Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. is canceled. The next regular scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. See the Multimedia Board of Trustees page for agendas, meeting minutes, audio, video and more.
The governing body of the Village of Los Ranchos is composed of four trustees elected by the voters to four year staggered terms. Our current Board of Trustees is composed of Don Lopez, Mary Homan, Allen Lewis, and Pablo Rael. The Village Treasurer is Nancy Haines. All of our hard working board members are committed to making the Village a better place to live and work.
Regular Trustee meetings are held at Village Hall on the second Wednesday of each month. Special Meetings are called as needed. The board has a long history of encouraging public participation through a public comment period scheduled for every meeting. It is necessary, however, to register with the Village Clerk prior to the meeting if you would like to speak. If it is an agenda item, you do not have to sign-up under public comment. To view the resolution concerning governing body open meetings, click here.
Donald Lopez, Mayor Pro Tem & Trustee
Donald T. (Don) Lopez, is a long term resident of the Village of Los Ranchos and Trustee. Don is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), and worked for the State and Federal Government, the US Air Force and is presently a consulting Civil Engineer and Educator, with over 44 years of total engineering and management experience. He has recently worked on the Big I Reconstruction Project here in Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Diversion Dam and the Albuquerque Drinking Water Project.
He has lived most of his life in the Los Ranchos area of the Albuquerque North Valley. He attended Los Ranchos Elementary, Taft Junior High, Valley High School, New Mexico State University (BSCE), the University of New Mexico (MSCE) and postgraduate study at the University of California at Berkeley. Don retired in 2000 as the Assistant State Engineer of New Mexico and retired in 2000 as a Colonel after 32 years of service in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
Don offers many years of practical engineering and management experience to benefit our community. Serving as a Trustee from 1992 to 2000 then from 2002 to the present, he maintains excellent contact with Village residents, strongly supports Village business owners and works hard to make improvements to the Village business community. He spent a great deal of time to ensure the upgrade of Village infrastructure particularly the Rio Grande Boulevard resurfacing project and sewer. He feels his experience and unique perspective will promote progress, common sense solutions, and enable the Village to provide the best and most qualified government for the citizens of the Village of Los Ranchos. One of his highest priorities will be to ensure a continuous funding stream and the planning and construction of infrastructure in critical areas of the Village and he will work very hard to protect our groundwater and surface water resources. Don has served as Mayor Pro Tem between 1996 to 2000 and 2004 to the present.
Mary Homan, Trustee
Mary Homan is both a resident and a business owner in Los Ranchos.
Mary has been very actively involved in the community since she became a resident. Some of those involvements are serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, both as vice-chair and secretary; the 2010 and 2020 Master Plan Committee; MainStreet, Inc.; Los Ranchos Neighborhood Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
"As reinforced by the Village's Master Plan survey results and by my door-to-door meetings with the Village residents, I know the importance of retaining our rural atmosphere, open space, and independence as a Village. I know how critical it is to revitalize our business district, improve our traffic and law enforcement, protect our groundwater, and provide proper sewer and drainage systems. I also understand the importance of making the needed improvements to our community through grants and State/Federal funding, avoiding further taxation of property owners."
Allen first became a resident of the Village of Los Ranchos, when his parent's moved to their home on Green Valley Road in 1960. There Allen went to school at Ranchos, Taft, and Valley graduating in 1971. Allen and his wife Carla are huge, Village of Los Ranchos fans. Allen has spent his career as an entrepreneur, where he has started and grown all types of businesses including a chain of rental stores, a parking company and even his own vineyard. Currently, he is involved in real estate development with a focus on urban infill projects. He spent the last two years as a member of the Village Planning and Zoning Commission.
"I absolutely love the Village of Los Ranchos. I recently attended the centennial celebration of my old alumni Ranchos Elementary School, what a great event! It reminded me of what a multicultural and multigenerational community we have here in the Village. As a Trustee, I want to protect, preserve and nurture our special way of life. I believe it is essential we maintain our agricultural roots while developing a vibrant Main Street destination along 4th street that will combine the vibrancy of a healthy urban life style with a strong tax base. Thus laying the foundation for the administration of the Village to always provide the quality services expected by all Village residents."
Pablo R. Rael, Trustee
Pablo Rael and his wife have lived in the Village of Los Ranchos for over 45 years and have raised 4 children here. They love it here. They have a big investment here and believe in giving back to the community for the many blessings they have received.
Over the years Pablo has served on numerous committees in the Village including the Master Plan Committee, Los Ranchos 2000 Committee, Community Center Committee and the Mayor's Citizens Advisory Committee. He was also the Village representative on the Middle Rio Grande Council of Government Public Input Committee and participated in the City of Albuquerque FOCUS 2050 Forum.
Pablo has a BSBA degree from the University of Albuquerque. For the past 30 years he has served on the Board of Directors for a $400 million credit union. Twelve of those years he served as Chairman. He also served several years on the St. Pius X School Board as Chairman. After retiring from US West, Pablo started a utility locating business, which he still owns and manages.
Pablo's focus on the Board of Trustees will be to help the business community thrive while at the same time mitigate any concerns of residents. He believes this should be a prime concern of any municipal government because you need both to have a viable community. Pablo believes strongly that his business background as well as his involvement in numerous organizations qualifies him to represent all members of the Village, residents and businesses alike.
Nancy Haines, Treasurer
Nancy Haines is the Village of Los Ranchos Treasurer and a long time resident of the Village. She holds a key position of public trust in the financial affairs of local government. Overall, the treasurer serves as the municipality's cash manager. In this role, the treasurer maintains custody of all municipal funds and possesses responsibility for the deposit, investment and disbursement of these monies. She administers the municipality's resources to ensure the availability of adequate liquid assets to pay obligations as they become due.
Nancy regularly advises the Board of Trustees, Village administration, financial auditors, and others concerning the financial condition of the Village, providing factual information upon which appropriating and budgeting decisions may be made. The duties of the treasurer are many and varied - each requiring the efficient and reliable handling of public funds. With responsibilities extending beyond the scope of Village operations, the treasurer plays a key fiduciary role in the operation of local government.