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Elinor Reiners, CEO

Elinor has been with the VIC since 2012, taking the organization from a single program to multiple programs to address the needs of homeless and low income Veterans. Starting her career in the US Air Force testing on cargo aircraft, Ms. Reiners has expanded her career to over 25 years' experience in management of small businesses and large contracts/programs ranging from $200K to $25M in annual revenues. Her expertise is in operations and business/financial management for research (engineering and biomedical), manufacturing and technology environments and for non-profits. She has extensive experience working with diverse businesses, setting up collaborations and developing new business and partnerships. Her volunteer programs included Civitan, State Ombudsman for the New Mexico Aging and Elderly Department and President of the New Mexico Biomedical and Biotechnical Association. She is currently a Board member for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) and Vice President of Women Veterans of New Mexico.


Fermin Ortega, Deputy Director and Transitional Housing Program Manager

Fermin has been with the VIC since 2015. Starting in the Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer working with the Company Commander, he was instrumental in supporting the Training group, Company First Sergeant and Platoon Sergeants in administrative and operational activities. Since 2005, Mr. Ortega has supported the Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) starting with resident monitoring and progressing to the organization's Operations Manager and currently Deputy Director. He has supervised staff and residents, resolved operational issues and authored and implemented various organizational policies. He has been instrumental in developing the VIC teams and to increase services to homeless and low income Veterans.


Tim Pesavento, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Manager

After completing a 24-year career in the US Air Force in Human Resources with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Tim joined the VIC team in 2013 with the award of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant as the Program Manager. He has been able to utilize his skills in human resources, supervision, and inspections, as well as project, change, strategic, and organizational management to develop the VIC SSVF program and team in Albuquerque and our NM rural communities. With his background in training and compliance, he has been instrumental in helping the VIC team achieve CARF accreditation and been able to use his skills in database development for setting up systems to better serve our Veteran community.


Wendy Webber, Outreach Coordinator

Wendy Webber has been with the VIC since September 2012, first as a volunteer and currently as the VIC Outreach Coordinator. She identifies and coordinates events to promote the organization throughout the State as well as fundraising activities; organizes Outreach activities to Veterans in need, coordinates the annual Stand Down event; manages the logistics of donations; and supervises volunteers and the VIC Thrift Shop; Supports grant and proposal activities. Mrs. Webber has also served as the Senior Volunteer at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany in the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center with a focus to serve wounded members of the United States armed forces and coalition troops from over 44 different countries. As a Veteran of the Air Force, Wendy is able to use her experience and training to reach out to our Veterans and the community, providing service to homeless and low income Veterans.




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