John Jones – President   

John was born and raised in Indiana many many years ago. He is an avid reader and loves sports. John moved from Illinois to New Mexico in March of 2013 after serving in ministry leadership for over 20 years. His greatest joy is spending time with his three children and his only granddaughter. John’s love for LifeQuest comes as a direct result of seeing his own life changed in 1994 by a relationship with a diligent mentor and a loving God.

  Pilar Chavarria – Program Director  

Pilar is a native New Mexican. He has been with LifeQuest for about 8 years as a board member, volunteer, and now as a staff member. He is married and has 2 children. His favorite past time is anything that has to do with being in the mountains, especially camping and fishing. Pilar is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Those that have met Pilar and his family know they are avid Broncos fans.

John Biava – Development Director   

Born in Gallup, NM in 1950. Has earned a B.S. in Sociology and Humanities, working in mining, drilling and Lab business for the past 50 years with many people who were instrumental in mentoring and teaching me about life and becoming purposed and significant. Most importantly leading me to the way, the truth, and the life found in Christ at 37 years old.
Looking back, I believe that this mentoring discipleship is what we as individuals are called to be and do with what are described in the Bible as “the least of these.”. A path so that the young ones might come to Him.

   Donald Mehring – Program Manager

Donald is a native New Mexican. In 2009 began as a volunteer leading church services in the juvenile detention center. In 2010 became a LifeQuest staff member until present. Donald has earned a BSW, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative graduate, licensed and ordained chaplain, and currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.
The kitchen is the most comfortable room in the house for him. He is an incredible angler-fish fear him! He and his daughter love to spend time camping, fishing, and road tripping through New Mexico.

Esther Taylor – Events  

Esther is an Albuquerque native. She grew up in a Christian home and was homeschooled through High School Graduation. Esther accepted Christ in 1993 and has seen herself grow through many trials. Esther has worked for LifeQuest since 2014.  Esther loves to read and watch movies. Her favorite books are Summer Escape and Salzburg Connection. She enjoys all genres of movies, but mostly historical and adventure. Esther lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two kids. Together they love outdoor adventures and Panda Express (or Pizza).

  Fred Espinosa – Program Manager


Fred Espinosa is a lifelong Southern NM resident living in Las Cruces.  As a happy husband to his boyhood sweetheart, Katrinka, they have three adult children and four grandchildren.  Hobbies include spending time with grandkids, cooking and grilling and motorcycles.

Micah Alvarez – Office Manager