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debDeborah Simon, Chairman

Residence: Española, New Mexico
Background:  Deborah Simon was raised in Guatemala and came to the United States to attend the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center where she graduated with a degree nursing. In additional to her work in the hospital, she participated on medical mission teams to Guatemala for 2 weeks each year for 12 years. In 1996, while participating on the medical team, she was asked by the mayor of the town of Uspantan for assistance in obtaining a system of clean water for the population of 6,000. Deborah, who is a Rotarian, wrote a grant to the Rotary Foundation for the project. Once completed, the chlorinated water system significantly reduced the level of cholera and increased the school attendance for girls, who no longer had to haul water home from the river. Soon, Deborah was getting requests for clean water projects from many other Guatemalan villages. She has been coordinating water and sanitation projects through the Rotary grant process ever since.

In 2004 Deborah founded United by Friendship to better respond to community needs in Central America that Rotary typically does not fund, such as the construction of schools, clinics and investment in economic development. The result has been that 22 Guatemalan communities now have clean water systems, and many others now have adequate schools and medical care. She enlists the beneficiaries and the local county government to partner with UbF on the projects, in accordance with an old Mayan saying, “We are to take one another by the hand. No one walks in front and no one walks behind and together we will reach our goals.”

Deborah is a past president of the Espanola Rotary club. In 2015 she was presented the Distinguished Service award by the Rotary District of New Mexico and West Texas. She was also one of 15 persons worldwide to receive the Rotary International Humanitarian Award for 2015. The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper named her one of the Ten Who Made a Difference.

Tim

Tim Salazar, President

Residence: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Background: Tim was raised in Embudo, a small village on the Rio Grande in Northern New Mexico. He received a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Tim quickly transferred his engineering skills to computer software development and has had an extremely fulfilling career as a consultant.

He joined Rotary International in 2008 and joined the volunteer team for the 2010 trip to Guatemala. The trip was not only rewarding but insightful. Tim enjoyed being part of the numerous projects as well as getting to know numerous new friends in Guatemala.

Tim is married to Trulee and they have one daughter, Simone.

triciaTricia Johnson, Board Member

Residence: Austin, Texas
Background: Tricia was raised in Houston, Texas and has a Natural Resource Management BS from Texas State University and earned her MBA in 2003.  Tricia is an environmental scientist that has worked for INTERA Incorporated for over 20 years.  She has always felt strongly abouth the responsibile use and conservation of the world's resources and the environment and she lends her skills in geology and hydrology to benefit the Guatemala water projects.  She is married and her interests include traveling and learning about other cultures, wildlife and bird watching, hiking, and fitness and yoga.  
 
Tricia participated on several Guatemala service trips and became a member of the board in 2013.  She enjoys learning about the physical environment of the Guatemala Highlands, and has especially enjoyed meeting the vibrant and endearing people of the Uspantan area.  Her first trip to Guatemala was enlightening and educational and prompted her interest in helping communities in need in Guatemala and Latin America.  She is very encouraged and moved by the positive changes that UbF is able to inspire in these rural and impoverished communities through the funding of water, education, and medical projects.  She feels that one of the most amazing aspects of the projects is the indirect benefits that are experienced by the communities that are receiving the projects, including formerly divided leaders of a village coming together for a common cause of bringing clean and potable drinking water to the village families. 

 lindaLinda Moore, Treasurer

Residence: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Background: As an Army brat, Linda was raised in a variety of places including three years in El Salvador.  Her teen years and thereafter were spent in El Paso, TX, until 2013, when she and her husband, Mervin, relocated to Santa Fe, a longtime dream.  Her travels have included Europe, Canada and two trips to Guatemala.  They have two children and a granddaughter.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas El Paso.  She was a Certified Public Account for nineteen years.  In 1998 she retired and went back to school, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and metalsmithing at UTEP.  Since then she has designed, made and sold functional pottery and comtemporary silver jewelry.

Linda's community work has included board memberships in The Rotary Club of West El Paso, her neighborhood association in El Paso, El Paso Las Artistas and Planned Parenthood of El Paso.

Ken

Charles “Ken” Campbell, Board Member

Residence: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Background: Ken graduated from University of New Mexico in 1971 with a BBA in accounting. He graduated from the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking in 1973. He worked for the Sunwest Banks in New Mexico for thirty-five years and was the president of Sunwest Bank of Farmington for eleven years and later the President of the Sunwest bank of Santa Fe for six years.

Ken joined Rotary in 1977 in Farmington and was the president of the Farmington and the Santa Fe clubs. He was an assistant district governor and a lieutenant governor and a Paul Harris Fellow. He heads up the immunization program for the New Mexico Rotary. In 2007 Ken was awarded the Service Above Self award by his Santa Fe Rotary club.
His interests are economics, investing, reading, travel and enjoying family. He was a volunteer on the 2007 team to Guatemala.

GregGreg Chalmers, Board Member

Residence: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Background: Greg was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Northeastern State with a BA degree in History. He owned his own automotive parts business in Tulsa for 22 years and moved to Rio Rancho in 1996 to participate in the opening of Don Chalmers Ford. Greg is a Fleet Manager at Don Chalmers Ford.

Greg has been a member of Rotary since 1983. He participated in the 2007-2008 Rotary Medical Project to Guatemala. He had the "adventure" of driving ambulances from Albuquerque to Guatemala for that project.

He and his wife Karen have three grown children. Their oldest son holds a teaching position at the American School in Guatemala City.

wolfgangcollins photoWolfgang Collins, Board Member

Residence:  Taos, New Mexico
Background:  
Wolfgang was a licensed plumber and is a founder and owner of a successful hot tub business in Taos, Wolfgang’s Spa Works. His service record extends over 40 years   and includes Scouting, a prison ministry and work with several North American indigenous groups. He is a long time active member and elder in the Taos First Presbyterian Church and a 10-year member of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club. He has been involved in many Rotary fund-raising events. His special love is making service trips to Guatemala to facilitate clean water projects in the highlands. Wolf was on the Rotary team to Guatemala in 2010 and 2014. Wolf is married to Jennifer and has two sons and two grandchildren.


cheryl ford-mente 2012Cheryl Ford-Mente, Board Member

Residence:  Santa Fe, New Mexico
Background: 
Cheryl Ford-Mente came to Santa Fe after spending all her life in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.  She has a thirty year career managing a variety of NPOs - from the American Red Cross in Fort Worth to one of the largest performing arts theatre schools in the southwest.  In addition to Ms. Ford-Mente’s many years in non-profit, she used her BA degree in Communication (Theatre) from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked simultaneously for 14 years as the producer and host of an ACE award-winning cable television show called Around Arlington.  Cheryl also appeared in many regional theatres and received four best actress awards for her performances.  In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the highlight of Ms. Ford-Mente’s film/television work has been to share the screen with Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. 

In 2008, Cheryl and her husband Pat decided to retire in Santa Fe.  Retirement however was just not in the cards for this active couple.  Pat Mente works for the State of New Mexico and Cheryl is the Administrative Coordinator for the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and Museum.  They have five grown children between them and will have a new grandbaby in July.

Cheryl was part of the 2014 Rotary trip to Guatemala where the people (especially the children) captured her heart.  As UbF’s newest board member, she hopes to return soon to revisit and explore new projects for United by Friendship and the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.  Cheryl is the 2014-2015 President of that club..

 

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