Officers and Board of Directors
Lillian Trujillo, President
Lillian Trujillo comes from a long line of San Elizario residents. Lillian graduated from Loretto Academy High School and UTEP with a degree in History. She retired after working over 30 years for the State of Texas. Besides being involved in genealogy, she volunteers with the San Elizario Catholic Church on the finance committee. She has translated close to 20,000 entries in the San Eli church records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from 1846 to 1956. other small towns in the surrounding areas as well.
CSM Luis Tellez (Ret)
CSM Luis Alfonso Tellez (USA, RET) was born in El Paso Texas. His San Elizario roots lie through his beloved grandmother Cruz Giron, and is a decedent of the Dearo, Borrego, and Jose de la Luz Giron families. Luis enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1981 and transition to the New Mexico National Guard. Retiring in 2022, as the Command Sergeant Major of the 226th Military Police Battalion, thus fulfilling 41 years of Military Service. Prior to the appointment of Vice President of SEGHS. Luis held the SEGHS Director of History Chair Committee. Luis obtained an associate degree in Christian Theology, and resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his wife Tammy and children.
Norma Sambrano Hennessy, Secretary,
Finance Committee Chair
Norma Sambrano Hennessy was born in El Paso to Richard and Grace Sambrano. She attended Southern Methodist University. She has been an accountant in the oil and gas industry for 26 years and was previously in restaurant accounting for 15 years. Ser-vice to others has always been a big part of family life, as her parents and grandparents have been great examples of community service. As such, Norma has served as treasurer for LULAC District III in Dallas, Regent for Catholic Daughters Court Our Lady, has served as a Eucharistic Minister at her parish in Dallas for many years, and has mentored high school students both through LULAC and through the parish, and regularly helps with Carter Bloodcare. One of Norma's passions is to collect family photos and ancestry information on all the branches of the family tree. She cherishes sharing ancestry research and communicating with family members to help complete the picture of our history. She has been a member of SEGHS since 2007.
Margie Ibarra, Treasurer, Genealogy Committee Chair
Margarita Alcala Ibarra was born to Maximino Alcala and Porfiria Cruz Alcala, her grandparents are Macario Cruz and Guadalupe Telles Cruz. Her Grandparents owned a small farm in San Elizario where she and her sisters spent their summers. She graduated from Socorro High School in 1980, attended University of Phoenix and received a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business in 2011. She worked at Signify for twenty-five years and retired at the end of 2021. Her main focus at Signify was in Purchasing I was also member of the Safety Committee. She enjoys spending time with her children and 10 grandchildren. She has been a member of SEGHS since 2016.
Edna Lopez CEO COMPA Inc. (RET) Donations and Fundraising Committe
Edna Lopez of the Grijalva / Aranda Families in San Elizario was raised in Fabens, TX. Graduated from Fabens High School, attended UTEP and received her degree in Pre-school Head Start in California. Positions held are, Director of Head Start, Anaheim, California. EMT Anaheim Hospital, Director of After School programs, St. Anthony School, Retired 2021 CEO of COMPA Industries, Inc. Albuquerque, NM. Noted for her contributions to the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Foundation, Albuquerque Womans Organizations, and Both Albuquerque Hispanic and El Paso Chambers of Commerce. She is fond of her residence in Houston, Tx., Anaheim, Ca., and Algorta, Spain. Ms. Lopez has five sons, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She is the wife of the late Rene Laform Lopez.
Norberto Grijalva Board Member
Norberto Grijalva was born in El Paso. His parents are Francisco, Jr. "Kiko" and Ofelia Grijalva of San Elizario. His decedents are, Juan/Cuca Loya and Francisco/ Anita Grijalva of the community farm (Cuadrilla) near Fabens, and San Elizario. Nobert is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas culminating over 33 years of service in the oil and gas industry. Norberto currently works in the Large Business & International Taxation of the Federal Government a branch of the IRS. Norbert is an active member of the Catholic Church and involved in the Knights of Columbus as the Financial Secretary. He also volunteers as the AARP Tax-Aide Program coordinator. Noberto holds a degree in Accounting/Marketing from UTEP. He is married to Jennie and has two children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mary H. Rojas
Mary Helen Rojas is the first-born child of Gilberto and Fidencia Vargas. Her parents were born and raised in San Elizario. Here decedents are Acension and Refugio Parra and Santa Cruz and Juana Vargas of San Elizario. Helen retired from the Clint Independent School district with 40 years of service as both an educator and counselor. Helen is active as a Lector for the Catholic Church and Chairs two committees for the Lower Valley Retired Teachers Association. She has accomplished ten years as a SEGHS member and volunteered in various SEGHS events. Helen obtained a BS Degree in Elementary Education at Sul Ross State University and holds an M. ED in Elementary Education from the University of Texas El Paso. Helen is proud of her two successful children, Robert and Cassandra, and blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.