Esmeralda “Esmer” Medina, has lived in Peñitas all her life. She is the mother of three wonderful children and the wife of Pastor Gabriel Medina for 24 years.
Medina is currently the Assistant Director of their Church Ministry where she is continuously involved in serving her local community through numerous charity events and fundraisers.
Esmer is a proud 1993 Graduate of La Joya High School. In 2000, she earned an Associates in Childhood Development while working at a migrant child care facility in Michigan. She was later attracted to the medical field in 2005 where she studied earning a Medical Assistant Certificate at South Texas Vo-Tech.
She then decided to get involved in her city serving the general public. She started working for the City of Peñitas in 2008, and continued until 2018. Esmer was part of the many city events and functions such as Grand Openings and Ground Breaking Ceremonies as well as Public City Meetings which all helped her build a much closer relationship with the people in her community.
While at the city, she worked at city hall in the Building Permits, Inspections and Subdivision Department and assisting the City Secretary and Court Clerk. During her last years of employment, she worked in the Utilities Department as an Administrative Secretary involved and working in all aspects of the city’s utilities and public works. In addition to her daily job duties, Mrs. Medina kept the general public well informed of the exciting city’s events through the wonderful Peñitas Highlights magazine which she was responsible of creating and to publish for the public every four months.
Esmeralda will continue cherishing the pride she holds for being part of the city’s first economic growth she witnessed and the satisfaction of serving so many great people over the years during her employment with the city. She now hopes the residents of Peñitas will give her the opportunity to represent them as a truthful, honest and dedicated member of the City Council and be able to reestablish the positive growth the city once had.