Board of Directors
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2018 Board of Directors
Scott Cuttler / President
A founding member of The Frontera Land Alliance, Scott Cutler a retired Curator of Collections and Exhibits from 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 more than 25 years, he has been active in numerous local conservation organizations involved with preserving open space.
Scott Winton / Vice President
Scott Winton joined the board of The Frontera Land Alliance in 2010 and is now the Vice President of the organization. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual majored BBA in Real Estate & Urban Development and Finance, he became the owner of a real estate brokerage company. He also served on the Zoning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and three terms as mayor in the City of Pflugerville. In 2005 Mr. Winton became the Vice-President of Business Development of the Winton Group, where he is currently working on projects such as the development of the Piazza Escondida and Rio Valley.
Charlie Wakeem / Treasurer
A 1966 business graduate of Texas Western College (now the Univeristy of Texas at El Paso), Charlie Wakeem is now retired from owning and operating a furniture business for 27 years. Mr. Wakeem 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 of the Coronado Neighborhood Association, he led the fight against the development of Resler Canyon which Frontera now owns.
Cynthia Hoffmann / 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.
Michael Gaglio / Member-at-large
Michael Gaglio has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso 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. He has 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 and also volunteers with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife performing deer surveys and dove banding.
John Moses / Member-at-large
John 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 received a BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, after which he served as an officer in the U.S. Army ordnance and combat engineer units. He is the 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. A life-long cave explorer and conservationist, Mr. Moses was the secretary of the 15th International Congress of Speleology and is currently the International Secretary of the National Speleological Society. Locally, he is chair of the Mayor’s Quality of Life/Tourism Cabinet, and a member of the El Paso County Eco-Tourism Committee and of the Mayor’s Lyceum.
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.
Benny Pol / Member-at-large
Benny emigrated from the Netherlands in 1984. The following year, he moved from California to El Paso. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986 and was finally assigned to Fort Bliss in 2009. After his military retirement, he decided to remain in El Paso and became active with the local chapter of Texas Master Naturalist in 2013. He has logged numerous volunteer hours with Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Park Service, wildlife rehabilitation centers, El Paso Water Utility, and other organizations. Currently, he is the chairman of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Benny is an avid amateur wildlife photographer and his photos have been featured on local, state, and national social media sites, websites, and in publications.
Sarah Elena Dillabough / Member-at-large
Sarah Elena Dillabough was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She studied environmental studies and political science during her undergraduate years. She worked for a summer at Little Traverse Nature Conservancy in Michigan and fell in love with the work of land trusts. After obtaining her BA from Austin College, Sarah Elena returned to El Paso to dedicate herself to learning more about the community in which she grew up. Her work has focused on sustainable food systems, such as reduction of food waste and creation of community gardens, in addition to consulting work.