Meet our hotel staff at Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe

Our team members at Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe are committed to ensuring your visit to Santa Fe and time in our unique hotel is perfect. Our hotel staff represent top-notch Santa Fe hospitality. 

To connect with our team see Contact Us.

Click on each member of our hotel staff to learn more:

Helga Byndas - Regional General Manager
Valerie Pforter - Regional Convention Services Manager
Mary Herrera - Regional Human Resource Manager
Jesse West - Front Office Manager

Also see our Corporate Heritage Hotels & Resorts Team
Helga Byndas - Regional General Manager
Helga Byndas began working at Heritage Hotels & Resorts in 2000. Prior to becoming Regional General Manager in Santa Fe, she served as General Manager for Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. As an award-winning leader, she has held many positions in the hospitality industry, including Director of Sales, Revenue Manager and Front Office Manager. She is also Chair Emeritus of the New Mexico Lodging Association. Her community service to the industry has included activity within the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and sitting on the advisory panel for the LCCVB Spaceport committee.


Valerie Pforter - Regional Convention Services Manager
Valerie's experience in the hospitality industry stretches more than 20 years. Her career in hotels includes working in casinos and hotels on the Las Vegas strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She assisted in opening the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort as a Catering Coordinator in 2008.  She started working at Heritage Hotels & Resorts as an Regional Executive Sales Administrator in 2010 and was promoted in 2013 to the Regional Convention Services Manager for The Lodge at Santa Fe, Hotel St. Francis and Hotel Chimayó, in Santa Fe.


Mary Herrera - Regional Human Resource Manager
Mary Herrera has over 40 years combined experience in Human Resources, Accounting, Budgets, Investments, Policies/Procedures, General Business and Management. She is very active in the community. She works as a volunteer fundraiser for scholarships to give assistance to young adults, as well as with Veteran programs and LULAC, and is a member of VFW Women's Auxiliary. She is a Board Member for the Loan Fund, a non-profit organization assisting Small Businesses. She is involved in many other programs for low income and others that benefit the working class. She has strong faith and attends SageBrush Christian Church.


Jesse West - Front Office Manager
Jesse's career in hotels includes a wealth of experience working at the front desk. Since she began working at Heritage Hotels & Resorts, she has blossomed, moving quickly from Front Office Agent to Regional Reservations Supervisor, and now becoming the Front Office Manager of Hotel Chimayó, a hotel she is extremely proud of and excited to take to the next level of costumer service.