SPAC Board of Directors

Ruben Muller: President

Ruben Muller is a New Mexico actor.  He's been seen on many New Mexico stages doing “Bless Me Ultima” (touring), La Dolorosa”, and “Farilitos of Christmas” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center;  “Bus Stop” at the Adobe Rose Theater in Santa Fe;  “The Miracle Worker” at the Albuquerque Little Theater;  and “Shadow Box” at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque. On television he's had a recurring role on “Better Call Saul” and was the lead actor for “Arrest and Trial”.  He’s also appeared on the set of “Roswell”.  Other film credits include “Michael and Jack”, a short film written and directed by Morse Bicknell; and in Patricia Crespin's “Land of Heirs” directed by Rowyn Louise.  He’s written a children’s play that was seen at the NHCC called “Rosalie’s Magic Rocks”.  He’s also written a feature film called “Reasons”, which premiered at NHCC and is now being shown on Community Cable Access Channel 27.  He was invited to the prestigious Stowe Labs seminar in Taos for his screenplay titled “Freedom”.  He has trained with Frederick Ponzlov, Marcos Martinez, Valli Rivera, Vic Browder, Kristin Loree and Salome Martinez-Lutz.  He has an associates degree in Business Administration, is a United States Marine Corps veteran, and is now retired from the United States Postal Service.  He is a SAG-AFTRA union member.  Loves to bowl, bicycle, play guitar and paint.


Tim Maxwell: Treasurer

Tim Maxwell graduated from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, with a dual major BA in business and health services. Tim began his acting career at age 15, appearing as John “Plato” Crawford in his high school’s production of Rebel Without a Cause. From that time, Tim has not strayed far from theater prior to becoming a member of the Board of Sandia Performing Arts Company.

In addition, Tim has held positions as a dinner theater manager, as Executive Director and Board Member of a Kansas City, Missouri nonprofit performing arts organization and as a theatrical agent in Dallas, Texas.

After a short hiatus of 48 years, Tim returned to acting in 2018 as an original member of the ALT Silver Players. Tim appeared on the ALT mainstage previously as Judge Harper in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and Tim’s Man in ‘Father of the Bride’. Recently Tim has been involved in making short films, including serving as a technician on “Extinct” and as Colonel Davis in ‘Refusal’, both written and directed by Ruben Muller.


Rhonda Backinoff: Member 

 Rhonda Backinoff has done costumes for various theaters in the Albuquerque area. She has costumed and designed for Sandia Performing Arts Company,  Aux Dog, Vortex, Adobe Theater and West End Productions. She also makes clothes and costumes for her grandchildren. She has been a Board member of the Sandia Performing Arts Company since 2016.


María Teresa Herrera: Member

María Teresa Herrera Bustamante is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, as well as an English As A Second Language instructor.  María is from Albuquerque's South Valley, the fifth of seven children born to Mexican parents, a source of pride for her as they instilled in her the importance of honoring her roots. Her energy and love for the arts has guided her to express herself through the performing arts: music, dance, theatre, and film. To name a few, her acting credits include: Spider Woman Stories with Two Worlds Native Theater and Performing Arts, Honky Tonk Hissy Fit with the Adobe Theater, Working Classroom’s Solving For X, Real Women Have Curves, Estoy En El Rincón, El Vagón and La Casa de Bernarda Alba with Teatro Nuevo México, Aye, No! with Camino Real Productions, and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima, Farolitos of Christmas, Twelfth Night, and Rosalinda with The Vortex Theatre.  Maria was also the choreographer and an actor in the musical Four Guys Named Jose Y Una Mujer Named Maria at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Maria is a founding member of Hembras de Pluma, a collective of women artists.  Maria was in Los Lobos, a film Directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo, released on HBO Max in August 2020.  María is always looking for ways to craft her artistic vision to invigorate and promote performance art.  When she is not teaching or working on an artistic venture, you might find her spending time with family, gardening, or dancing to salsa. 


Maria is honored to be able to serve on the board of the Sandia Performing Arts Company (SPAC) in New Mexico, and she truly believes that their mission impacts the greater Albuquerque community in a positive way.  Maria believes that SPAC has an opportunity to encourage diversity and inclusion in theatre and with the help of the community, continue bringing in new ideas and new experiences to Albuquerque. 


Julie Nelson: Secretary

Julie Nelson has been involved with the Sandia Performing Arts Company (SPAC) for many years. She was stage manager for SPAC's talent show and Peril on the High Seas. She was the widow in the melodrama, In Old New Mexico. She played the part of the delivery person (and ghoul!) in SPAC's film EXTINCT: The Trilogy. She was stage manager for The Gin Game. She has performed with other theaters in the Albuquerque area. 

Julie is a retired nurse educator and a junk dealer at an indoor flea market. 

Kathlyn Williams: Member

Kathlyn Williams is very excited and humbled tobe asked to be a part of Sandia Performing Arts Company after a long hiatus in the arts. Before moving back to Albuquerque, she worked in Chicago with various theatre groups, including Wing and Groove Theatre Company where she and the ensemble of Alabama Rain were nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award. Kathlyn studied Theatre Performance at The Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received her MFA. Kathlyn currently works for a local hospice agency helping to provide volunteers to hospice patients. 


❤️IN MEMORIAM❤️

Lacey Bingham started taking performing seriously at Manzano High School under the tutelage of Howard Mensch, Carolyn Sirkel, and Carol Wade, lettering in theater and becoming a lifetime Thespian of Troupe 286. She completed her BFA with a full scholarship at UNM in Theater Arts with an English minor, followed by a BA at the College of Santa Fe in Elementary Education, and an MALA in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College. Her public school teaching career included students from Belen, Jemez Valley, and Albuquerque, where she produced annual talent shows, monthly assemblies, and other creative performances for children ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Lacey has played on many Albuquerque community stages in various roles including most recently, Joveeta in Honky Tonk Hissy Fit at the Adobe and as A in Three Tall Women at the Aux Dog Theater. She was represented as an actress by Phirgun Mair Worldwide. Lacey Bingham served on the board as Treasurer.