Board of Directors
Lorena Blanco-Silva President
Lorena Blanco-Silva is a Program Manager for the Division for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico. She has spent over 14 years working in higher education, particularly with issues regarding the recruitment, retention and attainment levels for Latino students. During her time with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), she co-founded the nationally acclaimed Lánzate. Lorena has served many organizations such as the Unidos Project, Hispanic and Latino Charities of the US, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, National Hispanic Advisory Council, NCLR, Las Comadres de la Americas, the Hispanic Heritage Committee and was recently elected President of MANA de Albuquerque.
Leticia Trujillo Vice-President of Operations
Leticia G. Trujillo works in Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Technology Department – Enterprise Learning Systems (ELS) providing technology integration at both the school and district level. She specializes in providing technology integration to Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) schools. Leticia has served her community by participating as a volunteer and/or serving on boards with organizations such as the Hispano Round Table, ENLACE, Young Women United, Hispanic Heritage Committee, Running 505, Cuidando Los Niños, Barrett House, Candlelighters, Habitat for Humanity, and has been an active member of MANA de Albuquerque since 2010.
Idalia Lechuga-Tena Vice-President of Community Relations
Idalia Lechuga-Tena is an International Ambassador for the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace and a former State Representative from the International District in Albuquerque where she was the youngest female legislator and the first naturalized female from México to serve in state congress. Idalia is an international business owner, philanthropist, community activist, artist, violinist, and 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. She received her degrees in Economics, Political Science, and International Politics and is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and English. Idalia currently serves as the VP of Community Relations and Government Affairs for MANA de Albuquerque.
Diana Rael Immediate Past President
As the Immediate Past President of MANA de Albuquerque, Diana Rael is a lifetime member of the organization and has contributed to the formation of chapters all across the nation. Originally from New Mexico, Diana has over 20 years corporate leadership experience with State Farm Insurance and led State Farm’s multicultural growth strategies in the northeast United States. Diana is heavily involved in Latina leadership and youth mentorship. She has served on boards with organizations such as Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Hispanic Women in New York City, and the New York Chapter of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting).
Darlene Castillo Secretary
Darlene Castillo is currently a Research Scientist at the University of New Mexico Cradle to Career Policy Institute (CCPI). She is currently part of a research team focusing on early childhood care access for families in the state. Outside of work Darlene is involved with Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. as the Regional Recruitment and Retention Supervisor for the Southwest region. She is also a mentor through MANA de Albuquerque Hermanita mentorship program and the current Secretary of MANA de Albuquerque.
Jacqueline Miramontes-Espinoza Treasurer
Jacqueline Miramontes-Espinoza is a program specialist for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She works in the foundation’s priority place of New Mexico to support thriving children, working families and equitable communities through grant proposals and program operations. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management with a minor in Spanish and a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Policy, both from the University of New Mexico. She is dedicated to giving back to her community and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc, and the current Treasurer of MANA de Albuquerque.
Monica Nuñez Hermanitas Director
Monica Nuñez serves as the Director for MANA de Albuquerque’s Hermanitas program. Her primary role is to facilitate MANA’s mission of empowering Latinas through education, leadership development, community service and advocacy.