OUR LEADERSHIP

Nuri Vitiello—President and Founder

Nuri is active in Border Patrol charities, including The Real Housewives of B.P. and BPA Family Network, of which she is the President and Founder. Nuri has been married to a BPA for 29 years, and she thinks she is very lucky to be married to a man who understands her need to give back. They have two children, Alexis and Ron.

For as long as she can remember, she has served in one way or another. Six years ago, during police-week in D.C., she was introduced to several widows of Border Patrol Agents. While she was there to welcome and comfort them, they ended up comforting her. Since that moment,  she has dedicated her time to give back to an agency her husband has proudly served for 32 years, and they, as his family, proudly support.

In 2011, Nuri started an informal social network called Real Housewives of B.P. Their primary focus is to be supportive of each other and collect donations should a spouse suffer her/his worse nightmare, line of duty death.

In 2017, Nuri started the BPA Family Network, a volunteer based not-for-profit organization (501c3). All volunteers are family members who have the passion and desire to make a difference in their community, without expectation of any type of remuneration.

According to Nuri, “our BPA’s protect our nation’s borders and we are their biggest fans and supporters!”

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Morgan McKay Kelley-TREASURER

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Liza Lemos—Vice President of Public Relations

Liza Araceli Lemos serves as the Vice-president of Public Relations for Border Patrol Family Network .  She is married to BPA Jose Lemos, Jr. and are the proud parents of two daughters, Joeli Nicole and Liberty Izabella Lemos.

Liza was born and raised in Laredo, TX and relocated to the RGV over 5 years ago.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M International University and is currently the Executive Director of Marketing for Texas Federal Wellness Center, which has 5 locations in the RGV.

She enjoys volunteering, traveling and  exercising with her fellow friend and also spouse to a BPA.

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Cynthia V. Catchings—Vice President of Membership

Cynthia V. Catchings, LCSW, serves as the Vice President of Membership for the Border Patrol Agent Family Network. She is Married to BPS, Clarence T. Catchings II. They have two children, Chase and Nathan.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/French and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work/Psychotherapy. She has taught French, Spanish, and ESL, and is currently a Clinical SW Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.  Cynthia is also the Executive Director of the RGV Women’s Emotional Wellness Center in the RGV and in Alexandria, VA.

Cynthia has conducted ethnographic research in over 25 countries, being non-profits her main interest. Cynthia currently serves as a board member of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and Board Member of the National Association of Social Workers-TX.

Cynthia loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She is very passionate about advocating for the human condition; mainly, those of people in her green family.

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HONORARY MEMBERS-ADVISORS

Donna Barraza