About Us

OUR MISSION

 

Luciente's mission is to understand and address needs related to poverty in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. For twenty years Luciente has been an agent for good in our community. We support programs in education, food insecurity and hunger, environmental protection, arts and other areas that address the varied needs of this region. We do this by sponsoring projects directly and by serving as fiscal sponsor for groups that share our mission.

 
 
Fiscal sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship by Luciente can help organizations that have a charitable purpose, but don't have 501(c)(3) status. There are significant benefits associated with Luciente sponsorship, including:

  • Donations to Luciente programs are tax-deductible.

  • Direct programs are conferred tax exempt status.

  • Funding opportunities are expanded because many funding organizations require that funds go through a 501(c)(3) non profit. 

  • If desired, Luciente handles checks and banking accounts for its programs.

  • Luciente sponsorship enables online credit card donations.

  • Luciente sends letters to donors recognizing donations.

  • Insurance for events and for Directors and Officers can be covered for Luciente programs.

  • Annual IRS reporting can be handled by Luciente, Inc., on behalf of its programs. 

 
Are you interested in fiscal sponsorship for your organization? We'd love to hear from you. Email us at: info@lucienteinc.org


 

 

THE LUCIENTE BOARD

 


President
​Wendy Dolci and her husband Bob moved to New Mexico in 2012.  She had a twenty-four year career at NASA Ames Research Center in the San Francisco Bay area. Wendy was a Mission Director for NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory and Mission Manager for earth science aircraft. Upon her retirement in 2011, she was the Associate Director for Operations at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a geographically-distributed, “virtual” institute for the study of life in the universe.  Since moving to this beautiful land, Wendy has become an avid hiker and spends as much time as possible roaming the hilltops and canyons. She has a ceramic studio at home and loves to play with clay.

Vice President
Deb Wagner purchased land in Abiquiu in 2012, moved here in 2014, and built a cozy, off-grid house on her land in 2015. She has a degree in business administration and 25 years of management experience in the IT industry. Currently, Deb is an independent Content Development Manager and leads international teams of subject matter experts (SMEs) in the development of computer industry certification exams.

Treasurer
Donna Kelley and her husband moved to Abiquiu after spending 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Donna’s career has been in banking with a specialization in Community Development Finance.  She continues to consult with banks and non-profits in structuring and underwriting loans for community development projects, including affordable housing, schools, senior and childcare facility and business growth strategies.  She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Secretary
Robert Dolci and his wife Wendy moved to New Mexico from California in 2012. Bob retired from NASA Ames Research Center after a thirty-three year career. He was hired by NASA as manager for the maintenance, repair and minor construction of NASA Ames’s diverse research facilities. Upon retirement from NASA Ames he was the acting Director of Center Operations. Prior to that Bob was the Chief of Protective Services, which included, law enforcement, security, fire protection and prevention and emergency services. Bob was a member of California Task Force 3 (one of FEMA’s 28 Urban Search and Rescue Teams) for 20 years. Bob has been involved with several 501 (C) 3 organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society for 25 years of which he was Chairman for 20 years. The group received the California Governors award for historic preservation. In addition to Luciente, Bob has served on two other non-profit boards since moving to New Mexico.  He is an artist who paints in acrylic and oil, and is building a large scale model railway.

Board member Randy Sanches
Randy Sanches was born and raised in New Mexico, growing up in the communities of Dixon and Tierra Amarilla. Randy started his public safety career in his teens, starting out as an EMT working for Rio Arriba County Ambulance before moving to Denver Colorado where he obtained his Paramedic license.  Shortly after returning to New Mexico he attended the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy which set him up for his current position with the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office. Major Sanches runs the administrative side of the Sheriff’s office and is also the Public information Officer among a list of other duties. Randy now calls Chili home where he and his wife Susan spend summer evenings along the Chama River with frequent visits from their 7 children and 5 grandchildren. When not patrolling the roads of Rio Arriba County, Randy can be found fly fishing in and around northern New Mexico or acting as the Governor for the Rio Grande Corvette Club and driving his classic C-4 Corvette.  

 

Board member Carolyn Calfee

Carolyn Calfee has owned property in Abiquiu, New Mexico for 12 years and moved to the community full-time in 2018.  She is the owner of Abiquiú Lake Vacations, LLC, which provides vacation rental homes and lodging options for Abiquiú area visitors. Ms. Calfee also manages the Discover Abiquiú Facebook page, geared to provide information and updates to visitors while promoting local businesses.

Prior to opening Abiquiú Lake Vacations, Ms. Calfee was an executive officer of business development and corporate strategy for The Options Clearing Corporation. She also held executive level positions in internet services, procurement and marketing in the financial and telecommunications industries.​ Ms. Calfee has engaged in numerous board and volunteer positions, including director of The Warming House Youth Center, advisory member for Si Abiquiu,  and president and communications director for Manors at Waterford HOA. Currently, she is serving as president of Lakefronts at Abiquiu HOA and board member for Luciente.​ Ms. Calfee has a BBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School. She also completed the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Strategy Certification program at The University of Chicago. 

Luciente is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, IRS EIN 74-2813749

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