They are professional and caring community members who donate their time, efforts, and resources for the good of the youth of Lincoln County.
Celeste Barnes lived with her mother and sister in Seattle, Washington as a child, and visited her father in Ruidoso every Christmas and summer until Middle School when she moved to Ruidoso full time. She received a Bachelor of Science in Geography/Urban Planning from New Mexico State University in 1997 and ended up back in Seattle where she began her career in Technology. After working as a Software Test Engineer, Project Manager, and Tech Support Manager at three different companies, she found her home at Spacelabs Healthcare in 2001 and has been working there ever since. Her current role as Technology Manager involves helping the Sales Executives navigate the complex technical environment healthcare has become. 15 years ago she moved back from Seattle and she and her husband Chris Barnes are happy to call Ruidoso Downs their forever home.
Laura and her family moved to Alto in April, 2013, after retiring from 33 years in the telecommunications industry. Most of those years were spent in Kentucky, where she grew up. In 2005 Laura accepted a position as CEO for a communications company in Lea County, New Mexico and worked there for eight years. During her career in New Mexico and Kentucky, Laura volunteered on several boards and worked with the youth in different capacities and created or assisted with several fund-raising events for various charitable organizations. Laura visited Ruidoso on several occasions while living in Hobbs, and enjoyed her visits immensely. However, in early 2013, it was clear to her that she was ready to do more than just visit Ruidoso-she was ready to make the Ruidoso area her permanent home and ready to enroll her daughter in the Lincoln County School System. Laura retired from her busy, executive life as CEO and now works from her home as a consultant and a bookkeeper. She enjoys the mountains, horseback riding, gardening, hiking and the wonderful people who make the area their home. Laura began volunteering with the High Mountain Youth Project several years ago and is now on the board helping with fundraising and other opportunities.
Missy Goerner, a lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas, moved with her husband, Herb, to Ruidoso in the Spring of 2020. A senior executive in US and International telecommunications for more than four decades, Missy continues to travel for her work in the International market. “It’s certainly a longer commute to the Roswell airport than in San Antonio”, says Missy, “but worth it to be able to live and be part of the community in beautiful Ruidoso.” Recognized for her groundbreaking work in sports content, Missy is an inductee in the National Cable Television Association’s prestigious Cable Pioneers. Missy and Herb have two children and one grandchild and are active participants in Ruidoso organizations.
I was born in Providence, RI. I graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi TX in 1964. I went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and JHU’s School for Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C., but my entire career has been in the news industry.
My first job was with the Newport News VA Daily Press. From there I moved back to Washington DC and took a job with the Washington Star. In 1970 I joined The Associated Press and moved to Columbus OH. A couple of years later, I left AP for a reporting job at the Express-News in San Antonio.
I was at the Express-News four years as a reporter, editorial writer and finally editor of the Sunday paper. I met and married Pam Mauldin, who was special sections manager in the advertising department.I returned to AP in 1976, and Pam and I moved to Raleigh NC.
AP moved us from there to Pittsburgh, then to Columbia SC, then to Des Moines IA, and finally to headquarters in New York. I held several executive positions, went to law school at night, and was named AP’s associate general counsel in 2001. I held that position until I retired in 2011.
Pam and I moved to Puerto Vallarta with our daughter, Elizabeth, a granddaughter adopted at birth in 2010. Pam’s father, John Mauldin, had left us his Ruidoso place. We replaced it with a cabin in 2012, and we spent summers here until 2015, when we decided to become full-time Ruidoso residents.
I was a reporter for the Ruidoso News for a couple of years. After that I started a free ride service to health care appointments for the home bound and volunteered with High Mountain Youth Project, Lincoln County Adult Literacy, and the Food 4 Kids backpack program. Lately I’ve begun substitute teaching at Ruidoso High School.