Don Shapiro – Chairman of the Board
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Don Shapiro has been a seasoned worker in the field of youth development and community service for over fifty years, and is dedicated to helping young people build meaningful and productive lives. Highlights of Don’s career in community and youth services have included – in New York City – pioneering work in adolescent substance abuse treatment and services for runaway-homeless youth where he was a co-founder and organizer/administrator of The Door-A Center of Alternatives (from 1972-1990) an internationally acclaimed comprehensive free-clinic and multi-service center serving inner-city adolescents, currently in its 43rd year of successful operation and where his efforts won for The Door, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community Service and where he was recipient of the NYC Mayor’s Award for Youth Leadership Development.
Don’s published works include “Many Doorways: A Comprehensive Approach to Intervention and Treatment of Youthful Drug Abusers” (NIDA/DHHS Monograph Treatment Services for Adolescent Substance Abusers (1985) and chapter author of “Planning to Live: Evaluating and Treating Suicidal Teens in Community Settings; A Holistic Treatment Model for Working with Suicidal Youth.” (1989).
Don is a graduate of Empire State College in New York City with a degree in Community and Human Services. After moving to New Mexico, his experience in organization and leadership development and his graduate studies at The New School for Social Research/Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy led him to the University of New Mexico in 1997 where he served for seven years as an internal organization development consultant seeking to strengthen inter-departmental teamwork, strategic planning and change management.
In 2004, experiencing an “existential” longing to resume his work with young people, Don signed on with the New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department where he has served for over 10 years focused initially on community collaboration and partnership building within the behavioral health system and currently with the Transition Services helping young people in the juvenile justice system transition back into the community and into adulthood. Don’s concern for young people who have lost too many years of their young lives in prison and in the JJ system’s facilities has led him to become a strong advocate for justice reform, and a supporter and volunteer, and recently Board member for Wings For life, Intl. Don’s other passions include playing guitar – Flamenco and worship music, natural medicine, eco-spirituality, and environmental health and healing.
James Zanios – Vice Chair
James Zanios is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Independent Auto Dealers Association. He is also the owner of Zanios Car & Truck Gallery. James is married and the father to two sons. James and his family have been supporting Wings For LIFE International and their programs for over 22 years. He is passionate about helping change the lives of at-risk kids and the families that support them.
Rob Koehler – Treasurer
Rob works for KPMG as an Auditor. He has experience auditing several types of entities including: Employee Benefit Plans, Non Profits, and Private Industry. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University. He has lived in New Mexico since December 2007 at which point he went back to school for Accounting and took the necessary exams to obtain the CPA designation. He also holds the CFE and EA credentials. Rob enjoys working for non profits.
Gary Pennington – Secretary
Gary graduated Claremore High School in OK. He attended OSU vo-tech with certificate in Auto Parts and Auto Mechanics. He received a certificate for 4 years of Architectural Design from Chicago Technical College, an Associate degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Gary has done a lot of community service, including:
Junior Chamber of Commerce with many awards in Community Development programs. Served as local president, District Director and State Programming Vice-President.
Toastmasters International. Achieving level of ATM Silver and Distinguished Gavelier.
Served on the Board of Directors for the following programs: Inter-tribal group of Native American NAACP, Community Awareness and Cultural Exchange Club, and the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Sangre De Oro-New Mexico chapter for bleeding disorders.
Wings For LIFE International: Gary began attending meetings in 2012, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015, was elected Secretary of the Board and has served 4 terms. Gary has participated in numerous Wings For L.I.F.E. programs over the years and served as Emcee of the Celebration of Champions.
Paula moved to NM in 2001. She is the mother of two grown sons. Paula has worked in corrections since 1992 as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Therapeutic Community Program Director/Counselor, and now since 2005 Bureau Chief NMCD for Internal Audits, Standards Compliance. Paula keeps fit by mountain/road biking, hiking and winter sports.
Carla retired from the United States District Court after serving as a judicial assistant for over 20 years. Many of the judges and staff, including Carla, were involved in the sentencing phase of individuals and wondered about the future of the children of the soon-to-be inmates. After retiring and participating as a volunteer in several other non-profit organizations, Wings just really struck a chord in her heart. Carla has also volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and having been a Big Sister for over 30 years now, Carla firmly believes that reaching out to the youth of our community is the best way she can serve our community. Carla has seen first hand the miracles that Wings has performed and she is proud to serve on the board.
Dr. Marjori Krebs, College of Education, University of New Mexico
Dr. Marjori Krebs is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, & Policy. She currently works with teacher candidates at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, along with graduate students earning masters’ and doctoral degrees. Her research focuses on teacher preparation and project-based service learning. She is also a children’s book author, with centered around getting children interested in higher education by connecting them with various schools and their mascots.
Bob is a native of New Mexico, born in Carlsbad, and now living in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He spent ten years as a commercial banker and manager of all real estate lending and was the Sr. Vice President. In 1982 he formed The Moore Organization, which was a full service commercial real estate firm. Bob joined Rainstar Capital Group in August 2019 as Managing Director of New Mexico. Rainstar is a multifaceted lending group.
Bob is no longer married but enjoys three grown children in Seattle and New York. He also enjoys four grandchildren. Bob has been active in local, state, and national private and government organizations, serving under three New Mexico Governors. Bob served as The Honorary Consul of Spain in New Mexico for three terms and is designated as a Royal Knight of Spain. Bob currently serves as a Deacon at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church.
Dan Stouffer retired after 20 years at Intel in 2013. Dan was a Board member and mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2008 to 2018; worked for Children’s Grief Center in 2014; volunteers for Wanagi Wolf fund and Rescue from 2017 to present.
I moved to Albuquerque in August of 2017. While in Oklahoma City, I volunteered at different non profit organizations helping kids. I wanted to continue working with kids in my new home state, and WFLI was a great fit. Working with kids is a passion that I have which WFLI’s program has an excellent curriculum for kids. I am excited to be part of a great group of loving dedicated people who look to make a difference in peoples lives as well as those who are incarcerated. I am currently employed at Modulus Architects Inc.