Board of Directors
Was the manager for Corporate Reliability and Compliance for Navistar International in Indiana. In that capacity, he was responsible for four departments and the company’s relations with the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Past-President of the American Association of Parliamentarians, Northern Indiana Chapter, Dick was a 15-year volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Society in Indiana, He is an officer and board member of several organizations in Las Cruces, a member of the Pastoral Council, and involved with La Bodega food pantry at St. Albert’s Newman Parish. He works on the acquisition of food for Casa de Peregrinos and has spent a considerable amount of time researching food bank operations in New Mexico.
A retired pediatrician (10 years in group practice, 15 in solo rural practice, plus 15 years as traveling locum tenens), Tom Packard moved to Las Cruces in 2002. He's an active volunteer for Chihuahua Desert Nature Park (now the Institute for Science education) and the Southwest Environmental Center.
Tom serves on the planning committee for the Rio Grande and Raft-the-Rio events, and is a mentor and sex-education instructor for J. Paul Taylor Juvenile Justice Center. He's active as well on several committees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces and volunteers regularly at Casa de Peregrinos.
Served as a U.S. Army Engineer at White Sands Missile Range for 37 years. He was on the Las Cruces City Commission (Council) for four years, founded the Southern Rio Grande COG for seven countries, and at the request for Henry Kissinger, was on the U.S. Commission of UNESCO for two years.
A major player in the development of the city’s Community of Hope, he now serves as a liaison from Casa de Peregrinos to the COH Board. George helped the entire Community of Hope obtain federal and state funding by working through New Mexico's Senator Domenici and continues to play a role in fundraising.
Lorenzo Alba, Jr.
Is the Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program. He is the former publisher and editor of the Lordsburg Liberal in his hometown of Lordsburg, NM. He was educated at Lordsburg High School, The University of New Mexico and The Art Institute of Dallas. His passion is in serving those less fortunate. He is currently President Elect of the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club, Past Grand Knight (2012-2015) of Knights of Columbus of the Basilica de San Albino, serves on the board of the Border Servant Corp and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of Dona Ana County.