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The Team Draft

At Zia Trust, it’s our people that make the difference.

Experience and expertise matter; please take a few moments and find out who we are by clicking the images below. Employees with different backgrounds, knowledge, and skills makes us fully equipped to handle your family’s trust and estate needs.
Our Team

Paul Reardon

Chief Executive Officer

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Teresa DeMenge

Vice President & Senior Trust Officer

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Mary Ann Cuneo

Vice President & Senior Trust Officer, J.D.

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Elizabeth Medina

Senior Trust Officer, J.D.

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Ben Jarman

Senior Trust Officer

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Suzy Fulton

Trust Officer & Branch Manager

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Rachel Zaslow

Trust Officer, J.D.

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Josh Moore

Trust Officer

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Hannah Malinski

Trust Officer, J.D.

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Gary Cotton

Trust Officer

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Michelle Calvert

Trust Administrator

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Shelley McGuire

IRA Officer

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Donna Padilla

Operations Manager

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Operations Team

Ben Jarman

Senior Trust Officer

Ben joined Zia Trust as a Senior Trust Officer in the Spring of 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in the wealth management arena.  Having spent most of his career with large banking institutions, Ben brings with him in-depth knowledge and expertise in portfolio management, financial consulting, wealth planning, and trust administration.  At one point in his career, Ben left the financial industry for the glamorous world of transportation, serving as Finance Manager for Swift Transportation where he consulted with senior executives to create efficiencies and improve financials for their dedicated line of business.  Ben has a passion for serving his clients, and will work diligently with New Mexico and Arizona clients.   Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University and his master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.  He also holds the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) designations.   Ben is a native of Phoenix and loves spending time with his wife and 5 children, is an avid road cyclist, and enjoys anything in the great outdoors.  Ben is also a member of the Phoenix Zoo’s Planned Giving Committee.

Michelle Calvert

Trust Administrator

Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Marketing. She joins Zia with 5+ years of experience working at a local CPA firm, where she deployed her knowledge of accounting and prepared individual tax returns. She's also assisted with bookkeeping, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and managed the preparation of business personal property tax reports, among other tasks. Michelle joined Zia Trust, Inc. in May 2022 as a Trust Administrator and is excited to expand her knowledge of trusts and help give clients peace of mind. In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking, kickboxing, reading, and spending time with her husband and cat. She also serves at Sagebrush Church in Albuquerque and values community and supporting local charities.

Suzy Fulton

Trust Officer & Branch Manager

Suzy Fulton joined the Zia Trust, Inc. team in April 2021 as a Trust Officer and Branch Manager of the Las Cruces office. She will serve Southern New Mexico clients and beneficiaries with her extensive familiarity and connections to the region.

Suzy brings plentiful experience in the financial services industry to Zia Trust. Prior to her position here, she worked as a Senior Account Administrator for an investment firm in Las Cruces. While employed there, Suzy engaged with clients, marketed the business, helped create client policy, and developed systems designed to increase efficientcy and productivity for employees of the firm.

She is fluent in Spanish, and volunteers for several great causes in the community. She volunteers with CASA, advocating and mentoring children in foster care. Suzy also donates her time to work with Border Servant Corps, an organization trying to make a positive impact on the US/ Mexico border.

Suzy loves the Southwest region and her leisure activities include hiking, kayaking, rafting, and running. She also loves to read and spending time with her husband.

Operations Team

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Elena  Gonzales

Carol McCallister

Rickii York

Donna Padilla

Eva Gardipe

Debra Byrd

Sue Hoffman

Donna Padilla

Operations Manager

Donna has been with the company since November 2003. She attended the University of Albuquerque in 1977-1978. Her career in Trust operations began at First National Bank in Albuquerque in 1980. In 1982, she accepted a position at Security Trust Company (now Wells Fargo Bank) where she acquired valuable knowledge and experience in Trust Operations. Donna is responsible for the complex activities of Trust Accounting and the responsibility of Tax Coordinator during tax season. She also oversees Zia Trusts’ Accounting software and the Business Intern program.

Shelley McGuire

IRA Officer

Shelley is responsible for administrative services in the Self-directed IRA division. Prior to joining the team at Zia Trust, Shelley was a licensed agent staff member and certified bank specialist with State Farm. She has broad experience in IRAs, insurance and business management in both retail and commercial industries.

Shelley has over 35+ years involvement in the business community to include a chair position in coordinating the 1st Annual New Mexico Indian Businessman’s Association Trade Fair. Shelley has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association and has also received various honors and awards for her contributions to the community.

Paul Reardon

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Zia Trust, Inc. effective June 1, 2022. Paul has been a member of the Zia team since October 2019. In addition to the completion of the American Bankers Association Trust School program, Paul has been trained in New Mexico and Arizona Trust Code. Throughout several decades of business experience, Paul has held roles responsible for profitability, operations, customer service, order fulfillment, and more. His background in finance, accounting, and marketing makes him well equipped to lead the company, along with the Board of Directors, and to serve clients and beneficiaries in the Southwest and across the United States. Paul has called Albuquerque home for nearly 40 years, and enjoys cycling and ballooning.

Josh Moore

Trust Officer

Josh Moore serves as a Trust Officer in the Phoenix office. Prior to joining Zia Trust, he worked as a Trust Officer at an Arizona trust company where he administered trusts, including special needs trusts and conservatorships. Josh also worked as a trust officer at three other firms and is a former police officer. Josh is originally from Michigan. He earned a Master of Science degree in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with honors, from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is also a CFP Candidate. Josh enjoys cycling and spending time with his daughter. He also enjoys volunteering in the community and is a member of Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ.

Hannah Malinski

Trust Officer, J.D.

Hannah Malinski joined Zia Trust’s Albuquerque office in 2019 and currently serves as a Trust Officer in the Phoenix office.   Prior to joining Zia Trust, Hannah worked in an estate planning law office and in litigation support at a large firm before transitioning to trust administration.  She spent the last two years working in Zia Trust’s Albuquerque office before returning to Phoenix to continue her work there.  Hannah received her Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminology from Northern Arizona University. While attending law school she was trained and served as a mediator for the Phoenix Justice Courts, assisting parties in resolving their disputes without having to proceed through court.  Hannah enjoys reading, hiking, and camping, and prefers to spend most of her free time outdoors.

Gary Cotton

Trust Officer

Gary has been managing the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Division since 2001. He also administers a number of personal trust accounts including several endowment funds for a large non-profit Christian Foundation. Prior to joining Zia Trust, Gary headed up his family’s private business for over thirteen years. Gary is a graduate of Baylor University where he received a BBA degree with a concentration in Marketing/Management. He also has additional education in trust administration from a Cannon Financial Institute.

Elizabeth Medina

Senior Trust Officer, J.D.

Elizabeth Medina joined Zia Trust in 2017 and serves as a Trust Officer in the Albuquerque office. Before joining Zia Trust, Elizabeth practiced law for sixteen years in New Mexico at both a large New Mexico firm and as a solo practitioner. During her years in private practice, she focused on estate planning, probate, corporate and employee benefits law. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication, summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Mexico School of Law where, in addition to her traditional legal coursework, she received advanced training in mediation. She is currently a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, and recently earned both Certified Trust and Financial Adviser (CTFA®) and National Certified Guardian (NCG) designations. Elizabeth was born and raised in Massachusetts but has called New Mexico home for more than 20 years.

Mary Ann Cuneo

Vice President & Senior Trust Officer, J.D.

Mary Ann Cuneo brings her extensive experience in the practice of estate planning law to her role as Senior Trust Officer. Since joining Zia Trust in 2012, Ms. Cuneo has handled most types of trust and estate administration, including high net worth estates, revocable and irrevocable personal trusts, conservatorships, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, and agency accounts. Her legal background continues to prove extremely valuable, especially in understanding and implementing sophisticated trust agreements.

In 1995, Ms. Cuneo earned a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law and saw the publication of her work, “Rules of Evidence for the International Criminal Court,” 64 Nordic Journal of International Law, pp. 275-286 (1995). She is currently a member of the State Bars of New Mexico and Texas. Prior to joining Zia Trust, Ms. Cuneo practiced law with two firms in Albuquerque and as a sole practitioner.

Teresa DeMenge

Vice President & Senior Trust Officer

Teresa is responsible for administering a wide variety of complex Trusts and Estates, and is a member of our Senior Management Team. She administers Trust Assets in New Mexico, Texas, Illinois and numerous other locations. Teresa is also a member of our New Business Development and Fiduciary Risk Evaluation Team. She is a graduate of ABA National Graduate Trust School and has 40 years combined banking and trust experience.

Teresa has attended Central New Mexico Community College, The University of New Mexico and University of Phoenix with studies in Business Administration, Accounting, Business Information Systems and Business Law. Teresa is a member of the Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees, Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Rachel Zaslow

Trust Officer, J.D.

Rachel Zaslow, J.D. joined Zia Trust in 2020 and has over 10 years of experience working in probate, estate planning, and trusts, first as an attorney and now as a trust officer.  Rachel has a unique background with special needs trusts, elder law and public benefits.  As a trust officer, Rachel administers trusts, reviews existing estate planning documents and offers recommendations to ensure estate plans meet clients’ needs in light of their goals and wishes and also handles the estate settlement upon death.

Rachel received her Juris Doctorate degree from Phoenix School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Puget Sound. She is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the Central Arizona Estate Planning Counsel. Rachel loves dogs and when she is not in the office, Rachel donates her time as a volunteer at Home Fur Good animal rescue and placement.