(July 15) The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz., hopes the addition of two employees will help strengthen membership and increase governmental awareness of its cause, said Allison Moore, communications director.

On June 7, Jose Luis Obregon became deputy director, and Martha Rascon was named director of public affairs.

Moore said Obregon would support Lee Frankel, president of the association. His main duties, she said, would include promoting produce, gaining funding for the association and increasing membership.

Obregon is the son of Francisco Obregon, who is director of business development for Malena Produce Inc., Nogales.

Rascon will be monitoring state and federal regulations as a liaison with government officials. Her initial focus will be on improving the Mariposa Port of Entry, Nogales.

Moore said the port needs expanded facilities, additional screening lanes, larger dock spaces and technology improvements.