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 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.
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
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
CABQ Therapeutic Recreation
Dr. Leslie Strickler
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.