Alfredo Vega, 65
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy
Silver City, N.M.
Alfredo Vega, who recently received a diagnosis of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD), has had a long and distinguished career as an educator in New Mexico public schools. He currently heads El Grito Head Start, and has served in a variety of administrative and teaching positions in both Silver City and Las Cruces. He belongs to a number of professional associations, as well as community organizations focusing on education and the arts.