Roger A. Gonzales
Mr. Gonzales actively serves on numerous boards, foundations, councils and commissions within his Region and the State of New Mexico including most notably that as Chairman of the Corporate Board of Directors for HELP-New Mexico, Inc., a non-profit that operates with an annual budget of $17M and has served,over 816,000 individuals and families including migrant families, self-employed farmers and ranchers, low-income families, abused and neglected children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged youth during its nearly 50 years of existence. Their services have included adult education, job training, early childhood development and education, youth development and care, self-help housing construction, rural health clinics, land development, job placement, literacy training, affordable housing, nutritious meals, and family counseling. Mr. Gonzales was also appointed by the Honorable Jon Barela, Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, to serve as the Councilman for District Four on the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Council, which district encompasses the Colfax, Harding, Union, Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe counties, and where he was recently elected Vice Chairman.
He represents the interests of rural agricultural producers on both the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Council and the NM ACI Agricultural Policy Committee. Gonzales serves as a member of the Luna Community College Foundation. Most recently, Gonzales was selected to serve as the sole fellow from New Mexico with the Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union. In May 2017, Mr. Gonzales was sworn in as a newly appointed member of the United States Senate Republican Taskforce on Hispanic Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Board Vice Chairman
Vice President of Communications
Responsibilities and Principles:
The Board of Directors is legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of nonprofit organization operations. It is expected to ensure that the organization operates for the public good and is publicly accountable.
The Board is responsible for fiscal oversight, acting as the trustees of the organization on behalf of its funders and the community it serves. The Board and its individual members should take care to avoid problems created by Board member mismanagement, non-management, or self-dealing.
The Board hires, supervises, and evaluates the Executive Director. The Executive Director generally hires, supervises, and evaluates all other staff.
The Board provides direction for the organization: it sets the vision, agrees on organizational goals, authorizes programs to be operated, and sets policy. It plays a key role in strategic planning, and often approves an annual work plan with program objectives. It approves public policy positions if the organization engages in advocacy. Staff are responsible for policy and program implementation. Board members acting as program volunteers work under staff supervision.
The Board of Directors evaluates the results of agency operations – as well as its own performance. It helps determine whether plans and goals are met. It reviews formal evaluation results and looks broadly at programs individually and together, to see how they contribute to organizational mission and goals.
Board members play a crucial role in resource development, establishing fundraising goals and helping to identify, contact, and make visits to potential funders. Our Board policy is that Board Members will assist in getting resources or give of their own.
The Board of Directors establishes personnel policies and procedures, and serves as the last point of appeal in the grievance process. The staff implements personnel policies.