Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Members of Higher Education, Public Education & Indian Affairs Agency Transition Teams

education & Indian Affairs transition team Co-chairs

New Mexico Governor Garry Carruthers

Former Santo Domingo Governor Everett Chavez

Principal and CEO of the Native American Community Academy Kara Bobroff

Public Education Department Team Members 

Wendy Alberson, Educator, Las Cruces Public Schools 

Ellen Bernstein, President, Albuquerque Teachers Federation 

Charles Bowyer, Executive Director, National Education Association New Mexico 

Joan Day Baker, Early Childhood Education Expert 

John Dyrcz Political Director, American Federation of Teachers NM

Teresa Lynn Frasier, Member, Indian Education Advisory Council 

Charles Goodmacher, National Education Association of New Mexico, UniServ Director

Matt Henderson, Executive Director, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLE)

Maria Jaramillo, Executive Director, Central Region Education Cooperative 

Debbie Leyba-Angel, Head Special Education Teacher, Lew Wallace Elementary School

Ruth Ann Litchfield, Mayor of Tucumcari & Retired Educator 

Stephanie Ly, President, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico

Sofia Martinez, Special Education Educator, Rio Grande High School 

Rick Miera, Former NM House Majority Leader, Former Chair, Legislative Education Study Committee

David Morales, Educator, Las Cruces Public Schools

Sharmyn Munoz, Principal, Red Rock Elementary School 

Allan Oliver, Executive Director, Thornburg Foundation 

Jeremy Oyenque, Santa Clara Pueblo Director of Education, Early Childhood, Headstart and Youth programming 

Mariana Padilla, District Director, Office of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

Betty Patterson, National Education Association of New Mexico 

Barbara Perea Casey, Las Vegas Councilor and Former State Representative  

Trina Raper, Recently retired from Santa Fe Public Schools, Emerge graduate; extensive 

Shannon Rivera, Early childhood education 

Arsenio Romero, Deming Public Schools Superintendent 

Elaine Romero, Former Principal and School Superintendent 

Edward Tabet-Cubero, Multilingual Ed, Teacher PD, School transformation, Policy

Victoria Tafoya, Multilingual Ed, Teacher PD, School Transformation, Federal Programs

Beata Thorstensen, District Data. Administrator, Rio Rancho Public Schools 

Lillian Torrez, Superintendent, Taos Municipal Schools

Dr. Karen Trujillo, Director of K-12 Outreach, The Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning 

Michelle Valverde, Education Policy Analyst 

Jessica Velasquez, Former Educator, Albuquerque Public Schools 

Higher Education team Members

Richard Bailey, President, Northern New Mexico College

Randy Grissom, Former President, Santa Fe Community College

Dan Howard, Former Provost, New Mexico State University

Daniel Lopez, Past President, New Mexico Tech

Major Lindsay Mayo Fincher, English Professor, New Mexico Military Institute 

Bonnie Quintana Harbin, Career Technical Education

Dr. Carlos Romero, Associate Vice President of Research & Economic Development for New Mexico Tech

Joseph Shepard, President, Western NM University

Nasha Torrez, Dean of Students, University of New Mexico 

Kathy Winograd, President of CNM

Richard Wood, Interim Provost, University of New Mexico 

Indian Affairs Team Members 

Gabe Aguilar, Vice President, Mescalero Apache Tribe

Conroy Chino, Legislative Committee Co-Chair, All Pueblo Counsel of Governors

Alray Nelson, Board Chair, Equality NM & Diné Equality

Regis Pecos, Former Governor, Cochiti Pueblo

Paul Torres, Chairman, All Pueblo Council of Governors

Maxine Velasquez, General Counsel, Tesuque Pueblo

Alvin Warren, New Mexico Director, Kellogg Foundation  

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