Board of Directors

Cecilia Navarro Tanner, President

Cecilia with her son Nathan Tanner

Cecilia with her son Nathan Tanner

Cecilia joined the board in 2011 with the goal of improving the quality of services for persons with IDD in El Paso.   As a native El Pasoan and mother to Nathan Tanner – a person with autism, she has made a life-long commitment to improving the quality of life for her son and others like him.  Cecilia is a professional grant writer and has a Master’s in Public Administration degree.  She has over 30 years of professional experience in education & social services program development and administration.

Gilda Gil-Lopez, Vice President


Gilda has been involved with The Arc since 2008.  In her position as Community Resources Program Director for the Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center, she works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for children and adults with IDD.  Currently, Gilda manages and supervises five different grant funded programs under the umbrella of services provided by the Community Resources Program.  Gilda’s son Gustavo is a bright & handsome young man who has autism and a hearing impairment.  Gilda has a Master of Arts degree in counseling and 10 years professional experience in the disabilities field.