About the Laguna Education Board

Our distinguished Board of Directors has been selected to serve in an advisory capacity and oversees the general operation of the Laguna Education Foundation.

Our Board of Directors 2011



Cynthia Figueroa-McInteer

often thinks of the generosity of Judge Joe Baca, The Goldwaters Department Store Employees Association, John Reed, AIA, and Sandia National Laboratories. These individuals and companies care about education and provided the scholarships that helped her receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Architecture and Masters of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. The commitment to education that these individuals and companies share will never be forgotten. They helped her develop her mind and talents to grow out of poverty, improve her life, create a good life for her family, and to give back to her community.

Today Cynthia is an architect and small business owner. Her company, Figueroa McInteer Architecture is a 100% Indian-owned small design and planning firm specializing in facility planning, evaluation of historic buildings, and commercial and institutional design for new construction and renovations.


Vice President

Nathan J Riley Sr.

the Principal of the firm Snow Buffalo Engineers and is a 100% Native American-owned engineering business that was established in 1994, as a technical design consultant in Civil Engineering.

Snow Buffalo Engineers, LLC is a Santa Fe based professional civil engineering consultant group serving exclusively the 22 Tribes in the State of New Mexico and Native American Tribes and Reservations nationwide.

Areas of expertise are in project management, infrastructure design, project control scheduling, hydrologic analyses and computer applications. Secondary areas are in roadway design, transportation planning, cost estimating, construction management and land surveying.



Hakim Bellamy

Is a program specialist for the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs.

He is a freelance journalist and two time National champion in the Poetry slam scene.

A community organizer and social justice advocate. Hakim's varied interest and experiences serve him well as a valued LEF Board member.



David Mahooty

Is Assistant Vice President and relationship manager for the Well Fargo New Mexico Commercial Banking office in Albuquerque, N.M.

David also serves as President of the American Indian Graduate Center and Treasurer of the Laguna Education Foundation, along with being an advisory council member for the Native American Initiative for Junior Achievement.

An AIGC alum , Mahooty earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He is also a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute.

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