El Paso ISD’s Cabrera Announces Hires; Outlines Reorganization of Finance, Operations and Administration

Superintendent Juan Cabrera on Wednesday announced the hiring and appointment of key leadership positions, and outlined the reorganization for the finance, operations and administration departments.

Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria has been named Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations. Arrieta-Candelaria has more than 20 years experience as an executive financial manager, including more than 10 years in school finance with different districts in the region.

Most recently she spent 10 years as the chief financial officer for the City of El Paso.

She was appointed to the EPISD Board of Mangers by the Texas commissioner of education in 2013 and served through May of 2015.

“I am excited to return to EPISD and to public service,” Arrieta-Candelaria said. “I have had a passion for school finance that predates my appointment to the Board of Managers, and I look forward to my new role with the District.”

Interim Chief Financial Officer Art Martin will remain with the District until the completion of the current budget cycle in June.

“Ms. Arrieta-Candelaria was a tremendous asset to the District when she served as a Board Manager,” Cabrera said. “Her experience will make the District stronger and move the organization forward with our continued commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility.”

Cabrera also announced two additional key appointments.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Vince Sheffield has been named Deputy Superintendent of Administration. He will oversee Human Resources, Community Engagement Sheffield has worked at the El Paso Independent School District for 23 years. He has been with EPISD Human Resources since 2005 and also has held various teaching and administrative positions with the district.

Jose Lopez has been named Chief of Staff. Lopez was the executive director of Strategy and Accountability and will continue to oversee that department.

“We continue to look for ways to improve how the school district operates in order to benefit not only students and employees, but also the taxpayer,” Cabrera said. “I’m confident these changes will have positive and long-lasting effects on EPISD.”