Meet The Mijas

“Mija, Yes you can” alongside The Mija Project is a community organization created by women for women.

There’s a reason our phrase is in both Spanish and English. The phrase is meant to reach ALL women of ALL races and ethnicities. We are proud of our Hispanic culture and invite others to join us in this movement that includes ALL women.

The Mija Project’s Creation Team:

Iris Lopez

Founder/ Executive Director, Content Coordinator/Social Media Strategist

Iris Lopez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Minor in Spanish and a Major in Multimedia Journalism.

She began her broadcasting career in radio as ‘Lily Lopez’ on 104.3 Hitfm in El Paso, Texas. Iris then made the move to TV news where she is currently a general assignments reporter, weekend evening weather anchor and proud creator of the on-air franchise, ‘KVIA Sunday Funday Moments.‘ Iris serves as a board member for The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI El Paso)

Iris’ passion for empowering women was instilled in her at a young age by her parents, aunts and grandmothers. Her passion grew even stronger after the relationships she developed with other young female broadcasters who were struggling to find a voice in a male dominated business. Iris’ passion to inspire and motivate others is due in large part to her 11-year-old son, Jacob. For Iris, being a mom is one of the greatest accomplishments she has achieved and it is what continues to motivate her to inspire our youth.

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Crystal Saavedra

President, Head of Organizational Development/Projects Manager

Crystal Saavedra is a graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso with a BBA in Management and Marketing and currently working on her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

She had the privilege of interning at The White House which catapulted her into her desire to lead and empower others. A strong believer in education and hard-work, Crystal also enjoys the moments she gets to give back to her community.

Crystals non-profit experience expands to having served as President for the Archer Fellowship Alumni Association, Co-Chair for the El Paso Mothers Against Drunk Driving and President of the Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity El Paso Alumni Chapter.

She is a graduate of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jovenes Empresarios and Women’s Leadership pipeline programs. In her free time, Crystal enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends! 

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Shelby Montgomery

Vice-President, Head of Communications & Brand Strategy

Shelby Montgomery was born and raised in the city of crosses, Las Cruces, New Mexico. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Minor in Government.

Shelby is the Good Morning El Paso Weekend morning anchor/producer, and a reporter throughout the week. She serves as a board member for the West Texas Chapter of the of The American Red Cross.

She loves to spend time with her family, experience the outdoors and travel. Her goal is to travel to a new city every year and eventually make a trip overseas.

For Shelby, women empowerment is something she is passionate about because she believes that when women work together, it is a bond unlike any other.

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Susie Zambrano


Susie was born and raised in El Paso. Despite dropping out of school at 15 years old and becoming a mother by the age of 16, Susie managed to get her GED and continue on with college.

Although, very challenging, she eventually received her associates degree and became a registered nurse.  Susie has been a school nurse for most of her nursing career and recently returned to school and most recently received her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Susie’s aspiration with Mija, yes you can is to share her stories of struggles to become the person she is now.

“I know I can’t change the world but being able to make a difference in another girl’s or woman’s life to help them achieve their potential, means the world to me.”

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