The Board of Directors of GYPA is comprised of 2 appointments from each Member entity. New Members must be federal, state or local governmental entities or federally recognized Indian Tribes, who are unanimously approved by the current Board of Directors.
Matias Rosales currently serves as Vice Mayor for the City of San Luis, also serves as the Chairman of the board for the Greater Yuma Port Authority. He was elected on June 13, 2012, for a four-year term as Council Member of the San Luis City Council. Council Member Rosales was re-elected December 2016 and in 2020. He served as Vice Mayor for the City of San Luis from June 2012 to July 2017 and was recently appointed again in 2020. He has roots in Zacatecas Mexico and has been a business owner since 1996. Community Activities, Civic Organizations, Elected & Appointed Offices: Arizona Mexico Commission (AMC) Member, City of San Luis Parking and Traffic Commissioner, National Association of Latino Elected Board Members (NALEO), President-Elect of the Yuma Association of Realtors Board Director, Wish Granter for the Make-a-Wish Foundation for the Yuma Area, Border Trade Alliance Board member, and Yuma County Planning and Zoning Commissioner.
Frank Rascon is the owner of Frank's Trucking, a logistics company that serves cross border users. He is the second generation company owner. Cargo hauled by Frank’s Trucking: General Freight, Household, Lumber, Building Materials, Machinery, Liquids Gases, Intermodal, Grain Feed Hay, Dry Bulk, Refrigerated Food, Paper Products. Mr. Rascon has been involved in the GYPA meetings, and formerlly serves as Chairman of the board. He is currently the President of the Magrino Industrial Park Property Owner’s Association, His communication with CBP, ADOT, and SWAPU is referred to in the regular meetings when providing an update on port efficiency and flow of goods between Arizona and Sonora Mexico.
Council member Gary Knight is a Yuma native, who graduated from Kofa High School in 1965. He continued his education by attending Arizona Western College where he obtained an Associates of Arts degree in Business in 1967. He served six years in the United States Navy where he was an electronics technician for the repair of shipboard communication and radar equipment prior to receiving an honorable discharge in 1974 and returning home to Yuma. Upon his return, Mr. Knight obtained employment with local boat dealership Davidson Marine Supply, where he became manager then owner. He sold the business in 2006, continuing to work as a consultant until his retirement in 2009.
Mr. Knight was elected to a four-year term on the Yuma City Council in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. He was appointed Deputy Mayor in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He serves on the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) Executive Board and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Yuma Port Authority (GYPA) for the City. Mr. Knight also represents the City on both the Chamber Transportation Committee and the Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee.
Shortly after taking office in 2018, Governor Ducey appointed Mr. Knight to the State Transportation Board for a six-year term representing District 6 (Yuma, La Paz, Mohave and Yavapai counties). Each county in the district has a member from that county on the board every 18 years to serve a six-year term. Mr. Knight is married to his former 6th grade schoolmate, Bonnie, and enjoys the Yuma outdoors spending his free time trap shooting, bass fishing and golfing. He has a son Kevin (Cana), a daughter Melissa and four grandchildren.
Terry Frydenlund is the President/CEO of 1st Bank Yuma, a local independent community bank started in September 2001. Prior to coming to 1st Bank Yuma, Terry served as the President/CEO of Frontier State Bank located in Show Low, Arizona. Terry has been in the banking/financial services industry for over 35 years. Terry is the Past-Chairman of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. He also served for six (6) years on the Board of Directors of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). Terry is a Past-Chairman of the Arizona Bankers Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors for The Western Independent Bankers Association and their for-profit subsidiary WIBSCO, and is a former director for the United Way of Yuma County. Terry also served as the El Presidente of the Caballero’s de Yuma, a local civic organization whose purpose is to promote the City and County of Yuma. Terry attended Western State College and is a graduate with distinction from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.
Susan K. Thorpe was appointed County Administrator for Yuma County, Arizona in February 2016 and has served there for 4 ½ years. Susan has over 30 years of local government experience including serving as City Manager for two Texas cities and Assistant/Deputy City Manager for cities in Texas, California and Arizona. Susan is an advisory board member of California Women Leading Government and a board member of the national League of Women in Government.
Susan was honored as MPA Alumni of the Year in 1998 by the University of North Texas for her contribution to local government. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association. Susan is also a contributor to the book Democracy at the Doorstep, Too! by Mike Conduff and Melissa Byrne Vossmer. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas (UNT). She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Susan has been an ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2004.
The Honorable Marco A Tony Reyes is the Chairman of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. He lives in San Luis AZ. where he attended the Gadsden Elementary School, Kofa High School in Yuma and has received multiple Certificates from among others; the ALETA Police Academy for AZ Police Officer Certification, UTI Universal Training Institute for A/C Solar Heating Technician certification, Arizona Advanced Real Estate Institute for AZ Real Estate license, Arizona State University, Tempe, for Non Profit Management Certification, the BOA Development Leadership Institute and multiple Community and Economic Development courses.
He served as Vice Mayor of San Luis AZ for 2 years and as Mayor for 10 years and has been the Executive Director of Comite De Bien Estar, a Community Development Non-Profit Organization focused on Housing and quality of life issues in South Yuma County for the last 35 years. Mr. Reyes was elected to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors in a special election November 1998 and has been reelected every election cycle since then . He served as the Board Chairman for the first time in 2001 and has also served multiple times as its Vice Chairman. Mr Reyes represents District 4 , a district that includes the Cities of San Luis and Gadsden AZ and limited incorporated areas of the City of Somerton, AZ, it also includes both the East and West Native American Cocopah Nation Reservations and a large portion of unincorporated areas, that includes the US Mexico Border and the Colorado river boundaries between Arizona and California.
Mr. Reyes has served on many Boards and committees and is currently a member of the County Supervisors Association (CSA)the National Association of Counties (NACO) the Western Arizona Council of Governments( WACOG) Executive Board, the Tri-County Economic Development Board , The Greater Yuma Port Authority (GYPO), the Arizona Border Counties Coalition (ABCC) etc. and a former member of The National Hispanic Elected Local Officials, the National League of Cities and Towns, The American Council of Young Political Leaders and the Yuma County Planning and Zoning Commission among others.
Gary Magrino is the “Founding Father” of the Greater Yuma Port Authority. He currently serves as the Business Development Office for the Cocopah Tribe. Specializing in logistics operations and leadership, he seeks leverage in broad executive leadership experience in senior role; offer track record of sustained operations excellence and leadership development within the logistics industry.
With more than More than 30 years of comprehensive experience in directing operations through strategic planning and effective management of staff and budgets. Accustomed to and effective in high-profile executive roles, making high-stakes decisions while overcoming complex operational challenges. Expertise in transportation policy development, transportation management and operations. A team builder capable of implementing best practices and motivating a staff to peak performance. Possess skills and abilities that are well suited to a variety of organizations. Prior, he had a Trucking Company and has firsthand knowledge of logistical routes around Arizona, trucking regulations and how important location and efficiency is in trans modal freight.
Gary remains continually active with the GYPA Board, his initial idea was to lease the land within the Industrial Park to create a long-term asset for the GYPA. Gary’s vision for the Park was/is for it to house a multi modal model that would incorporate air freight departing from the Rolle Air field, a UP rail line that connected to Ferro Mex allowing access to and from Mexico, all in conjunction with efficient connectivity to SR-195 (RAVE) that lead to the main arterial of I-10.
The City of San Luis has exponentially grown, and that expansion has been more present towards the East side of town. Therefore, a rail line among a residential area would not be so welcome. Mr. Magrino stated regarding the rail line “Everyone wants to have a train, but no one wants to see one or hear it”. The YMPO is due to begin a case study that would outline the location of an ideal location for a rail line.
Fernando Mezquita, Tribal Planner was appointed to the board in August 2020. (The second seat for the Tribe had been vacant as of February 2020 when Omar Heredia left the Tribe.)
Mr. Mezquita enter the federal service in 1984 with the Department of the Navy where he was a missile system test engineer aboard nuclear submarine. During his career he worked as an electronics engineer at various Department of Defense (DoD) organizations for more than 30 years acting in the capacity of project manager, chief architect and systems engineer with an extensive background in airborne and land weapon systems test and evaluation programs. He also has a strong background in information technology. Mr. Mezquita was the chief architect for various enterprise architecture projects with the Department of the Army. He was responsible for developing technical visions and strategies and led the development of enterprise and service management architectures and supported various IT outsourcing projects.
In 2008 Mr. Mezquita departed the federal service and joined the Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems in el Segundo, California, for three years where he served as a principal systems engineer in the surveillance, command, and control fields in the Systems Development Center. In addition, he served as a test engineer in two satellite programs. One of the satellites currently provides all the weather images, such as hurricanes, used by government organizations and in television news and reports. The other satellite is currently analyzing the upper levels of the atmosphere to analyze the gases that reside there and how they are possibly affecting the weather patterns on Earth.
At the end of 2010, Mr. Mezquita rejoined the federal service again with the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma Test Center to take the position of chief, Electronics Division. He was responsible for managing all aspects of weapon systems instrumentation and test data collection efforts at the proving ground. This included day-to-day business operations oversight and data acquisition systems implementations plans, efforts to maintain legacy systems, and modernization investment planning.
In July 2020, Mr. Mezquita assume his leadership position with the Cocopah Indian Tribe as the Planning Director. Duties include short and long-range strategic planning recommendations for the elected Tribal Council to define the Tribe’s possible future economic and cultural direction, to include developing land use plans to realize future business objectives. Recommend projects for a balance economic growth in all three Cocopah reservation sites. Day-to-day planning directorate operations include maintenance efforts on local tribal road. and bridges, construction efforts to repair, restore and strengthen of building, roads, highway, and bridge infrastructure and manage related funding and investments throughout the Tribe’s reservation. In addition, Mr. Mezquita serves on various tribal, intergovernmental, and community related committees as directed by the Tribal Council, or the Tribe’s government administration.
Mr. Mezquita is a graduate of the prestigious U. S. Army Management Staff College where he received a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is the recipient of three U.S. Army Achievement Medals for Civilian Service. He received his Acquisition Level III professional certifications in test and evaluation engineering, systems engineering, and program management. Mr. Mezquita was a member of the Army Acquisition Corps prior his retirement from federal service in August 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from California State University at Long Beach. Mr. Mezquita is a member of the International Test and Evaluation Association.
Present ex-officio members are:
- Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
- Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Yuma County Airport Authority
- Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation
- U.S. Congressman Grijalva
- State Senator Amanda Aguirre
- Arizona Representative Lynne Pancrazi
- Arizona Representative Russ Jones
- Yuma County Chamber of Commerce
- City of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
- City of Somerton
- Northern Arizona University - Yuma
- Yuma County Farm Bureau
- Customs and Border Protection, Arizona
- San Luis Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Border Patrol. CBP, Yuma Sector
- Mexican Consulate of Yuma
- Southwest Arizona Port Users
- U of A Cooperative Extension-Yuma
- General Services Administration
- Hillander "C" Irrigation District.
- Arizona Western College
- Arizona Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
- International Boundaries and Water Commission, U.S. Mexico Section
- Arizona Motor Vehicles Division
- Yuma Private Industry Council, Inc.
- Yuma Convention and Visitor Bureau