BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Eduardo Gomez, 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 third year at the CACCB. Eduardo is grateful for the opportunity and the knowledge gained in his career to help the children and families of South Texas.
Terry Mendez, Vice-President
Ambar Qureshi, Treasurer
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.
Barbara Ellis, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlos Vela, Nueces DA Representative
Carlos Garcia, Jim Wells/Brooks DA
Dr. Cam Cramer
Deputy Chief Breedlove, CCPD Representative
Christin Chapa, DFPS Representative