FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2019
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Juan Francisco Padrés
TMSC WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD
Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Mexico Sister Cities Association (TMSC) is pleased to announce that an election was held on Jan. 13, and the Board of Directors has elected Juan Francisco Padrés as the President. Ricardo Morales, will serve as the Vice President, Marilyn Civer as the Secretary, and Teresa Bravo as the Treasurer. Each of them bring deep community knowledge and passion for enhancing Tucson’s relationship with our Sister Cities and have ambitious plans for the future of TMSC.
“It is truly an honor to be elected to serve as President of Tucson Mexico Sister Cities. I look forward to continue working with the board and membership to carry out the mission of the organization, and also exploring new opportunities for growth and collaboration on both sides of the border,” Padrés said.
This Board provides leadership for carrying out TMSC mission to promote and expand cultural, educational, social and economic development for mutual benefits with the citizens of Tucson, Puerto Peñasco, & Ciudad Obregón, Sonora; Mazatlán, Sinaloa; and Guadalajara, Jalisco.
“I am looking forward to serve as Vice President to strengthen the relationship between Tucson and its Sister Cities in Mexico while advancing the mission and the vision of our association,” Morales said. Sister Cities were instituted in the United States in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a citizen diplomacy initiative. Sister cities are agreements between towns, counties, states and even countries intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and to encourage and promote trade and tourism. “I am proud to be part of an organization such as the TMSC that works to builds bridges of understanding between our Sister Cities by joint meeting and projects,” Civer said.
“As the TMSC Treasurer, I’m looking forward to engage with our members to find new and creative ways to increase and diversify our membership and strengthen our relationships with our Sister Cities,” Bravo said.
The current board of directors are Patricia Benton, Enna Cassler, Susan Casteloes, Dr. Luis E. Coronado Guel, Kim Freidah, Amy Lopez, Dr. Yvonne Perez, Frank Valenzuela, Marisol Vindiola, and Donna Whitman. Felipe Garcia and Consul General Ricardo Pineda also sit on the board as an Honorary Board Members.