BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Gabe Anaya

President

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Gabe Anaya, President, has a rich background in education and military service. With a BS from NMSU and an MA from Western New Mexico University, Gabe devoted 30 years to teaching Mathematics at Silver City High School and Las Cruces High School. His military career spanned 30 years in the United States Army, both active and reserves, culminating in his retirement as a Colonel. Gabe’s dedication to volunteer work is evident in his involvement with various organizations, including the Friends of the John Paul Taylor Historical Society, Mesilla Valley Catholic Serra Club for Vocations, Advisor for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at NMSU, and the Finance Council at Basilica of San Albino.

Mike Lilly

Secretary

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Michael W. Lilley is a retired attorney who was in private practice in Las Cruces for almost 40 years. He has served on the boards of many non-profit and professional organizations, including Southwest Environmental Center, Las Cruces Running Club, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), American Civil Liberties Union (southern NM chapter) and Third Judicial District and New Mexico Court of Appeals nominating commissions. He participated in several humanitarian aid caravans to war-torn areas in Central America with Pastors for Peace. He also was an NMCDLA lobbyist for many years at the New Mexico legislature.

J. Herb Torres

Treasurer

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J. Herb Torres, serving as Treasurer, is a native of El Paso, Texas, and was raised in Las Cruces. He is a proud alumnus of New Mexico State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in K-12 School Administration. Herb’s extensive career in education spans 41 years, including roles as a classroom teacher and school/district level administrator. His retirement in 2017 followed a consultancy role with New Mexico charter schools. Herb’s service extends beyond his professional career, as evidenced by his involvement in various professional, civic, and church organizations. He is currently the Past President of Serra Catholic Vocations of the Mesilla Valley and Treasurer for Hearts for Autism Board of Directors.

Robert Crecelius

Board Member

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Dennis Lee

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Abel Chavarria

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Wittara “Tip” Smutassadong

Board Member

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Born in Thailand, Wittara “Tip” Smutassadong brings a global perspective to her role. Wittara, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and a Master’s in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including various management roles in hotels and restaurants. Wittara is deeply committed to volunteerism, focusing her efforts on supporting the less fortunate, a passion she has nurtured throughout her adult life.

Terry Frank

Board Member

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