Candlelighters of W. TX/So. NM

Because Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone

Candlelighters of the W. TX/So. NM area is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves families of children with cancer. It is the only no-cost provider in the region that supports children with cancer ages 0 to 25. Candlelighters was formed in 1978 by a small group of parents brought together by their shared journey of cancer. In 1983, Candlelighters became a nonprofit and in 1985, because of the growing need,. Candlelighters of El Paso opened its first office. Today, we serve approximately 300 children in treatment and provide extended services to over 1,500 registered families in the El Paso and surrounding areas.

Our agency offers emergency financial assistance, transportation, scholarships, caregiver workshops, counseling, summer oncology camps and many other services and activities for our children and their families. We also offer respite training to caregivers, financial literacy training and college assistance to survivors. Financial support is provided for as long as a child is in treatment (usually three years) and for six months after to ensure the family returns to normalcy.

Meet Our Staff

Board of Directors:

John Hernandez – President

Owner of Elevated Solutions

Judy Peinado – Secretary

Vice President of CultureSpan Marketing

Cindi Maestas-Henry – Treasurer

Shareholder, CPA of Lauterbach Borschow

Jaime Martinez

Owner of Mt. Caramel Funeral Home

Brad Dubow

General Manager of Town Square Media

Todd Hutzler

General Manager of Ferguson Enterprises

Dr. Mary Lacaze

Medical Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital

Amanda French

Nurse Practitioner of El Paso Children’s Hospital

Gabe Pena (*)

Director of Operations at 3-NT Trucking

Rachelle Williams

Prinicipal Financial Analyst of El Paso Electric Co.

Stephanie Valle

Anchor/Executive Producer at Good Morning El Paso

Valerie Garcia

Corporate Sales Manager at Hotel Paso Del Norte

Ruth Gifford

Marketing Manager at WestStar Bank

Teresa Cano

Director of Nursing, Pediatric Oncology at Providence Children’s Hospital

Monica Iniguez

Director of Nursing Hematology/Oncology

(*) Indicates Cancer Survivor or Parent of a Candlelighters Child

Candlelighters Staff

Scott Lynch (*)

Chief Executive Officer

Mary Vasquez (*)

Director of Family Services

Marcos Arrieta (*)

Youth Services Coordinator

Hilda Menefee (*)

Family Services Coordinator

Norma Reyes

Special Projects Coordinator

Hayley Lynch

Grant Writer

Donation Center Staff

Ray De La Fuente – Manager

Tony Rubio – Driver Coordinator

Customer Service Representatives

Letty Bernal

Patty Sanchez

Erma Tovar

Lourdes Rivero Robleto


Victor Herrera

Rosemary Maese

Mark Barragan