NMCEL Board

NMCEL Board 2019-20

2019-2020 NMCEL Board Members

Executive Board

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Christina Velasquez

President

Past President, NMCASE

Student Services Director,

Pojoaque Valley Schools

Christina was confirmed as President-Elect during the NMCEL Board meeting in July 2019 at the annual summer conference.

Christina's goal as a member of the NMCEL Executive Board is to improve education for all students in New Mexico.  Representing the NM Council of Administrators of Special Education, she continuously works to improve education for students with disabilities.

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Bonnie Lightfoot

Bonnie Lightfoot

NMCEL President Elect

NMSSA President


Representative ENMERC


Superintendent, House Municipal Schools

Bonnie Lightfoot was elected July 2017 as the ENMERC Representative for the Eastern New Mexico Educational Resource Center and serves as the liaison for 13 Superintendents in REC 6.  ENMERC provides an opportunity for a unified voice related to educational issues at the state and legislative levels.  Currently, Bonnie is serving as the Superintendent of House Municipal Schools however, she began her administrative career as a Principal in the Cimarron School District.  Before her Superintendency at House, Bonnie was proud to have been Superintendent for Roy Municipal Schools.

Bonnie is happy to have been in NM education for the entirety of her 25 year career.  Prior to administration, she was an Agricultural Education teacher and FFA Advisor and taught in the Aztec, Magdalena and Moriarty school districts.  Her favorite part of being a Ag Teacher was the leadership skills and opportunities she was able to provide for her students.  Bonnie is most proud of training the NM FFA State Champion Parliamentary Procedure team in 2005 that went on to win the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Championship as well.

While Bonnie is passionate about education in NM, she is most proud to be married to Clay Lightfoot for  24 years and mother of three children; Mackenzie, Micah and Braeden.  Education runs deep in her family as both she and her husband are teachers and two of their three children are seriously considering entering the education field as a career choice as well.

Bonnie is grateful for the faith the Superintendents in ENMERC and REC 6 have placed in her as she serves them as the ENMERC Representative and is looking forward to working together with the NMCEL Board towards a brighter future for NM education.  

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Stan Rounds

Executive Director

NM Coalition of Educational Leaders, NM Superintendents' Association

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Will Hawkins

NMCEL Past President

Superintendent, Silver Consolidated Schools

Mr. Will Hawkins was elected to President-elect during the July 19, 2017, board meeting which is held in conjunction with our Annual Summer Conference. Will has served in the educational field for 18 years.  Prior to his current position, he was a middle school English teacher in San Angelo, assistant high school principal in Brownfield, middle school principal in Brady, and a high school principal in Brownfield, all in the Texas school system.  He then joined the Hobbs School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction.

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Representatives

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Judith Touloumis

Representative, NMABE

Principal, Albuquerque Public Schools

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Terry S. Dean

Representative

Executive Director, NMASBO

The New Mexico Association of School Business Officials (NMASBO) is a non-profit professional association offering support and professional development opportunities to individuals involved in providing business management services to New Mexico’s schools.

Founded in the early 70s and affiliated with ASBO International in 2002, the New Mexico Association of School Business Officials (NMASBO) is a non-profit professional association offering support and professional development opportunities to individuals providing business management services to New Mexico’s schools. NMASBO is an affiliate member of ASBO International.
NMASBO offers its members a variety of services.

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Dusty Young

Representative

Assistant Director, NMAA

The New Mexico Activities Association was formed in 1921 as a private/non-profit organization whose principle purpose is the regulation, direction, administration and supervision of interscholastic activities in the State of New Mexico. The NMAA prides itself in its leadership, providing educational and social experiences for the students and communities of New Mexico. The NMAA has taken a leadership role nationally in several areas, including sportsmanship, media relations, coaches preparation, corporate development and interscholastic activities.

WHO MAKES UP THE NMAA?

The New Mexico Activities Association is comprised of New Mexico public, private and parochial middle/junior high and senior high schools that pay membership dues on an annual basis. Each senior high member school is placed into a competitive district according to their enrollment and geographic location for the purpose of conducting and managing NMAA sanctioned events within that district.

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Dwain Haynes

Representative SNMERC

Superintendent, Eunice Public Schools

Dwain Haynes is in his 15 th year as the Superintendent of the Eunice Public School District. He graduated from NMSU in 1988 and accepted a teaching position with the Eunice Public Schools serving as a math and social studies teacher, coach, and later as a Technology Lab 2000 facilitator. In 1993, he received his Master’s in Administration from ENMU. He also met his wife, Susie, and they started a family.  He has two sons, Jacob and Kalob. In 2000 he became the elementary principal where he served for four years before moving to the middle school where he served as principal for 3.5 years. An interesting point about Superintendent Haynes is that he worked a number of summers with maintenance staff, where he picked up knowledge about building infrastructure. This knowledge served him well throughout his tenure as Superintendent as he helped his community rebuild the Elementary, Activity Center, Caton Middle School, Cardinal Football Stadium, Cardinal Field House, Cardinal Baseball Stadium, EHS Auditorium, and the Vocational Center. He also facilitated the purchase of additional property to construct teacherages in order to attract new teachers to the District.  During his time as superintendent, Mr. Haynes has served with incredible people, from community members, staff, students, and peers who have patiently refined him into the leader he is today.

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Christa Kulidge

Representative

President, NMCASE

Coordinator of Student Services, Farmington Municipal Schools

NMCASE Goals:

  • Have at least one member from each of the public school districts

  • Co-sponsor professional development activities in conjunction with the PED, Regional Educational Cooperatives (RECs), and Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs)

  • Have a mentorship program for administrators and special education who have three or less years of experience

Elisia Beguira

Representative
President
CES

Superintendent
Lake Arthur Municipal Schools

Bobbie Gutierrez

Bobbie Gutierrez

Representative

Executive Director, NMRECA

Bobbie Gutierrez currently serves as New Mexico’s State Executive Director for the New Mexico Regional Education Cooperatives, better known as NM RECA. There are 10 Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) found regionally throughout the state. RECs are state agencies, administratively attached by statute, to the New Mexico Public Education Department and they provide many services to the sixty-eight rural school districts in the state, as well as manage Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) and grants for NMPED. RECs also provide services to other state agencies. The RECs have numerous statewide initiatives that support all school districts in the state. Bobbie is NM RECA’s first association executive director in the history of the RECs.

Bobbie “grew up” in the Santa Fe Public Schools from the classroom to the boardroom and retired in 2012 after serving several years as superintendent. In later years, Bobbie served as the superintendent of schools for Espanola Public Schools. Bobbie has coordinated and facilitated the Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy for the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL) and Cooperative Education Services (CES) Leadership Development programs since 2020; and prior to that from 2013-2017. She represents the RECs on the NMCEL Board of Directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for Cooking with Kids in Santa Fe and is the immediate past president of the New Mexico Retired Superintendents’ Association (NMRSA).

Bobbie is a native of Lubbock, Texas, attended Texas Tech University, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with certifications in secondary language arts and reading. She has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of New Mexico. Bobbie comes from a family of educators. Her husband is a retired educator, and Bobbie has sons, and five grandchildren that inspire her to continue her work in public education.

Erik Bose

Representative NMASSP

Erik Bose- My current day job is the Executive Director of ABQ Charter Academy. I have worked in education since 1993. I earned my degrees at UNM. I have taught Social Studies, English, Physical Education and Special Education before transitioning to Educational Leadership in 2004. Currently. I serve as the State Coordinator for the NM Association of Secondary School Administrators, Vice-President of the Public Charter School of New Mexico and Past-President and current board member for the NM Coalition of Educational Leaders.

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Bonnie Lightfoot

ENMERC Representative

NMSSA President

Superintendent, House Municipal Schools

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Maria Jaramillo

COSSEP

Executive Director, Central Region Educational Cooperative

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Traci Fliss

Representative, NMSTE

NMSTE Mission: to ensure the success for all students by serving as a state wide network of individuals seeking to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in education. As a nonprofit membership organization, we will provide leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-16 and teacher education.

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Cecilia Hernandez

Representative
Special Education
NMSU Alliance

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Russell Goff

Representative

Executive Director, NMAER

The New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees, with over 6,700 members, has represented retired educators since 1942.Our purpose is to advocate for educational retirees, particularly with concern to their retirement benefits regarding pension and health care. With the landscape on retirement benefits rapidly changing throughout the country, it is imperative that retirees remain vigilant to maintain this valuable service.

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Mark Anthony Barela

Representative

President, NMAESP

Principal, Carlsbad Municipal Schools

My professional journey led me to Carlsbad in 2002, where I accepted a music teaching position at the newly chartered Jefferson Montessori Academy (JMA). While at JMA, I continued my studies online at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, receiving a second master’s degree in 2003, this time in Integrative Learning.

Later, I became an elementary music teacher for Loving Municipal Schools where I continued to expand their fine arts program, and then in the Fall of 2007 I became the Principal at Loving Elementary School and served as the Director of Federal Programs and Bilingual Education for Loving Municipal Schools. Finally, in 2012, I was offered and accepted a school principal position for Carlsbad Municipal Schools.  In Carlsbad, I have served as an elementary and middle school principal, Director of Student Achievement & College and Career Readiness, and as the Director of District Guidance Services.

Currently, I’ve returned to the elementary principal position in Carlsbad and am proud to serve as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals.

I was recognized by the League of United Latin American Citizens as Educator of the Year in New Mexico at the LULAC State Convention in Albuquerque in 2010. The same year I also received recognition in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers program and recognition from the New Mexico Public Education Bilingual and Multicultural Program.

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognized me for the contributions I’ve given in educational leadership, and published two articles that were presented at the UCEA National Convention in 2012.

In 2013, I was selected to participate in the second third cohort of the New Mexico Coalition of Education Administrator’s Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy for which completed in spring 2014.

At the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders 2014 Summer Conference, I was presented with one of the highest honors as an educational leader. I received the 2014 New Mexico Administrator of the Year Award by the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals (NMAESP).

Belief Statement:   “I am an educator. At the heart of my being is the desire to guide, support, and enable others to achieve personal success.”

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Cindy Rael

Representative

APSPA

Principal

Kit Carson Elementary School

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Brian Baca

Representative

President, NMSPA

Deputy Superintendent, Los Lunas Schools

The New Mexico School Personnel Association is a coalition of school human resources administrators and professionals who provide information, services and professional development related to personnel issues within the education profession.

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Candice Thompson

Representative

President, NMPFMA

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