Thank you to our sponsors and special supporters who helped make the NMCF 2014 Luminaria Gala a great success! A special thanks to Jenny Kimball and everyone at La Fonda on the Plaza. The Gala was a heartwarming event where we celebrated our seven Luminarias and joined together with close to 300 people to have a fun evening of entertainment, food and socializing. Thank you!


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View the Luminaria Gala Tribute Book below.

The Luminarias are a proud NMCF tradition whereby we pay tribute to outstanding individuals from throughout the state who make a profound difference in their communities.

Luminarias motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision while embodying the values of NMCF. Alongside these Luminarias with whom we share a commitment to improving New Mexicowe continue to fulfill our statewide mission to help build community, grow charitable assets and help those most in need.


Meet NMCF’s 2014 Luminarias

Charmay Allred PhotoCharmay Allred, Santa Fe, NM

Charmay Luzette (Burdeau) Allred has made Santa Fe, NM her home although she was born in Maryland and spent much of her life in southern California. She received a B.A. in Science and English from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, and has completed graduate work at Redlands University and California State University, Los Angeles. Her careers include medical editing, teaching high school English and Journalism, and commercial interior designing. She serves on the Boards of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation. Mrs. Allred co-founded the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe 11 years ago and remains devoted to this organization, now an Alliance. The artists of the International Folk Art Market continually relate to her the market’s remarkable impact on their own lives and communities worldwide. Mrs. Allred’s other ongoing commitments include the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (and the museums it funds), the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (and its museum), and the Wheelwright Museum. She supports numerous environmental and education organizations and projects (e.g., Conservation Voters of NM, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust), and, in 2013,  received a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

susanherreraSusan Herrera, Española, NM
Susan Herrera was the Founding Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (LANLF). Under her leadership, the Foundation has garnered an endowment of $72 million while awarding more than $50 million in grants to public schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the seven counties of northern New Mexico. She served as CEO and gave 17 years of service to the Foundation. Herrera states she started with a cardboard box of files and a great idea, and with an amazing Board of Directors, the Foundation today is a major philanthropic leader in northern New Mexico. Presently, LANLF is engaged in partnership with 11 school districts, 1000 teachers, 80 schools, and the Smithsonian Institution in a $20 million, five-year Inquiry Science Program bringing hands-on science learning to over 20,000 K-8 students in northern New Mexico. The LANLF started a scholarship program that now raises over $600,000 annually to provide 100 scholarships per year to outstanding students from northern New Mexico. These scholarships also come with a job at the Lab, helping students create a career path in science, while building their resume.  LANLF also has been instrumental in implementing the First Born Home Visiting Program that now has programs in 14 out of 35 counties in the state.

Richard Moore PhotoRichard Moore, Albuquerque, NM
Richard Moore was the first Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). He works with many communities endangered by chemical facilities and is a co-founder and coordinator for Los Jardines Institute (LJI) in Albuquerque, NM. Los Jardines focuses on the three program areas of agriculture, literacy, and environmental and economic justice. The LJI alliance advocates for stronger, safer and just chemical policies. Mr. Moore is a member of the National Environmental Justice & Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and, from 1993 to 2010, also served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (Southwest Network). In addition, Mr. Moore is a recipient of the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World award.

Trisha Moquino PhotocroppedTrisha Moquino, Cochiti Pueblo, NM
Trisha Moquino is from Cochiti Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, and Santo Domingo Pueblo. She has taught at Cochiti Elementary/Middle School, The Family School in New York City, the Montessori Discovery School in Santa Fe, and San Felipe Pueblo Elementary/Middle School. Mrs. Moquino worked for 10 years with the Cochiti Language Revitalization Program in the summers and as a language coordinator. She is one of the co-founders of Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) which took six years to open, in partnership with the KCLC Board of Directors and Pueblo de Cochiti Tribal Council and Leadership. KCLC has just completed its second year of operation. Part of Mrs. Moquino’s life’s work has been to create a learning environment that honors the children from her tribal communities by incorporating the natural usage of the Keres language and culture into an educational model that nurtures the whole child. The work that Mrs. Moquino has done with Keres Children’s Learning Center is inspired by love for her family and communities, as well as the overall history of Pueblo peoples.

Carmella Padilla, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe native Carmella Padilla is an award-winning journalist and author who writes extensively about intersections in art, culture and history in New Mexico and beyond. Padilla’s articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, American Craft, Latina, New Mexico Magazine, El Palacio and elsewhere. Her books include The Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century, El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Cíenega Valley, Low ‘n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico, The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest, and others. She is a recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Literary Arts and the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the state’s highest artistic honor. Padilla has also worked with and volunteered for numerous cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations, including New Mexico Community Foundation, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art, and Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Folk Art Foundation.

Pam Roy PhotoPam Roy, Santa Fe, NM
A native of Santa Fe, Pam Roy is Executive Director of Farm to Table, a New Mexico based organization working throughout the state, region and nationally to improve communities’ access to nutritious, affordable, locally grown, and culturally significant foods by linking local food production to local needs. Prior to the inception of Farm to Table, Pam was the first Executive Director of the Santa Fe Farmers Market and spent ten years working with the association to build educational programs for farmers, children, and consumers, as well as establish its permanent home. With a lens on equity, she helped introduce programs such as the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at farmers markets. Pam is founder and coordinator of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, serves on the Santa Fe Food Policy Council, is the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Government Representative for New Mexico, and co-founded the NM Farmers Marketing Association. She works on federal policy and has served on several national boards. Pam has a Master’s Degree in International Agriculture, was a Rotary International Scholar in New Zealand, and has worked in Peru, Latin America, and the Dominican Republic. She is passionate about the environment, growing vegetables, sports, animals, and enjoys time with her brother Rob and husband Mark.

Dutch Salmon PhotoM.H. Dutch Salmon, Silver City, NM
M.H. Dutch Salmon has lived in southwest New Mexico since 1979. He founded High-Lonesome Books in 1986, a press that currently has some 25 books in print, including his own nonfiction, Gila Descending and novel, Home is the River. His most recent book is Gila Libre!: The Story of New Mexico’s Last Wild River (UNM Press, 2008). He notes that he owns “too many fishing rods” and, like Don Quixote, is a fan of el galgo corredor (the coursing greyhound), with which he follows the usually futile pursuit of the blacktail jackrabbit. In 2008, Dutch won a Lifetime Conservation Award at the Gila Natural History Symposium, Western New Mexico University, for his 25 years of efforts to keep the Gila River of New Mexico a free-flowing stream. His outdoor column, “Country Sports,” has produced nearly 800 essays for the Las Cruces Sun-News and won the “Best Column” award from the New Mexico Press Association, New Mexico Press Women’s Association, and New Mexico Associated Press (twice). He served on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission from 1985-1987 and New Mexico State Game & Fish Commission from 2005-2010. Dutch lives near Silver City with his wife, Cherie; his son “Bud” is a Pre-Med student at UNM.