Fiestas de Taos

Taos Fiesta Council 2018

Photo by Chuck McLaughlin of Sean Kelly Portraits – Taos, NM

Back Row (L to R): Isabel Chacon, Vice President Thelma Montez, Charles Lane, Treasurer Joseph Quintana, Annabelle Garcia-Noga, Marlene Rael

Front Row (L to R): Bernadette Trujillo, Rene Lavadie, President Anna Herrera, Elma Vigil, Secretary Christine Barela

Not Pictured: Theresa Trujillo, Manuel Medina, Judi Cantu, Tina Jo Martinez, Helio Sanchez 





Anna Herrera

2018 President; Former Secretary; Member Since 2011

BIOGRAPHY: Anna is a native Taoseña. She was born to Erlinda and the late Ruben Herrera of Arroyo Hondo. Family is of most importance to her, she has two sons — Juan Andres and Jose Ruben Romero, daughter in law Soveida Garcia Romero and three beautiful granddaughters: Ashley, Alicia & Andrea Romero. Anna grew with two sisters and four brothers and is an active member of Holy Trinity Parish. She is employed by the US Department of Labor as a Caseworker and enjoys the outdoors, and spends all her spare time with her family. Anna joined the Fiesta Council to ensure that these centuries old traditions are passed on for future generations.


Thelma Montez

2018 Vice President; Former Taos Fiesta Princesa 1981; Member since 2014

BIOGRAPHY: Thelma Montez is a native Taosena, she is the mother of two sons Ronald and Jacob, and the proud Nana of Alexis, Antonio, Aubrielle, and Marcus. Thelma has been owner/stylist/nail tech at Reflections of Beauty for 28 years. She is a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and, has served as mayordoma, assisted with Saint Micheal's youth group, and was part of the choir. Thelma enjoys being part of a positive group that all have a common interest, to preserve the culture and traditions of this beautiful town we call home.


Christine Barela

2018 Secretary; Member since 2010

BIOGRAPHY: Christine Barela is a lifelong Taoseña. She was born to Trinnie and Luis Barela of Talpa, New Mexico. She is the proud mother of 2 sons, Francisco Vigil and Mateo Vigil. They bring much joy to her life. She is the youngest of four children, Carlos Barela, Pat Barela-Rael and Luis Barela, Jr. Christine worked for Centinel Bank of Taos for nine years. Then, Christine was employed by the State of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department, Protective Services Division where she retired with 25 years of service. Family, friends and this community are very important to Christine. She is an active member of The Eagle’s Club #3489, where the motto is “People Helping People”. This is what Christine enjoys doing, helping people. She has always loved going to the Fiestas. She joined the Fiesta Council to see these traditions continue in our community. 


Joseph Quintana

2018 Treasurer; Past-President; Member since 2009

BIOGRAPHY: Joseph is a lifelong Taoseno. He was the third son born to Evangeline and Carlos Herman Quintana in Albuquerque, New Mexico and resides in Taos, New Mexico. Joseph has three children Soledad of Taos, Ana-Alycia and her partner Morgan of Colorado Springs and Xavier of Washington DC. He is the proud grandfather of two beautiful granddaughters, Zaria Helena and Cora Luna. His passion is helping people and is an Insurance Agent with the Thomas E. Gutierrez Farmers Insurance Agency. Joseph previously pioneered commercial outdoor recreation with his company Native Son Adventures until 2006, and still loves the outdoors. Fiesta’s has always been a part of Joseph’s life and he will continue to work to maintain the traditions and cultures of the Taos that he loves.


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