Officers

Maida V. Esquibel, President, retired in 2008 from a 33 year career with Santa Fe Federal Employees Federal Credit and Del Norte Credit, as a CEO of SFFEFCU and then as a Member Relations- Business Development and Marketing Officer for Del Norte Credit, I have continued my involvement in the community thru various organizations.  I was involved in organizing the first Making Strides Against Cancer Walk in Santa Fe.  I am also a member of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, volunteer for the Hospice Light up a Life event held each year on New Year’s Eve on the plaza and I also enjoy taking part in Political Campaigns.   In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at Santo Nino Regional School and St. Michael’s High School where my grandchildren attend school.  Since retiring I also care for my 2 three old grandchildren.  When I am not volunteering somewhere I love to sew baby blankets, bake biscochitos and spend time with my grandchildren and family.

Cynthia L. Sanchez, Ed.D, Vice President, has over 20 years experience in K-12 education as an administrator, counselor, director, and teacher.  She has worked as an administrator at Academy at Larragoite, Agua Fria Elementary, Alameda Middle School and Salazar; as a counselor at Capital High School and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as the Director of the Principal and Teacher Mentoring Program; and has taught at Alameda Middle School, Del Norte High School, Nava Elementary, Santa Fe High School, and Wood Gormley.  Cynthia received her doctorate in education with a focus on leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in January of 2012. Currently, Cynthia serves as administrator for various alternative programs within the SF Public School District and is passionate about working with youth.

James Varela, Treasurer, has a 25-year Accounting/Finance background with the Public Service Company of New Mexico. For the past 13 years, Jim has worked in the financial field with the City of Santa Fe in charge of the Accounts Receivable department. Jim has been on the St. Michael’s High School Foundation Board for the past 13 years and the treasurer for the past seven.

Lourdes Lopez, Secretary, has a Bachelor of Business Administration, College of Santa Fe, 1979; 30 years with State of New Mexico in Administrative Services retired in 1996; and 10 years with Sears Corporation (retired). Past board member of: El Museo Cultural (Hispanic Museum) in Santa Fe and La Familia Medical Board. Lourdes enjoys mystery novels; science fiction movies; cooking and jazz music.

 

Directors

Tara Block-Archuleta was born and raised in Santa Fe. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and has an Associate Brokers License in Real Estate. Tara has over 20+ years in banking, and has been employed with Century Bank as an Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer for the past 16 years. In her spare time, Tara enjoys hanging out with her husband and children, watching sporting events, playing softball, baking, and volunteering throughout the community in various activities.

Brother Brian Dybowski, Ph.D., FSC, taught one chemistry class at St. Michael’s High School (Fall 1960), and math, science, and religion at 3 Brothers’ Schools in Louisiana. Afterward, he taught Math, Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology at the College of Santa Fe, from 1965 to 2009. Between hikes in the mountains, he teaches at Lewis University, Albuquerque, and at the Spirituality Institute, housed at SMHS.

David A. Garcia left St Michael's High School at 17, with the support of his Principal, to travel the world with the educational and musical program, Up With People. Travel and its extensive benefits led him to develop LoveOneLoveAll, LLC, a program enabling college freshmen to travel earn university credits while doing so. Dave's four children attended St Michael's and were also encouraged by their Principal to leave and travel around the world for one semester. For the past thirty years, his "day job" has consisted of assisting people in planning their retirement.

William E. "Bill" Garcia has extensive executive experience in small and large organizations. He has worked in Telecom, Business Advocacy, Economic Development and Micro-Chip manufacturing (Intel) organizations. He has been active in community development organizations throughout his business career, having chaired the Central New Mexico United Way campaign (ABQ metro area), NM First, ABQ Economic Forum, and Catholic Foundation of NM.  He also serves on the NM Highlands University Foundation, having been a founder and recently (2014) elected as chairman of the group.  He also served as Cabinet Secretary of the NM Economic Development Department from 1991-94. He has a B.A. from NM Highlands University in Accounting/Business and an MBA from Arizona State University in Management. He is a veteran of the armed forces, having served as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He is married to Aileen Garcia, a retired educator with over 30 years experience.  Bill has a son Kevin and grandsons Luke and Dylan.

Arturo Jaramillo is a 1967 graduate of St. Michaels’.  He is a Partner with the law firm of Cuddy & McCarthy, L.L.P. A former Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico General Services Department and Superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Mr. Jaramillo became the first Hispanic to be elected President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 1993.  He has received Distinguished Career Achievement Awards from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and the University of New Mexico School of Law; was named Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 1998 and received the National Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association in 2007. Mr. Jaramillo received his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1971, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1975.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation for 24 years, including 3 terms as President.

Nicole Kuller was born and raised in Santa Fe, graduating from St. Michael's High School in 1999.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of New Mexico. After graduation, Nicole moved to Seattle, WA. She returned to Santa Fe in 2007. Nicole’s career is focused on business management, marketing and PR. She is currently working as the Director of Marketing and PR for Santa Fe Dining and the Santa Fe Culinary Academy. When Nicole is not working she loves traveling and enjoying great food and drink with her husband, spending time with family and friends and being involved in the Santa Fe community.

Kristina Martinez was born and raised in Santa Fe, graduating from St. Michael’s High School in 1998.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico.  Kristina has practiced law in Santa Fe for the past eight years, and is currently with the firm of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu, LLP, where she focuses her practice in the areas of civil rights, employment, and general civil litigation. In her spare time, Kristina can be found enjoying food and drink on Santa Fe patios, spending time with her family and friends, and planning her next adventure.

Tommy Martinez is a 2011 graduate of St. Michael’s High School. Following graduation he attended the University of New Mexico earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the Anderson School of Management. Now employed with Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Financial Business Analyst, Tommy is pursuing his Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from New Mexico State University.

Fr. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz,  graduated from St. Michael’s High, class of 1983 and The College of Santa Fe 1987.  Ordained a Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe on June 6, 1992.  He has served in many capacities in his ministry outside of his usual Parish Assignments:  Our Lady of Sorrows Las Vegas, NM (92-93); San Francisco, Ranchos de Taos, NM (93); St. Anthony Dixon and San Antonio, Penasco, NM (93-2000); Santa Maria de la Paz Santa Fe, NM (00-12) and currently at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis and Cristo Rey Parish.

Richard M. "Buzzy" Padilla retired in September 2014 as Santa Fe Magistrate Court Judge, having served eighteen years.  He served a total of 49 years in the Judicial system. While a Judge, he was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Branch Personnel Grievance Board.  Buzzy in presently on the Board of Trustees for the Elk's Lodge 460 and has been a member for over 21 years.  He is also a member for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His free time is spent with his six grandchildren.

Camille Romero, a 1997 graduate of St. Mike's, Camille earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of New Mexico, and is a licensed attorney in New Mexico and Colorado.  She has worked in nonprofit development and administration for over a decade. She is currently the Director of Development at the Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico, a nonprofit committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation.

William M. Roybal (Bill) has owned and operated Hill Vending Service, Inc. for the last 31 years. Hill Vending provides vending services for Los Alamos National Labs, Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Bill is a 1971 graduate of St. Michael's High School and has been involved with the St. Michael's Alumni Association and the St. Michael's Foundation for many years.

Bernadette Tennyson brings 30+ years of experience in local, college-level and state education.  Bernadette currently serves as Assistant to Deputy Secretary for Policy and Programs at the NM Public Education Department (PED). She also is Property Manager for the PED building. Bernadette also worked as Assistant to the Secretary of Education for two years and the Deputy Secretary of Finance and Operations at PED. Prior to working with the PED, Bernadette worked for the Santa Fe Community College, NM School for the Deaf and Santa Fe Public Schools. Bernadette has an Associate’s Degree from Santa Fe Community College.

This is what the donation you make today can do:
Students

Thank you for this scholarship and your continued support to our school and students. This will allow me to continue attending St Mike’s and receive an excellent education to prepare me for college. I will always remember this generous donation and one day hope to give this same gift to another St. Michael’s High School student. —A Junior at St. Mike’s

Students

Thank you for this scholarship and your continued support to our school and students. This allows me to continue to attend St. Mike’s and receive an excellent education to prepare me for college. I will always remember this generous donation and one day hope to give this same gift to another St. Mike’s student. —A 9th grade student

Students

Thank you for the great gift; as each year passes, I appreciate my attendance at St. Michael’s more and more. This year, I am here because of the Foundation’s generosity. —An 11th grade student

Students

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the financial aid you have provided for my grandson. I am pleased for not only the financial help, but also for the fact that my grandson is the happiest he’s ever been since attending this LaSallian School. —A grandfather of an 8th grade student.

Students

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity. St. Mike’s is a very good school and I am proud to be a part of it. —An 11th grade student

Students

Thank you for helping me attend St. Mike’s. My goals for this year are turn all my homework in on time, work my hardest, earn excellent grades, and excel in athletics. I chose St. Mike’s because of how the teachers and staff devote their time to students. —A 9th grader

Students

I am a sophomore at St Michael’s High School. I play football and basketball and hope to run track this year. I come from a single parent home. Thanks to you, my mom is able to continue to send me to St. Mike’s. Your generosity is truly inspiring and I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. —A 10th Grade Student

Students

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Students

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Students

"I have been a student at St Mike's since 7th grade. The Foundation's work and continued generosity has providing my family the opportunity to receive a holistically enriching experience."  ~A Senior

Students

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