Board of Directors

Our board members represent a broad spectrum of businesses and organizations in our community and bring years of experience and skills to their work with the Chamber. They each serve three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

Zooila Armijo has been the owner and head chef at the San Antonio Crane Restaurant in San Antonio, NM for the past 7 years, where most of the food is made in house. She has extensive work experience at John Brooks Supermart, the Socorro County Fire Marshall's office, and First State Bank. She has been married for 17 years, has 3 beautiful daughters, and is very involved in caring for her mother. While she was born and raised in San Antonio, she has lived in Socorro since 2000.

Deborah Dean
is a native of Socorro and served as Director of the City of Socorro’s Tourism Department in the past. She currently co-owns Bodega Burger Company and Lounge, which was the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year in 2012.

Prescott Grey is the co-owner of Vertu Fine Art Gallery. He has 30+ years of DoD project management experience at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and TRW, including experience working with project teams comprising members from various universities, the military, and industry.

Theresa Kappel works as Assistant Director for the Office for Advancement and Alumni Relations at New Mexico Tech and is currently serving as the Chamber's Board President. Prior to employment at NMT, she worked in the service industry, education sector, and financial planning. She is a volunteer with Socorro Literacy Program and, previously, with Crusaders for Hope.

Nick Keller co-owns and operates UK Farm in Polvadera, NM and is the President of the Socorro Farmer's Market. He is very involved with Socorro Community Kitchen and also serves as a deacon at San Miguel Church and on the board for Socorro Storehouse. He and his wife and business partner, Nadine, have lived in Polvadera for 18 years.

Kristal Kent is the manager of M Mountain Coffee, LLC, and has lived in Socorro for over 12 years. She is passionate about mentoring and growing the skills of her staff to the point that they can mentor others. Kristal is very actively involved in the local cultural and visual arts community, teaches music privately (voice, piano, and all strings), and advocates for music in the schools. Her family includes children ranging from ages 13-30. Kristal believes in the growth of community, because to her, community equals family. Kristal is currently serving as the Board Secretary.

Penny Lommen is a retired librarian and moved to Socorro in 2007 with her husband Jim. She considers herself a "professional volunteer" and has spent many hours helping in our community. She worked in area schools for 7 years, at Bosque del Apache for 5 (coordinating all of the outdoor family events for Festival of the Cranes), and ran the used book sales for the library for 4 years. She is the new President of Socorro's Rotary Club, among other volunteer positions.

Mehrdad Moradi has lived in Socorro since graduating from New Mexico Tech in the early 80s and has owned and operated Socorro’s El Camino Restaurant for the past 24 years. In his spare time, he coaches soccer for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).

Vannetta Perry is Superintendent of Magdalena Municipal Schools and past Executive Director at Teipana Research Associates. She previously worked in educational outreach at New Mexico Tech and for Socorro Consolidated Schools as Director of Curriculum, Associate Superintendent-Director of Human Resources, and Interim Superintendent.

Veronica Pound currently serves as the Administrator of Socorro General Hospital and has over 27 years  of experience in Nursing in our community. She and her husband are co-owner/operators of Pound Ranch, LLC. Ms. Pound and her family have lived and worked in the Socorro area for many years. 

Jenilyn Rincones is an Associate Broker and co-owns Socorro’s Home and Country Realty with her husband. They have been Chamber members for the past 8 years. She has lived in Socorro since 2006 and has a 3 year-old son who works with her daily. Jenilyn is currently serving as the Board Treasurer.

Joaquin Roibal is a graduate student at New Mexico Tech (NMT). He is passionate about improving the interaction between the NMT community and the rest of Socorro. Joaquin has been active on two of the Chamber's economic development committees, and ran a survey via social media to develop a ranking of community needs. As a member of the Board of Directors, Joaquin hopes to focus on improving opportunities for local businesses through public and private partnerships and improving the quality of life for all residents of the beautiful city of Socorro.

Peter Romero
is a native Socorroan and long-time City Council Member. He is heavily involved with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and also serves on the board of Socorro General Hospital. This is his second term on the board of the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce.

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