Luna Community College President Pete Campos has appointed a new board of directors for the school’s foundation, nearly two months after a controversy erupted over his predecessor’s decision to remove four members.
The new members are Dante Vigil, Ernesto Salazar, Antonio Ortega, Phil Wolff, Katherine Marquez, Christina Campos, Darlene Baca, Matt Martinez and Zita Lopez.
“This group of distinguished and well-credentialed individuals represents the demographics of the Luna Community College service area, is gender balanced and is comprised of reputable regional community leaders,” Campos said in a statement. “I am very proud that the foundation board has expertise in health care, education and business.”
Shortly before he left Luna, interim President Sigfredo Maestas informed foundation members Wolff, Barbara Perea Casey, Robert Portillos and Rita Gonzales that he wouldn’t be renewing their terms. Wolff was the only one Campos decided to reappoint.
The terms of Antonio Ortega and Diane Moore end in October, and Ortega has been reappointed. It’s unclear whether Moore, a city councilwoman, will get another term.
Vigil, a Mora school board member, is a project manager at Franken Construction. He will represent the Mora area.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to this board,” Vigil said in a statement. “I will be there to help out the students — to benefit anyone who attends Luna Community College.”
Salazar, who has family in the Puerto de Luna area, is a senior vice president for Community First Bank, will represent the Las Vegas area; Ortega, owner of Ortega, Romero and Rodriguez Architects, will represent the Las Vegas area; Wolff, owner of Northern Insurance, will represent the Las Vegas area.
Marquez, a vice president and internal auditor at the Bank of Las Vegas, will represent the Las Vegas area. Christina Campos, an administrator at the Guadalupe County Hospital, will represent the Santa Rosa.
“I’m very pleased and honored to be appointed to the board. The nursing program at Luna Community College has been instrumental in the success of our hospital here in Santa Rosa. I want to help recruit and provide scholarships for all students. Education is the key to success in the rural areas,” Christina Campos said.
Baca, who works for the local DWI program and has family in Anton Chico, will represent the Las Vegas area; Martinez, who owns KNMX radio station, will represent the Las Vegas area, and Lopez, the superintendent at Springer Municipal Schools, will represent the Springer area.
Theresa S. Vigil, a former administrative aide to Campos when he was superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, is serving as interim executive director for the foundation board.
“Ms. Vigil brings 26 years of administrative experience, positive energy and the highest level of professionalism to this position,” Campos said. “She also brings in great organizational skills, superb administrative skills and sound expertise in handling board governance to this position. She will join a highly qualified group of individuals that will enhance the focus of the foundation’s primary purpose — to generate and distributive scholarships to Luna Community College students.”
Vigil replaces Diana Abeyta, who resigned earlier this summer. She decided to leave shortly after Maestas let go the four foundation members; Abeyta said Maestas hadn’t informed her before he made his decision. She has filed a discrimination complaint against former interim President Gilbert Sena with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Luna foundation board operates independently from Luna Community College.