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United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors


Stephen Boerigter –  President

“I give because I can.  That may sound simple, but I believe giving to others – in money and time – it’s that simple.  Life is a shared experience.  Some people are in situations where their resources are at the breaking point.  Thy need a hand; they need care.  Knowing I can help others brings me joy.”  Steve and his bride, Kathy, have been married for 29 years and have lived in White Rock for the past 23 years.  They have 3 beautiful daughters who are all now pursuing their careers.  Steve is an active member of the White Rock Baptist Church, holds a doctorate from MIT in Nuclear Engineering and is a manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Steve also serves as Chair of the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and is an active member of the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club.

Carol Clark – Vice President

Serving on the United Way Board provides the opportunity to connect with our funded partners – those nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in Los Alamos and the surrounding area. Helping to raise donations to the United Way Community Action Fund ensures this important work continues.

Carol A. Clark is the owner and publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper. She joined the UWNNM Board in 2013 and serves as vice president.

Cynthia Rooney – Treasurer

Serving on the United Way Board provides a way for me to connect with our community in several meaningful ways.  First, with the United Way fund raising efforts, we help facilitate and encourage those who have a desire and ability to give of their time and/or money to organizations that make a difference.  Next, as we review proposals from various organizations, we become aware of the uniqueness of each organization and their commitment to the individuals they serve.  Finally, and probably most importantly for me, is the opportunity to see the impact that the United Way efforts have on individual lives.  Growing up, the phrase “It is more blessed to give than to receive” was very familiar in our home.  By serving on the Board at United Way, I have the privilege to be involved in a collective effort of giving that significantly improves the lives of others.


Don Cobb, adjunct board member

My involvement with United Way evolved in stages. For many years I contributed as a lab employee because it was convenient and seemed like the right thing to do. Then one day in 2005 two colleagues who were United Way Board members invited me to attend a meeting of the Board. The hook was set. I was invited to serve out the remaining term of a Board member who was stepping down. I have served on the Board continuously since then. Along the way, I have discovered that the United Way is the single most comprehensive way of supporting the safety net that is vital for all the citizens of northern New Mexico. The process that United Way uses to determine annual grants is about as fair, equitable, and inclusive as it possibly could be. But most importantly, I have received blessings beyond measure by actually meeting the many dedicated people who serve our communities and witnessing first hand the amazing work that they do.


Jill Cook

I joined the UWNNM Board in 2005 as the special events chair; serving in various capacities, including Campaign Chair and Chair of the Board until leaving the Board in 2013.  I missed being involved with strengthening nonprofits in Northern New Mexico.  I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to rejoin the Board in 2015.  I’m looking forward to connecting with others in support of nonprofits in northern New Mexico.


Troy Hughes

I chose to serve on the United Way Board because my time is limited and I want to make sure the time I do invest pays great returns. I have personally witnessed the great work done by our United Way partner agencies. The few dollars they receive are stretched and made to go farther than I could ever imagine. A small investment of time and dollars when given to the right people can literally change lives for the better. Our partner agencies provide hope to people without hope. I am honored to be a small part of changing lives for the better.


Valerie Martinez

One of our goals as board members is to create awareness of community needs in the Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. We support local non-profit health and human service agencies and their programs. As we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We make a difference!


Steven Renfro

I grew up in Northern New Mexico and have seen many of the problems that plague our great communities first hand.  Often, these problems emerge quickly and we need a way to respond to them just as quickly.  I choose to serve the United Way of Northern New Mexico because I believe that solving our issues locally can really help our communities and our neighbors.  Our United Way partners are truly experts in identifying current issues, gaps in resources, and programs that help address these urgent problems that continue to harm our friends and family in Northern New Mexico.

Steve was born in Farmington, NM, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the University of New Mexico, and has lived in Northern New Mexico most of his life. He has been married to Catherine for over 26 years and together they have raised two children who are both now pursuing higher education. Steve is a senior manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lives in White Rock.


Joseph Sanchez

I joined the United Way board because I felt that it was a great avenue to help out the communities of northern New Mexico.  With many of the issues northern New Mexico faces, United Way is supporting nonprofits who perform important work that is key addressing many of the problems our communities are facing.  I am excited to be a part of this organization.

Joseph Sanchez was born and raised in the Espanola Valley and currently lives in Alcalde.  He is the CEO of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative.  Joseph joined the UWNNM Board in the summer of 2016.


Manuel Valdez

This is why I am on the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors:

Help local non-profits coordinate their efforts in the community. Giving guidance to other organizations that have the same focus and helping them work together so that they can be more efficient with their efforts.

Give of my time and effort to helping our community be a healthier and more giving place to live.

I enjoy associating with altruistic and community minded individuals such as our Board Members and those of the non-profits we meet through our efforts.