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OUR BOard of directors

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Vicki Wheatley
President

Vicki is happily retired, living with her husband and two dogs in the East Mountains near Albuquerque. Vicki loves to learn and explore, and reading and travel have opened her mind to new ideas and new worlds. She believes it is important to give back to her community and to help improve the lives of others. Volunteering with Ethos Literacy provides a way to share her life-long love of books and reading. She also volunteers with the East Mountain Food Pantry and with her neighborhood trails committee. She holds a B.S. in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois, and an M.S in Management and Administrative Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. Vicki’s work and volunteer experience, plus the free time that comes with retirement, have allowed her to make a difference in her community.

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Uriah Cachora
President Elect, FY 24-25

Uriah serves as the Assistant Vice President, Community Development in NM & AZ for  Enterprise Bank & Trust. She joined Enterprise in 2018 as a Loan Documenter. She has 10 years of  experience working with the Native American Community to provide financial wellness, and is  responsible for creating relationships as well as providing financial education to the Native American  communities.   In 2018, she graduated with an Accounting Specialist Certificate and is a part of The National  Society of Leadership and Success. Uriah has actively been participating with Oweesta’s Building  Native Communities and Financial Empowerment for Teens and Young Adults training programs,  that enable her to provide financial education on tribal reservations, while also creating new  relationships with the Tribal Communities in New Mexico and Arizona.   Additionally, Uriah serves on two boards and a Development Committee. As she enjoys assisting  her communities and improving the lives of others. While being a full time mom and serving as a  representative for her tribe and as a bank representative.

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Miranda Jijana
Treasurer

 

Miranda brings over a decade of experience in public accounting. As a CPA with a rich background spanning auditing, tax advising, and consulting, she is currently affiliated with Your-Part Time Controller, LLC, a professional services firm dedicated to nonprofit organizations. Miranda has a passion for reading and is a devoted mother of three who has instilled a love of learning within her own family.

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Margaret Barker
Past President

Margaret is Ethos Literacy’s Founder. Her literacy journey began in 2001 when she volunteered at the local community college as a reading tutor. There she learned about the great need for adult literacy services in Albuquerque. In 2006, she brought a small group of people together to form a nonprofit to teach reading, writing and ESL to adults. That was Reading Works. Reading Works changed its name in 2021 to Ethos Literacy to reflect our aspiration that literacy become part of our community’s spirit, its ethos. Margaret has received these awards: City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation for Impactful Service; New Mexico Coalition for Literacy Distinguished Service Award; Marietta College Distinguished Alumna Award. In 2017, she represented Reading Works at the Library of Congress when it was named a Best Practices in Literacy Honoree. In 2019, she was a speaker at the ProLiteracy Conference. She is the author of Reading - You Can Do It Too!, a resource to teach phonemic and alphabetic awareness. She is currently tutoring a student at Ethos.

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Rosa Estrada
 

Rosa is an avid reader and has been since childhood. Literacy is important to her because reading has brought her so much enjoyment. Rosa grew up in New Mexico most of her life. She graduated from Belen High School and attended UNM and CNM (TVI at that time) receiving an associate degree and a bachelors degree in nursing. She served in the US Army and Army Reserves, as a medic and nurse, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). Working in the medical field for over 20 years, she has in the last few years had the opportunity to act as a technical advisor for movies and television in the burgeoning NM film industry. Rosa is a lifelong learner and travels as often as possible. Her travels have taken her to five of the seven continents and four of the five oceans. She enjoys New Mexico skies, good food, a wide variety of music, reading, enjoying the outdoors as often as possible, and learning to play the guitar. Rosa is grateful to her parents who instilled in her a love of reading and the outdoors.

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Reema Nandy
 

Originally from Michigan, Reema moved to - and fell in love with - New Mexico as an adult and now considers Albuquerque her home. Professionally, Reema is an attorney who has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. A lifelong reader, Reema has a deep appreciation for the numerous benefits literacy provides and believes literacy should (and can) be an achievable goal for every Bernalillo County community member. In her spare time, Reema spends time exploring New Mexico with her husband, toddler, and two dogs.

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