386 W. Rio
Communities Blvd.

P.O. Box 8
Belen, NM 87002
(505) 864-6654
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VIA Board of Directors


Vice Chairman

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, a native of Valencia County, she is the Executive Director of Enlace Comunitario, a former Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of NM School of Law. A graduate of UNM and of the UCLA School of Law, she has taught civil procedure, election law, ethics, domestic and international family law and land use regulation. She has directed and served on the faculty of institutes in Mexico and the US on such subjects as family law, free trade and labor regulation. And, she oversees clinics in law practice, access to justice, natural resources and community lawyering. Professor Lopez lives with her husband and three children in Albuquerque.



James H. Foley brings more than 35 years of banking and financial experience to VIA’s Board. A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Foley served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for both First National Bank of Belen and its parent, American Republic Bancshares, Inc., until 1995. Under his leadership, First National grew to become the eighth largest bank in the state. Since 1995, Foley has served as Chairman of the Community Advisory Board for Wells Fargo Bank of Belen. He served on a host of church, community and business association boards. Among his civic awards, he has been named Citizen of the Year in Belen, received the Community Leadership Award from the New Mexico Easter Seal Society, the Humanitarian Award from the New Mexico Bankers’ Association, the Rio Abajo Award from the Valencia County Historical Society and the Banking Leadership Award from the Western States School of Banking. He and his wife Mary Kay live in Belen. Their son Jamie lives in California; their daughter Jennifer lives and works in New York City.

Photo of Richard P. Sweeney

Richard Patrick Sweeney


Richard Sweeney is a native of Belen. He graduated from Belen High School and has obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. Richard is employed by Sandia Labs. He is married and is the proud father of three children. Richard and his wife live in Southern Rio Communities and are very involved in Church and community, volunteering their efforts to better our community.

Robert Noblin

Robert C. Noblin, Jr. is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Robert is a graduate of Gupton-Jones college of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. He moved to Belen in 2005 and opened Noblin funeral Service. He currently serves on two local Chamber of Commerce board and the Development Board of the University of New Mexico . His musical talent provides enjoyment for local churches along with his local variety band. Robert lives in northern Rio Communities.

Paul A. Baca


Paul A. Baca is a native of Valencia County. He was the general manager of Baca Auto of Belen, and is the owner and operator of a travel center on Belen’s south side. A long time member of VIA. He is a past president of the greater Belen Chamber of Commerce as well as the Rotary Club of Belen, a former board member of the First National Bank of Belen as well as many other community boards and organizations. He is the recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, Citizen of the year and business of the year awarded by the Belen Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Loretta live in Belen with their 4 children.



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