Board of Directors
Land trusts bring people together to make commitments that can change communities. Together, we can ensure that the essential fabric of the Texas landscape can be left intact for future generations. Join us today! (Photo credit by: Fred Eiland)
2021 Board of Directors
Tina Crosby / President
Tina Crosby is a Branch Manager for WestStar Bank. Tina has 27 years of banking experience. Tina was born in Huntington Beach, California and moved to El Paso in 1989 as an army brat. She is passionate about community involvement. She is excited to be working with the Frontera Land Alliance to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment.
Scott Cutler / Board of Directors
A founding member of The Frontera Land Alliance, Scott Cutler is a retired Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the University of Texas-El Paso’s Centennial Museum. 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. (Photo Credit by: Fred Eiland)
Cynthia Hoffmann / Vice President
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 (UTEP). 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 in many local organizations and currently serves as the President of the Board of the Southern NM State Planning Committee. (Photo Credit by: Fred Eiland)
Michael Gaglio / Board of Directors
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 Frontera in 2007 and he also volunteers with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife performing deer surveys and dove banding.
Dr. Amy Wagler / Board of Directors
Amy Wagler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences at UTEP. 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 to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment.
Dave Turner / Treasurer
Born in Maine, resided in New Hampshire, Dave served as an officer in the US Air Force before his retirement from Sylvania after 27 years. He moved to El Paso in 2003 where he has spent his time working on environmental and social issues for the betterment of this community. He and his wife founded one of the first neighborhood associations in the city. He was a Master Gardener for 10 years, and served as President for 2 years. Dave was a member of the Parks Advisory Board for 9 years and its Chairman for 6 years. His activities also included, but were not limited to, the preservation of Thunder Canyon and the passage of El Paso’s current Dark Sky Ordinance. (Photo Credit by: Fred Eiland)
Marci Turner / Board of Directors
Born and raised in New York, Marci has been in El Paso for more than 50 years. She founded and was President of The Mexico Connection, Inc. for 28 years. Marci served on the Board of Directors of El Paso Better Business Bureau for 6 years, and was Chairman of the Board for 2 years. She served on the Civil Service Commission for 5 years. Retiring in 2004, she has been active in various environmental issues including, but not limited to, the preservation of Thunder Canyon and the passage of El Paso’s current Dark Sky Ordinance. She and her husband founded and are still active in one of the first neighborhood associations in the City. (Photo Credit by: Fred Eiland)
Harrison Plourde / Secretary
Harrison is a certified professional urban planner working until recently as the lead long-range planner in the Planning and Inspection Department of the City of El Paso. He has over seven years of professional experience in municipal planning, focusing on form-based code and comprehensive plan implementation, code writing, and urban design. As a City employee, he served as a staff assistant to the Open Space Advisory Board since 2012, and is an avid hiker and advocate of conservation practices. A native of upstate New York, Harrison earned his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Ball State University, and has lived in El Paso since 2012. (Photo Credit by: Fred Eiland)
Christopher Gad / Board of Directors
Arriving in El Paso in 1954, Chris grew up mainly in central El Paso. He graduated from Austin High, Texas Tech, and UTEP for a degree in secondary education, and the University of Texas for a law degree. For over 30 years he taught at various high schools including Austin, Jefferson, and Irvin. For much of this time Chris was also the Dan Fielding of El Paso as a night prosecutor for the City of El Paso. After teaching, a full time job of 7 years ensued as a prosecutor with the City. Today he is the municipal prosecutor for Horizon City, Clint, and San Elizario.
While an educator Chris went on field trips with students to McKittrick Canyon, Trinity Site, and White Sands, thoroughly enjoying them all. He still enjoys hiking almost every day and looks forward to experiencing the mountains, terrain, and natural sites of the El Paso area.
Mónica García / Board of Directors
Mónica García is a 1st generation fronteriza dedicated to amplifying sustainable healthy communities rooted in equity, dignity, and justice. Her 12 years of professional work in private and non-profit sectors has spanned borders addressing social disparities and achieving health equity in underserved communities globally. Prior to returning to El Paso, Mónica served as Director of Philanthropy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, expanding socially responsible investment (SRI) initiatives in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Mónica holds a BBA in Business Management from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and an MA in Latin American and Border Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. Mónica is avid learner of desert plants and the desert’s vast ecosystems. Her desert plant ally is the ocotillo― a plant appearing to be a haphazard array of thorny, crooked sticks― for its powerful resilience and medicinal properties. She is honored to serve and collaborate with the Frontera Land Alliance community and become an advocate of its mission to conserve water and wildlife resources forever through the preservation of open land.