Leading us in the Right Direction

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better. 

Executive Board of Directors

Dean Stoor, President-Elect
New Mexico Operations Site Leader

Dean became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Big Brothers Big Sisters champion Honeywell Industries, where he is a Site Leader. His passion for the mission, paralleled only by his passion for the Green Bay Packers, finds its roots in a close family member, once a Little and now a successful professional.

Mike Byrd, Immediate Past-President
Manual Lujan Agency
Construction Trades Specialist

Hailing from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mike specializes in financial analysis and strategy development for HUB international. Father to 3 girls, the mission speaks right to his heart: “I was attracted to Big Brothers Big Sisters because the organization changes lives for the better…our children should have every opportunity to succeed.”

Matt Houston, VP of Finance and Treasurer
First National Bank 1870
AVP, Commercial Banker

A native of Albuquerque, Matt is dedicated to providing tailored financial solutions to meet the banking needs of local businesses of all sizes; working to help them be successful and positively impact the local economy. In joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters board Matt believes he has found another way to have a positive impact in the community he calls home. He has witnessed firsthand the impact the organization has in the community participating in the Mentor 2.0 program and helping his mentee graduate from Amy Biehl High School.

Andrea D. Harris, VP of Operations
Carter & Valle Law Firm

Andrea Harris transplanted to Albuquerque from Minneola, Kansas eight years ago. She works as an attorney at Carter & Valle law firm, and is excited to “be a part of an organization that helps steer youth in the right direction in life.”

Alaric Babej
Product Development Manager

Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Alaric has called Albuquerque his home since 2013. Alaric has a history of board service (African Sky, Engineers Without Borders), and wanted to volunteer with an organization whose mission resonated with him. He was inspired to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters board because he believes in the power of mentorship to affect change, both on the individual and the community level. Alaric enjoys running, road trips to new places, and going for hikes with the family.

Chris Vallejos

Chris continues to diligently serve students in New Mexico, even after his retirement as the Associate Vice President of Administration at the University of New Mexico. Eager to get involved, Chris came to the board by way of a transformative relationship with his Little Brother.

David Leith
Clifton Larson Allen
CPA, Principal

Dave Leith has served the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years, and in nearly every capacity. A Principal at Clifton Larson Allen, he heads up the firm’s NM Real Estate Practice and its National Architect and Engineer Practice. He lives at 7,304 ft. altitude in Tijeras, New Mexico, but comes down from the clouds to meet with his Mentor2.0 mentee.

Denise Nava
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Scholarship and Communications Coordinator

Native New Mexican and home grown in the small town of Silver City, Denise Nava is the Scholarship and Communications Coordinator at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. She joined Big Brothers, Big Sisters in 2010 as a Big Sister and continued her support as Mentor in the Mentor2.0 Program in 2015. She believes in the mission of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the importance of mentorship. When's she not mentoring or working, you can find her running in her neighborhood with her dog, Kaiser the Akita. 

Isaac Lopez
University of New Mexico School of Law

Originally from Las Vegas, New Mexico, Isaac moved to Albuquerque in 2018 to attend law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Currently in his final year of law school, Isaac serves as Student Bar Association President, where he oversees a mentorship program at the law school. Thankful for his many mentors, Isaac has set out to provide the same support and mentorship to youth in the community. Isaac recognizes the power of mentorship and believes in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ability to “help children realize their potential and build their futures.”

James (Jay) Hodge
Dalandz of Colorado, Owner

Jeff Stuve
Cauwels and Stuve

A native of Farmington, our Immediate Past President and a mentor in mentor2.0, Jeff is the Principal at Cauwels & Stuve Realty and Development. An active and vocal advocate for the organization, Jeff’s agenda is straightforward: “Helping kids.”

Jeffrey Squires
Peacock Myers

Jeffrey Squires moved to Albuquerque six years ago from Washington D.C., where he lived and practiced law for forty years.  He was a Big Brother there long ago, with Big Brothers of the National Capitol Area, and relishes the chance to be part of an organization that does such wonderful and rewarding work.

Kristen Gamboa
New Mexico Partnership
Director of Business Development

Born and raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas, Kristen came to Albuquerque for college and graduated with honors from UNM's Anderson School of Business with a concentration in International Management. An intrepid learner, she continued on to earn two more degrees while working full time in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Kristen is currently the Senior Economic Developer for the Village of Los Lunas where she combines her previous business experience with her passion for direct community development. Being a BBBS Boardmember was a dream come true after she was a Big for several years during her college days.

Lorinda Carabajal
Information Technology Specialist
DoD Civilian Retired

An Albuquerque native and retired Department of Defense Civilian employee, Lori demonstrates her commitment to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission not only by serving on the board, but as a Big Sister to her Little Sister, 8 years old, and a mentor2.0 high school junior. “The mentor2.0 program is a great way to connect with high school students and offer encouragement and direction where needed,” she explains. “I had such a great experience with being a mentor in mentor2.0 so I decided to become a Big Sister, too.”

Mark Reynolds
University of New Mexico
Associate Director IT Voice

Mark Reynolds is originally from Brawley, CA and moved to Albuquerque, NM early in his life. He stayed in Albuquerque and went on to become the Associate Director of IT for the University of New Mexico for the past 35 years. Mark found his way to Big Brothers Big Sisters of CNM after advertisements for the mentor2.0 program circulated around UNM’s campus. He is now matched with a student in the mentor2.0 program at South Valley Academy.

Monica Zamora

M. Monica Zamora served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from December 2012 until her retirement in January 2020. Born and raised in northern New Mexico, Judge Zamora was fortunate to practice with her father and brother for over 18 years, focusing on personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, civil right,s and international adoptions. The majority of her professional life has been dedicated to working with children, and she continues her advocacy for New Mexico youth through BBBS.

Nydia Villezcas
Merrill Lynch
Client Associate

Nydia was born and raised in New Mexico, specifically in the South Valley. She learned early on to support her community by participating in local charity events. Nydia received The University of New Mexico Dean of Students Service Award for her commitment to philanthropy while attending college. After college, she began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity while living in Florida and recently joined BBBS as a mentor in 2018 when she moved back to New Mexico. Nydia believes that children are the future and need proper guidance and a positive support system. She strives to be a wonderful mentor to her mentee and hopes to continue mentoring for many years ahead. Nydia works in finance, spends her free time teaching yoga to the community and hiking whenever possible.

Tracy Deal
Bank of America
Officer; Client Services Team Manager

Tracy Deal grew up in Phoenix, AZ and moved to Albuquerque 11 years ago. He studied psychology, human resources, and life coaching at Grand Canyon University, and considers himself a life-long learner. Tracy was inspired to become a board member and a mentor at one of our meet and greets.