LifeROOTS Board of Directors

As a non-profit agency, LifeROOTS is governed by a Board of Directors who provides guidance and oversight of the organization’s strategic initiatives, help to ensure that we meet our mission objectives, and develop fund-raising initiatives to ensure the future of the agency. We are proud to have a diverse and caring board to help in those efforts.


Jeanne Vigil

Board Chair

Jeanne is a Vice President and Treasury Management Payment Consultant at U.S. Bank in Albuquerque and brings extensive experience in the financial industry to the Board. She began her banking career in 1989 specializing in commercial products support and sales. She maintains industry certifications of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Accredited ACH Professional (AAP). In addition to serving on the LifeROOTS Board, she serves as Secretary of the Board of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center and participates in the United Way’s Women in Philanthropy program. Vigil serves on the LifeROOTS Board’s Finance Committee.

Dawn J. Esquibel


Dawn is Vice President Labor Relations at United Business Bank. With over 20 years of experience, she brings valuable skills in financial planning and business growth to LifeROOTS.  She is Co-Chair of Money Smart Week of ABQ, a national initiative providing financial literacy programming. She is also a former Board Member of NM Make a Wish and has served as Ambassador of the Rio Rancho Chamber, Treasurer of the Rio Rancho Soccer Club, and on the United Way Funding Committee. A graduate of the Western States School of Banking at the Anderson School of Management and Leadership of Sandoval County, she also received a Small Business Banker Certificate from the ABA. Her industry experience plays an important role at LifeROOTS, where she helps create financial literacy training.

LifeROOTS Members

Carol Guerra

Ms. Guerra is the owner of All-Star Insurance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

As a Past Board Chair, Ms. Guerra chairs the Executive Committee. She serves as a member of the Finance, Personnel, and Board Development Committees


Catherine Salazar

Ms. Salazar is an active supporter and advocate for developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. She is a foster parent for ARCA and has fostered 40 special needs children and adopted six children. Ms. Salazar was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council.

In addition to being a Past Board Chair, Ms. Salazar is a member of the Personnel and Finance Committees of LifeROOTS.

Myron Andrew Saldyt

Mr. Saldyt is an Architect with Conron and Woods Architects in Santa Fe, NM, and has been a registered Architect since 1985. He is a member of the Board Development Committee and has served on numerous other committees and has been on the Board since 2004.


Maggie Silva

CABQ Therapeutic Recreation



Carol Epstein

Carol is the Regional Services Manager for Wells Fargo Bank.



Dr. Leslie Strickler

Past Chair

Leslie is assistant professor of pediatrics at UNM Children’s Hospital. She’s also a member of the Children Abuse Response Team. Strickler earned her doctorate from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.