Meet the Board of Directors

President - Minerva Lopez 

Minerva Lopez is the Tourism Director for the City of Marfa.  Previously, she had a long career as coach and educator with the Marfa ISD.  She was the Business Manager for Bethage, an independent living facility for disabled persons.  Born and raised in Marfa, family and community are very important to Minerva.  She is married to a wonderful man and has two beautiful grandchildren. Her family also includes 4 dogs, 1 cat and a parrot.  Minerva is deeply committed to reaching out and helping as many people as she can.  For information, email

Secretary/Treasurer- Kathie Compton

Kathie Compton is a professional trainer and dog behavior consultant, owner of mARFa Dog Training. Prior, Compton served as Executive Director for a subsidiary of Hoechst Pharmaceutical. She also served as Human Resources Director for a division of Life Care Services Corporation, as Assistant Technical Director for Aerolease International, and as Executive Secretary to the President of Avmark. She served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Aviation Association, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Marfa chapter, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Compton is the author of the book, "Dogs...Made Easy! A New Owner's Manual". In 2012, she was recipient of the IAABC Dog Division's Member of the Year Award for founding and leadership of ROMP.  For information, email

Vice President - Mark Rodriguez

Mark Rodriguez owns and operates local Marfa landmark, Mando's Restaurant. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are "parents" to 6 dogs: Princess, Chico, Precious, Boy, Sheila, and Coco.  Growing up in Sanderson, TX, which is even smaller than Marfa, In addition to ROMP, Mark has been instrumental in making the Marfa Chamber of Commerce viable. Mark understands it's often the little things that make a big difference in remote West Texas communities.

P.O. Box 1456 . Marfa, TX 79843 . 432-363-4738 .