Cindy Arndell

Cindy Arndell is a doctor at the University of New Mexico.  Thanks to her relationship with a member of Heading Home’s board and her services in the respite program housed at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center, Dr. Arndell agreed to be part of Hacienda Ball.

Stephen Christian and Julia Arnold

Stephen and Julie moved to New Mexico in 2015 with their two little girls.  Stephen, formerly of the band Anberlin, is now worship director at Calvary Albuquerque.  Julia, who now owns two horses, works with Cloud Dancers, a non-profit organization that specializes in therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.  “We like horses,” said one member of the couple.

Denise Leonardi

Dr. Denise Leonardi is a family doctor.  She works for United Healthcare as a Chief Medical Officer for United’s Medicaid plan here in New Mexico.  She is married, has two children and enjoys many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and walking.  She also loves to sing and read.

Ashley Mora

Ashley was born and raised in Albuquerque.  In 2010, she graduated from Hope Christian High School and went on to cheer at the University of New Mexico for the Lobos.  In 2012, Ashley started a health and beauty website called “SPARKLING From the Inside Out.”  In 2015, she was crowned Miss New Mexico World and competed at Miss World America and made the top 20.  This year, Ashley had the opportunity to represent New Mexico on E!’s new dating series, “CATCHING KELCE”.  Aside from that, Ashley works in Real Estate at Coldwell Bankers and teaches barre and hot yoga.

Colton Shone

Colton is the morning news anchor fo KOB4 Eyewitness News.  He is from Phoenix, AZ, but is quickly falling in love with the Land of Enchantment.  He’s married to his high school sweetheart and they have two little furballs (Poppy & Oliver).  In his free time, he loves to run, hike, cook and read.  Of course, keeping up with news is something he always does!

Jason Witter

Jason will received his MFA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico.  He has been involved in the Albuquerque theatre and indy film scene for the past 17 years.  Numerous plays he has written and directed include “Cap’n Hook”, “Hamlet the Vampire Slayer”, and “Pizza Girl Massacre”.  He release an illustrated collection of children’s poetry entitles “The Tiniest Vampire (and other silly things)” and will be releasing a coloring book based on it this fall.  He was voted “Best Local Author” by readers of The Weekly Alibi in their “Best of Burque 2016”.