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.


Leslie Strickler, DO, FAAP

Board Chair

Dr. Strickler is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. She is also a member of the Children Abuse Response Team (CART). Dr. Strickler earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jeanne Vigil

Treasurer, Vice Chair

Jeanne Vigil 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 also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center and participates in the United Way’s Women in Philanthropy program. Vigil, who lives in Albuquerque, will serve on the LifeROOTS Board’s Finance Committee.

Linda Geiszler


Ms. Geiszler is the Human Resources Director at QinetiQ North America. She formerly held the position of Manager, Staffing & Organization Development at Lockheed Martin KAPL, and was the Human Resource Manager at GE Power Systems. Ms Geiszler received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wittenberg University.

She is past board chair and a member of the Executive, Finance and Personnel committees.

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

Catherine Salazar

Past Chair

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 with special needs. Ms. Salazar was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council.

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

Myron Andrew Saldyt

Mr. Saldyt is an architect with NCA Architects, P.A.

He is a member of the Board Development Committee.



Maggie Silva

CABQ Therapeutic Recreation




Leticia Bertnal

Pita Pit Owner/Economic Developer




Dawn Dal Porto

Vice President Labor Relations, UB Bank