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



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

John Torrison, Board Chair, serves as the Associational Director for Central Baptist Association.  John has been ministering in Central Baptist Association for almost 29 years.  He began pastoring in 1984 at FBC Carrizozo, NM then was called to Central Baptist Church Grants and then in 1990 God led him to First Baptist Church Tijeras, NM.  He pastored FBC Tijeras for nine years when the Lord led him to start Vista Grande Church, Sandia Park, NM.  After pastoring Vista Grande Church for twelve years God called him to accept the call to serve as Central Baptist Association’s Director where he serves 71 churches in central New Mexico.  John has been married to his wife Trudy for 44 years.  They have two daughters, Jamie Coey who is married to Brian Coey, and they live in Edgewood, NM with their three teenagers, Ashleigh, Hunter and Kassie.  Their other daughter Sarah is married to Rob Slusser. They have a two year old daughter named Mackenzie and a son on the way. They live in Raleigh, NC.

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.

Debbie Schmidt is a longtime NM resident and a devoted mother and grandmother. After retiring from a career in customer service, she pursued a calling to assist those in need of in-home healthcare. Her passion for service eventually led her to be a longtime volunteer at The Rock, where she enjoys contributing to the mission of compassion and service to the community in need. In retirement, she enjoys annual travels to new locals around the world as well as cultivating her garden and the lives of her grandchildren.

Heather Roach

Phil Uphold

Tom Neale