Laura Conniff - NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink Co-Chair
REALTOR®, qualifying broker, and owner of Mathers Realty.
TETWP Co-Chair 2007-Present
Laura Mathers Conniff was born in Illinois, but she's a New Mexico woman through and through. She moved to Cruces in 1965, but anyone who knows her knows she's really a Las Cruces native at heart.
Laura’s awards from New Mexico State University include:
Laura's husband John is a pediatric dentist. She has two children and two granddaughters and two grandsons. Family and service has always been at the forefront of what Laura does. And as co-chair of Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, she may have found her most impassioned role. Her dedication to NMSU and her own experience with breast cancer make Laura a perfect fit for this wonderful event. Laura was diagnosed with cancer in January 1997 but already had a role model in whose steps she would follow. Laura's mother, Mary Mathers Welch, had been diagnosed with cancer several years before. Both strong women, Mary and Laura survived their cancer, and their survival brings open to all those who may face this same disease at some point in their own lives. Mary passed in 2011 however Laura knows that because of cancer’s strong genetic characteristic her daughter, Sarah, may be especially vulnerable to the disease. So they, like many others in the Aggie community, give of their time and experience in this fight against breast cancer. Will you join them at the Aggies ARE Tough Enough to Wear Pink event?
Pat Sisbarro - NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink Co-Chair
Vice-President and Director of Marketing for the Sisbarro Dealerships.
TETWP Co-Chair 2007-Present
Together, Pat and her husband Lou Sisbarro own and operate 10 automotive sales and service operations in Las Cruces, Deming and Sunland Park, NM. A two-time cancer survivor, Pat is one of the original co-chairs of the “NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign in Las Cruces. Since 1981, Pat has been a community leader in Las Cruces
Pat and Lou Sisbarro have been married more than 40 years. They have three children - Dan, Chip & Nicole – and seven grandchildren.
Magellia Boston - NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink Co-Chair
TETWP Co-Chair 2007-2014
Magellia McIntyre Boston is a dynamic self-avowed optimist who believes we can always face whatever comes at us with courage and grace. So, in 1998, when faced with the knowledge that she had breast cancer, Magellia gathered her friends for a party - one where she could educate them about this disease. Magellia's husband, McKinley Boston, the athletic director for NMSU, stood by her side as she reached out to others so they could learn from her experience.
"I told them it was important for them to check themselves," she said. "You can't catch it any earlier than they caught mine."
It was also important for her to maintain a sense of humor.
"If I can't laugh or find something inspirational, I'll be kind of in the dumps," she said. "That's not even my thing."
She brings that sense of humor and optimism to the board as honorary co-chair for the Aggies ARE Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.
"Breast cancer awareness will be out there for real now that athletes are involved," she said. "If only one out of 100,000 people take the initiative, then I would be very pleased."
Magellia's involvement seems a natural outgrowth for this strong woman who learned about breast cancer in the most personal way. Just ask any of her two children, her five grandchildren, or her husband how strong she is, and they'll tell you she's definitely tough enough to wear pink. Here grandchildren call her "Sugie." You'll just call her "tough."
Lynda Marie Najera - NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink Co-chair
TETWP Co-Chair 2013-2014
Lynda Marie Garcia was born in Las Cruces, NM and raised in Los Lunas, NM. She returned to Las Cruces in 2008 to attend school at New Mexico State University, and has been an active member of the Las Cruces Community ever since. She completed three semesters before her education came to a halt; she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, 2009. After completing treatments, she returned to school in the fall and got right back into her nursing degree.
A member of Delta Gamma and Student Nurses Association, Lynda is very involved within the community. Having a history of breast cancer in her family, she is very aware of the implications and pains that cancer brings . She has wanted to be involved in Tough Enough to Wear Pink since discovering the organization, and is so honored and delighted to be a co-chair alongside such inspiring women. Lynda is extremely excited to be involved not only on behalf of herself, but for her mother. Regardless of age, Lynda proves how tough she can be thanks to the support of her family and friends.
TETWP Co-Chair 2009-2012
TETWP Co-Chair 2007-2008