Our Team

Meet the people who operate your Community Foundation 

Terra V. Winter PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Terra joined the Community Foundation team in June 2017 as the Executive Director. Previously, she served as the Associate Vice President for Development at the New Mexico State University Foundation in which she was involved in the campus’s most ambitious campaign to raise $125 million.  Previous to this position, Terra served as the Assistant Dean for Donor Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.  Her love for the NMSU Aggies and NM Agriculture drives her continued connection as an alumna and donor.

As a lifelong New Mexico resident, Terra is passionate about nonprofit work throughout the state.  Her professional background includes ten years with Mesilla Valley Hospice where she served the organization in many facets of community outreach, education, fundraising and board development.  She has volunteered for multiple organizations including the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Las Cruces.

Terra obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, minoring in Health Sciences, and a Master of Public Health from NMSU.  She completed her Interdisciplinary Doctorate with an emphasis in philanthropy, nonprofit management and leadership in December of 2017.

Contact Terra at [email protected] or 575.521.4794 ext. 104.


Jordan Allen, Director of Impact and Outreach

Jordan joined the Community Foundation in April 2019 as the Communications and Development Coordinator.  A recent transplant to the area, she previously worked as the development and marketing director for the Humane Society in Savannah, Georgia where she helped improve its donor network by managing monthly events and social media campaigns, and welcoming new partnerships with the organization.

Professionally, Jordan aims to bring people together and share their stories of impact in the community. Before committing her time to the philanthropic sector, she was a features writer for the USA Today Network.  She also currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Army Reserve.

Jordan obtained a degree in communication studies from Georgia Southern University in 2014. While in college, she founded the student veteran’s association, served on the student leadership team, and created the “snacks for soldiers” fund – a student-led initiative to raise money and send care packages to deployed service members.

Contact Jordan at [email protected] or (575) 521-4794 ext. 102.


 Savannah Zamora, Administration and Scholarship Coordinator

Savannah is the newest member of the CFSNM Team.  Savannah joined the Community Foundation in November 2020 as the Administration and Scholarship Coordinator. Graduating from NMSU in 2012, she received her Bachelors of Business Administration as well as her New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare License in 2011.

Savannah has volunteered and participated in several local community programs including the Mission of Mercy offering free public dental healthcare, Shop for the Cure raising money for breast cancer research and the Bataan Memorial Death March that honors the fallen soldiers and survivors of the Bataan Death March that took place during WWII.

As a native Las Crucen, Savannah is excited to be part of a foundation where she can see the value and impact on the community she loves dearly where she grew up.  She is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for the people of Southern New Mexico.

Contact Savannah at [email protected] or (575) 521-4794 ext. 101


Megan Chavarria, Assistant Impact and Outreach Coordinator 

Megan is a recent graduate from New Mexico State University, obtaining degrees in marketing and economics. She joined the Community Foundation in January 2020 as an intern. She now serves as the Assistant Impact and Outreach Coordinator. As a Las Cruces native, she looks forward to eventually moving away to explore new places. Megan hopes to gain professional experience that she will be able to use in her future endeavors.

Contact Megan at [email protected] or (575) 521-4794 ext. 102.


Carina Mendoza, Assistant Impact and Outreach Coordinator

Carina is a recent graduate from New Mexico State University, receiving her degree in journalism. She joined the Community Foundation in August 2020 as an intern and is now part of the team. Carina hopes to pursue a future in the advertising and public relations world and is excited for what her professional future has in store.

Contact Carina at [email protected] or (575) 521-4794