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Executive and Administrative

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Jenica Rodriguez

Jenica joined LANL Foundation in 2024. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, and lives in Albuquerque with her 4 dogs and 1 cat. She loves the outdoors and absolutely anything that has to do with animals.

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Dee Ann Briceño-Roybal

Dee Ann Briceño-Roybal joined the Foundation in August of 2023 as the Executive Assistant and Chief People Person. She is a Santa Fe native and a mother of four (one son and three daughters). She earned her MBA in 2010…

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Denise Gonzales

Denise is a native Santa Fean and multi-generational Northern New Mexican. She joined the LANL Foundation in early 2023 to support the Finance and Operations Team as an Accountant.  Denise comes to the Foundation with extensive experience working with nonprofits,…

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Jacob Dominguez

Jacob Dominguez joined the Foundation in June of 2022 as the Human Resources & Accounts Payable Coordinator.  He provides tactical and strategic support on all aspects of Human Resources & Accounts Payable activities.  He is a Native New Mexican who grew up…

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Kersti Tyson

Kersti Tyson joined the LANL Foundation in 2019. Kersti’s primary focus is utilizing research and evaluation to support the Foundation’s mission, vision, values and strategies across the spectrum of public education. Kersti will help both internal and external stakeholders to…

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Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar joined the LANL Foundation in 2019 as Human Resources & Accounting Associate. In this role, she provides administrative support to the VP of Finance and Operations in the areas of personnel management and payroll processing. Prior to the…

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Mihaela Popa-Simil

Mihaela Popa-Simil has been with the Foundation since 2006, as our Chief Financial Officer, before being promoted to Vice President of Finance and Operations in 2016. She provides day-to-day executive management of the LANL Foundation. Mihaela is a volunteer examiner…

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Tony Fox

Tony Fox has worked with the LANL Foundation since 2001 managing and growing the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund and the exemplary program which has awarded more than $5.5 million to 1,100 Northern New Mexico students. In 2016, he expanded…

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Patsy Chavez

Patsy Chavez has been a valued member of the Foundation since 2002. 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.

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