Meet the Board


Insights is undergoing some major transitions as it reenvisions it’s future in the city of El Paso. Our Board is central to that effort. Below you will find the list of current board members, which will expand as we identify the best players to help secure our vision.

  • Ellen Esposito – Board President
    • Ellen Esposito joined the Insights Board in Fall 2014 and currently serves as President.  She has a Bachelors in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M and a Masters in Teaching Science from UTEP.  An El Paso resident since 1977, Ellen & her husband owned and operated a veterinary hospital for 22 years.  In “retirement” she worked for Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande for 7 years, with a focus on developing science educational programs for girls.  Currently working at UTEP for the College of Science, Ellen is Director of Secondary Education and supports students seeking to become high school math and science educators.  Her focus is on developing a long term funding strategy so that Insights is able to reach a sustainable mission of serving the El Paso community with a state of the art science, mathematics, engineering and technology center.
  • Carolyn Awalt – Vice President, Ph.D.
    • Carolyn Awalt, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Insights Board of Directors. She is also Co-Principal Investigator on a $3.2 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education, Transition to Teaching Grant for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics educators. Dr. Awalt formerly taught educational technology courses at the College of Education, the University of Texas at El Paso. Now she teaches both educational technology and writing courses for the University of Maryland University College. She is a Texas certified teacher in social science and history. Dr. Awalt’s interest in the El Paso environment has led her to become a Texas Master Gardener and to enter training to become a Texas Master Naturalist. She sees Insights as a future center for stimulating science experiences for all ages in the West Texas, New Mexico and Juarez areas.
  • Ericka Hernandez, CPA — Treasurer 
    • Ericka Hernandez was born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, and has lived in El Paso, Texas, since 1994. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and her Masters in Business Administration from University of Texas at El Paso.  Since 2008, Ericka has been an auditor for Gibson Ruddock Patterson, LLC.  She earned her certification as a public accountant in 2012.  Ericka is an active volunteer at Make-A-Wish Foundation and is also a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), El Paso Chapter of TSCPA, Young CPA’s, and Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).
  • Anthony Reyes
    • Tony Reyes holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.  After working in the auto industry for over a decade, he helped found Solar Smart Living LLC in 2008, the first engineering company focused on solar integration in El Paso TX.   From 2005-2010, he founded and operated Dynamic Dyno LLC, a company that produced a low cost, practical Dynamometer solution for auto-enthusiasts. He is currently a Senior Engineer in El Paso Electric’s Renewable and Emergent Technology Group where he has been working on O&M activities for existing renewable energy systems, helping to develop new renewable energy projects, and supporting the implementation of emergent technologies such as electric vehicles. He joined the Board in 2015 and has designed a new energy exhibit amongst other projects.
    • Craig Adkins
      • Craig grew up in El Paso and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. He is now the Business manager of Currey Adkins, LLC, a local technology firm. Being a huge fan of Insights Science Center as a kid, Craig was ecstatic to join the Insights board in June of 2013. He hopes to help the organization serve the current and future kids of El Paso as it once served him.
    • Carlo Amato
      • Carlo Amato joined the Insights Board Fall of 2015. He is an El Paso native and UTEP Alumni. He served as a Math Teacher at Canutillo High School and is now an Account General Manager at Pearson Education. Carlo was raised in a STEM home as his mother and father are former Math and Science teachers. Growing up, he always loved to visit Insights and he is excited to be a part of such a great museum.
    • Antonio Castillo
    • Phil Goodell, Ph.D.
      • Dr. Goodell joined the UTEP faculty in 1975 and is continues to inspire students in the Department of Geological Sciences. He has ample experience working with science students, presenting to naturalist groups, and using El Paso geological resources to help illustrate the fascinating and unique geology of our region. He joined the board 2013, and is the board expert on Insights’ geological and paleontological dinosaur trackways at the base of Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
    • Richard Lopez
      • Richard, having joined in June 2008, is the longest serving member of the Insights board. During his service, he has supported and served on the Exhibits and Facility Committees, where he has used his 40+ years of engineering experience to help improve the Facility and Exhibits. He was also a part of the relocation team that helped prepare the exhibits for the move and storage. Richard currently supports planning and designing a better Science Center for El Paso at the Alamo School. Richard strongly believes “that my early childhood interest in math and science is what launched my engineering career.” He further believes the Insights Science Center is an essential component for educators in the region because is provides a fun Hands-On environment for learning.
      • Wade Warling
        • Wade Warling has been a member of the board since January 2013. He is a 40 year veteran of the El Paso Fire Department with a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Wade’s interest is in associating STEM curriculum with all aspects of our lives, specifically the fire service, through exhibits about contemporary innovations and the historical journey to their inception.