Categories: FoundationPublished On: March 2nd, 2022

The JF Maddox Foundation has an incredible team of people who work hard to ensure the Foundation is meeting its mission. In our new blog series, we’ll introduce you to the incredible individuals who work hard every day to serve the people of Lea County.  

Meet Mayra Lovas!  Mayra joined the JF Maddox Foundation as a program officer in 2016.  During her tenure at the Foundation, Mayra has overseen our investments in early childhood education, public health, and social services.  She is also responsible for the Maddox Leadership Institute, a nine-month, evidence-informed leadership development program for aspiring community leaders.  

Here we find out more about Mayra, including her history of performing the national anthem multiple times in front of an audience.   

Describe your job in three words. 

Connector, researcher, partner  

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? 

There are so many amazing things I am working on right now: (1) CTECH, (2) a metaverse classroom pilot with USW, (3) superintendents roundtable, (4) a potential telehealth research project with a JF Maddox scholar, and (5) the Maddox Leadership Institute 2.0 – I can’t pick just one!  

What is your favorite part of the job?  

Connecting with people in the community, being invited to help people live out their passion, and the people I work with.  

If there was one person at the Foundation who you could trade jobs with, who would it be and why? 

Honestly, I love what I get to do. I think David and I have the best jobs at the Foundation! 

Finally, something we’d never guess about you!  

I used to sing the national anthem before my high school volleyball games.