Sr. Vice President, Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc | Naperville, IL

— Raymond S. Vogt, Trustee

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. A graduate from Ascension grammar school and Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Graduated from Bradley U. 1966 with a B.A. in Business Management.

Worked for Whirlpool Corp., FMC Corporation and Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in N. American, and international positions over 38 years. Retired as Sr. Vice President, Human Resource and Administration reporting to the CEO of Lincoln Electric in late 2004. Married with 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Worked part-time for 4 years assisting people with handicaps find employment.

Special Council for Appeals, Texas Health and Human Services Commission | Austin, Texas

— Paul A. Leche, Secretary

Mr. Leche is an attorney who has served on a variety of local and national boards and has advised numerous charities. He helped found a Catholic lawyers group in Austin. He is Special Counsel for Appeals for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission and serves on the board of Austin’s classical music station, KMFA

Vice President of Accounting & Finance, Zocalo Community Development | Denver, Colorado

— Paul Birnesser, Chair

Lorton, Virginia

— Joseph Savittiere, Jr., Trustee Emeritus

Mr. Savittiere is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a former Assistant Vice President for Corporate Development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  He has many years of experience as a board member in a number of non-profit organizations and also as a volunteer engaged in feeding the homeless in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, DC, among other activities. He is a past vice-chairman and treasurer of the Board at St. Bonaventure’s.

Attorney at Law | Rio Rancho, New Mexico

— William Tryon, Trustee Emeritus

Mr. Tryon is an attorney in both private and criminal practice.  He is a former Albuquerque Assistant City Attorney.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy and University of New Mexico.Mr. Tryon is a veteran volunteer on numerous city commissions, involved in public service projects.

Austin, Texas

— Tom Valentine, Trustee

After a 30 year career at the state and federal level, serving Texas and individuals with health and human service needs, Tom joined Texas Insight in October of 2012. He began his career as a special education teacher, teaching deaf-blind, severely disabled children. With the passage of federal legislation guaranteeing free appropriate education for all students, Tom joined the Texas Education agency where he assisted local school districts to develop the capability of serving all their children as required by the new federal law.

Having an interest in performance evaluation and budgeting, Tom joined the staff of the Legislative Budget Board where he served for 13 years as the Senior Analyst for Health and Human Services. In that time Tom recommended significant changes to state law and agency operations that would enhance the lives of the people served through Health and Human Service programs in Texas.

Following his tenure at the LBB, he joined the senior staff at the Department of Protective and Regulatory Service—now the Department of Family and Protective Services—as the Deputy Director for Management Services, and then 4 years later joined the staff of the State Auditor where he coordinated audits for the Health and Human Services function as well as served as the legislative liaison for the State Auditor.

In 1996 Tom returned to the LBB as the legislative liaison in Washington DC where he coordinated information and budget efforts related to federal programs and the interests of Texas. Tom then went on to become the Chief of Staff for the Congressional office of the 10th Congressional District in Washington DC and then the Chief Operating Officer for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America). 

In 2003, until retiring from state service, Mr. Valentine returned to Texas as the Senior
Policy Advisor for Health and Behavioral Health at the Health and Human
Services Commission.

Indianapolis, Indiana

— Robert Hoereth, Trustee

Prefers to be called Bob – married to Della for 57 years and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Bob attended college at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Westmont, Illinois. After college, Bob was employed with various organizations and businesses and also had a small stint in the U.S. Army.

During the past 15 years, Bob has led over 20 church mission teams to Guatemala, Ecuador, Waveland, Mississippi after hurricane Katrina, Gallup, N.M., Keams Canyon, Arizona & Thoreau, N.M. For the last 10 years, Bob has led an annual mission team to provide outreach work at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission.

Bluewater Acres, New Mexico

— Denise Whelan, Ex Officio

Born and raised in Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. Married to Gerald Whelan. Obtained a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Trinity College Burlington, VT. Moved to Thoreau, NM in 2000 to teach Grade One at St. Bonaventure School. Since 2003, Denise has been the Kindergarten teacher. In April 2018, she accepted the added responsibilities of becoming the Assistant Principal. In addition to these responsibilities, she is also the coordinator for the St. Bonaventure Summer School program.

Seattle, Washington

— Erin Bonipart, Treasurer

Erin is a certified public accountant who specializes in tax work for individuals and small businesses. She is currently with the accounting firm Safstrom & Company in Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and formerly worked in the tax departments at Frank Russell Company and Arthur Andersen LLP. She previously served as a board member for the CRIS Foundation and on the finance committee of Assumption-St. Bridget School. In her free time, Erin likes to cook, ski and travel with her husband and two teenagers.  

Los Angeles, California

— Emma Robbins, Vice Chair

Emma is a Diné indigenous peoples activist, artist and educator from the Navajo Nation. She completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied Contemporary and Modern Latin American Art in Argentina. She currently splits her time working between Los Angeles and the Rez, with her dog Cindy Sherman, where she works as American Projects Director of DIGDEEP Water, a human rights organization working to ensure that every American has access to clean drinking water.

St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School | Thoreau, New Mexico

— Chris Halter, Executive Director


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