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  • Carlos Ortega, Chief Financial Officer 
    • Carlos Ortega is chief financial officer for the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation. He is charged with financial management of the Economic Development Impact Funds earmarked to the MCA Foundation by the City of El Paso. He is also responsible for helping guide the MCA Foundation as it embarks on its mission and anticipated growth and expansion of its operations. He reports directly to the President of the MCA Foundation and its Board of Directors. Ortega brings more than 35 years of financial and administrative executive experience at the local (Azar Nut Company), national (KPMG) and international (Bortec Inc. and Axxion Group Corp.) levels for both startup and mature companies. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the El Paso Chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned his BBA in Accounting.

  • Emma W. Schwartz, President 
    • Emma Wollschlager Schwartz, MPH, serves as president for the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation, a non-profit organization that drives the vision for positioning the Paso del Norte region as the premier center of health delivery, medical education and biomedical research for military, border and Hispanic populations. Prior to the MCA Foundation, Schwartz was founder and president of Wollschlager Consulting, LLC, d/b/a W Consulting, LLC, a healthcare management and regulatory compliance consulting company.

      Before launching her own consulting firm, she was director of Compliance Consulting for Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, Inc. in Los Angeles (now Altegra). While at Sinaiko, she regularly lead operational performance improvement projects, prepared detailed business and strategic plans, created operational and billing related policies and procedures, audited claims and processes for specific audit protocols, and developed and monitored compliance programs for environments as varied as hospitals, physician practices, clinical laboratories, dialysis facilities and diagnostic imaging centers. She is a co-author of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethic’s “The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual,” and she has been published in the Journal of Health Care Compliance, Bureau of National Affairs’ Health Care Fraud Report, Chimera (the quarterly Journal for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons), American College of Cardiology Annual Abstract Compilation and Cardiovascular Disease Management.

      Schwartz’s involvement in the community includes work as director of WestStar Bank in El Paso and the Paso del Norte Center of Hope, an anti-human trafficking outreach and victim support organization.  She is a member of the Borderplex Alliance, which was formerly the Paso del Norte Group.  She is also on the Advisory Board of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a trustee on the YWCA Foundation Board, a director of the La Fe Preparatory Academy board and a lay member of the TTUHSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

      Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Human Biology from Stanford University with a concentration in Comparative Health Policy. Her Masters is from the UCLA School of Public Health in Health Services Management.

Staff

  • Nahum Apodaca, Manager of Campus Planning and EHS 
    • Nahum Apodaca is a native El Pasoan who recently returned to the Paso del Norte region from Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School, graduated from UT El Paso with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, received an Engineering Management Master's degree and a Systems Engineering Master's Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and received a Medical Degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. He has served in various leadership roles in city government, community, and religious organizations in a span of over 20 years. He has experience working in a corporate manufacturing environment, as a real estate brokerage business owner, a medical provider, and a regional non-profit administrator. His current pursuits include the El Paso Leadership Academy, Plan Estrategico de Juarez, and starting a family.

  • Jackie Butler, Director of Promotion and People 
    • Jackie Butler, MBA is the Director of Promotion & People at the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation. Prior to joining the MCA Foundation, Jackie served as the Vice President of Government Relations at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for managing the Chamber's advocacy and legislative efforts. She also planned and executed large events for the business community as well as community and economic development initiatives such as intercity visits to San Diego, CA and Nashville, TN. Jackie brings extensive experience in the areas of education and workforce development, military affairs, binational affairs, and local and state policy.

      Jackie is a native of El Paso and holds an MBA, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Vassar College.

  • Jesus Carrillo, Manager of Engineering Projects 
    • Jesus Carrillo is manager of engineering projects at MCA the Foundation. Jesus graduated from the Tec de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico with a degree in biomedical engineering. He has worked as a junior engineer at a natural gas company where he redesigned their calibration and maintenance internal processes. He also collected the information on 245 tools, equipment and machinery and uploaded it to the corporate software where he programmed calibrations for each; eventually, the system was designed to create work orders and notify managers of cases of non-compliance. His most recent research work was during summer 2014, when he developed programming skills using 3-dimensional computer models of the human heart simulating the electrical activity. This experience in Montreal was possible thanks to the Mitacs Globalink Award. He also worked as a research assistant at the Tech de Monterrey for the head of the biomedical engineering program, and later worked as a Technician at Hospital Angeles in Juarez, Mexico. During his first year in college, he was an intern at Robert Bosch Automotive, gaining a valuable perspective and understanding of the manufacturing industry in Juarez, Mexico from the inside.

  • Jeff Fuchsberg, Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation Projects 
    • Jeff Fuchsberg, J.D. is the Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation Projects at the Medical Center of the Americas, where he specializes in intellectual property landscape analysis, competitive advantage valuation, and commercialization strategy development, largely in support of the Space Race Innovation Challenge. He previously worked as the intellectual property manager at Blue Highway, an early stage technology incubator launched by medical device company Welch Allyn (later acquired by Syracuse University) which developed 26 products primarily through licensing rights acquired via sponsored research agreements with more than 40 universities worldwide, and provided IP research services to several universities' offices of technology transfer. He has lectured on various topics related to innovation for law students, business students, graduate research students, and faculty groups at Syracuse University, The University of South Carolina, Dalhousie University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior positions include senior research associate at the New York State Science and Technology Law Center and instructor at Kaplan Test Prep, where he taught the full curriculum for MCAT, LSAT, GRE, and SAT. He holds a Juris Doctor degree, Summa cum Laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, with an Advanced Certificate in Technology Commercialization Law from the New York State Science & Technology Law Center, and a Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude with Distinction in Research in Entomology, from Cornell University.

  • Priscila Olague, Special Projects Coordinator 
    • Priscila Olague is the Special Projects Coordinator at the MCA Foundation. Priscila graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in cellular and molecular biochemistry. She started as an intern for the MCA Foundation during her last year of college, assisting with and supporting any office activities. She is currently working on the MCA newsletter, Synapse, the Regional Healthcare Asset Map Project and supporting and assisting with office activities. During her time at UTEP, she worked in a research lab developing novel anti-cancer molecules and for two years was the treasurer of the pre-med organization at UTEP, the Medical Professions Organization. Priscila is applying to medical school this year and hopes to specialize in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in cardiology or endocrinology.

  • Martha Hood, Director of Accounting 
    • Martha Hood is the director of accounting for the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation and all of its subsidiaries and affiliates. In this capacity, she is responsible for the accounting, internal control and human resources functions. Hood’s career began in Chicago at the corporate headquarters of Pullman, Inc. before moving to the Paso del Norte region in 1978. Her experience includes 40 years in accounting, manufacturing, systems, human resources and management with GTE (later OSRAM) Sylvania in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Axxion Group Corporation in El Paso, Texas. She serves on the advisory committee for the El Paso Children’s Hospital child abuse clinic. Hood is a graduate of Prescott College with a BA degree in Liberal Arts and the University of Texas at El Paso with a BBA degree in Accounting.

  • Marianne D. Mijares, Office Manager & Event Coordinator 
    • Marianne D. Mijares serves as the Executive Assiatant for the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation and reports directly to the President of the MCA Foundation. She provides support in the areas of Foundation development and advancement, project coordination, special events organization, meeting coordination, and office management. Her responsibilities also extend to the needs of the Board of Directors, ensuring Board meetings are organized and run efficiently. Marianne’s overarching goal is to support the President in accomplishing the Foundation’s strategic vision, goals and objectives.

  • Beverly Rebe, Corporate Governance 
    • Beverly Rebe is the governance secretary/coordinator for MCAmericas Holdings, Inc. She reports directly to the president and has been with the MCA since its inception in 2006. In addition to MCA, Rebe is an independent contractor that provides accounting for non-profit and for-profit businesses. She has over 30 years’ experience in accounting and contract compliance; and over 15 years’ experience in strategic planning and objectives development. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors and held offices in numerous organizations including Goodwill Industries and El Paso Center for Children. She has an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso.

  • Michaele Linden-Johnson, Director of Programs 
    • Michaele Linden-Johnson, FACHE, MBA serves as the Director of Programs for the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation -a regional non-profit working to advance the life science industry and drive biomedical innovation and economic development for the Paso del Norte (PdN) region. Prior to joining the MCA Foundation, Ms. Linden-Johnson served as the Business Development Manager at Denver Health where she was responsible for management of key corporate accounts, driving business segments and expanding the reach of the company's solution partner system and customer network.

      Ms. Linden Johnson comes to the MCA as a seasoned life science executive with a diverse business development background and long-standing record of achievements across the life science continuum. Ms. Linden-Johnson began her career serving in direct clinical and administrative roles for a neuropsychiatry department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Upon obtaining her MBA she conducted a comprehensive market analysis of Poudre Valley Health Systems and collaborated with multiple stakeholders to establish rural primary care clinics in northern Colorado. Subsequently, she was responsible for driving strategic partnerships, marketing strategy and management of key accounts for Cedarburg Hauser Pharmaceuticals (Cedarburg Hauser) and helped to increase their revenue by over 400% in four years, making them a prime target for acquisition in March 2009. Following the acquisition, she co-owned with a former colleague from Cedarburg Hauser a contract service company- Boulder Biopharmaceuticals, LLC, targeting the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. There she was responsible for cultivating strategic business relationships with industry, academic and C-level contacts needed to grow this start-up, while also advancing STTR/SBIR funding opportunities and compelling solutions to address stakeholder needs.

      A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) she offers extensive experience in strategic planning, strategic partnerships, merger and acquisition, account management and sales and marketing of contract services targeting the life science industry using a consultative solution selling approach.

      Ms. Linden-Johnson holds a BA in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Colorado. She has served on a number of boards including the Colorado Association for Healthcare Executives (CAHE), the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Poudre Valley Health Systems and the Alzheimer's Grant Review committee for the State of Illinois.

      Her areas of interest include: Biomedical Innovation, Novel Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Clinical Trial Research, Telehealth, mHealth, Behavioral Health and Population Health