Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza is responsible for the overall operation of the organization. Committed women and men donate their time, talent and skills to secure funds for our programming, recruit volunteers at all levels, and manage the daily operations of the organization.

President  Angelina Lugo                                

Vice President Bernice Armador

Treasurer  Irene Garcia

Secretary  Lupe Lujan

Director Marylou Carillo

Director Sr. Vianney Bilgren

Director Concepcion Perez

Director Maggie Chaparro

Director Jose Jimenez

Director Maria Rogers

Independent CPA, Adriana Garcia,  Garcia-Shamma & Acosta, P.C.


Angelina Lugo is a native El Pasoan and an attorney practicing in federal and state courts in El Paso, Texas. Angelina graduated from Law School at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is licensed to practice in Texas and Wisconsin, and is a Board Member of the El Paso Probate Bar Association. Angelina has served with YWCA, Girl Scouts, United Cerebral Palsy, and various other adult & teen civic and religious groups in Texas and Wisconsin. "I love helping the women from Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza free themselves from the shackles of their past experiences.  They blossom from within, take on new skills, and expand their leadership roles at home and in the community.  It is an honor to walk alongside these women, participate in their lives, and bear witness to the improved quality of life the women and their families’ experience.

Bernice Amador is a Registered Nurse with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Nursing from El Paso Community College.  Bernice is passionate about empowering women to become self -sufficient.  Currently working as a Home Health Registered Nurse, I have seen a lack of resources in the community for women to become self-reliant.  At Centro Mujeres, there are many options to develop self-reliance through the “Learn to Earn” classes.  I am honored to be able to serve on the board of CME and be part of the conversion these women experience.

Irene M. Garcia.  I have always wanted and felt the need to heal people, so it is through my Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes that I try to help the women at Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza.  It gives me great happiness to see the desire and the wellness in their eyes.  The women ask me to teach more classes and, hopefully, in the future, I can offer additional classes.  I was asked by Rosario Armendariz to help at CME with my accounting experience, so I assist our Bookkeeper, Adrianna, when she needs help with the monthly financials and other accounting needs.  I have over 33 years experience in accounting and 10 years in practicing Chinese martial arts.

Lupe Lujan. Lupe has training in Professional Sales and Distribution and is employed as a Branch Sales Manager with Allied Electronics.  As a young 18 year-old widowed mother, I faced uncertainty in my future and adversity because of my youth and situation.  If I had known about a place like CME, I would have felt a lot more secure because of the spiritual support and the options for a brighter future for my me and my son.  This is why I am involved on the board--to try to make a difference in someone else’s life so they will not feel as lost and unaware as I did 32 years ago.

Marylou Carrillo. A retired El Paso Police Department Sgt., Marylou Carrillo currently works as a government intelligence analyst.  Prior to her current position, Carrillo was the Sergeant over the Central Tactical Gang & Special Operations Unit.  She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters in Organizational Management.  I volunteer because in working with gangs & youth the majority of my career, I believe when we play a part in empowering women. We not only change them but truly change families, which in turn changes our community.  Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza does that for women by taking them from dependency to self-sufficiency.  I have seen women who never thought they could do anything for themselves become great leaders.

Sr. Marie Vianney Bilgrien is a School Sister of Notre Dame for 50 years.  Born in a small town in Wisconsin she has taught in Wisconsin, Bolivia, Guatemala, New York, Oregon, Louisiana, and at the Tepeyac Institute in El Paso, Texas.  She studied in Rome and has a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Angelicum University.  I am delighted to be a board member of Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza. 

Concepcion Perez.  I have been a volunteer at Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza since February of 2000.  Since I began my service at CME, I have learned many valuable lessons that have helped me throughout my career as a Health Promoter.  During these eleven years of service, I have also learned to share these valuable experiences with my family, members of our community and co-workers.  As an active member of the board, I encourage women to become part of this organization, as I believe that through the services offered at the center, women can improve their quality of life by learning, and applying these skills in useful ways in our community.  

Maggie Chaparro. Works in the Criminal Justice System and has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso.  As a board member of Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza, I have seen first hand the impact CME has had on women in our community. While participating in A.C.T.S. retreats, I met women from CME and was captivated by their positive outlook and drive for personal growth. During my 10 years in the Criminal Justice System, I have witnessed the lack of resources and support available for women in our community.  CME focuses on the holistic approach of assisting women in need and those who strive for self-sufficiency. It is a privilege for me to serve on the board o Centro Mujeres de La Esperanza.

Jose Jimenez is a native of El Paso, Texas, a retired Navy Chief trained as a combat medic, and now works as a government analyst.  In his Navy career he found great satisfaction helping people. His drive to help people later extended to helping survivors of violent crime, which he was able to do through a private company and the YWCA of San Diego, CA.  Jose later came to realize the important role men play in supporting women through their areas of personal crisis.  In most societies, the woman is central to the health and spiritual development of its people.  We must protect and support this institution and men must understand its importance and his role.

Maria Rodgers has been a member of Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza for five years.   I have learned so much through different classes and I have been able to help other women improve their circumstances and feel better about their lives. I have also taught several classes at CME.  For me, Centro de Mujeres de la Esperanza is a place where one can live in harmony with all women.

Adriana Garcia, Independent CPA,  Adriana has a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas at El Paso and has worked as a CPA for eight years.  Adriana is a member of Garcia-Shamma & Acosta, P.C., an accounting firm in El Paso, Texas.  Adriana volunteers with Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza examining the financial records of the organization and assists the Board Treasurer preparing financial reports for the Board of Directors and for tax reporting purposes.  I enjoy contributing with the Center and its activities in order to help women, their families and the community