Joanne Fine has spent more than 40 years working to benefit the people of central New Mexico. From 1996 through 2013, she served as the chief communications officer of United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM). During her tenure at UWCNM, the organization tripled its fundraising and was awarded over 100 state, regional and national communications awards.
Joanne received the Marketer of the Year from the New Mexico Chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Cumbre Award from the Public Relations Society of New Mexico. From November 2006 to November 2007, she worked with 14 local organizations to open the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center, an organization for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Now retired, Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband, Art, and their two sons. She continues to devote her time to local nonprofit organizations and has begun writing a book for children in harm’s way.
Michael L Keleher joined Keleher & McLeod in 1962, and is presently Of Counsel. He has held a Martindale Hubbell AV rating for more than 25 years, and was mentioned in Best Lawyers under real estate. His primary legal areas were real property, probate and trust. He is a high school graduate of NMMI Roswell, New Mexico, and earned a BA from UNM, MA from NYU while on active duty with the U.S. Navy, and a JD from University of Mississippi.
Michael served as a member of the University of Albuquerque Board, Old Lincoln County Memorial Commission, City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission, Shared Vision, Inc., and RO Anderson Foundation Board. He became chair of the Bernalillo County Unit of the American Cancer Society, City Land Controls Board, NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collectors, the NM Diamond Jubilee/U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission, Archdiocese Development Counsel, and Catholic Foundation.
He is currently a member of NM and American Bar Associations, NM Amigos, UNM Alumni Letterman’s Association, Sigma Chi Alumni, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, Order of Friars Minor (affiliate), and chair of the Guadalupe Institute. He is mentioned in Who’s Who in America.
He married Margaret Anne Wills of Memphis, Tennessee, June 10, 1961, and they have six children and sixteen grandchildren.
Thomas F. Keleher began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps serving in the Philippines and Viet Nam during the Viet Nam War. After graduating from law school in 1974, he joined Keleher & McLeod. He has led a distinguished career and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell AV and Benchmark Litigation.
Active in the community, Tom has served as Chairman and on the board of the Center for Civic Values, President and board member of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, Chairman of the State Bar Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Section, was a panel member of the American Arbitration Association and has been active in United Way of Central New Mexico. He is currently the Finance Chair of the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Co-Chair of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation History Exhibit Fundraising Committee and a member of the Executives’ Association of Greater Albuquerque.
He and his wife, Greta, have been married for 50 years, and have five children and twelve grandchildren.
William B. Keleher is a member of the Keleher & McLeod law firm and is a life-long resident of New Mexico. He served for two years in the United States Air Force as an assistant staff judge advocate before joining his father, W.A. Keleher, to practice law.
During his more than 50 years of law practice with Keleher & McLeod, Bill has focused primarily on public utility law, real estate, probate, trust and estate work, representing corporations and individuals. He is currently a member of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in two areas, Real Estate Law and Corporate Law. He was chairman of the Federal Magistrate Selection Panel for the District of New Mexico from 1994 to 2009, serving under four chief judges of the New Mexico Federal District Court. He served as chair of Senator Pete Domenici’s campaign for re-election in 1996 and 2002.
Bill was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Valles Caldera Trust from 2005 to 2009, and served as Chairman of the Board in 2009. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Casa Angelica Foundation and the Kirtland Partnership Committee. In 2012 the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce awarded Bill the Steve Schiff Advocacy award.
Bill has a deep interest in the history of New Mexico, which he learned from his father. He and his wife, Jan, have been married for 56 years and have five children and ten grandchildren.
Susan and Al Unser, Sr.
Al Unser, Sr. is the retired race car driving legend who was the second of only three drivers to have ever won the Indy 500 a record number of four times. When Al retired from race car driving in 1994, he returned to Albuquerque where he met his wife, Susan.
Al freely admits he regrets that he took his education for granted. As he became more successful in motorsports, there were opportunities he wasn’t able to take because he wasn’t prepared. As a young man he did not see the importance of learning a foreign language, reading and math until he traveled internationally for races, or encountered contracts, legal documents and had to make financial decisions during his career. Al knew he wanted to come home to Albuquerque and find a way to provide some guidance for young men and women who perhaps could benefit from his own youthful short sightedness. With Susan’s background in business they set out on this mission as the start of second careers for both of them.
In 2005, Al and Susan founded the Unser Racing Museum and the Unser Discovery Campus School. To date, more than $50,000 has been awarded in scholarships to Albuquerque high school graduates entering college to study engineering. More than 250,000 people have visited the museum which has doubled in size to include more race cars, antique cars, art and an entire archive department of over 22,000 artifact displays.