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 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.

Dawn J. Esquibel


Dawn J. Esquibel is Vice President Labor Relations at United Business Bank.  With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, she brings valuable skills in financial planning and business growth to the Board and the organization.  She is the Co-Chair of Money Smart Week of Albuquerque, part of a national initiative to provide financial literacy programming to help community members better manage their personal finances and Treasurer for Jumpstart NM, a financial literacy program for students.  In addition, she is a former Board Member of NM Make a Wish Foundation and has served as an Ambassador of the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Rio Rancho Soccer Club and on the Funding Committee of the United Way.  A graduate of the Western States School of Banking at the Anderson School of Management, she is also a graduate of Leadership of Sandoval County and received a Small Business Banker Certificate from the American Bankers Association.  Her financial industry insight and experience plays an important role at LifeROOTS, where she also helps to create financial literacy training with both employees at LifeROOTS.

Linda Geiszler


Ms. Geiszler is a retired Human Resources consultant. She earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Wittenberg University.

She is a past board chair.

LifeROOTS Members

Leticia Bertnal

Pita Pit Owner/Economic Developer



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 also serves as a member of the Finance, Personnel and Board Development Committees


Simon Kofford





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 with special needs. 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



Leslie Strickler, DO, FAAP

Past 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.