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Our permanent staff consists of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Medical Assistants, administrative office staff, housekeepers, and a groundskeeper. We also have Nurse-Midwife fellows, Registered Nurses, and countless other volunteers that serve shorter terms, but we couldn't do any of this without them!

SANDRA DE LA CRUZ-YARRISON, Director of Operations

Sandra joined the Holy Family team in July of 2016. She runs a small family business with her husband and father in-law, but previously worked for the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services.  In her time with the county she helped to oversee 4 public health clinics that provided various services to the community. Her love for Holy Family stems from her personal experience with the birth center, as her son was born here in December 2015. She brings a collection of work experiences, passion for women’s health,and love for her community to the HFS family. In her free time she enjoys traveling, listening to live music, and spending time with family and friends. 

Bachelor of Science - Psychology, Pennsylvania State University: 2005
Master of Arts - Global Development and Social Justice, St. John’s University: 2014

AMY BECKMANN, MSN, CNM, Interim Clinical Director
Amy grew up in El Campo, Texas. She worked as a labor/delivery and maternal/child nurse for many years before returning to school to become a certified nurse-midwife.  She has done volunteer mission work along the Texas border, in Mexico and in Guatemala for many years. She fell in love with Holy Family in 2016 when she first came here as a CNM Fellow.  Because of her love for the Valley and Holy Family she has continued to volunteer as CNM periodically since she left in the fall of 2016.  Amy has a private practice in Fredericksburg, Texas where she also, resides with her husband.    She has a wonderful, supportive husband and family who understands her passion for her calling and her love for Holy Family and the Valley.  Amy is assuming the role of Interim Clinical Director.  She will split her time between the Texas Hill Country and the Rio Grande Valley while Holy Family searches for a permanent Clinical Director.  She loves to travel and spend time with her family. 

Diploma in Professional Nursing, Baptist School of Nursing, 1997

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Texas Tech University, 2009

MSN Nurse-Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University, 2014

Shawn grew up Ohio and worked as a pediatric nurse for several years in the OR and PICU before attending midwifery school. She also spent a year in Central America where she volunteered at a rural clinic and small community hospital in Belize, and attended Spanish language school in Guatemala. Shawn first came to Holy Family as an AmeriCorps nurse from 2011-2012 and returned as a Nurse-Midwife in May of 2013.  After a year as a CNM Fellow and AmeriCorps volunteer, she worked at Holy Family part-time, gave birth to her first son here in 2015, and returned full-time in 2016 to assist with mentoring for our CNM Fellowship Program.

Associate of Science in Nursing, Kettering College: 2008

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Kettering College: 2011

MSN Nurse-Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University: 2013

Elizabeth Reta, Billing Specialist

Elizabeth is originally from Donna Texas, has been happily married for 21 years and has three children. She moved to Wisconsin  when married in 1998 and while living there decided that it is never too late for education. She achieved her certification as a Medical billing and Coding Specialist in 2013 and is still working towards her associate degree in applied science for her HIT. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, drawing, listening to music and has been pastoring alongside her husband a small congregation since 2014.


Marylu Romero, RMA, Front Office Staff

Marylu started at Holy Family as a medical assistant student and was hired immediately after graduating in 2011. She has been a welcoming, cheerful face in the front office ever since! Our families love Marylu- she has even provided personal labor support and encouragement to several of our families during labor. She is a mother of four and in her spare time she loves going to movies, baseball games, and church with her kids.

Jessica Rojo, RMA, Front Office Staff

Jessica also completed her Medical Assistant clinicals here as a student. After graduating in 2012, she began working here as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the front office. She was hired on as full-time staff two years later and has been with us ever since! Jessica has an excellent sense of humor and a positive attitude. She has six daughters. She enjoys spending time with them outdoors and taking walks on the beach with her husband.

Brittany Pena, Billing Assistant

Brittany started here as a general volunteer in 2016 and stayed as a full-time employee in 2017 as a billing assistant. Brittany has been coming to Holy Family with her aunt since she was eight years old and has grown to love it. She dedicated many of her summer breaks here, helping out as much as she could. She is very energetic with a great sense of humor. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, shopping, watching movies,  and has a love for animals, especially her dog, Bambino.  

Maria Pena, Facilities Specialist, Housekeeping

Maria has been with Holy Family since its early years.  She began doing housekeeping and facility maintenance in 1984. She has seen Holy Family transform and continues to graciously welcome the countless volunteers that make their way to experience the birth center and its community.  She has three adult children and enjoys her involvement with her church. In her spare time, she loves watching movies.

Damiana Becerra, Housekeeping

Dami began working at Holy Family in 2001 doing housekeeping work.  Her kindness and sense of humor is much loved by the rest of the staff.  Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and going to church. 

Mr. Garcia, Groundskeeper

Mr. Garcia has been maintaining the grounds for Holy Family for more than a decade.  He grows beautiful flowers, keeps  the plants  freshly pruned, and always shares the papayas he picks off the trees with volunteers.