Supervisory Assistant, United States Attorney – U.S. Attorney’s Office
In his personal capacity, Richard has been on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation since 2012. His prior community service in Las Cruces has included serving on the boards of the Healthcare Foundation of Southern New Mexico and the Wesley Foundation. Richard is employed as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney in the Las Cruces office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, where he has worked since moving to New Mexico in 2001. Previously, Richard was in private practice with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas where he worked for several years after obtaining his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His wife Jana is a pediatrician, and they have three children, Caroline (14), Barrow (13), and Cate (10).
Chief Executive Officer – Aprendamos
Abel Covarrubias is the Chief Executive Officer for Aprendamos Intervention Team, a program providing early intervention services in Dona Ana County in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He also oversees several other clinics for children, which include Esperanza Children’s Clinic, Mariposa Autism Service Center, and Alegria Family Counseling. He has a Masters in Special Education/Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University. Abel is actively involved in various boards, which include Hearts for Autism, Health Advisory Council, US Bank Community Advisory Board, and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. Abel is Co-Founder of the Hearts for Autism Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico dedicated to supporting children and families with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is a Paul Harris Fellow/Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and received the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Salud Award for his significant and outstanding commitment to improve health care in Southern New Mexico. Abel is passionate about philanthropy and has completed mission trips to Ecuador and Nicaragua. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Monica, and his three amazing daughters.
Kristi Granados, Treasurer
Senior Accountant – Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C.
After a 25-year career in governmental accounting and university teaching, Kristi began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in January 2008. Her primary responsibilities are tax preparation and planning for individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates.
She received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting emphasis) from Idaho State University in 1981 and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University in 1995. She has also completed all coursework toward a Masters of Accountancy at NMSU.
Kristi has lived in Las Cruces for the past 25 years and been active in many community organizations. She has served as President of the Dona Ana Chapter of CPA’s, Chairman of the Board of the Wesley Foundation of NMSU/DACC, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Las Cruces Community Theatre.
She is currently a member of the Audit Committee for Morningstar United Methodist Church, a member of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundation of NMSU/DACC.
Kristi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of CPA’s, and the Dona Ana Chapter of CPA’s.
Ammu Devasthali, Secretary
Ammu Devasthali has a PhD in Soviet Literature from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia and a Master of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University. She moved to Las Cruces from Chicago in 1987. She has served on the board of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, off and on, since 2002. Ammu has also served on the board of the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice, The Las Cruces Arts Fair, and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership Think Tank. She is currently involved in raising private funds to build a new facility for the visual arts at NMSU. She has previously served as the chair of the fundraising committee which successfully raised $37.5 million in public and private funds to build the ASNMSU Center for the Arts at New Mexico State University. In addition, Ammu has owned and operated two small businesses, Art Ventures and Designs by Ammu, where she designed jewelry and created original pieces of art in a variety of media including printmaking, sculpture, and painting.
Co-Founder & Partner – OroSolutions
Jeremy is co-founder & partner of OroSolutions, a small technology firm based in Austin, Texas. OroSolutions provides custom business process solutions in addition to specialized financial data reporting including accounting, finance, performance, compliance, and audit.
Jeremy was raised in Anthony, NM, on a dairy farm. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Agriculture Economics. He is also actively involved in the community, serving previously as a finance committee member of St. Albert the Great Newman Center, a former board member of the Healthcare Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Past President and current board member of the J Paul Taylor Academy Foundation, Chair-Elect of the International FarmHouse Foundation and Past President of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. He joined the Community Foundation Board of Trustees in 2010. He and his wife, Cynthia, a pediatrician, have two young sons, Oliver and Ephrem, and live in Las Cruces, NM.
Partner – Wilson Binkley Advertising & Marketing
Ken is a partner at Wilson Binkley Advertising & Marketing. His areas of responsibility are primarily as an account executive, but he also oversees the company’s finances and accounting, human resources and benefits, and information technology systems.
He has worked at WBAM for over 22 years and started in August 1990 as a college intern. Ken left in June 1991 when he graduated from college and took a job with Dillard’s Department Stores in their executive training program. Ken returned to WBAM in June 1992 and became a partner in 1998.
He holds two degrees from New Mexico State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communications with emphasis in Advertising Administration and a Masters of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance.
Other organizations that he is affiliated with are the Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary Club, and he has also been a member of the First Baptist Church since the early 1990s.
President – Vescovo Toyota
George Vescovo is the President of Vescovo Toyota of Las Cruces. He has over 10 years experience overseeing all aspects of business operations including supervising a staff of 40 employees and managers, budgeting and financial analysis, team building, fostering cooperation among multiple departments, negotiating contracts, implementing strategic marketing plans, and developing and maintaining positive relationships. George graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He also earned an MBA from the University of New Mexico – Robert O. Anderson School of Management.
President – Burn Construction Company, Inc.
Originally from Artesia, NM, Rachel moved to Las Cruces to attend New Mexico State University. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, Rachel started working at Burn Construction Co., Inc., where she’s been for 19 years. In additional to her Professional Engineering License she also holds a GA98, GF98 and GB98 Contractors License in the State of New Mexico.
Rachel possesses a drive for excellence and a charitable spirit. She is a 2014 Leadership New Mexico Core graduate and a 2014 Leadership Las Cruces Graduate. She is active within the March of Dimes, serving on the Executive Leadership Team for March for Babies 2016, and is also a member of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. Rachel also enjoys being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region as a mentor to her little sister Rosa.
Managing Member – Sunspot Solar Energy Systems, LLC
Mellow is the founder and managing member of Sunspot Solar Energy System. Sunspot, based in Las Cruces, specializes in the design and installation of solar photovoltaic systems for residential, commercial, industrial, and government applications. In addition to operating Sunspot, Mellow is President of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces – Mesilla Valley. He serves on several boards including Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and the New Mexico Workforce Development Board. Giving back to the community is very important to Mellow so in the past few years he established an endowed scholarship to serve Native Americans and a donor advised fund, both managed through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. He and his company regularly support several Las Cruces area organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, NMSU College of Business, and others. He lives in Las Cruces with his wife Janet and is favored with two children, Robert and Natane, and two granddaughters, Chloe and Mekayla.
Chief Executive Officer – Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico
Sabrina possesses more than 10 years in healthcare leadership in acute and in-patient rehabilitation facilities. Today, she is responsible for the leadership and management of the day to day functions of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, Sabrina also completed her master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas. She is a member of the National Stroke Association Rehabilitation Steering Committee and American Physical Therapy Health Policy and Administration.
Sabrina is committed to elevating her community in all its facets and serves on the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services Advisory Board.
Owner – Del Rey Group
Rod Reyes is the owner of “The Reyes Group” which owns and operates 11 franchises. Rod is a graduate of New Mexico State University where he received a BA in Business Administration. After graduating, he worked in the Mortgage banking industry for 15 years before he and a partner started their own mortgage bank company in Phoenix, AZ. In 2005, Rod opened his first franchise and shortly after decided to leave the mortgage bank industry and pursue the franchise industry. Rod continues to add to his company and has several new franchises in different stages. Rod is a 4th generation native of Dona Ana and currently lives with his wife and 2 children in Sonoma.