Family

Family

“Our mission is to preserve the historic Los Poblanos Ranch by cultivating a dynamic business dedicated to sustainable agriculture, hospitality, historic preservation, and community.” -The Rembe Family

Meet the Owners

Three generations of the Rembe Family that own and operate Los Poblanos. In 1976, Penny and Armin Rembe purchased one half of the property from Albert and Barbara Simms, where they raised their four children and maintained the property as gentlemen farmers. In 1999, the second half of the property, which included La Quinta Cultural Center, came up for sale and was under threat of being developed. Together with their four children, they decided to reunite the properties and undertake a preservation plan to maintain the architecture, gardens, and open farmland in perpetuity. In their retirement, Penny and Armin ran the inn for five years. In 2004, their son Matthew Rembe became Executive Director, and has developed all areas of the business, from expanding the lavender spa product business to the addition of guest rooms, fine dining, and cultural programming.

Our Team

Matthew Rembe, Executive Director
Matt grew up at Los Poblanos and now oversees all aspects of the business on behalf of the Rembe Family.  He worked as Director of Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art in New York City, where he became a specialist in the field of 20th Century Latin American Masters.  Matt attended Syracuse University, where he obtained a BA in Spanish, and received his MBA from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management. His wife Teresa, and sons Mateo and Max have had a significant influence on Los Poblanos’s dedication to quality food and can often be found enjoying the myriad sights, sounds, and tastes of the Inn and Organic Farm.

Nancy Kinyanjui, Director of Hospitality & Sustainability
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Nancy joined the Los Poblanos team in 2005 and now lives in the original foreman’s house on the farm. After graduating with a degree in graphic design from Northern Illinois University, she served as a Guest Relations Manager at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. Nancy oversees all aspects of the inn and has played a key role in shaping the unique and authentic guest experience at Los Poblanos, from helping to develop a custom line of lavender spa amenities to implementing our green hospitality program.

Jonathan Perno, Executive Chef
A native New Mexican, Jonathan trained at the California Culinary Academy and spent time at Postrio under Wolfgang Puck, Splendido and Alain Rondelli in San Francisco, Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, Splendido at The Château in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Metropolitan in Salt Lake City, Utah. His résumé also includes the requisite European culinary tour, a return visit to work at La Tante Claire in London. In addition, he spent a year in Berkley, California at an organic farm learning raised bed farming.

Ann Therese Manzanares, Event Sales Director
Ann Therese has a family history rooted in New Mexico that includes both farmers and craftsman. Her grandfather, a stone mason, helped build the Santa Fe Cathedral. Ann Therese graduated from New Mexico State, before traveling the world as flight attendant. When the pull of New Mexico was too overwhelming to ignore, she returned and started her hospitality career in Santa Fe where she realized hospitality was her passion. After working in Santa Fe, she moved to California and worked at the Fairmont Hotels in Sonoma and Santa Monica, as well as the St. Regis in Los Angeles. Since her return to New Mexico, she worked at Tamaya Resort & Spa for eight years. Ann Therese is happy to be on board at Los Poblanos, ensuring that all events are seamless, and a true reflection of the Los Poblanos mission.

Stephen Humphry, Manager, Farm Shop
Stephen and his family would drive 40 miles every weekend to work on the family Christmas tree farm on the bluffs of the Mississippi. It took a lot of weekends, but this family of four planted over 20,000 trees. Stephen graduated from the Harrington Institute in Chicago, specializing in art, architecture and design, and worked for Gallery 37 co-instructing sculpture and design classes for adults. He moved to New Mexico in 2005 to work with modern southwestern adobe architecture. Since completing several projects with a small local architects office, Stephen has worked on renovating the old dairy processing room at Los Poblanos into what is now the Farm Shop.

Kyle Johnson, Head Lavender Farmer
As a first generation New Mexican, Kyle attended public schools in Albuquerque and received his BA in Linguistics and Spanish, with a minor in Anthropology from UNM. He also studied Spanish and Native Cultures of the Americas for one year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since graduation his life took a 180 degree turn, when he stumbled upon organic agriculture in 2011 when he began an internship at local CSA Skarsgard Farms. As a farm hand at Los Poblanos, he has learned the importance of pure seeds and sustainable agriculture and fell in love, this time with lavender. Today as Head Farmer, he is still able to use his university education by speaking Spanish and immersing himself into the ancient agricultural traditions of the Middle Rio Grande Valley, and by learning and striving every day to improve the fertility, production and beauty of agricultural lands here at Los Poblanos.