• Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel • IDRA Newsletter • September 2021 •

Mr. Jesse Treviño served as chair of the IDRA board for three decades. He did so with determination, consistency and great clarity about the importance of education for children, families and communities. He loved to tell the story of how he was able to take his students in Alice, Texas, to Austin and help young kids make lifetime memories that opened paths for them.

For both the Treviño family and for his IDRA family, he was a constant example of living a full life in the face of obstacles. With the love and undying support of Mary Lou, his wife and partner of 69 years, he met the challenges of diminishing health with faith and courage.

As chair of the IDRA board, Jesse made sure that the work and commitment of fellow board members was acknowledged. I had the good fortune of working with Jesse during most of my 26-year tenure as President & CEO of IDRA. I will be forever grateful for his consistency, support and great sense of humor.

My condolences to the Treviño family.

Descansa en paz querido amigo. Nos vemos en el Camino.

Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President Emerita

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