Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Board of Directors

Mr. Robert Ruth - President
Robert Ruth is the President and Owner of Sunbelt Properties, Inc., a general construction firm, which has been in business since 1979.  His construction expertise is very beneficial to GAHP.  He is a member of the San Felipe de Neri Development Council and a past President and member of the San Felipe Old Town Community Association.  He became a member of the BOD in July 2012. 

Mr. Tony Sylvester - Vice President

Tony Sylvester has been the Special Projects Manager at the Mid-Region Council of Governors since 2004. He is also a part- time faculty member at UNM where he teaches Regional Planning and Public Works. He has a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bloomsburg University. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2006.  He became a board member in July 2011. 

Ms. Felicia Padilla-Montaño- Treasurer

Felicia Padilla-Montano is a current GAHP resident and has been nominated for the new treasurer role. As a current NM certified nurse aide and Alzhemeir's / Autism activist, bringing communities together and producing positive outcomes for the environment has been her great passion. She is originally from Phoenix, AZ and moved to Albuquerque back in 2009. She enjoys the weather and the outdoors of New Mexico.

Mrs. Juliea Benzaquen - Secretary
Juliea Benzaquen is a new addition to the GAHP Board and is eager to contribute in our future endeavors.  As a current GAHP resident, she is an active member in her local community and a great voice for our residents.  Having a resident on the GAHP Board gives our future developments a deeper connection and a better understanding of resident needs.  She and her late husband moved to New Mexico in 2005. She enjoys the food and people of Albuquerque and being outdoors in nature.  Juliea has a BA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.  
Mrs. Tessah Latson - Member

Tessah Latson currently serves in the capacity of Director of the Barelas Economic Opportunity Center (BEOC) of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC).  Overseeing education and workforce development programs, Tessah manages all program development and partnership cultivation of the BEOC.  She has over 15 years of experience in strategic funding, organizational/program development, community outreach and cross-sector coalition-building. .  She holds a BA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a MA in Intercultural Relations, Community Development Emphasis from Lesley University and was honored in 2009 with Business First’s 40 Under Forty award..  Tessah is new to the GAHP BOD, but has claimed New Mexico home since 2002.

Mr. Don Dudley - Member

As a second generation architect, Don Dudley brings a diverse perspective with regard to housing.  His interest in this building typology began as an undergraduate when he studied housing abroad in the mid '80's and lived in Berlin, Germany.  He later studied under the esteemed housing professor in the southwest, George Anselevicius.  After serving on the senior design staff for Antoine Predock, Don started his own architectural firm and has won numerous awards for projects in the southwest.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has been a guest lecturer and architecture instructor at the University of New Mexico and North Carolina State University.

Ms. Xiaoya Wu - Member

Xiaoya Wu started her journey as an international student in Albuquerque since 2011. After graduating from Menaul School, she gained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at UNM and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Information Systems and Assurance with a focus on Big Data/Data Analytics. She had several entrepreneurial experiences both in the United States and overseas. Xiaoya has a great passion for contributing her academic and business background to serve GAHP as a board member.