As president (2003- ) of the Coronado Neighborhood Association, he led the fight against the development of Resler Canyon, which Frontera now owns.
Cynthia Hoffman / Secretary
Cynthia “Cindy” Peak Hoffmann, CFRE, has been a professional fundraiser and philanthropic advisor for over 20 years and has successfully led annual, major gift, endowment, and capital campaigns and achieved record breaking results. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently a realtor for Keller Williams Realty, Cindy is a partner in the Smart Living Team, your source for green homes, healthier living, and smart real estate investments. Cindy is involved many local organizations and currently serves as the President of the Board of the Southern NM State Planning Committee.
Doug Echlin / Board Member
Currently serving as Board Member-at-large of Frontera Land Alliance, Doug also serves on Frontera’s Executive Committee, Board Development Committee, Lands Committee, and chairs the Water Rights Ad Hoc Committee. He served as Frontera’s president in 2008. He is a retired environmental protection specialist with the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, having served for 27 years following 4 years in the Air Force. Doug has a B.S. and an M.S. in biological sciences from UTEP. He also serves as a vice president of the Coronado Neighborhood Association and has served on the City of El Paso’s Open Space Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) and Storm Water CAG. Doug has a lifelong passion for environmental protection instilled in him as a youngster when he visited and worked on his grandparents’ Hill Country ranch.
Brenda Berumen / Member-at-large
Brenda Berumen is a designer and a sustainability facilitator with an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. Brenda specializes in sustainability analysis & strategy, branding, and marketing-communications. Brenda works to combine both disciplines in many of her projects. She serves as a Frontera Board of Director and sits on the Education and Outreach Committee. Brenda coordinates marketing projects and conducts research activities on how habitat and water conservation impact the local economy and quality of life.
Michael Gaglio / Member-at-large
Michael Gaglio (1974- ) is a 4th generation El Pasoan with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso (henceforth “UTEP”). Growing up very close to the mountain foothills of northeast El Paso, Michael developed a love for the outdoors and open space early on. During his studies at UTEP, his initial interest in marine biology shifted back to the desert and he focused on the ecology of the Southwest. Mr. Gaglio’s career spans 15 years as a biologist and environmental consultant and in 2007 he co-founded High Desert Native Plants, LLC, an environmental consulting and restoration services company with a focus on conservation-oriented solutions for the development industry. During his consulting career Michael worked with entities such as The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land as well as with developers and commercial real-estate practitioners. He became involved with The Frontera Land Alliance in 2007 after recognizing a true need for balance between conservation and development in the urban setting of his hometown. He also volunteers with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife performing deer surveys and dove banding.
John Moses / Member-at-large
John L. Moses was elected to the Board of the Frontera Land Alliance in September, 2011, following several years of service on the Frontera Advisory Council. He is director of Mountain Project Management, an El Paso-based management consulting firm. Recently retired as General Superintendent of Texas State Parks in El Paso, he joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2000 as Park Superintendent at Hueco Tanks, following a 30-year career in international mining and petroleum.Moses, a life-long cave explorer and conservationist, is the International Secretary of the National Speleological Society and served as secretary of the 15th International Congress of Speleology. Locally, he is chair of the Mayor’s Quality of Life/Tourism Cabinet, a member of the Mayor’s Lyceum and the El Paso County Eco-Tourism Committee.He received a BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Commissioned as a U.S. Army officer, he served in ordnance and combat engineer units. He is a certified (Texas) emergency medical technician. Married to the former Margaret Allan, they reside in the high foothills of the Franklin Mountains in northeast El Paso and have 3 adult children.
Dr. Amy Wagler / Member-at-large
Amy Wagler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso. Though her professional activities are not directly related to ecology and preservation, she is passionate about preservation of natural spaces, particularly in the border region, and she is thrilled about working with Frontera Land Alliance to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment.