Menaul School Board Chair, Patrick L. Westerfield, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has practiced law in New Mexico for nearly twenty-five years. Patrick’s law firm was established in 1917 by his grandfather, and it has been passed down through three generations of the Westerfield Family. Patrick practices in the area of Taxation, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Business and Adoptions. He is very active in the legal community providing legal services throughout New Mexico, and he donates a fair amount of time to pro bono causes involving children, disabled adults, and the elderly.
Menaul School Board Secretary, Judge Ted Baca, was the chief judge of the Second Judicial District Court in New Mexico. Baca was appointed to the court in 1998 and was last retained in 2008. He retired from the bench on June 30, 2014. Baca received both his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of New Mexico.
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, took over as Chief Executive Officer of People to People International in early 2018. Since then, he has conducted a campaign of global partnership and understanding. As both a globally and locally recognized influential leader, Merrill has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. He was recently chosen as the Honorary Ambassador to Chuncheon City in South Korea, was recognized nationally by the Federal Aviation Administration for his work in Kansas Aviation with the impact Award and was also included in Business Magazine, Ingram’s 40 Under 40. Merrill holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in international business from Baker University and a Bachelor of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University.
Veronica Baca was born and raised in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Her dad, Nestor Baca, and brother, Corkey Baca have both served on the Menaul School Board and it is her honor to have the privilege of following in their steps in the same capacity. Veronica graduated from Menaul in 1985 and was Captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, under class of 1972 Alumni, David Gatewood. She graduated in 1991 w a BA in Psychology and Pre-Law/Criminology from NMSU, worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Albuquerque ATC, then worked from home as Owner/Operator of a catering and concession company, while she raised her children. Veronica graduated with a long-desired MA in Counseling from NMHU RR. She currently works as School Counselor at Maggie Cordova Elementary in Rio Rancho. Veronica loves working with children, in education, and in a diverse community. She is working on completing her final internship for her clinical counseling degree.
Brooke Baker is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Baker joined the faculty at UNM in 2007 after completing her medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas. Dr. Baker is active in medical student and resident education, and director of the fellowship program in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain medicine for the UNM department of anesthesiology. Dr. Baker is also active at the national level as a board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Baker sought further education in the field of health policy and obtained her law degree in 2018. She is a licensed attorney in New Mexico. Dr. Baker is a Menaul school parent and she looks forward to using her expertise, energy, and resources to ensure the school’s continued success.
Bob Bellemare has held CEO, COO, and CFO positions in utility and renewable energy related companies. For the past 5-years he has worked for Albuquerque-based Array Technologies Inc. that recently IPO on NASDAQ in a variety of senior executive roles including being the former COO and CFO. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is a Certified Valuation Analyst and Certified Business Analyst. Bob also serves on the Board of Directors for Popejoy and volunteers as an assistant coach for FLL (First Lego League Robotics) grades 4-8 that has for two years in a row qualified for world competitions.
David Breidenbach was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and is the Executive Director of Spiritual Orphans Network (SON), a Christian para-church organization that serves to connect spiritual orphans to the global family of Christ in former communist and Soviet bloc nations. Pr. Breidenbach is a dual-rostered clergy member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and spent 14-years at his previous call-in parish ministry, where he served as an Associate Pastor and Director of Overseas Missions. Pr. David attended the University of Albuquerque and UNM. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical and theological studies and his Master of Divinity degree in biblical and theological studies from Trinity Southwest University. In his first career, David worked for 14-years in the broadcast television production industry and also owned and managed a commercial voice-over studio.
Bryan Brock earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1992. Mr. Brock is licensed to practice law before all Courts in the state of New Mexico. Mr. Brock has devoted his professional career to public service; and has been a lawyer and a manager in state government for over twenty-six years. Mr. Brock has regulated different industries in NM through appointments as State Liquor Control Director, Highway Department Personnel Director, and PRC Transportation Director. Mr. Brock is currently Chief Counsel at the NM Office of Superintendent of Insurance, providing advice and counsel to and litigating on behalf of the agency charged with regulating insurance in New Mexico. Mr. Brock and his wife, Anna, are the parents of two boys; both students at Menaul School.
Connie Chavez is the Executive Director of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, a philanthropic organization providing individualized services that bridge the gap for families and children with special needs that enable them to reach their full potential by giving them the same opportunities as children who are typically developing. Connie currently serves on the Bernalillo County Planning Commission and the Mayor’s Homeless Advisory Council. Ms. Chavez served two terms as the Chair of the National Community Land Trust Network and served many years on the local Catholic Campaign for Human Development Committee.
Carly Gomez was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated in Menaul School class of 2002. She studied at the University of New Mexico and pursued degrees in Psychology and Anthropology. She is part owner of Forever Green, an Albuquerque business specializing in “interiorscaping” which, loosely interpreted, means that they place and maintain greenery in office buildings, hotels, restaurants, etc. The business has expanded into areas of northern New Mexico as well as increased output by venturing into exterior gardening, otherwise known as “patio scaping.” Carly is a current Menaul School parent.
Joey Gutierrez was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM currently resides in the heart of the city, the north valley. He is proud to come from a huge New Mexican family that stretches the state and loves the roots that they have in northern New Mexico. He had the privilege of attending one the most historical in the state, Menaul School, which has provided life-long relationships and connections contributing to his success in his career. Joey comes from a long history of family members that attended Menaul starting in 1927, and with him being the latest graduate in 2005. His family has been involved at Menaul as students, employees, volunteers, dorm parents, and more. He Is a proud graduate of Central New Mexico Community College where he earned multiple associate degrees and is currently finishing his last semester of his BBA at The University of New Mexico.
As the Membership Manager at The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, he uses his years of experience in business engagement and relationship building to help support local businesses with sustainability, growth, and economic development. He is an experienced operations manager, training specialist, and sales associate with 10+ years serving the Albuquerque area. In that time, he has built a broad network of partners, associates, and connections which has helped him with outreach in the community and in the business world. As a native New Mexican, he has great pride in this community and wants to help and contribute, in any way, to the success of all businesses in Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole.
Joey loves to travel with his girlfriend and friends and attend music festivals across the nation. He loves spending time with his family and when he is not with them, he can be caught playing golf, attending school, fishing, hunting, camping, or exploring the great restaurant music, and night life scene that the state has to offer. He is a sports fan, with the Packers and Lakers headlining the list of his favorite teams but will watch and support any sport that is available to watch. This proud alum is a community-oriented individual and is honored and excited to start supporting his alma mater the same way he has supported many businesses and individuals in the community.
Mary Jury is the founder of Workspace Dynamics, a commercial furniture dealership located in Albuquerque NM, which was established in 1999. She believes that your space reflects who you are and impacts your success. Workspace Dynamics specializes in commercial interiors throughout the State of New Mexico. She has served on the CREW board and is the 2015 Past President of CREW New Mexico and currently serves on the CREWNM Mentor/Protégé committee. She served 10 years on the board of WESST, a small business micro-lending organization and is the 2012 Past President for WESST. Mary currently sits on the board of the Animal Humane of NM.
Rev. Matthew Miller, has served as Senior Pastor to the First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque since October of 2013. He studied Musical Theater in the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Drama program, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder and worked for a time in the field of corporate facilities management before being called to pastoral ministry in the church. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX, Matthew was called to serve churches in Tennessee and Iowa. He has been active in service to the larger church as a member of the Committee on Ministry, as a featured preacher and keynote speaker for the Presbytery of Detroit and Mo Ranch College Connection, and as a Teaching Elder Commissioner to the 220th Pittsburgh General Assembly in 2012. He currently serves as a Trustee on the board of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Among other places, his continuing education has taken him on pilgrimage to Israel and to Christ Church College in Oxford for further theological study. In addition to their daughters Miranda and Grace, Matthew and his wife Marie welcomed their son Yared into the family in the fall of 2012 from Ethiopia. Yared is a student at Menaul School.
Conrad Rocha is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico (since 1987), licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico. He received his B.A. in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) & Economics and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of New Mexico. Conrad currently serves as the Stated Clerk/Executive of the Synod of the Southwest of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a position he has held since October 2011. He served as Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Financial Officer at Menaul School (2004-2007), as administrator of First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque (1992-2004), Tax Senior, Arthur Andersen & Company (1986-1992) – at the time the largest accounting firm in the world, and he is a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Navy from 1969-1979. Conrad has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in a variety of positions, including: Member of the Boards of Directors of the General Assembly Council, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, and the Board of Pensions. Finally, Conrad has served on the Board of Trustees of Menaul School for many years prior to joining the Menaul Staff and for many years since his conclusion of staff service to Menaul School.
Kim Sanchez was raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley, joined the Menaul School community as a young child when her cousins and sister began attending, and was able to attend for 6th-12th grade by the grace of God and the Presbyterian Church. After graduating in 2000, she worked at Albuquerque Public Schools and then returned to Menaul School to work for two years in the Advancement Office before starting her real estate business. In her first year in real estate, Kim was recognized by Coldwell Banker Legacy as the Valencia County Rookie of the Year and among the top 25% in production in the company. She was also selected as New Mexico’s Rising Star in Top Agent Magazine. In her second year, she was recognized among the top 15% in production at Coldwell Banker Legacy, as well as #1 in production in the Valencia County office. She credits her time at Menaul School and the gratitude, persistence, and resilience she learned there for her success. Besides helping her customers, she also likes to help her community. She is actively involved with and supports the Society for Creative Anachronism, an educational nonprofit dedicated to medieval history. She is particularly proud of her connection to Menaul School’s mission of fostering cultural diversity and educating future leaders. She lives with her fiancé, two dogs, and two cats on their small farm in Bosque Farms, where they raise goats, chickens, and ducks.
Theresa Sherman has been privileged to follow a career journey centered in Higher Education, combining her expertise in marketing and communications with her passion to see students succeed.
A 1987 graduate of Menaul School, Theresa received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, and her master’s degree in Public Administration at New Mexico Highlands University.
A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, she has also traveled the State of New Mexico, meeting students from all backgrounds, as a marketing associate for New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation and public relations coordinator for the New Mexico Higher Education GEAR UP program.
Theresa is currently with The University of New Mexico where she is the Communications & Projects Specialist for the Vice President of UNM Human Resources. Prior to this position she was senior marketing rep. for UNM’s Student Housing.
Theresa is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and is a Professional Certified Marketer® – Content Marketing with the American Marketing Association.
Susan Smith was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. She worked for 28 years in early childhood programs in Albuquerque, as the Program Director. She also has worked with programs in several Presbyterian churches within the Presbytery of Santa Fe. Currently, she is part of the Mission Networking Committee of the Presbytery. She is the chair of the board of Presbyterian Medical Services and recently joined the board of Catholic Charities. Susan retired in 2014 but continues consulting with early childhood programs working on quality improvement through the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been an active elder and deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, a member of the Christian Education Committee. She teaches Sunday school and is active in the Presbyterian Women group.
Tañia Triolo is a native of Albuquerque, NM. She is married, has two adult children and a grandson. Tañia, along with her husband Adam, operate some small businesses which hold rental and investment properties. Tañia attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Upon earning her degree, she worked for Albuquerque Public Schools, Cooperative Educational Services, and in 2007 started her own privately-run business. In 2011 she retired from speech/language pathology and helped co-found New Mexico’s first charter school to offer all single gender classes for both boys and girls; Coral Community Charter School. She served on the governance council for Coral for eight years until July 2019. She is also is serving on boards for Shepherd of the Valley Preschool and Our Native Sisters Fire.
Rhoda Winder is a Project Manager for Swanberg-Mee LLC. Her work experience is primarily in conceptualizing, designing, constructing, and upgrading water systems in rural communities. She is experienced in writing project descriptions, preparing engineering estimates, designing wells, tanks, pumps, and distribution systems, including the hydraulic analyses. Rhoda managed the budgets of projects ranging from a million to 50-thousand-dollar water projects. Her project managing experience also included working alongside the local government, local utility organizations, and homeowners to educate and promote the success of the project. Rhoda also has experience in the design and construction of individual wastewater systems, and community wastewater lagoons. She currently is the project manager for a 3-million-dollar sewer distribution system on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Rhoda graduated from the University of Arizona in 1992. She is Navajo and has worked for the Indian Health Service for most of her career.
Jane Moses represents the Women of the Presbytery. She has been involved in fundraising for Menaul School since the late 1960s when all the women of the Presbytery in the state had a fundraiser each year on the school campus. Her interest has continued partly due to having two of her grandsons attend Menaul School. Jane has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for 60 years and has been very active in many aspects. She also had a catering business for 27 years. She was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Texas. She attended Oklahoma University after a year at Mary Baldwin College. There she studied Engineering and Interior Design, and later received a certificate in Architectural Drafting. Her youngest son, Eric Moses, has been a teacher at Menaul for over 20 years.
Tim McCallister is a Ruling Elder within the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is an Honorably Discharged U.S. Marine and used the G.I. Bill to attend Auburn University where he earned a B.A. in Business Finance along with minors in Mathematics and Literature. Tim is married to his best friend Debbie and has two sons, Matthew, and Andrew. Tim began his service to the denomination in 1987 when he worked for the Presbyterian Publishing House in Atlanta and later the Program Agency in New York. Tim transferred from New York to Louisville and was responsible for the administration and management of the Office of Student Financial Aid for Studies as the Associate where he oversaw the General Assembly’s awards, grants, loans, and scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. In 2000 Tim began his service as Associate to the Office of Mission Program Grants where he has managed the awards and grants that support the establishment of new worshiping communities and the transformation of existing congregations. Currently Tim continues to serve as the Associate for the Office of Mission Program Grants and is also serving as the Associate for the Office of Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges and provides budget support to the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Program Area.