Our Team

Random Acts is a non-profit that operates with very little overhead. All of the great people that run the charity, serve on the Board of Directors, and participate in our events do so on a volunteer basis. They give their time to make all of our “random acts” possible. They are a dedicated team of firefighters and non-firefighters that share and participate in our vision. As Firefighters Random Acts has grown over the past ten years so has the reach and impact that we aim to have on the community as well as the firefighters we serve. This led to the hiring of an employee to work as a Development and Outreach Coordinator to help the Board and Director manage the organization. 

Mike Mckinstry, AFD ret.

Mike Mckinstry, AFD ret.


Mike, an original founder of Random Acts, retired from the Albuquerque Fire Department five years ago. Mike has been married for thirty-three years, has six children, and twelve grand children. Mike always brings his family to the random acts, and is proud to say that his son has created several of his own. His favorite random acts are those that impact children’s lives. Being a zealous Christian, Mike makes his faith a big part of all he does, including Random Acts.

Mark Chavez, AFD ret.

Mark Chavez, AFD ret.

Vice President

Mark, a second founder of Albuquerque Random Acts, is a retired Captain from the Albuquerque Fire Dept. As a professional chainsaw carver, Mark heads up our annual fundraiser at the Balloon Fiesta where we raffle off chainsaw carvings. Mark has been married for thirty-one years, has three children, and one grandchild. Mark’s favorite random act is helping firefighters on fire trucks deliver toys to homes all over the city during the annual Christmas delivery. In addition to his work with Random Acts, Mark serves as a Chaplain for AFD.

Steve Vaughan, BCFD

Steve Vaughan, BCFD

Program Director / Treasurer

Steve, who has been a firefighter with the Bernalillo County Fire Dept since 2001 and now serves as a Lieutenant, has been with Random Acts since its inception as one of the organization's founders. Steve’s favorite random act was the story of Cesar. After giving him Christmas presents and making him an honorary firefighter, his oncologist shared with us that was the first time in five years she had ever seen Cesar’s smile. As a fervent believer, Steve also incorporates his faith into all he does; Directing Random Acts has changed his life.

Board of Directors

  • Mike Mckinstry
  • Mark Chavez
  • Mark Blea
  • Mindy Gonzales
  • Maria D’Angelo
  • Jeff Kinney
  • Steve Vaughan
  • Patrick McKinney


  • Development/Outreach Coordinator Laura Hines


  • Members of the Bernalillo County, Rio Rancho, and Albuquerque Fire Departments – Active & Retired
  • Random Acts Volunteers
  • Umbrage & Umbrage, CPA’s – Tax Accountant
  • Reactive Consulting / Brandon Nall – Web services and support