About us

Meet the initiative

The beginnings

Community Focused

In 2019, the City Council of the City of Socorro approved the formation of the City of Socorro Community Initiative (CSCI) with the goal of cultivating a flourishing community by preserving and promoting our local history and places, supporting and advancing our cultural heritage, and fostering health and wellness in Socorro, Texas.

As an affiliate to the City of Socorro, the CSCI assists in carrying out the City’s mission to improve the Socorro community.

The CSCI’s work as an organization exists within the confluence of history, art, culture, health and wellness. Our projects and programs reflect the merger of history, art and culture as a way to connect communities while promoting active living in Socorro, Texas.

About City Of Socorro Community Initiative

Our mission

Supporting a vibrant community

We believe in preserving and supporting our local history, culture and heritage, investing in community development, and promoting health and wellness in Socorro, Texas.

Our priorities

Mission Areas

local history

Preserving our history, heritage and culture, and promoting a supportive environment for new artists and artisans.

Arts & Culture

Creating a rich and supportive environment for the visual arts and cultural arts and for new artists and artisans.

Health & Wellness

Creating opportunities and inclusive environments for increased mobility and active living in Socorro, Texas.

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Our work

A flourishing and cooperative community where individuals thrive.

Behind the scenes

Our Board

Claudia Garcia

Claudia M. Garcia

Board Chair


I have lived in Socorro since 1992 and have been watching the city grow and change through the years. I have been a schoolteacher in the community, have coached little league baseball here, and lead a troop of girl scouts in the community for over 10 years. My passion is public health, and currently own and operate Day Activity and Health Services long term health care facilities for elderly and adults with disabilities with my family, with one of our facilities here in Socorro. My goal through this initiative is to help bring more public health programs along with our other areas of focus to our Socorro community. 

Photo Emil Chaparro

Emil Chaparro



As a long-time resident whose family has lived in Socorro for generations, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community through the CSCI. My passion for our history and culture has driven me to seek ways to empower our community to preserve its story by honoring the past. As a teacher with a background in archaeology and art history, I strive to make connections to the past through the cultural and architectural remains that inform and delight us in the present.

Marty Loya



Marty Loya is a long standing member of the Socorro community, a member of our Historic Landmark Commission, a local business owner, farmer, and an avid advocate for the preservation of our local history. Marty Loya’s family farm, Growing with Sara Farm in Socorro, Texas has been in continuous agricultural operation and a part of this community for over 100 years.

Jesus Enriquez

Jesus Enriquez, CPA



I am a Certified Public Accountant and I have been working in public accounting in Texas, New Mexico and D.C., since 2015.I have worked closely with non-profit organizations of all sizes and I’ve seen how investment of resources to organizations like CSCI can make an impactful positive difference in the community. I also like learning about Borderland history. When I learned about what happened at Rio Vista, I felt the importance of preserving our history and teaching that history to our community.

WIliam Correa

William Correa, P.E.



William Correa is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Paragon Project Resources, Inc. (PARAGON), a Texas corporation established in 1989.  Mr. Correa is a licensed Professional Engineer and a leader in a number of professional and civic organizations. He is a graduate of the School of Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and the School of Entrepreneurial Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  His professional experience spans over thirty years and encompasses positions of responsible charge with firms in general construction, consulting engineering, and commercial development.

Adriana Rodarte

Adriana Rodarte, MBA



Adriana Rodarte is a native resident of the City of Socorro. She has two adult children who were born and raised in Socorro and like their proud mother, also graduated from Socorro High School. On her off-time, Ms. Rodarte enjoys staying close to home and can often be seen attending community events. Ms. Rodarte’s experience as the City Manager for the City of Socorro since 2016, as well as her connections to the Socorro community, have made her an ideal ambassador and advocate for positive change and the continued development of our community. Ms. Rodarte holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She graduated from Socorro High School in 1995 and will forever be a proud Bulldog.

Charles Casiano, CPA



Charles Casiano is a Certified Public Accountant who also serves as the City of Socorro’s Finance Director. Mr. Casiano enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for music and bringing a smile to everyone’s face. Mr. Casiano is passionate about music, balanced budgets, and civil service.
Alejandra Valadez

Alejandra Valadez

Secretary / vice-president


Although I did not grow up in Socorro, I have come to live in, and love, this wonderful community through the journey of life. I am honored to take roots in and serve the Socorro community through my involvement in the CSCI. As a proud fronteriza, I take my inspiration from the hard-working builders, artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs who, by their own hands, have molded a future from the very land and nature around them. My hobbies include writing, music, dance, gardening, and chemistry, and my passion is creating safe spaces and opportunities for individuals to live fulfilling lives. 

Executive Leadership

Stephanie Schilling

Executive Director


Stephanie Schilling is a graduate of the University of Arizona and joined the non-profit sector in 2018. Stephanie specializes in convening partners and fostering the growth of people and systems. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, Nascar, and concerts in her free time.

contact us


124 Horizon Blvd.
Socorro, Texas 79927


(915) 858-2915 Ext. 5015

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