The Senior Hall of Fame represents an elite and unique group of seniors who share many years of commitment to volunteerism and public service. Using their considerable skills, life experiences, and energies, each year’s inductees have worked tirelessly to improve quality of life for people of all ages. They function as role models of caring and selfless dedication, leaving their helping and creative mark on our schools, hospitals and social agencies. They have protected our environment, enriched our cultural life, provided guidance for our young people, and brought hope and meaning to the lives of the lonely, disadvantaged and elderly.
Mike served in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1996. In deciding on a second career, he was looking for a profession that impacted a person’s daily life and would provide Mike the opportunity to serve families in need. Realizing that nearly everyone seemed to be searching for answers regarding finances, he became a Financial Planner serving in the Albuquerque area from 1996-2001. He was then selected to be the Director of Training for an international financial organization and worked in the Dallas/Fort Worth area until 2006.
In 2006, Mike left the financial planning field and he became a full time missionary providing no-cost financial classes throughout Albuquerque and the surrounding community. Along with serving seniors through Financial Horizons, Mike has conducted financial literacy training for Sandia Laboratories, Intel, PNM, Samaritan Counseling Center, Saranam, the Methodist Children’s Home, many churches, home schooled children and countless families.
Mike met his lovely wife Karen in 5th grade and they have been married over 40 years.
Lopez has a 13-year professional background in the film industry and has worked with everyone from Hollywood executives to political leaders. After returning to her home state of New Mexico as a new mom, she was inspired to create TeeniorsSM in 2015 while seeing her own mom struggle to adapt to the digital world.
TeeniorsSM is a brand new social enterprise that connects tech-savvy teens and millenials with senior citizens through one-on-one, personalized coaching. Lopez’s primary goal is to empower older adults in understanding technology while providing paid, meaningful work to younger adults. In just over a year since it’s inception, Teeniors has evolved into a vibrant platform connecting hundreds of seniors and youth across Albuquerque and our surrounding cities, while earning national press coverage and multiple new business awards. They provide free coaching every month to seniors who cannot afford to pay, and they continuously receive 5-star reviews from both their clients and the young adults who work with them.
A native New Mexican, global traveler and graduate of UNM, Lopez is deeply involved in social causes, having led and served on the boards of several non-profits while volunteering as a mentor to youth in Albuquerque and Los Angeles. Her life revolves around her 3-year old daughter Kaia, and her passion is bringing people of different worlds together to inspire change in our communities.
Ruthie Horn Robbins
Ruthie Horn Robbins was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received bachelors and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. She is the proud wife of David Robbins, MD, and very proud mother of son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Katherine, and daughter, Mandy.
An involved member of the Albuquerque community, Ruthie, along with her husband, founded Mandy’s Special Farm, a residential facility and day program for adults with developmental disabilities. She serves as president of the Mandy’s board. For 20 years, Ruthie served as board chair of Noon Day Ministries, New Mexico’s largest homeless feeding program; she remains a board member. Ruthie has served on the board of Advocates for Therapeutic Parks and Recreation since 1992. This organization provides summer and after school care for children with and without disabilities, in an integrated setting.
Ruthie served on the board of Manzano Day School for 24 years, helping to establish the annual fund, and served several years as board president. She helped establish the Presbyterian Ear Institute, which provides cochlear implants for children, as well as an oral school to establish language in children with cochlear implants.
Ruthie served on the Board of the YWCA, as well as the New Mexico Autism Society, helping to bring the Autism Society of America’s annual convention to Albuquerque. She recently joined the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Advisory Board, which provides leadership and access to the community on behalf of CNPE, United Way of Central New Mexico and the Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Ruthie’s guilty pleasure, given her love of animals and nature, was serving on the board of the New Mexico BioPark Society for six years.
Ruthie loves being outdoors, hiking, the arts, and especially traveling.
She was born and raised in Albuquerque by loving parents who taught by their example the value of our elders. They went to great lengths to ensure that the elders in her family and neighborhood stayed healthy, safe and secure. Although her parents’ example inspired her, it also caused her to take notice of the countless elders in the community who had no one to turn to for their unmet needs.
She worked for Presbyterian Healthcare Services for 39 years and she is proud to be part of this great organization that partners with other outstanding organizations to support our community’s most vulnerable.
For more than 25 years she has led or represented Presbyterian on city and state advisory boards that support low-income seniors and the disabled, including Silver Horizons New Mexico, City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, and the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department. She also serves as the chairperson for two Presbyterian Consumer Advisory Boards.
As the Manager of the Presbyterian Government Programs Education and Outreach department, she has the privilege of working with an amazing team who is dedicated to connecting underserved seniors and the disabled to much-needed resources; a team who has a genuine concern for the well-being of those they serve.
She volunteers her personal time through her church to lead self-empowerment groups and participate in outreach events that support vulnerable, low-income seniors in our community. It is the most rewarding experience to be part of this outreach that assists those who have many needs and few resources.
She is grateful to her family for their love, encouragement and support. Their love reminds her every day that, “Life is short; I want to live it well!”