Our team has diverse skills and backgrounds but the same passion – helping Saranam families succeed.

Tracy Weaver
Executive Director  

Saranam has benefitted from Tracy’s leadership and vision since its inception in 2004. She oversees all program activities, our strategy, fundraising, and our west side expansion project. Tracy has decades of experience working with homeless populations and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Tracy enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and laughing with her three daughters.
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Darren Sandow
Director of Operations 

Darren’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, award-winning grant maker, and as a successful leader of several national foundations serves him well as he ensures everything runs smoothly at Saranam. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the New School for Social Research in New York City. Darren enjoys taco night with his family, campouts with his daughter, talking politics, and learning woodworking.
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Dianne Campbell
Director of Development 

Dianne is responsible for fundraising at Saranam. She’s dedicated her career to fundraising for organizations whose missions align with her commitment to educational empowerment, children, and families. Dianne values the diversity and culture in New Mexico and has never met a stranger. She enjoys walks in the bosque with her husband, son, and two Airedales.
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Jennifer Mullen
Director of Family Services

Jennifer helps Saranam families meet their goals and learn new strategies to manage daily challenges. She also ensures they have what they need for their households and education. During her career Jennifer has worked with adoptive families and counseled emotionally disturbed adolescents. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in counseling from Webster University.
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Ian Vetter
Director of Education

Ian supports our team of instructors and designs and manages quality educational pathways for Saranam families. As an educator for more than 15 years, Ian has a wide range of experience including tutoring, supplemental instruction, math and science curriculum development and teaching, and working with ESL students. Ian has a bachelor’s in fine arts from UNM.
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Ellen Shepherd
Director of Continuous Improvement 

Ellen tracks client data and Saranam’s measures of success to demonstrate the effectiveness of our program. She has a bachelor’s in computer science, an MBA in information systems, and more than twenty years of experience in software development, software testing, and project management.
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Maria Jensen
Family & Community Coordinator

Maria runs our community and children’s activities. She is a life-long educator with a special interest in working with children and other at-risk populations who have experienced trauma. Maria has a passion for developing literacy in all ages and was most recently an adjunct professor of English composition at WNMU. She brings her creativity and care to the life skills, literacy, and community building she facilitates with adults and their children at Saranam.
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Stephanie Johnston
Family Stability Advocate 

Stephanie helps families exit our program successfully. She also supports our alumni families and leads focus groups aimed at program improvement and tracking outcomes. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree from UNM with majors in psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in nutrition from UNM. Throughout her career she’s helped children, individuals, and families reach stability by promoting healthy lifestyle changes.
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Jennifer Clear
Housing Coordinator 

Jen started at Saranam as a volunteer. Her passion for the work led her role as our Housing Coordinator. She ensures each family has a safe, furnished, decorated home. She oversees our donation warehouse and manages supply distribution to our families. Jen worked for 20 years as a corporate trainer, instructional designer, and manager of learning and development before retiring in 2014 to start a family.
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Olga Shapovalova
Administrative Coordinator

Before moving to the United States from Ukraine, Olga was a professor of metallography at the State Metallurgical Academy of the Ukraine. She was a senior process engineer at Intel for 15 years and worked at the New Mexico Material Laboratory for one year before retiring in 2016. Olga joined Saranam as an Intel Encore Fellow to develop systems for building organizational infrastructure. Today, she manages tasks that help our organization run efficiently.
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Julie Green
Bookkeeper

Julie has been Saranam’s bookkeeper since 2005.  In that time, she has seen many success stories unfold and is so excited to see these families thriving in the community she’s called home for 20 years. Julie holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Arizona and enjoys knitting, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
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Saranam 2021 Board of Directors

We’re proud to have a group of accomplished community leaders guiding our work.

Tom Frock  – Chair
Sandia National Laboratories 

William Keleher  – Vice-Chair
Smidt, Reist & Keleher 

Pat Renken – Secretary
Retired, Albuquerque Public Schools 

Michael Wallace – Treasurer
DaVita Medical Group 

Chris Baca
Enterprise Builders

Brenda Cordova-Busick
ADC LTD NM

Rev. Ross Whiteaker
Senior Pastor, Central United Methodist Church

Rob Lasater
Retired, Rodey Law Firm

Christine Long
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of New Mexico

Alicia Marcell
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

Jim Stephens
Sandia National Laboratories

Kathy Waldman
Retired, Albuquerque Public Schools

Diana Weber
Davita Medical Group