El Paso Electric employees honored for community contributions

El Paso Electric
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:34pm

El Paso Electric employees have contributed more than 14,000 hours to their communities in the past year. This accomplishment was cause for celebration at EPE’s Annual Volunteers in Action Breakfast Thursday. EPE employees were honored for their contributions to the community and four awards were presented to recognize exceptional community leadership.

“The contributions made by our employees to the communities where they live and work are the pride of El Paso Electric,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “Their time, energy and dedication set an example of community service and leadership for others to follow.”

El Paso Electric’s MegaWatt Award is presented to those employees who have demonstrated Excellence in Community Service. This year’s recipients are:

Patricia Carrillo, Customer Service Representative, wasn’t going to let a terrible car accident, multiple surgeries and endless hours of rehabilitation diminish her generous and dedicated spirit. Ms. Carrillo has continued to be a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of her adopted church communities, Our Lady of Assumption and Holy Trinity. She has assisted with fund raisers and other tasks that help those less fortunate.

John Hupfer, Employee Communications Specialist, is one of those volunteers who prefer to be behind the scenes, but his work speaks loudly of his generosity and willingness to help others. Mr. Hupfer is a founding member of the El Paso Electric Volunteers In Action Steering Committee. For the past 8 years, he has been on the board of directors of Operation Santa Claus, which for more than 50 years has overseen the distribution of hundreds of thousands of toys and bicycles to families of soldiers and to less fortunate children in the El Paso and Juarez communities. As a board member, he has not only helped steer the organization’s efforts, he also volunteers at events that benefit Operation Santa Claus. This year it was the Classic Car Show and the Run for a Mission 5K Race. Mr. Hupfer also organized a toy drive within the EPE-community that resulted in donations of more than 150 toys from EPE employees.

Joe Garibay, Director of Customer Service, also serves as Vice President of Programs for the Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council. In this position, Mr. Garibay has the tremendous responsibility of overseeing training and youth advancement activities for almost 7,000 registered Scouts in seven counties of west Texas and southern New Mexico. He has been involved in scouting for many years and has volunteered through the various levels of scouting, including leading scouts in 50-mile backpacking trips, and canoeing trips locally and throughout the U.S.

Kirk Clifton, Senior Project Manager Finance, currently serves on five boards and is an active volunteer with four other organizations. Mr. Clifton is a member of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, which recruits and retains businesses for Southern New Mexico and Dona Ana County; he is on the board of the Southern New Mexico March of Dimes; he serves on the board of the Bridge of Southern New Mexico, which helps to ensure educational success for students; he was appointed by New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez to serve as Commissioner to the Standards and Practices Board of the New Mexico Speech, Hearing and Language Pathology, to the board that governs the Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and to the New Mexico Real Estate Commission; he is president of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and, in that role, serves as division chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee; and he is the Pack Master of Cub Scout Pack 68.

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