Staff and Trainers


Heather Heunermund: Executive Director

Heather joined the NMCL in May of 2001 and has served in many capacities within the organization.  She holds a leadership certificate for nonprofit chief executives and assists local sites with various governance matters.  She is an advocate for student-centered program management and service and has served on boards and with student leadership groups at the collegiate level. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (the “Great Books Program”) and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe (CSF).  She also holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling from CSF.  Heather completed her clinical work with at-risk youth and their families. She has volunteered as a grief facilitator for youth, as well.  While at the NMCL, she continues her work in service to at-risk populations.  Heather spends her free time with her pets, kids, and husband, in that order! (Ok, maybe not exactly in that order.)

Amy Jo Sandoval: Financial Manager

Amy Sandoval, Account Manager

Amy Jo joined the NMCL in May of 2010 and has over thirty years of experience in the financial field.  She owned AJS Accounting Services for over ten years, where she provided financial and computer services to several different entities.  She also worked for a local CPA for over fourteen years.  In fact, this was the start of her fascination in the professional field of numbers.  Born in Santa Fe, Amy Jo enjoys being in New Mexico’s beautiful outdoors and riding motorcycles.  Amy also has six children and seven grandchildren!  She has been enjoying her work with the NMCL as the steward of its finances and has succeeded in receiving unqualified audit opinions annually – way to go!

Ellen Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator

Ellen Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator

Ellen joined the NMCL in July of 2009 and brought with her thirty years of administrative/executive and front office experience. Ellen was hired as an administrative assistant, and moved her way up to Outreach Coordinator.  Ellen was employed with Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) for over ten years where she worked closely with the State of New Mexico Medicaid Project.  She also worked as a membership coordinator for the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and is very well versed in the fundraising aspect of a nonprofit organization.  Ellen has also taken it upon herself to volunteer at several nonprofit organizations. She has volunteered for Bandstand on the Plaza selling raffle tickets and schmoozing with tourists and locals.  Ellen was born and raised in Santa Fe and is from a very large family, of which she is the youngest of thirteen siblings.  She has raised one daughter who is an avid snowboarder and lover of life!


Susan Baker Roybal has been an adult literacy volunteer tutor since 2012, a ProLiteracy-certified tutor trainer since 2014, and a life-long advocate of literacy, education, and multilingualism. Susan was born on the border and has lived at different points along the Rio Grande River for most of her life, with stints in California and Mexico. She relocated to Española in 2011 with her husband, an Española native, where they are involved in the local arts and activism scene. She is a tutor and board member with the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program, based in Española.  Susan is fascinated by travel, cats, nature, and language.

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