About Us New Version 1

The mission of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (CDEC) is to collaborate efforts among educators and the public in support of programs that enhance conservation and education of the Chihuahuan Desert. CDEC was founded in 2004 at the El Paso Zoo in collaboration with El Paso Water. We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and everyone is a volunteer. To get involved as a committee member or as part of our leadership team you can contact us here.

Rick LoBello

Chair, Board of Directors

Rick has worked in our national parks and has traveled around the world helping to connect people to wildlife conservation.

On the job and in the Community
  • Education Curator, El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens
  • Board Member, Texas Lobo Coalition
  • More about Rick

Dora Hernandez

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Dora Hernandez is a native El Pasoan, who recently returned to the region after living in Washington State for the last 13 years.

On the job and in the community