Our Team

Meet Your Community Foundation Team

Valeria Arriaga, Administrative and Operations Coordinator

Valeria joined the Community Foundation in February of 2022 as the Administrative and Operations Coordinator. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising from the Colleges of ACES.

Growing up in Las Cruces, Valeria has valued the importance of supporting small business and encouraging others to so the same. Being a part of a team that values community, support to others, and teamwork are a few reasons why she is happy to be a part of CFSNM.

Contact Valeria at info@cfsnm.org or 575.521.4794 ext. 101.

 

Diana O’Brien, M.S., LMFT, IMH-E, Director of Impact and Outreach

Diana joined the Community Foundation team in 2023 as the Director of Impact and Outreach. She has far-reaching professional experience in the non-profit, higher education, early childhood and behavioral health sectors. In these areas her community involvement is extensive. She works as an adjunct faculty member at NMSU’s College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation, in addition to serving as a board member for both the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health and the Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation. She also is a co-lead ambassador for the Doña Ana County Early Childhood Education Coalition, a behavioral health co-sector leader of Doña Ana County Resilience Leaders, a member of LC3 Behavioral Health Collaborative. Diana is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has worked with individuals and families in diverse settings. She is also the founder of the Random Acts of Kindtrip. Diana is an Aggie alumna and received her bachelor’s degree in family and child science with a minor in counseling and educational psychology and her master’s in marriage and family therapy from NMSU.

Diana’s focus in her work is to create spaces where people feel seen, heard, and valued. Her passion lies in fostering a supportive community where people feel empowered and are provided access to resources and opportunities from a holistic and strengths-based approach. She is proud to call southern New Mexico home and is honored to work collaboratively with the amazing organizations and individuals we have throughout our region to support efforts that positively impact our quality of life now and for generations to come and to contribute to moving CFSNM’s efforts of building and strengthening communities forward.

Contact Diana at info@cfsnm.org or 575.521.4794 ext. 106.

 

Terra V. Winter PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Terra joined the Community Foundation team in June 2017 as the Executive Director. Previously, she served as the Associate Vice President for Development at the New Mexico State University Foundation in which she was involved in the campus’s most ambitious campaign to raise $125 million.  Previous to this position, Terra served as the Assistant Dean for Donor Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.  Her love for the NMSU Aggies and NM Agriculture drives her continued connection as an alumna and donor.

As a lifelong New Mexico resident, Terra is passionate about nonprofit work throughout the state.  Her professional background includes ten years with Mesilla Valley Hospice where she served the organization in many facets of community outreach, education, fundraising and board development.  She has volunteered for multiple organizations including the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Las Cruces.

Terra obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, minoring in Health Sciences, and a Master of Public Health from NMSU.  She completed her Interdisciplinary Doctorate with an emphasis in philanthropy, nonprofit management and leadership in December of 2017.

Contact Terra at info@cfsnm.org or 575.521.4794 ext. 104.

 

Savannah Zamora, Finance, Scholarship and Grants Coordinator

Savannah joined the Community Foundation in November 2020 as the Administration and Scholarship Coordinator. Graduating from NMSU in 2012, she received her Bachelors of Business Administration as well as her New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare License in 2011.

Savannah has volunteered and participated in several local community programs including the Mission of Mercy offering free public dental healthcare, Shop for the Cure raising money for breast cancer research and the Bataan Memorial Death March that honors the fallen soldiers and survivors of the Bataan Death March that took place during WWII.

As a native Las Crucen, Savannah is excited to be part of a foundation where she can see the value and impact on the community she loves dearly where she grew up.  She is dedicated to providing support and opportunities for the people of southern New Mexico.

Contact Savannah at info@cfsnm.org or (575) 521-4794 ext. 102