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Manda Baca is the Secretary on the executive board for Black Cat Cultural Enterprises. As a member of Albuquerque's LGBTQIA community, she brings experience and passion to the organization with a desire to help members of all ages thrive.
Manda has volunteered with a variety of non-profit organizations since she was a teenager. She served as Secretary of the National Youth Rights Association and as High School Coordinator for the New Mexico Young Democrats. With a Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders from Eastern New Mexico University and as a Registered Behavioral Technician, Manda has a particular focus in working with people with disabilities.
As a performer, Manda has an extensive history and has most recently enjoyed singing with the Black Cat Cabaret Choir as a contralto, as well as performing burlesque. Her hobbies include classical arts and photography, and she enjoys being a mother to her pre-teen and 2 cats.
Michael is Vice President on the board and grew up in Hamburg, Iowa and is co-owner of Sidewinders Bar and Grill; in his spare time, he helps produce events and oversees operations at the venue. He has over 20 years of management level experience across various industries. His experience includes Interim General Manager and Director of Marketing for San Felipe's Casino Hollywood, Director of Marketing and Database Marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager for PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Publication, and Operations Manager and Executive Account Manager for Palm Coast Data.
Michael is also a recipient of the Cumbre Public Relations Awards; Best of Show for New Mexico Open, Gold Award Relationship Management, and Silver for Branding Campaign; New Mexico American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award, best multi-media branding campaign (company received); Barona/VCAT Marketing Excellence Award - Branding and Multi-channel Marketing; and over 25 Romero Casino Marketing Awards - "Large Casino" - in Promotional, Multi-Media, E-Marketing, and Public Relations. Michael is based out of Albuquerque New Mexico.
Renato Estacio-Burdick, Bass-Baritone & Countertenor, is Board President of the Black Cat Cultural & Community Center. Estacio-Burdick serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the enterprise.
Estacio-Burdick has an extensive background in performing and operations administration having been a show host and entertainer in singing, acting, radio voice overs, and as a voice-over narrator for over 25 years. For the center, Estacio-Burdick is focused primarily on guiding artistic excellence, artistic growth, leadership development, and community engagement.
Estacio-Burdick served as a Commissioner of Music for New Mexico, where they assisted in the preservation of music in New Mexico from 2014 through 2019; Estacio was Founder and District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for New Mexico during the 2015 and 2016 MONC auditions.
Estacio-Burdick has been a guest judge for the NM State Fair Karaoke Competition, was President of the Southwest Arts Group from 2013 – 2016 (holding a residency at the African American Performing Arts Center), and Director of Marketing/PR for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In addition, Renato was a professional casino entertainer, hosting shows and performing on stage in Broadway and Holiday Show Revues.
Academically, Renato Estacio-Burdick took courses in acting at the Acting Studio (NY), and voice, movement, and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Residence) and holds advanced degrees in Business Administration (MBA-Marketing) and Music (MMus. – Applied Voice). Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with a concentration in Theater from Oberlin College and a Bachelor of Music in Applied Voice (opera) from UNLV. Renato was a two-time recipient of the Mark Hamill Fine Arts Award, and several awards for performances in pantomime, and one-act plays.
Board member Maury moved to Albuquerque two years ago from Vancouver, WA. He grew up in Ft. Collins, CO, went to a small Presbyterian college in Sterling, KS but graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. By day, I am a corporate international travel agent with BCD Travel by night he is writer/director of Celebration Theatre at Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque.
Maury toured with the Missoula Children’s Theatre from 1991-1993. He has done several shows in the Portland area, playing Charlie Brown, in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, Chief Bromden in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls”…and many others. He also has written, directed and produced several shows for both the Vancouver and Portland Title IX Indian Education Programs as well as many Christmas musicals and various other non-musical shows. Maury is an enrolled Lakota on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
Melanie Grant, also known as Ravenesque Noire, is the NMBCCE’s Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer and the Chair/ Director of the Health & Wellness, Concession and Finance Committees.
As CFO/Treasurer and Financial Committee Chair, Ravenesque oversees the treasury, financial handling and policy development, accounting, financial planning and analysis, donor relations, and taxes for the BCCE. Ravenesque joined BCCE as a founding board member in 2019 and has been involved in the initial development of the center as well as the Committees for Education, Health and Wellness, Finance and Concessions. She works closely with the CEO and board as a leader and entrepreneur with the BCCE development.
Ravenesque also brings over 15 years of experience in healthcare leadership, education, and finance to the team. She began her career in healthcare administration in 2006 and continues to develop these areas with the same enthusiasm for community support and development as she had when started her career. In this field, Ravenesque brings a vast array of experience and resources to the center for Health & Wellness development and management.
Ravenesque currently oversees the development of concessions at the center and is in development of the Black Cat Coffee Shop, which will be introduced as part of phase III of the BCCE development.
As a performer, Ravenesque has performed in a multitude of areas within and outside of the NM Black Cat since she was about 6. She brings experience in orchestra, choir, and dance. She has won numerous awards and certificates and believes that ongoing training and development of performance art is the key to any successful performance.
An original member of Teatro Burlesco and the NM Black Cat Choir, she can be seen on stage as an independent dancer, Soprano for the Black Cat Choir, and karaoke enthusiast in numerous venues across Albuquerque. She is presently your first runner up for the 2021 Miss Sandias with the Imperial Sovereign Court of New Mexico, and a current contestant for the 2021 NM State Fair Karaoke Showcase.