The men and women who serve as the governing body of Las Vegas Arts Council all share a commitment to the arts and culture of Las Vegas, the artists and the art lovers, the locals and the guests who come to visit.
Directors have overlapping three year terms; some were elected to full terms and some were appointed to fill partial terms. The classes listed are the years their terms expire on December 31.
The officers were elected by the board January 8, and are noted.
Class of 2019
Roxanne Gonzales, Secretary
Originally from Houston, Adolfo earned his BFA from NMHU in May 2018, and is now working on his Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Cultural Technology, also at NMHU. In addition to his art and graphic design, he is a highly valued intern at MainStreet de Las Vegas.
Angela Meron, visual artist and graphic designer, joined the Department of Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University following one year as Adjunct Faculty at Simpson College. In addition to teaching graphic design, typography, color theory, and drawing, teaches popular social painting classes while continuing to freelance. Her focus is design – teaching and designing for print, web and social media, interior spaces and a life.
Roxanne Gonzales has been interested in the arts, (music, theater, and weaving), throughout her life and has served on various boards focusing on theater, animal welfare, economic development, and higher education. She is very pleased to serve on the Las Vegas Arts Council board as a means of growing and exploring the arts for our Las Vegas community. Roxanne is the provost and vice president of academic affairs at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Originally she is from Albuquerque, NM but grew up in the military and is married to Maj. Sanford Walker (USAF Ret.) of Rye, NH; they have two grown sons.
Class of 2020
Bob Henssler, President
It was on the Highlands campus, as a student, that I realized whatever path I might seek, it would be northern New Mexico that I would return and settle. Since my 2007 homecoming to Las Vegas, I have reconnected to our community in a variety of ways. One was the opening of 2 Ten, A Galeria of Art & Treasures on the Plaza and another, joining the Board of the Arts Council. Both serve to stimulate my creative side as well as engaging the public for the sake of artistic endeavors. My goal is to encourage one to be exposed to many different styles of art: it helps to develop the eye and taste and therefore opens one to an appreciation of all. It is rewarding to discover that each one of us can make some form of art.
Raised in the central Rockies of Colorado; US Navy; Viet Nam veteran; Bachelor of Arts Franklin Pierce College; thirty seven years Commercial Casualty Insurance Claim Experiences; married, children and grandchildren; photographer; artist. Presently serving on the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Reserve Board and an advisor to the Nat Gold Players Board.
Joe spent thirty years working for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Navy’s corporate laboratory, as both a bench scientist and as the leader of one of NRL’s most productive and creative groups. The McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building, home of the Highlands Media Arts Department was named was named in honor of Joe and Martha McCaffrey. Joe and Martha established the McCaffrey Family Endowment to support students in the Highlands University Master of Fine Arts degree program. Joe and Martha have four adult children and five grandchildren. Joe and Martha are both prize winning outdoor photographers, their work is in many private collections around the nation.
Born and educated in Las Vegas, NM, Donna has worked as a psychiatric social worker, registered nurse, and ultimately retired as a nursing administrator. She now invests her energy in various non-profits close to her heart, the Animal Welfare Coalition, American Association of University Women, and Las Vegas, NM Community Foundation, in addition to the Las Vegas Arts Council. As the immediate past president, she continues to contribute by writing grants and supporting the arts as an arts lover and as an exceptional weaver.
Class of 2021
Paulina Alarcon/Anita Moss (Sharing one seat)
Richard Lindeborg, Treasurer
David Rogers, Vice President
Paulina Alarcon moved to Mora to serve as a VISTA volunteer with the Mora County Economic Development Corporation. She has a passion for community development, networking,
organizing projects, etc… Her job description includes helping community volunteers find a great fit for their skills and interests, attending community organization meetings, and coordinating efforts, helping Mora communicate projects, events and opportunities to the community. Paulina and Anita are sharing a seat on the Arts Council board and look forward to developing shared Mora-San Miguel projects.
Along with my community work, art, & teaching, I own The Boutique in Mora & UpcycledFashion.com. I have volunteered in my communities since I was a child. I see myself as an optimistic realist. That being said, creativity, passion, and hard work, I believe, is the ultimate combination to create success and contentment my life. Anita is the director of the Mora Arts and Cultural Compound.
Richard Lindeborg has served the Las Vegas Arts Council as a member of its Advisory Board and, more recently. Its Board. He was raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico. After graduation from Highlands University he spent his career teaching, writing, and editing for four universities and three federal departments before returning to Las Vegas in 2005. He participates in three singing groups at Highlands and is on the Advisory and Development Board of the Las Vegas Community Foundation. Richard and his wife, a retired restaurant chef, live in the Las Vegas home his family built in 1950.
Originally from Iowa, David has lived and worked in New Mexico for the past twelve years. In 2017, after successful careers in publishing, media production, entrepreneurship, business management, political campaign management, and arts and cultural program management, he settled in Las Vegas to help bring the Hotel Castaneda back to life as project administrator. David also has a creative side encompassing visual and media arts, and the written word.