EPCC Outstanding Staff, Faculty Honored at Awards Gala

El Paso Community College (EPCC) held its annual recognition dinner and award ceremony to celebrate and recognize outstanding faculty and staff for their contributions to the college.

“Our faculty and staff are vital to our mission of supporting our students in pursuit of the educational goals and dreams,” said, Steve Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education. “These awards are a small recognition of the incredible work they do each day.”

The event was held on May 5th at the Coronado Country Club. Invited guests included recipients, Board of Trustees, Faculty-Professional Development Committee, Administrators, and the college staff.


Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award
Dr. Nader Rassaei, Pharmacy Technology, Rio Grande

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award
Heather Fowler, Nursing, Rio Grande
Keith Townsend, Speech, Valle Verde
Dr. Rebecca Escamilla, Biology, Northwest

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Achievement Award
Sylvia Aguilar-Zeleny, English, Valle Verde
Marcia Clark, Speech, Valle Verde
Melissa Aguilera, Speech, Valle Verde

President’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Award
Felix Hinojosa, Athletic Director, Valle Verde

Professional Staff Association (PSA) Full-time Employee of the Year Award
Carmen Wages, Accountant, Administrative Services Center (ASC)

PSA Part-time Employee of the Year Award
Michelle Chavez, Coordinator, Diversity Programs, Valle Verde

Classified Staff Association (CSA) Full-time Employee of the Year Award
Raul Lucero, Grounds Foreman, Valle Verde

CSA Part-time Employee of the Year Award
Perla Renteria, Resource Development Asst., Foundation, ASC