president & CEO, Regional center for border healtH
Former Arizona State Senator
Former Arizona State Senator Amanda Aguirre presently serves in the capacity of President & CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. since 1991 and its subsidiary San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc., a primary care rural health medical center. Ms. Aguirre has been involved for more than 35 years in health care and business administration.
In 2007 she established a licensed post –secondary vocational training center in the area, the RCBH’s “College of Health Careers”, which has generated job opportunities for over 1,800 individuals. Ms. Aguirre has built these corporations that have become multi-million dollars corporations providing employment for 247 employees in a slow recovering economy.
In 2003 Ms. Aguirre became the first female and first Hispanic to represent District 24 (new legislative district 4) in the Arizona House of Representatives and in the Arizona State Senate (in 2006) where she served in the Arizona State Senate through 2010.
During her time in office, Senator Aguirre has had great success in passing key bi-partisan legislation. In 2008 Senator Aguirre sponsored SB1263 Autism Spectrum Disorder “Steven’s Law,” which requires private medical insurance companies to provide Autism intervention service coverage under their insurance plan benefits. Other past successful legislation includes: the creation of a “Breast Cancer Awareness” special license plate (HB2526) with proceeds benefitting cancer screening for uninsured women; securing $1 Million dollars to fund the state diabetes prevention and awareness campaign; establishing liability protection guidelines for volunteer citizens performing emergency medical assistance during a state of emergency
(HB 2599) and many other legislations that have had a positive impact in the State of Arizona.
In 2016 she became an ASU Morrison Institute’s Distinguished Fellow. This title and role was created in 2012 by the institute as a way to utilize the institutional knowledge and innovated thinking of Arizona leaders.