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 *Vulnerable Road Users* NM


          - We enhance awareness about persons who
            share our roads who are at particular risk. 

     - We help to educate road users about being respectful and
    responsible toward others who use the same travel space.

         - We enlist the support of community leaders, civic    organizations, and local businesses as we advocate
    for cooperation between planners, decision-makers,                 and road users.  



                        Our organization is served by a group of volunteers 

                  who share a vision for positive change in our community. 

       Executive Director/President          Barbara Toth

       Co-Director/Vice-President            Donald Wilson

       Board Treasurer                              Longino Bustillos

       Member-at-large                             Daniel Garcia

       Member-at-large                         David Alcala Garcia

       Member-at-large                             Brian Klimeck 

       Member-at-large                             Laura Roper


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          Meet our Board of Directors

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                            Hello! I am BARBARA TOTH, founder of this organization. In 2020, my                                                                  husband, Jim, was hit and seriously injured by a 17-year-old driver while                                                              riding his bicycle;  thankfully, he survived!  Recently we celebrated our                                                                  51st wedding anniversary!  Besides my husband & home, I am passionate                                                           about making music - as a teacher, church musician, and professional                                                                   accompanist. VRU is of particular importance to me because it                                                                               demonstrates the redemptive aspect of what we have been thorough and                                                             allows us to use our story to make a difference in the lives of others!  

     My name is DAVID ALCALA GARCIA. I'm a 21-year-old undergrad at NM State                                                   University studying digital film making. I'm a musician and enjoy playing and                                                       making music as well as performing. I also enjoy playing chess, traveling with                                                     my family, and cycling with my older brother. I am the proud "dad" of a black                                                       Bombay cat, Oliver!  I have become involved with VRUNM because I would like                                                   to use the skills that I have to help spread awareness about this movement.

                     I am LONGINO BUSTILLOS; I am married and father to two amazing daughters.                                                  I am a bicyclist, and I also ride a motorcycle. I recently retired after 33 years                                                     with the Department of Agriculture. In 2021, while riding in a cycling race, I                                                         was struck by the driver of a truck, who was under the influence of drugs. I have                                                 become a strong advocate for vulnerable road users! There are times in our                                                       lives when we ask if we have done enough to make a difference. VRUnm is the                                                   perfect opportunity for all of us together to make a difference by sharing the                                                       message with everyone to safely share the road! 

My name is DANIEL GARCIA; I am 23 years old and a graduate of Las Cruces                                                    High and New Mexico State University. I am in the process of applying to medical                                            schools and furthering my education. My hobbies include traveling, surfing, and                                                 snowboarding. One way I like to decompress is to get on my bike and get lost in                                                the beautiful landscape of New Mexico! My commitment to educating the public                                                about vulnerable road users is extremely high since my life was almost taken by                                                an irresponsible motorist!

                 I am LAURA ROPER, the mother of a beautiful 11-year-old daughter and married                                              to my best friend, Delivan. When not caring for my family and home, I work at                                                      Weight Watchers, guiding members to improved health and lifestyle. I also                                                          volunteer with the choir at my church. I am taking an active role in VRU because                                                I recognize the Importance of the organization and of protecting vulnerable road                                              users. This could  even include my own husband or daughter!

I am DONALD WILSON. I moved to Las Cruces when I was just 4, then moved                                                  away for grad school and to begin my career as a Nursing Home Administrator.                                                  My wife and I were fortunate to return to Las Cruces in 1996. We love living in                                                    the downtown area and that the weather here allows us to enjoy hiking or biking                                            almost every day of the year! I am working with VRUnm and other cycling                                                            advocacy organizations to help make the roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians,                                                  and others in the Mesilla Valley.


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    Vulnerable Road Users NM, incorporated in the state of New Mexico (2022)
                                   Also in 2022, awarded 501c3 status by the IRS

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