Board of Directors

President:  Gabe Anaya

“I received my BS from NMSU and my MA from Western New Mexico University. I served in the United States Army, active and Reserves for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. My teaching career expanded over 30 years as a Mathematics teacher in Silver City High School and Las Cruces High School.

I volunteer in several organizations including: Friends of the John Paul Taylor Historical Society, Mesilla Valley Catholic Serra Club for Vocations, Advisor for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at NMSU and Finance Council at Basilica of San Albino.”

Secretary: Julie Boxer

“I’m from Washington state, retired after 25 years in the food business, first as restaurant owner/operator, and then as food services manager/caterer for a family owned corp which owned several super markets, deli’s, coffee shops, Subway franchises, etc. I’ve been in Las Cruces since February, 2009”.

Grants Administrator: Candace Gilfillan

“Originally from California, I currently work at New Mexico State University in Institutional Analysis where I compile student and employee data for federal, state and grant reporting. I moved to Las Cruces in October, 2012 and hope to retire here. In addition to volunteering at El Caldito, I enjoy gardening, hiking, golfing, fostering rescued Golden Retrievers, reading mystery and suspense novels, and discing the dunes at White Sands.”

Board Member: Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips retired from teaching primary school at Las Cruces Public Schools in May, 2013. She has lived in Las Cruces since July, 1976, and has been delighted to be a part of the El Caldito board since April, 2015. Her participation in various aspects of providing food for the hungry since the late 1990’s in different capacities. The smiles on the faces of our clients brings her great joy and fulfillment. She enjoys creating delicious meals, hiking, reading, and geocaching.

Business Manager: Bob Hearn

Bob retired from an engineering career and moved to Las Cruces with his wife, Dona, in 2003. He found a new life in volunteering to help our community. Since then he has joined the Board of El Caldito, and has spent many hours helping prepare and serve food to the needy – where he feels he is able to make real contributions to the community along with a wonderful and dedicated group of people.

His volunteering history includes: Running the Animal Shelter with Dona, and being very involved in the humane treatment of animals in the County; setting up and running several food pantries in the County’s colonias; serving on three County Planning and Zoning Commissions; supporting and working with City Councilors and County Commissioners and agencies; helping establish Tent City in the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope; working in many ways as a volunteer with Tierra Del Sol, who build affordable housing.

Vice President: Richard Lohmeyer

“I was born in the State of Washington, and received my college education at San Diego State University. I have been married for over 30 years to Norma Lohmeyer. I worked for the Federal Government for 35 years in Salt Lake City, Utah as the Director of the Meat and Poultry Inspection bureau. I also Officiated Semi-Pro, College and High School Football for 33 years. On September 10th, 2011, I was put in the High School/College Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I retired from Government Service and from Football Officiating August 31st, 2009, we moved and arrived in Las Cruces on September 5th, 2009. I have been working as a volunteer at El Caldito Soup Kitchen since November of that year.”

Treasurer: Dennis Broske

“I have a BS degree in Landscape Architecture, and worked in the field for about 20 years. Prior to that I was in computer programming.
I moved here in 2013, worked briefly as a med tech, then decided to retire early. I began volunteering at El Caldito in 2014.
I was elected to the board in 2015, became treasurer the same year.
My hobbies include hiking, bicycling, gardening, travel, cooking and watching football.”


Board Member: Wittara “Tip” Smutassadong

Wittara was born in Thailand. She tells us they do not have middle names because their last names are so long. But, they do have nick names. Wittara’s nick name is Tip.

Wittara earned a bachelor degree in Business Management from University of Louisiana in Lafayette and a masters degree in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. She worked for over 20 years in the hospitality industry including management positions in various hotels and restaurants.

All her adult life, Wittara has been heavily involved in volunteer activities. She has a passion for helping the less fortunate.

New Board Member: Sam Hancock



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Las Cruces, NM 88005