Lupe Rios, Executive Director, is a gem and tremendous asset to the Arbors of Del Rey. Her passion and commitment to serving this special population are truly demonstrated by her professionalism toward them, and her values make her a perfect fit for the Arbors family. As an advocate for our families, Lupe makes it her priority to comfort families in difficult times in many cases avoiding a crisis. Ms. Rios was born in El Paso, Texas but was raised in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County. She is a Conquistador with the Greater Chamber of Las Cruces and fills the role of ambassador by welcoming new businesses and their families to our wonderful city. Lupe has long been and continues to be an active member of the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lupe embraces her work as Executive Director and demonstrates patience and love especially when working with families who are facing the devastating consequences of dementing illness, including Alzheimer’s.
Lupe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She selected this discipline because she enjoys learning about, and is intrigued by cultures and diversity. Incidentally, she can apply this to her work at the Arbors. “It’s imperative to know the ”whole” person when they have Alzheimer’s” she says. They are not just an admission or a number to us and understanding their backgrounds are crucial in how we care for them. Ms. Rios served in the capacity as advocate and counselor for La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter empowering and supporting families of domestic violence. She also worked as a Family Service Coordinator and Developmental Specialist with “Aprendamos”, which is an early intervention program. Lupe was charged with assisting families and their children to meet their growth and developmental milestones. Lupe also worked with Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as their Marketing/Admissions Director. In May of 2016 Lupe represented the Arbors of del Rey at the Annual International Eden Alternative Conference in Little Rock Arkansas.
Mary Lopez, Director of Social Services, is a native of Las Cruces New Mexico. As a child and teenager, Mary knew she wanted to make a difference in people lives, and that she did and continues to do. Throughout her life, Mary would be the first to volunteer in the community where ever it was needed. At 18 years young, Mary found her calling by caring for those afflicted by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and their families. To date, Mary continues to show her compassion, love and dedication to her elders in the very important role of Director of Social Services for the Arbors of Del Rey. Mary has wonderful 9 year tenure at The Arbors of Del Rey and calls it her home away from home. Mary is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified Eden Associate. Mary is a very active Alzheimer’s liaison and advocates for the greater Las Cruces area. Mary moderates weekly Alzheimer’s support group meetings and provides resources and support to those in this difficult predicament. Mary’s Love in life is her husband Peter and their beautiful son Gabriel, who frequently volunteers at the Arbors. Mary’s personal and professional fulfillments are in line with the Arbors mission and holistic, non- institutional care approach. She coaches the elders in pottery, and has been studying aroma therapy and applies various essential oils within the Arbors.
Michael Manzanares, Business Office Manager, is no stranger to our Arbors family, and is one of the most tenured and respected employees of 14 successful years, and is a native of our historic Old Mesilla. Mr. Manzanares knows how to climb ranks by demonstrating team work, interpersonal skills, and leadership at his former employers as with Arbors, where is now our Business Office Manager. As a young man Michael climbed quickly with the SEARs Corporation from tire technician, to crew chief, to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified mechanic, and customer service representative. He has also mentored troubled juveniles, possesses Law Enforcement certifications & training with the New Mexico State Police Reserve, & NM Mounted Patrol as a Sargent, where he was assigned services for Former President George W. Bush. Michael is a dedicated husband and father demonstrated by extensive involvement with Girl Scouts in all their activities including cookie sales and distribution! He actively volunteers with the LCPD, at annual dog days, Alzheimer’s Association, Men who Cook, the Whole Enchilada, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral; hobbies include photography, bicycling, hiking, fishing, camping, fire arm safety, and enduro care racing.