Board Members

Board Members

Jo Linda Martinez

FWISD, retired
Following her father’s example, Manuel Jara, Jo Linda J. Martínez has sought to be a servant leader as an advocate, teacher, and mentor to thousands of youth.  She has served them throughout her adult life as a campfire leader, den mother, religious education teacher, classroom teacher, and as the founder of the leadership program Hispanic Youth Promoting Excellence (HYPE) that expanded to many programs under the umbrella name of Absolute Xcellence.  By vocation, Jo Linda was a teacher until her retirement in 2008.  She is a product of FWISD and earned a B.A. from Texas Wesleyan University. Jo Linda  now serves as the co-chair of the American Association of UniversityWomen Sister-to-Sister Summit, president of the Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and board member of MACE. Jo Linda spends most of her time enjoying and caring for her family - husband,  Jesse P. Martinez; son, Manuel; three daughters, Mari Gonzales, Mónica Gonzalez, and Melinda Martínez; ten beautiful grandchildren and the matriarch of them all, her mother, Jacinta Jara.

Cristina M Martinez

Tarrant County College

Christina Elbitar

Cafe Chadra, Inc.

David Rush

David Rush has taught new immigrants English for the last 10 years in FWISD. He has two Masters degrees and lived in Tibet while studying language and culture for two years. He and his wife Nichole  have three children under the age of three. David is leading a new initiative with M.A.C.E that awards 5th graders college scholarships and makes college an assumption among families that previously thought going to college was as easy as going to the moon.

Fabiola Rodriguez

Texas Wesleyan University
Faby Rodriguez is a native of Fort Worth, TX and currently resides in Burleson, TX.  Faby received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University.  She is currently the Director of the Upward Bound Programs at Texas Wesleyan University.  She has over fourteen years of experience working with the Federal TRiO programs which are part of the U.S. Department of Education.  Her passion is helping disadvantaged youth prepare for higher education.  Faby is happily married and has two very energetic boys, Andrew and AJ.

Sonia Martinez

Sonia Martinez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. Sonia moved to Galveston in 1963 and had 2 children with her husband. Sonia’s husband passed away inn 1967 whereupon she moved to Fort Worth to be closer to family. She was determined to return to school and finish her high school education and she did and then enrolled in Brantley Draughon Business College where she received her business degree. She met her present husband Raul while he was stationed in Fort Worth while in the Air Force. They have a son Tony, a daughter Alma, and twin girls Belinda and Melinda. Sonia has been involved in many organizations including, the United Hispanic Council, the Carswell Latin American Club, the Board of the 16 de Septiembre Downtown Parade and the MACE Board where she has enjoyed being part of the fundraising committee for over 30 yrs. Sonia is dedicated in helping students achieve their goals for the future by being active in these organizations who provide scholarships to many Tarrant County students. She retired from the FWISD with 35 years of service and enjoys her time with her 12 grandchildren, reading, traveling, and dancing.

Melinda Martinez

Melinda Martinez is a fifth generation Texan and native of Fort Worth. She graduated with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Tech University in Lubbock where shewas the morning show producer for the CBS affiliate. She later took a job opportunity in publishing sales which moved her all over Texas and traveled the country.   After moving back to Fort Worth she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University.  She has been in pharmaceutical sales for the past 10 years.  Melinda literally went around the world and back to find her true love.  It was on a trip to Bangkok where she became friends with her future sister in law. Melinda has been blissfully married for 7 years and blessed with 3 beautiful children.  She says she has gone through 3 pregnancieswhile serving on the board and looks forward to the day when her children become MACE scholarship recipients.

Michael Garcia

Vice President
Attorney at Law

Anael Leubanos

Lighthouse for the Blind

Belinda Lopez

Tarrant County College

Aaron Kruse

Web Development and SEO Responsible for finding and creating ways to optimize and customize our LeadRival websites for search engines. Keyword research, efficient page titles, quality content, and descriptive link text are the basic foundation for proper SEO. LeadRival is the industry leader in generating leads for the legal services industry.

Eloy Sepulveda

Attorney at Law

Guillerma Morales

FWISD, Retired

Stephen Cisneros

DynCorp International
Stephen is a Fort Worth native that attended Southwest High School. He graduated with BBA in Business Computer Information Systems from University of North Texas. Stephen has worked in Information Technology field for nearly 15 years in the medical, retail, oil/chemicals and currently in government contracts industries. His current position on the CyberSecurity team provides protection and assurance of critical assets for Department of Defense contracts and other government service programs awarded to DynCorp International. As a new MACE board member, Stephen is excited to again have the opportunity to inspire and mentor students.

Gloria Mendoza

Civic Leader
Gloria attended TCC and UTA. She is married, and has 1 son, 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren.  She has served on various Boards in Ft. Worth and continues to stay involved with MACE, where she has served as president. Gloria enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Jaime Martinez

Scholarship Committee Chair
Jaime Martinez is a happily married Fort Worth native who lived in Asia and Europe before settling down in his home city with his wife, Melinda, and their three children, Matias, Carmen and Catalina. He graduated with a English Literature degree from Texas Christian University. He received his Master's of Business Administration from The Neely School of Business at TCU. Jaime also studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan and at Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Dijon, France. He is currently a Vice President for Citibank where he works as a Senior Project Manager for Citi Cards. He serves as the Scholarship Committee Chair for M.A.C.E. Jaime enjoys being able to help local high school seniors attain their educational goals with his role within MACE.