Los Amigos del Rancho Los Luceros
Board of Directors:
Andres Romero: President and founder of Los Amigos del Rancho Los Luceros is a lifelong resident of New Mexico who is passionate about Southwestern Culture, History, and Genealogy, since his retirement in 1998 from NM State government. He is a recognized expert in formulating non-profit organizations. He is currently a member or serves as an officer in 7 non-profit organizations. Along with his many talents he is an amateur documentarian, photographer, historian and writer who's coming of age stories have been published in Anthologies of Northern NM. In 2009 he was knighted a Caballero del Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Marie Markesteyn: Treasurer and founding board member, of Alcalde. Former Docent at the Los Luceros Foundation. current Docent for the Amigos del Rancho Los Luceros
Kathy Moen: Founding board member, of Espanola. Former docent for the Los Luceros foundation. School teacher for the Epanola School System
Martha Trujillo: Founding board member, is a lifelong native of Pojoaque, NM, retired State Employee, board member of New Mexico Acequia Association and Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land Water and Rights and is a Commisioner for the Acequia del Rincon. Is active in her Church community and works with the youth.
Alex Trujillo: Founding board member, is a lifelong native of Pojoaque, NM with family roots dated back to the 1600's. One of thirteen boys, he will fill the room with many stories of growing up in rural NM, loving the traditions of a small community. As a young man served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Alex has expertise in a myriad of skills including building homes to working the land, he continues to be the Mayordomo of the Acequia del Rincon for twenty plus years. He is now enjoying his retirement and is an avid runner, community volunteer, serves as a deacon in his church and mentors young people.
Dennis Gonzales: Founding board member, of Santa Fe, is a retired Contractor. He is the Co-founder and Pastor of the Fruit of the Spirit Ministry in Santa Fe. He is an avid
Silversmith and take jewelry classes at the SFCC and the MEG Senior Center in Santa Fe. He supervised and worked on the re-oiling of the wood singles roof on the capilla at Los Luceros. He also supervised and worked on the refurbishing of the pews for the chapel.
Angelica Loya: Board member of Santa Fe. Studied Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Studied film at the Santa Fe Community College. Has a strong interest in Photography and Film Production. Sole Owner of Encanto Producions, a film and television production company. Loves dogs and horses.
Evalina Montoya: Board member, is an Academic Artist, who over the course of twenty-five years has devoted herself to community service through various non-profit orginazations. She earned her BFA, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, studied at Santa Fe Community College and Northern New Mexico College. She continues to reside in her beloved state of New Mexico. Her love of learning continues to be infectious wherever she ventures.
Devon Hoffman: Manages the Amigos' project, The Eyes. He is an art educator and community organizer. For the past year he’s been working at Ghost Ranch, Kha’Po Community School, and Moving Arts Española. Before that, he served two years in the Peace Corps Philippines, where he helped establish ten murals, a week-long theater workshop, a community museum, and a library. He self-publishes poetry and prose through devonjameshoffman.com.
John Boydstun is a part-time faculty member at CNM teaching math, and a full-time supporter of the CNM Foundation and the uplifting power of education. He grew up in Santa Fe in a family of modest means, but he knew all along that higher education would be his path to success. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he embarked on a successful career that led him to Denver and Chicago. While in Denver, he volunteered as a math tutor and felt the calling to be a teacher. He returned to Albuquerque and became a math instructor at CNM in 2003. “CNM touches and changes the lives of so many,” he said. To help CNM touch and change more lives, he became a supporter of the CNM Foundation and endowed a scholarship.
“To me, education is a cornerstone in the foundation of life,” Boydstun said. “It opens up a myriad of possibilities and is a lasting accomplishment. Education should be accessible to all without discrimination. CNM supports my beliefs about education and deserves my financial support.”
Claudette Dubois: She has had a diverse career background, working as a secondary teacher, historian, and writer for major motion picture studios such as MGM. Claudette has a BA international law & Ancient History double major UCLA and university of Copenhagen, Denmark, an MA and Standard life secondary teaching credentials. Whittier College, Ca, and an MS in psychology and School Counseling University of La Verne, Ca
Gail Martinez: Board Member - Currently employed at her family owned business, Bar C Metal Roofing Suppliers, Inc. located in Pojoaque, NM. She is currently the Treasurer of NNMPLWR (Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, Inc.). In the past she has served as Secretary of a non-profit group WISH - Women in Search of Health and Choreographer and singer with Sweet Adelines Santa Fe Chaper. She currently belongs to a Middle Eastern Dance Group - "Azadeh" performing for Nursing Homes, Outside In and Mono Mundo on the plaza as well as the yearly fundraiser GypsyFest benefiting Madrid cultural projects. She is excited to be a part of Los Luceros as a board member and is currently a docent in training.
Mollie Toll: Worked for several decades as an archaeobotanist, identifying plant remains from archaeological sites, first at the Castetter Lab for Ethnobotanical Studies, Biology Department UNM, and then at the Ethnobotany Lab, Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum of New Mexico. Academic background in both Anthropology/ Archaeology (University of Chicago, Loyola U) and Plant Ecology (UNM). Spent another decade in the public schools as a science coach and a classroom teacher. Now back at OAS/MNM as an outreach educator, training teachers and providing archaeology and ethnobotany content in classrooms. Also serving as a consultant to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and teaching a high school course in Ethnobotany. Really interested in opening up Los Luceros to programing for the public and school groups, and in seeing Los Luceros revived as a working farm and ranch.
Armando M. Rendon - Lifelong resident of Northern New Mexico is very interested in the history of the Lucero Estate. Originally, from Velarde where his first talent was farming, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing. After attending, Great Southwest Industrial College in Texas, he was able to begin work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 38 years as a Senior Prototype Mechanical Technician. He retired from the University of California in 2005. Currently, he is a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He served as the Columbus Club President for five years and a total of nine years on the Board of Directors. He also served as Church Director for the Knights of Columbus Council #3314 for three years. Along with being involved in serving other organizations, he donates some of his time to the San Gabriel Historical Society.