Commissioner Henry Roybal
County of Santa Fe
Chair of Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Commissioner Henry P. Roybal was re-elected Chair of the RCLC on October 19, 2018 to serve in this role for the remainder of the RCLC fiscal year.
Commissioner Henry P. Roybal was honored to be elected as Santa Fe County (County) Commissioner for District 1 for a four-year term beginning January 2015. Commissioner Roybal also serves on Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization (Vice Chair), Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency, Santa Fe County Housing Authority, Santa Fe County Board of Finance and also serves as an alternate board member to Buckman Direct diversion and North Central Regional Transit District. His charitable works include: President for Young American Football League (YAFL), President of the Pojoaque Valley Little League, Head Coach at the Pojoaque Valley Junior High School and Assistant Coach Pojoaque Valley High School, and the Athletic Coordinator for the Pojoaque Valley Intermediate School and as a Foster Parent for children in need.
Commissioner Roybal and his parents Henry and Amelia Roybal are both life-long residents of the Pojoaque community, as well as extended members of his family. Henry has been married to Marlene (Naranjo) Roybal for 23 years he has 3 children that he has also raised in Pojoaque Valley Amber Roybal, Alyssa Roybal and Henry Paul Roybal JR. He received his degrees at NNMC in Electronic Packaging and Design and Electromechanical Engineering Design. In his professional life, Henry has 19 years of experience Federal and County government working for Los Alamos National Laboratory and Santa Fe County.
Town of Taos
Vice-Chair of Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Councilor Darien Fernández was elected Vice-Chair of the RCLC on October 19, 2018 to serve in this role for the remainder of the RCLC fiscal year.
Darien Fernández was elected into office as a Councilor in the Town of Taos in March 2016. He is an entrepreneur and board member for Taos Center for the Arts, and served in the past on the Taos County Juvenile Justice Board. He works to promote sustainable economic development and reduce substance abuse and crime. His key issues for service are to create jobs, enact public safety, and protect water and the environment.
Fernández has an Associate of Arts in psychology, South Texas College 2009, Summa Cum Laude. He studied Political Science and English at University of Texas-Pan American, 2009-2011 and UNM-Taos, 2011-2015. He works full-time at Taos Ski Valley and is an Associate Producer at Taos Land & Film Company. He is a Partner and Marketing Director for the new Taos Talking Pictures film festival and distribution company in Taos.
Councilor Peter Ives
City of Santa Fe
Treasurer of Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Councilor Peter Ives was re-elected Treasurer of the RCLC on October 19, 2018 to serve in this role for the remainder of the RCLC fiscal year.
Councilor Peter N. Ives was first elected City Councilor in 2012 and is serving his first term representing District 2.
He serves on these boards and committees:
• Mayor Pro Tem
• Water Conservation Committee - Chair
• City Business and Quality of Life Committee - Vice-Chair
• Public Utilities Committee - Member
Councilor Ives ran on a platform of supporting sustainability and recycling programs, encouraging public participation, and finding alternative solutions to common problems that affect neighborhoods such as traffic that is diverted through neighborhoods when a road is under construction. He is working to strengthen programs that encourage more tourism.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The City Council’s only attorney, Ives has been the Senior Counsel for the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) since 1998. He spent 15 years in private law practice prior to joining TPL. Ives serves on the boards of the New Mexico Activities Association Foundation, Diné People’s Legal Services, and New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. He serves as an officer of the Knights of Columbus for St. Francis Cathedral Council 1717.
Councilor Ives has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard College and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is married to attorney Patricia Salazar-Ives. They have three grown children, Sarah, Carolyn, and Patrick.
County of Los Alamos
Secretary of Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Morris Pongratz was appointed to the RCLC by the Los Alamos County Council in July 2018 and assumed the role of RCLC Secretary. He was re-elected Secretary on October 19, 2018 to serve in this role for the remainder of the RCLC fiscal year, or until he leaves office.
Morris (“Morrie”) Pongratz grew up on a farm/ranch near O’Neill, Nebraska. He attended a one-room country school from K thru 8th grade. He played on a state championship football team in high school. Morrie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University in Omaha with a triple major in math, physics and philosophy and a minor in theology. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland (Thesis “Observations of Acceleration and Thermalization in Auroral Electrons”).
Morrie and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Los Alamos in 1973. They have two surviving children, Karin and Dan, both graduates of Los Alamos High School. Morrie worked at EG&G, Los Alamos and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for over 45 years. His work experience includes nuclear test diagnostics, active experiments in space, satellite-based test ban treaty monitoring and nuclear forensics. He was a four-time recipient of LANL Distinguished Performance Awards.
Morrie was elected to six terms on Los Alamos County Council where he served as council chair and vice-chair. Morrie is now serving his seventh term on the council. He was elected to one term on Los Alamos Board of Education. Morrie was named Living Treasure in Los Alamos in 2011; his wife Cheryl was named a Living Treasurer in 2018. He has volunteered as PA announcer for Los Alamos High School athletics for over 30 years. He was named to Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2014.
Morrie is a 35-plus year member of Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. He has served as Kiwanis Advisor to LAHS Key Club for over 30 years. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, serving as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He produced the book "Nuclear Weapons and Morality" for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in 1983. Morrie is a charter member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, the Los Alamos Forum on Faith and Science, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Morrie is an organizer/recruiter for United Way Youth Team.
City of Española
Mayor Javier E. Sanchez
Javier E. Sanchez was elected Mayor of the City of Española in March 2018.
Javier moved to the beautiful Española Valley over 20 years ago. After graduating college and getting his first job, he lived on the West Side and commuted daily to Santa Fe. Working as an analyst for a mutual fund company, Javier learned to analyze the financial statements of publicly held companies. In addition to acquiring investment management and accounting skills, Javier honed his ability to scrutinize data and establish a no-nonsense approach to decision making. This experience strengthened his insight regarding what companies look for in local communities. Before devoting millions of dollars to build office buildings, apartment complexes and retail shops, investors seek safe neighborhoods, growth in personal income, vibrant social outlets and high ranks in education.
Afterward, Javier advanced his education and enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Notre Dame and graduated Cum Laude. He focused his instruction on finance and investments receiving the Kenneth Meyer award for outstanding achievement in global investment management. At that point, Javier returned to La Cocina Restaurant where the Maestas family welcomed him as one of their own. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Javier joined the family business of making sopaipillas, enchiladas and all the local favorites. While remaining true to the traditions that make La Cocina and Espanola exceptionally unique, Javier helped to expand the family restaurant into other parts of town. Successfully growing business and economic value in Espanola meant giving back. That means Javier has kept community development a top priority by volunteering and donating time and money to the causes that need it most.
As a businessman and analyst, Javier is uniquely positioned to focus on the beauty that Española has to offer and what it needs. Combining his education with experience as an entrepreneur and investment manager, Javier has the leadership capabilities to raise the standards required to position Española for growth. With pride, fundamental and sound economic business practices and professionalism, we can take Española in a new direction. Together we can raise the standard of living for current and future generations through honesty, integrity, and pride.
Javier also received a Congressional scholarship to attend high school in Stade, Germany as a foreign exchange student. He also spent time studying at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and worked for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in Munich, Germany as a business consultant. Javier received his undergraduate degree with Honors in Philosophy from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is currently a board member of the Regional Development Corporation and the Northern New Mexico Crisis Center.
County of Taos
Mark Gallegos is the Commissioner for District 2 in Taos County. He also holds the position as Mayor of Questa since March 2015 after serving for 10 years on the Questa village council. He is a graduate of Questa High School and attended the University of New Mexico.Alternate: TBD
Representative Ron Lovato
Former Governor Ron Lovato currently serves as the Representative of Ohkay Owingeh. He has been involved with Ohkay Owingeh’s Tsay Corporation since 1998 when he served as a Board of Director. In 2001 Ron stepped down from the Board and became Chief Executive Officer. Under Ron’s leadership Tsay restructured its entire financial system including debt and embarked upon a mission to diversify their business holdings. The results have produced significant growth in revenue and decreased the company’s reliance on gaming (less than 50% today).
Before taking the helm of Tsay Corporation Ron worked in a multitude of capacities for Santa Fe Indian School, Inc., It was during the last 7 years of his 16 tenure there that he became involved with the schools Development Office and found a real passion for business and the development of business assets for the Pueblo communities of New Mexico. Ron is a lifelong resident of Ohkay (San Juan Pueblo) and Northern New Mexico. He is a 1988 graduate of New Mexico State University and received a Masters in 1995 at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Ron serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Development Corporation, Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative (elected position), Santa Fe Indian School Board and Northern New Mexico College Foundation Board Chairman.
County of Rio Arriba
Commissioner Barney Trujillo is originally from Chimayo, NM and became Commissioner of District 1 in 2010. Commissioner Trujillo has more than 12 years of experience in state government and has actively taken part in projects involving oil and gas, commercial development, renewable energy, and agriculture. Other professional experience includes budget management for the State Land Office and securing funding for special needs projects with the Legislature and Congress. He has served on the Legislative Council Service (1998-1999) and worked in the State Land Office (2000-2010).
Commissioner Trujillo has been active in grazing, ranching and farming, which allows him to understand the needs of this agricultural county. His interests also include zoning and land use; Oil and Gas (revenue generation and reclamation); and Public Relations and Marketing work on major Economic Development projects.