BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joe Benavides, Board President
Judge Joe Benavides was raised in the western part of Nueces County, and graduated from W.B Ray High School, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. As Board President, Judge Joe Benavides brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to the CACCB Board of Directors, with over 20 years of military service, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant and decorated combat veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a graduate from Park University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Business Management, minor in Business Administration. Judge Benavides was elected in 2013 and is currently presiding in his second term as Justice of the Peace, Precinct One, Place One, in the largest precinct in Nueces County. Throughout his career of service to his country and local community, Judge Benavides has been honored with numerous awards such as National Defense Medal , Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Humanitarian Medal, CITGO Service and Dedication Award, National Community Partnership CCISD, Foster Grandparent Club Partnership Annual Award, Awarded Community Member of the Year (Texas PTA), Awarded the TLC TRAPS PTC 4 Teens Recognition for programs for High Risk Youth, a fortune 500 company supporting youth in America and most recent the TALE’s 2017 Texas Education Leadership In Literacy Award from West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas.
Eduardo Gomez, Vice President
Eduardo is in his second time around living in Corpus Christi. Eduardo works at Driscoll Children’s Hospital working in the Analytics area and is in his second year at the CACCB. Eduardo is grateful for the opportunity the knowledge gained in his career to help the children and families of South Texas.
Benjamin Morin, Secretary
Benjamin C. Morin, originally from San Diego, Texas, comes to the board with a background in education. He taught for 40 years, 30 of which he devoted to Del Mar College where he served as the Chair of the Department of Business Technology from 1997 to 2006, and Assistant Chair to the Department of Business Administration from 2006 to 2012. He also taught for the San Diego ISD, Gregory-Portland ISD, Platt Career Schools, and the University of the Incarnate Word. He has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&I University and a Legal Secretarial associate degree from Del Mar College. He is currently the secretary for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend.
Gloria Guzman, Treasurer
Gloria Guzman, a Yoga Instructor, Fitness Chef, and Personal Trainer, is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community; especially, for the vulnerable. After a long career in the corporate world, she has devoted her life to helping others in need—a most rewarding endeavor. Additionally, she has a passion for business, process efficiency and finance.
Dr. Sandra Clement
Dr. Sandra Clement was born and raised in Robstown, Texas. She possesses a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, another Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Clement has served as a teacher, counselor, and campus administrator for over twenty-one years at all levels. As principal of South Park Middle School and Moody High School, she effectively led both schools out of state ‘Academically Unacceptable” designations. Dr. Clement currently serves as the Principal of Foy H. Moody High School in the Corpus Christi Independent School District with over 1,700 students and a staff of over 200.
Samantha Marie Mendoza is a Case Coordinator with Ironclad Technology Services. The primary objective of her work is to assist in identifying cases of human trafficking of undocumented children. Samantha has dedicated her career to working with vulnerable populations, including children and individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health needs- many of which have a history of being neglected, or have endured abuse of some type (verbal, physical, sexual). A proud alumni of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, Samantha earned a BS in Biomedical Science, MS in Counseling, and is working on her dissertation to complete a PhD in Counselor Education.
Art Ramirez, an Agua Dulce native, is Co-Founder and Owner of Summit Construction, LLC. Art holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Art has built one of the fastest growing construction businesses in Corpus Christi. He is an established member of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders, Coastal Bend Home Builders Association, and the Better Business Bureau. Also in 2016, Art Ramirez was selected by the Young Business Professionals Organization as an honoree of Corpus Christi Under 40 for showing outstanding quality in his professional career and dedication to improving our community. He co-founded the GVR Guardian Scholarship in 2014 and recently created the Industry of Business (IOB) Scholarship for underprivileged students who are seeking a career in Business.
Charlotte is the founder of a PoPPin Ministry & A PoPPin Educational and Motivational Services. The organization’s motto is "Reaching Out to Reach In". Their purpose is to educate and inspire individuals to grow into their purpose and use obstacles as opportunities for success.
Maria Teresa Mears
Maria Teresa Dominguez Mears was born in Veracruz, Mexico and earned a degree in Business Administration from Cristobal Colon University in Veracruz, Mexico. Maria Moved to Corpus Christi in 2007 and applied her degree to manage the family business at “Texas Hail Company”. Combining her Love for yoga and kids, she created MI YOGA (A Yoga kids program that includes training). In 2011, she completed a 200 hrs. level training program with Christina Sell and is currently a certified registered instructor with the Yoga Alliance. In 2012, Maria completed a Vinyasa Flow teacher training program with Seane Corn in Dallas, Texas.In 2016, she completed a Level 1 Baptiste Power Yoga program with Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona. Maria has continued her Yoga education by attending various training and workshops with: Christina Sell, Michelle Acebo, Giselle Mari and Manorama.
Ambar works for Superior HealthPlan, a managed health-care company that provides health care for many Texans, including coverage for children/young adults in foster care. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing provider and community based initiatives in the Nueces Service Delivery Area (14 counties in and around the coastal bend) as well as provider initiatives in both the Harris and Jefferson Service Delivery Areas. After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with her M.B.A., Ambar worked first as a Business Consultant for Purchasing Support Services, and later as a Market Research Analyst with the Buffalo based M&T Bank. She has worked as the Managed Care Manager for the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, prior to assuming her role with Superior in 2010. Since 2012, she has served on the Regional Health Awareness Board.
Christa Rasche is a Special Education Specialist at the Region 2 Education Service Center. She received her B.S. in Special Education EC-12 with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities and her M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Her certifications include Principal (EC-12), Special Education (EC-12), Health (EC-12), English Language Arts and Reading (4-8), and Mathematics/ Science (4-8). As a special education specialist, she provides professional development and technical assistance to educators, students and parents in the areas of Transition and Autism. She also facilitates awareness of and communication with community resources for students with disabilities and their families.
Aileen graduated from Pasadena High School, in Pasadena, TX. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Del Mar College, Bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, and Masters in Administration at Lamar University. Ms. Leal has been a teacher with Corpus Christi ISD for 6 years and currently works at Travis Elementary.
Sonja Eddleman is the Clinical Coordinator of the (CARE) Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Director of the Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at Doctor’s Regional Medical Center. She serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Child to Adult Abuse Response Team at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. Mrs. Eddleman has testified as an expert in civil and criminal cases on the district, state, and federal level as well as military proceedings. She has also been recognized by US Customs Service for her effort in the fight against child pornography. She has been honored with: an invitation by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve on the medical working group to formulate the first National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations published in 2016 as well as being invited to serve as an item writer for the SANE-A and SANE-P certification examinations sponsored by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, the Edith Rust Medical Award of Excellence by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault in 1996 and again in 2008.
Mark Gonzalez, Nueces DA Representative
Carlos Garcia, Jim Wells DA
Mark Gutierrez, CCPD Representative
Chris McClure, CCPDRepresentative