Staff

Jonas Cruz

After School Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Garden City, KS and attended St. Mary’s School through 8th grade, and graduated from Garden City High School. Jonas served in the US Army and was deployed with the 467th Engineer Platoon in 1990 for Desert Shield/Storm and was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

After returning home, he completed GCCC with an Associate degree and joined the family’s three businesses, which have been running for over 25 years. Now working for UPS, and proud to be the After School Program Coordinator of Real Men Real Leaders.

Jonas is married and has 2 adult children.


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Octavio Ortega

Assistant Coordinator

Octavio was born in Aurora Illinois, and his family moved to Garden City Kansas in the summer of “78”. He attended Alta Brown Elementary ( Go Dragons ) and then went to Kenneth Henderson Middle School.  He finished his education and graduated from Garden City High School in 1988.

Octavio has been working at UPS for 19 years, is married and has 3 kids who are all attending Fort Hays State University.


Susan Escareno

Office Manager / Grant Writer

A resident of Garden City for 33 years, we raised our 5 children here. I worked for USD 457 for 16 years, served as Executive Director for Spirit of the Plains, CASA and then for the Finney County United Way. I retired in 2017 from the United Way but soon found that I missed the non-profit world and advocating for those in our community. I began working part-time for Real Men Real Leaders in 2018 and enjoy working as their Office Manager and Grant Writer. I am a firm believer that positive role models in a child’s life will lead to their success.

I currently serve on the Finney County Committee on Aging’s Board of Directors and as a Committee Member for the WKCF Women of Purpose. I’m an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well.

My husband and I stay busy following our 9 grandchildren’s activities and spending time camping and fishing.