Gilda Bowen is the TPCC Coordinator for UNIDAD Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition. Ms. Bowen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Pan Am in 1999. She also received a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on working with Latino Families from UTPA, in 2000. She has been licensed with the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners since 2001, and subsequently obtained a Recognition of Independent Practitioner. Ms. Bowen has served on several community agency board of directors, as well as leadership roles such as the Chair of the local chapter of NASW (National Association of Social Workers). She received Student Social Worker of the Year, during her Master’s Program, as well as Social Worker of the Year, during her professional tenure.
Ms. Bowen has an extensive history and background experience in the social work field in direct service practice, as well as an independent (non-clinical) social work practice. She has also held adjunct instructor positions at the local community college, STC, in the Health and Human Service Department, as well as the social work department at UTPA.
Ms. Bowen’s current position as the TPCC Coordinator is enhanced with her networking skills and ability to engage all sectors of the community at a macro level, to promote environmental changes and healthier lives in our communities in Hidalgo County.
Quincy Bonilla is a Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition. He was born in San Francisco, California, and has been living in the Rio Grande Valley for the past 23 years. Quincy obtained his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Services from the University of Texas Pan-American in May of 2014. Quincy previously worked for the City of Pharr Parks and Recreations Department where he supervised most of the recreational youth programs.
Yolanda Guzman is the Volunteer Specialist for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition. Yolanda, a native of Pharr, Texas, moved back to the Valley in 2010 after being away for close to 20 years. She spent 12 years in Austin, Texas and another 6 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yolanda earned a bachelor of arts in International Business and Spanish from St. Edwards University in Austin in May 1996. Her previous work experience includes working at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Convention Center and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Tourism and Community Development. Most recently she served as Public Relations Manager for the Smart iStay Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Express) in McAllen.
Yolanda is a well-known face in the community because of her active participation in various local organizations and commitment to community development. She has been a member of the NHPO-RGV Chapter since 2011 and held the Board of Director title of Media Chair for four years. In addition to NHPO-RGV, she also served as Vice-Chair of Comfort House Services for one year and has been a Coordinator for Las Comadres Para Las Americas Upper Valley Chapter since 2012. And most recently, she became an Ambassador for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to broaden her network of professionals.
Claudia Orozco is a Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition. Claudia was born in McAllen, TX and has been living in Donna, TX her entire life. She graduated from the University of Texas- Pan American in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies. She was the president of the ASAP Club (Aspiring Substance Abuse Professionals) where they performed volunteer work to help the community, but especially people with substance abuse problems.
Eric Masten is the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition’s newest member. Eric was born in San Luis Obispo, CA but has lived in the RGV for over 20 years. He has volunteered with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Mission Police Department. As the Coalition’s Media Specialist, Eric documents the activities and efforts of the Coalition and forms and fosters relationships with the community and local news organizations to further the reach of the Coalition.