Having grown up in Placitas and Albuquerque, Michael has dedicated his life to improving health care in New Mexico (NM). He is a Leadership NM graduate, former President of the NM Association of Health Underwriters,
Aleli has strong, deep rooted ties in the Albuquerque school system. Aleli is a nationally board-certified teacher in elementary math. She has been an APS teacher for the past 17 years and her passion resides
Vanessa Roanhorse (Diné, Navajo) received her academic education from the University of Arizona. She developed her professional career and management background at a Chicago-based nonprofit, the Delta Institute. Delta’s purpose is to build a resilient
Richard L. Martinez (Rick) was born in 1946 and has lived in Albuquerque, NM for the majority of his life. Rick attended NMSU and earned his degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked for
Kimberly serves as the Development Manager for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she contributes to community outreach events and donor centric fundraising efforts. An Albuquerque native, she attended the University of New Mexico’s Anderson
Johnny Johnson, a New Mexico resident, has worked for over 30 years in transportation management. The majority of Johnny’s professional background was with Hadley Auto Transport in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. He also maintained
David Silverman was born in Hobbs, New Mexico and in his youth moved to Albuquerque to attend Albuquerque Public Schools. Upon graduation from high school, David attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning his
Chris Schroeder is the Chief Operating Officer for Real Time Solutions, a web-based software company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chris was raised in Albuquerque and upon completing high school, he proceeded to work for
Amanda was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by a large and close-knit family. Upon graduation from Rio Rancho High School, Amanda left New Mexico to attend the University of Tulsa, where she
Arellana earned both a BBA and MBA from the University of New Mexico before completing the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School in 2016. Arellana is currently the Executive Vice
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