These are the people who are our Rock

It starts with our volunteers, real heros in the story of The Rock at NoonDay. They are people like you, who have been blessed with much (or not so much) and know they need to share their good fortune. Our daily mission would be impossible without you.

Our Board of Directors and many of our staff are volunteers, who see their job as a mission and vice-versa. They put their souls into creating an environment where the saddest possible stories can have, if not always a happy ending, at least a peaceful middle.


Danny Whatley,

Executive Director


Karen Polich,

Development Director


Michelle Herrera

Volunteer Coordinator, Kitchen Manager



These are the people behind The Rock. Get to know them.

Eric Layer, Board Chair. Account Director for McKee Wallwork and Co., Eric has a deep sense of compassion and way of helping people in times of need. After studying in York, England, he worked on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and communications director, and is former vice president of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. Eric has advised and ghostwritten for CEOs and members of Congress, and his PR work has landed front-page stories in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and other national publications. When he’s not being officially official, he’s hunting big game, running a youth group at his church and reading in his self-constructed home library.

Dr. Allen Miner, DC., is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Administration degree in finance. He is also a graduate from Parker College in Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in anatomy and a Doctorate degree in chiropractics. Dr. Miner founded Health Quest Chiropractic in 2003. He and his wife Wendy are devoted to their three young children and also to philanthropy. As members of the United Way Alexis De Tocqueville society, they are able to leverage their donations to numerous local causes here in New Mexico. Allen is an Albuquerque Community Foundation Future Fund member, Alexis De Tocqueville Society member, Younglife SW Region board member, and Copper Pointe Church member. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Jim Roach is a native New Mexican and a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. He received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. He has served on the Noon Day board since its inception, and on the Albuquerque Rescue Mission board prior to that time. He is the president of the board of directors of New Mexico Christian Legal Aid.

Ruthie Horn Robbins is a native of Albuquerque and she attended college and law school at UNM. She practiced law at Atkinson and Kelsey, P.A., and has served as a mediator. She has served on numerous boards and is president and founder of Mandy’s Special Farm, a home for women with autism in Albuquerque’s south valley.

Robert Ewing received his BS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and his MSEE from the University of New Mexico. He worked for more than 35 years at Sandia National Laboratories, and has since been an engineering consultant for the past 14 years. Robert serves on the advisory board of the Eagles’ Wings Youth Ranch, New Mexico Baptist Foundation, and serves as chairman of the budget and audit committee of the New Mexico Church Finance Corporation. He also serves on the finance committee at Hoffmantown Church. Robert is a registered professional engineer in the state of New Mexico, and has designed and helped construct numerous mission churches in the U.S. and South America.

George Friberg is senior director for Technology Ventures Corporation, a Lockheed Martin founded, not-for–profit company that assists TVC clients define business cases, develop marketing strategy, strengthen intellectual property positions, and find equity funding. He currently serves on several boards including Noon Day, the University of New Mexico Foundation, and Samaritan Counseling Center Foundation. He is the past chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association, and Golden Apple Foundation. His received a BS in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. He also studied at the Advanced Licensing Institute, Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is a member, elder and teacher at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

David N. Robbins, MD, is a native of Albuquerque. After graduating from Dartmouth College and completing medical school at UC-Davis, he returned to New Mexico to begin practicing medicine. He practiced urology at Lovelace Medical Center for 21 years before moving to the VA Hospital in 2007.

Heather Roach

Phil Uphold

Brian Martin

John Torrison