Board of Trustees

Raymond S. Vogt, Chair
Sr. Vice President
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio

Paul A. Leche, Vice-Chair
Special Council for Appeals
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Austin, Texas

Paul Birnesser, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 
RedPeak Properties
Denver,Colorado

Joseph Savittiere, Jr., Trustee Emeritus
Lorton, Virginia

William Tryon, Trustee
Attorney at Law
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Daniel G Mitchell Jr., Trustee
Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity in Kerrville
Medina, Texas

Edmund Yazzie, Vice Chair
Council Delegate, Smith Lake, Pinedale, Churchrock,
Mariano Lake, and Thoreau Chapter
Jamestown, New Mexico

Tom Valentine, Trustee
Austin, Texas

Chris Halter, Executive Director
St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School
Thoreau, New Mexico



Ray Vogt

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. A graduate from Ascension grammar school and Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Graduated from Bradley U. 1966 with a B.A. in Business Management.

Worked for Whirlpool Corp., FMC Corporation and Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in N. American, and international positions over 38 years. Retired as Sr. Vice President, Human Resource and Administration reporting to the CEO of Lincoln Electric in late 2004. Married with 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Worked part-time for 4 years assisting people with handicaps find employment.

Paul A. Leche

Mr. Leche is an attorney who has served on a variety of local and national boards and has advised numerous charities. He helped found a Catholic lawyers group in Austin. He is Special Counsel for Appeals for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission and serves on the board of Austin’s classical music station, KMFA

Joseph A. Savittiere, Jr.

Mr. Savittiere is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a former Assistant Vice President for Corporate Development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  He has many years of experience as a board member in a number of non-profit organizations and also as a volunteer engaged in feeding the homeless in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, DC, among other activities. He is a past vice-chairman and treasurer of the Board at St. Bonaventure’s.

William Tryon

Mr. Tryon is an attorney in both private and criminal practice.  He is a former Albuquerque Assistant City Attorney.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy and University of New Mexico.Mr. Tryon is a veteran volunteer on numerous city commissions, involved in public service projects.

Daniel G Mitchell Jr.

Mr. Mitchell retired from the Houston Police Department in 2005 as a narcotics investigator, having served as a federal task force officer working in the field of narcotics interdiction.In addition, Dan is a 3rd generation home builder with extensive experience in residential construction. In 2007 Dan became the Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity in Kerrville, Texas and currently serves in that capacity. He has been a volunteer with St Bonaventure for several years and is devoted to improving the living conditions of the Navajo people. He is married with two children and six grandchildren and lives in Medina, Texas.

Edmund Yazzie

Mr. Yazzie is a former criminal investigator for the New Mexico State District Attorney’s Office.He has worked on the law enforcement for 14 years.As an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe, he specializes in drug/alcohol prevention within his community. He started the first D.A.R.E. Parent Program on the Navajo Reservation, presently serving on the National D.A.R.E Board as a New Mexico representative.He is currently a two term Navajo Nation Council Delegate, representing 6 Chapters.

 

Tom Valentine

After a 30 year career at the state and federal level, serving Texas and individuals with health and human service needs, Tom joined Texas Insight in October of 2012. He began his career as a special education teacher, teaching deaf-blind, severely disabled children. With the passage of federal legislation guaranteeing free appropriate education for all students, Tom joined the Texas Education agency where he assisted local school districts to develop the capability of serving all their children as required by the new federal law.

Having an interest in performance evaluation and budgeting, Tom joined the staff of the Legislative Budget Board where he served for 13 years as the Senior Analyst for Health and Human Services. In that time Tom recommended significant changes to state law and agency operations that would enhance the lives of the people served through Health and Human Service programs in Texas.

Following his tenure at the LBB, he joined the senior staff at the Department of Protective and Regulatory Service—now the Department of Family and Protective Services—as the Deputy Director for Management Services, and then 4 years later joined the staff of the State Auditor where he coordinated audits for the Health and Human Services function as well as served as the legislative liaison for the State Auditor.

In 1996 Tom returned to the LBB as the legislative liaison in Washington DC where he coordinated information and budget efforts related to federal programs and the interests of Texas. Tom then went on to become the Chief of Staff for the Congressional office of the 10th Congressional District in Washington DC and then the Chief Operating Officer for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America). 

In 2003, until retiring from state service, Mr. Valentine returned to Texas as the Senior
Policy Advisor for Health and Behavioral Health at the Health and Human
Services Commission.

 

Information

St. Bonaventure Indian School is a private, Catholic school located at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation in Thoreau, NM. The school is one of the ministries of St. Bonaventure Indian Mission which serves the Diné of the area.

Contact Us

25 Navarre Blvd W , Thoreau, NM 87323

505-862-7847