Diversity / Workforce Readiness Director
Vivian Santistevan is the owner of Taos HR ganics. She has over 30 years of experience in corporate human resources, strategic partnership, mentorship, employee relations and communications, legal compliance and a history of providing outstanding customer service with innovative adult learning and training. Her experience in dealing with all levels of management as well as employees, gives her an edge in understanding the diverse nature of human resources in any organization.
Vivian was born and raised in Taos, NM and is the daughter of the late Mayor Lawrence A. Santistevan and Tomasita Chavez-Santistevan. Vivian attended New Mexico Highlands University where she graduated with a Master of Arts degree and her commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. She served fifteen years on Active Duty tours around the world until her return to her beloved home town of Taos. In her civilian career, Vivian has established herself as a Human Resources Strategic Partner working for various local businesses and industries. She retired from the US Army after 22 years of service. She enjoys volunteering as a choir director for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and as a steering committee member for the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.