Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council
MEET OUR MEMBERS
- J. Michael Cruz
- Ruth Eaton
- Patricia Garcia
- Katie Mommaerts
- Frank X. Moraga
- Miguel Vasquez
- Sedrick Cap
- Roxana Cardiel Contreras
J Michael Cruz is a Texas native and graduate of Texas Woman’s University (PhD, Sociology, 2001) and University of North Texas (MA, Sociology, 1996). Michael’s professional experience began in higher education as a Sociology Professor in Portland, Maine at the University of Southern Maine, and then at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx. Michael taught very applied Sociology courses and required community engagement and service learning of his students. Leaving higher education in 2013 to join the non-profit sector full-time was thus, a natural career progression for him. Michael has worked for Resource Center Dallas- an LGBT nonprofit service organization, The Suder Foundation, and Prism Health North Texas in Dallas, where he started working in public health (2016). Michael came to Flagstaff in the Fall of 2018 to follow his partner and is excited to have found his local community in the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council.
Ruth Eaton, M. Ed., is of Mexican Ancestry, a Flagstaff resident, and retiree of Catholic Charities in Phoenix, Arizona. Ruth is an advocate for legislative change and for Latino and Human Rights. She serves as a Community Volunteer for CHAC and past CHAC Chair and Co-Chair, volunteer for Coconino County Employee Appeals Board, volunteered for NAU Hispanic Convocation prior to COVID-19. She is a current member of NALEO- National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials and the statewide Hispanic Leadership Institute West.
Ruth also served in community service and leadership roles in Maricopa County. She served on Catholic Charities Ethics Committee, served on 2003 Education Subcommittee of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Child Protective Services Reform. Ruth’s past career fields are inclusive of College Instruction, Administration, Management, and as a Federal Consultant. Her greatest past experience was volunteering and collaborating in community partnerships with child protective services. Ruth holds the belief that Latino Leaders have an ancestral responsibility to build new Latinx Leadership by mentoring, connecting and volunteering in the community.
Katie Mommaerts is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Social Work at Northern Arizona University. Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters in Social Work in 2006 and is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Health program at NAU. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over 10 years of direct social work practice in various roles and across the life span. She has worked in a variety of settings, such as: integrated care, hospice/palliative care, school social work, and community mental/behavioral health. She obtained an Integrated Behavioral Health-Clinical Certificate from Arizona State University and an Infant/Family Clinical Practice Certificate and an Infant/Family Studies Certificate from the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Institute. Katie is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and serves as Vice President for the NASW AZ Chapter. Katie joined the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) in January 2021.
Katie moved to Flagstaff from Wisconsin in 2009, is a certified personal trainer, and enjoys the mountain life the Flagstaff community has to offer. Katie enjoys riding her bike, hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Frank X. Moraga uses his journalism background to build bridges between a wide variety of people and cultures in Northern Arizona.
He is the editor and publisher of www.AmigosNAZ.com, which provides information for and about the vibrant Latino community in Northern Arizona. He is also the outreach coordinator for the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, which works with more than 100 partners to promote the education, health and welfare of children and youth in Northern Arizona.
Frank is a U.S. Navy veteran and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism and history, with a focus on Latin American history, from California State University, Long Beach.
Frank’s journalism career began as a community business reporter for the Orange County Register, a community reporter and later design editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and finally a variety of positions at the Ventura County Star where he served as community reporter, business reporter, business editor, director of diversity and finally general manager of the Star’s bilingual publication.
Frank has received numerous awards in more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and community relations.
He has served as chair of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC), a member of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and a founding member of the Flagstaff Police Department Citizens Liaison Committee.
Miguel Vasquez, Ph. D., Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) Northern Arizona University. Miguel, a native of San Francisco, is a recently retired applied anthropologist who has worked with Latino, Mayan, Native American, African American, and disabled adult communities for almost 50 years. He has been recognized as an NAU President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. In his 32 years at NAU, he taught nearly 12,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
With extensive experience working with farmworkers in California, the Hopi Tribe here in Arizona, in Mayan communities in Guatemala and Mexico, and as consultant with the U.S. Department of Health &Human Services, he has provided valuable cultural insights and technical assistance in community engagement, asset based community development, and program assessment.
He was a contributor to the World Health Organization Spanish-Language Manual on Disabilities, a past Board Member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Flagstaff Unified School District, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and a longtime member of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council. He has been married for 45 years to Marina Vasquez, a Mayan elder (now retired) with the NAU Native American Cultural Center. They have 2 sons, Jeronimo and Francisco, and 7 wonderful grandchildren. Jeronimo was recently appointed to the County Board of Supervisors.
Sedrick was born in San Diego, CA a first-generation American. Raised by a single Mexican mother in sunny Phoenix as a middle child with two brothers, he later moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University and be the first in his family to pursue a degree. After switching his major about 6 times, he settled on studying both English and Sociology. He has called Flagstaff home since 2015.
While a student, Sedrick always sought to do meaningful work and became a mentor for NAU First-Generation programs as well as a volunteer bystander intervention trainer with NAU Health Promotion. During this, Sedrick also spent 4 years working for NAU's phonathon program and raising money for vital student programs and scholarships. Now a Donor Experience Officer for the Annual Giving team at NAU, Sedrick is a passionate fundraiser dedicated to supporting causes that hit close to home. As a staff member, he is active with the NAU Latine student population and advises the Amnesty International NAU chapter. Outside of NAU, Sedrick has spent time in Flagstaff community organizing, working for the local Boys & Girls Club, volunteering with Liminal Flagstaff's cafe and community center, and serving on the board for the Northern Arizona Institutions for Community Leadership.
On his off time, you can find Sedrick hiking through a national park with his dog, Gus, or bingeing the latest popular documentary with his partner. Sedrick has been a CHAC council member since September 2022.
The council is composed of volunteer members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members must reside in Coconino County, and should have an interest in and knowledge of issues and concerns of importance to the Hispanic Community residing in Coconino County. One does not need to be Hispanic to be a member. For more information about membership appointment and term limits, please read through the council bylaws. The council is currently recruiting interested citizens. Interested citizens are encouraged to submit an electronic application for membership to the council.
First Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM.
Meetings are currently being held virtually.
Meetings are subject to change Email: email@example.com or call (928) 679-0886 to verify the meeting date and time prior to attending.
The public is invited to attend the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council meetings.