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LANL Foundation Staff

Cindy Atencio  

Cindy Atencio, Bookkeeper
Cindy Atencio has served as the Bookkeeper of the LANL Foundation since 1999. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration from Northern New Mexico Community College in 1997 with high honors and has been awarded certificates in Data Technology and Cosmetology. From 1993 to 1998, Cindy served as an undergraduate work study in payroll, accounting payroll technician, and accounts payable technician.

David Call  

David Call, ISEC Professional Development Specialist
David Call joined the LANL Foundation and the ISEC team in 2016 after 18 years of experience in public education. He has 14 years experience in Dual Language Programs and working the last four years as an Instructional Leader and Science Literacy Coach in support of the ISEC program in Santa Fe Public Schools. He is a Bilingual Endorsed K-12 Level III National Board Certified Teacher. Before teaching, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay promoting native tree propagation and environmental education. David received a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). When not working, David loves being in the mountains with his wife and daughter.

Patsy Chavez  

Patsy Chavez, Receptionist/Secretary
Patsy Chavez has been a valued member of the Foundation for over a decade. Her warm demeanor, sense of humor and organizational skills make her the perfect person to greet visitors, answer calls and support foundation staff with day-to-day operations and events.

Tony Fox  

Tony Fox, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Scholarships
Tony Fox served as the Scholarship Program Officer with the LANL Foundation since 2001. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of New Mexico in 1993, and was awarded his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from New Mexico State University in 2010. From 1993 to 1996, Tony served as the Director of Marketing and Development at St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville, Colorado, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as the Director of Special Events and Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc.

Sally Gallegos  
Sally Gallegos, Executive Secretary, Small Grants Coordinator
Sally Gallegos has served as the Executive Secretary of the LANL Foundation since 2005. She graduated with two Associate’s Degrees from Northern New Mexico Community College in 1994. Before joining the LANL Foundation, Sally spent five years at the College of Santa and was secretary for six years at McCurdy School in Española.

Anna Marie Garcia  

Anna Marie Garcia, First Born Program Officer
Anna Marie came to the LANL Foundation in 2011 with a strong early childhood background. She is the Program Officer for the First Born home visiting program, and offers technical support to First Born programs throughout the state, She most recently was the lead in the team that started First Born on the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. She has an MA in Early Childhood/Special Education, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Early Childhood Social Justice. Anna Marie, joined by her three sons, spent a year in Costa Rica consulting in a bilingual school with an environmental education focus, where she developed an inclusive special education program for the school.  Anna Marie teaches early childhood classes at Northern New Mexico College, as well as at Santa Fe Community College. Her passions are capacity-building and life-long learning.

Danielle Gothie  

Danielle Gothie, ISEC Professional Development Coordinator
Danielle began her relationship with the LANL Foundation in 2007 as a sixth grade teacher when she received a small grant that helped support a Solar Energy curriculum. Danielle was an educator with Santa Fe Public Schools for 15 years and continued her love of science by supporting teachers and STEM education in her role as ISEC Science Literacy Coach from 2012-2015. She joined the LANL Foundation staff as the ISEC Professional Development Coordinator in 2015. Danielle completed the Educational Leadership Program at UNM in the May 2015, a post-master’s graduate program resulting in her New Mexico Administrator’s license. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico Highlands University. Danielle has a deep commitment to public education and believes inquiry learning is the catalyst to student engagement.

Monica Herrera  

Monica Herrera, Science Resource Center Materials Specialist, ISEC Program
Monica became a part of the LANL Foundation in 2015 bringing her diverse background to the Science Resource Center. She served four years as a Combat Medic in the Army National Guard and has also worked as a loss prevention officer with the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

Bryan Maestas  

Bryan Maestas, Science Resource Center Coordinator, ISEC Program
Bryan has worked for the Foundation since 2010 first as ISEC Program Science Resource Center Warehouse Operations & Logistics Manager, then beginning in 2015 as SRC Coordinator. He helped plan and install the equipment utilized in the warehouse to manage a growing inventory of science curriculum materials used for the ISEC project. He manages all operations, including purchasing, refurbishment, shipping and receiving at the center. Bryan has a BA in Business Management from Northern New Mexico College.

Andrea Multari  

Andrea Multari, Communications Officer
Andrea Multari joined the Foundation staff as Communications Officer in 2014 after working for 10 years as contract graphic designer promoting the First Born, Inquiry Science, Scholarship and Grants programs. She has expanded her role to include media relations, press releases, web development and social media. In addition to running her private business, Whole Brain Design, supporting nonprofit, small business and corporate clients with graphics, advertising, brand development and marketing, she also worked as a graphic designer for print and web at Los Alamos National Laboratory, St. John’s College and firms in Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a B.S. degree in design from the University of Cincinnati and studied painting, drawing and art history (including prehistoric cave art) with Parsons School of Design in France.

Jenny Parks  

Jenny Parks, Chief Executive Officer
Since 2015, Jenny Parks has served as Chief Executive Officer of the LANL Foundation where she guides its mission and oversees programs that invest in learning and human potential in Northern New Mexico. In this capacity, she manages a $2 million operating budget, $72 million Educational Enrichment endowment and $4 million Scholarship endowment. Prior to leading the LANL Foundation, Jenny served as President and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation, supporting underserved communities, strengthening nonprofits and growing philanthropy throughout the state. Jenny also served as Project Manager and New Mexico, Arizona and Utah State Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, and has experience as a real estate attorney and commercial real estate developer in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas, School of Law and lives in Santa Fe with her husband and son.

Mihaela Popa-Simil  

Mihaela Popa-Simil, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Mihaela Popa-Simil came to the LANL Foundation to serve as Chief Financial Officer in 2006, and since 2015 she also serves as Director of Human Resources for the LANL Foundation. While a CPA in Romania, Mihaela provided a full range of business accounting services to major public and private companies working as a Financial Controller for New Holland Ltd., Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd., and KPMG Ltd. She served as Vice President of Finance of the Project Management Institute, Otowi Bridge Chapter and IT&T SIG. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Romanian Academy in Bucharest, with a thesis in European Union green taxes system.

Doris Rivera  

Doris Rivera, ISEC Professional Development Specialist
Doris Rivera joined the LANL Foundation in 2015 to support and train teachers as part of the PD component of the ISEC program, bringing experiential science and excitement of learning to children and teachers in Northern New Mexico. Doris worked with the LASERi3 project starting in 2012 where she was a classroom teacher and trainer and participated in the NM Strategic Planning Institute to bring the program to the Chama Valley Independent School District. She also served as the district Science Professional Learning Community (PLC) Leader, Science Site Coordinator, and taught content courses to LASERi3 teachers in other school districts. Prior to her work with inquiry science, Doris taught K-5th grade for 18 years in the Farmington, Santa Fe, and Chama Valley school districts. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Santa. Doris is from Canjilon, NM where she lives on a ranch with her husband, son, and daughter.

Paul Rivera, Science Resource Center Materials Specialist, ISEC Program

Leon Trujillo, Science Resource Center Materials Specialist, ISEC Program

Patricia Valerio  

Patricia Valerio, First Born &
Scholarship Program Assistant

Patricia Valerio began serving as LANL Foundation Receptionist/Secretary in 2009. In 2010, she became Program Assistant for the ISEC program. Pat brings more than 20 years’ experience in administration to the position. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, Patricia attended New Mexico Technical Vocational Institute where she received a certification in accounting. She worked at Mountain States Insurance in Albuquerque for eight years, Los Alamos National Laboratory for six years, Holy Cross Catholic School for four years, and McCurdy School for six years.

Gwen Perea Warniment  

Gwen Perea Warniment, ISEC Program Director
A native New Mexican, Gwen has worked for the LANL Foundation since 2013, first as ISEC Director of Professional Development & Evaluation before becoming Program Director. However, she has been associated with the Inquiry Science Education Consortium since its inception in 2010, having previously worked as a Science Literacy Coach for Santa Fe Public Schools. Gwen is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. She has taught in Oaxaca, MX, and for the Santa Fe and Los Alamos Public Schools. Gwen also currently teaches graduate-level education classes for New Mexico Highlands University. A teacher at heart, she strives to integrate teaching and learning into a dynamic, creative process that serves to enrich both the individual and the community. She resides in Santa Fe and is constantly inspired by her two sons.

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