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.


Jill Tatz 

Vice Chair

Jill Tatz, MA not only brings more than 30 years of experience in education to the LifeROOTS Board, but also brings the important perspective of the mother of four children, two who have significant disabilities. She is currently the Director of Congregation B’nai Israel Preschool, and is also Family Faculty for the LEND Scholars Program at the Center for Development and Disability. Ms. Tatz has served as Disabilities Coordinator for the Pueblo of Isleta Early Head Start/Head Start Program, as well as served as Instructor and Clinical Supervisor at the University of New Mexico, where she taught various classes in the departments of Early Childhood and Special Education. She has held Adjunct Faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, as well as Northeastern Illinois University and Erickson Institute in Chicago, IL and National Lewis University in Evanston, IL and Harper College in Palatine, IL. In her role as an advocate for children with disabilities, she is very involved in Special Olympics, City of Albuquerque Therapeutic Recreation Services and Advocacy in the area of Disability and Special Education.

Jeanne Vigil


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

Brad Vaughn, Esq.

Mr. Vaughn has been engaged in the practice of law since 1985, and has practiced in Albuquerque since September, 1990, focusing in the areas of business, corporate, estate planning and probate law. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico. Mr. Vaughn graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a B.B.A. in accounting as well as a B.A. in economics with high honors. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

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

Joan Schofield

Ms. Schofield is a case manager at Medview. Formerly, she served as the Area Director at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Ms. Schofield attended the University of New Mexico.

Ms. Schofield is a member of the Executive and Finance Committees.


Myron Andrew Saldyt

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

He is a member of the Board Development Committee.



Maggie Silva





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Dawn Del Porta