LifeROOTS Board of Directors

Read About Our Accommodating Officers and Team Members

As a nonprofit agency, LifeROOTS is governed by a Board of Directors who provides guidance and oversight of the organization’s strategic initiatives, helps ensure that we meet our mission objectives, and develops fund-raising initiatives to ensure the future of the agency. We are proud to have a diverse and caring board to help in those efforts.



Jeanne Vigil

Board Chair

Jeanne is a vice president and treasury management payment consultant at U.S. Bank in Albuquerque and brings extensive experience in the financial industry to the Board. She began her banking career in 1989, specializing in commercial product support and sales. She maintains industry certifications of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

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Dawn J. Esquibel


Dawn is vice president of labor relations at United Business Bank. With over 20 years of experience, she brings valuable skills in financial planning and business growth to LifeROOTS. She is co-chair of Money Smart Week of ABQ, a national initiative providing financial literacy programming. She is also a former board member of NM Make-A-Wish and has served as ambassador of the Rio Rancho Chamber, treasurer of the Rio Rancho Soccer Club, and on the United Way Funding Committee.

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Maggie Silva

Vice Chair

CABQ Therapeutic Recreation

Carol Epstein

Carol Epstein


Carol is the regional services manager for Wells Fargo Bank.

LifeROOTS Board Members


Carol Guerra

Ms. Guerra is the owner of All-Star Insurance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

As a past Board Chair, Ms. Guerra chairs the Executive Committee. She serves as a member of the finance, personnel, and board development committees.


Catherine Salazar

Ms. Salazar is an active supporter and advocate for developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. She is a foster parent for ARCA and has fostered 40 special needs children and adopted six children. Ms. Salazar was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council.

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Myron Andrew Saldyt

Mr. Saldyt is an architect with Conron and Woods Architects in Santa Fe, NM, and has been a registered architect since 1985. He is a member of the Board Development Committee and has served on numerous other committees and has been on the Board since 2004.


Dr. Leslie Strickler

Past Chair

Leslie is an assistant professor of pediatrics at UNM Children’s Hospital. She’s also a member of the Children Abuse Response Team. Strickler earned her doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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.