The most important things in my life are my wife
Suzanne and my 4 year old son Jude. I accidentally found my "Gurule"
roots and I am so glad that I did - I have the opportunity to
interact with cousins I never knew that I had. I had done extensive
research on my mothers family "Armijo" from the settlement of
Armijo in the South Valley of Bernalillo County, through researching
the Armijo's, by chance and by the grace of God I came across
our mutual history. My great great grandfather Jose Sanchez was
a direct descendant of Santiago Gurule.
On a personal side, I am the Director of the Economic
Development Department for Bernalillo County and I also own a political
consulting company - Mensajes Strategic Communications. I enjoy
spending time with my family, studying politics and history, and
learning new languages. The greatest discovery of my Gurule roots
was this: About 15 years ago I became very close friends with Arturo
DeLaCruz and his wife Annette. Over the course of time we spent
many a holiday with them and eventually they had two beautiful children.
They bestowed the honor upon my wife and I to baptize their youngest
daughter Alejandra - which of course we did. When Suzanne and I
were married, they were our padrinos. Well, when I discovered my
Gurule roots I learned that Annette's mother Polly Sanchez was on
our cousins page. Annette and I are related and we never knew until