As a native Taoseña, Sonya approaches her work with a sharp eye for the values and cultural traditions that make her home unique. She understands that a resilient rural community must provide opportunity for all to prosper, and in her role as community officer at the LOR Foundation, she uplifts local voices while connecting them with key resources to enhance livability and prosperity.
With more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance and operations management, she is skilled in strategic planning, process improvement initiatives, leadership development, and data analytics. Before joining the LOR Foundation, her career in banking led her to a senior position at Centinel Bank of Taos, where she had oversight over all deposit operations—a role that regularly allowed her to engage with Taos residents from all backgrounds.
And over the course of her career, Sonya’s passion for community development has only grown stronger: She has also served on boards and been involved with many including local organizations, among them, Taos Charter School Governing Council, the Taos Chamber of Commerce, Taos MainStreet, and the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in Disaster (ECCOAD).
Sonya graduated from the University of New Mexico with an associate of arts degree in business management and completed a bachelor equivalent executive leadership program through Western States School of Banking, where she led as class president and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors after graduating.
As the Taos-area program officer, Sonya looks forward to engaging the community to identify urgent needs and helping both individuals and organizations to address them. In her free time, she enjoys fishing small mountain streams, hiking, camping, or relaxing in her backyard with her husband and daughter.
My Kind of Livable
Is a fresh cup of coffee, cold crisp morning air, and the spectacular view of the Taos Mountain calling me out to play.
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