Executive Staff

Meet Our Organization’s Leaders

Matthew Molina

Matthew Molina


Michelle Hayden

Finance Director

Michelle was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended Eastern University in Portales, NM where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration. She has over 30 years’ experience in the accounting profession. Michelle came to LifeROOTS in 2017 after retiring from the City of Albuquerque.

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Angela Ortega

Community Services Director
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Amanda Montanto

Quality Assurance Director

Amanda Montano joined LifeROOTS in 2019 as the Director of Quality Assurance. Amanda primarily worked in Healthcare as an Educator previously. Amanda is a resident of Rio Rancho, she loves the outdoors and family time. Amanda expresses to everyone “In a world where you can be anything be kind”. LifeROOTS to Amanda means endless possibilities with surrounded encouragement!

Our Mission

Providing people with disabilities and their families the resources and support they need to empower their lives and shape their futures.

Our Vision

LifeROOTS enriches the entire community by nurturing individuals to grow, strengthen, and flourish.

Our Goals

Support individuals with disabilities from birth throughout life to self-direct their goals and expectations, and increase their independence through integrated and inclusive opportunities in a safe environment.

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Dwanna Cooper

Human Resources Director

Dwanna Cooper recently joined LifeROOTS as our Human Resources Director. She brings 18 years of experience, possess a master’s degree in human resources, and is senior certified. She is excited to contribute to the mission, build partnerships, and create a stronger future for the participants that we serve.