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Election

Information for the 2015 CNM Governing Board Election for Districts 2, 4, and 6.

Election Date

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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An election is hereby called to be held in the Central New Mexico Community College District on February 3, 2015 for the purpose of electing three members who live within the District to the Governing Board of Central New Mexico community College.

The positions to be filled at the election—designated Position 2, Position 4 (North and Central), and Position 6—are for four-year terms.

 

District 2

District 2 Map

robertIncumbent Robert P. Matteucci, Jr., (505) 888-1811,

Occupation

General Manager, Paris Shoes, Matteucci Florsheim, Shoe Circus, 1985-1990; Founder/owner: Shoes on a Shoestring, 1990-2003. Divorce and family law attorney, 2009-present.

Community activities

Peter Johnstone Pro Bono Event volunteer -- Provide free family law legal services to individuals that cannot afford attorneys, 2011-2014; La La-plooza volunteer -- Provided free legal advice to low-income individuals in the Albuquerque community that need guidance in family law matters, 2012; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2010 to present; New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, 2010 to present; Member of the American Bar Association, 2007 to present; Member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, 2009 to present; Provide free representation to low-income individuals that are in need of representation in family law matters, 2009 to present; Elected American Bar Association representative by the University of New Mexico School of Law student body, 2007.

Member of the Advisory Committee for the APS Drop Back In Advisory Committee (the program’s goal is to re-integrate high-risk students back into school), 1998-2003; Member of the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA), 1990-2003; Founder of the Naot/Shoes on A Shoestring event for the Health Care for The Homeless (personally fit homeless women with thousands of new shoes donated by Shoes on A Shoestring and Naot/ Shoe Manufacturer), 1999-2006; Founder of the Suitable for Success/Shoes on A Shoestring Clothing and Shoe Drive (donated thousands of pairs of new shoes and collected thousands of professional business outfits for distribution to recently released incarcerated females), 1996-2003; Appointed to the local 7-station Citadel Radio Broadcast Network Advisory Board, 1997-2000; Elected to the Winrock Regional Mall Merchants Association Committee, 1991-1995; City of Albuquerque Downtown Corridor Revenues Committee appointee, 1987-1990.

Have you had any previous involvement with CNM?

Part-time student at CNM one-semester.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

Over the years, CNM has performed a great service for the citizens of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities. I want to make sure CNM continues to provide people in this community a great education for a great price. I was born and raised in central New Mexico and I understand the problems we have had over the years attracting employers that provide good-paying jobs. If CNM produces excellent employees, it will benefit employers that provide good paying jobs and attract new employers from outside New Mexico to locate here. A key element to achieve this is to retain the outstanding teachers already working at CNM and attract new great teachers that will want to teach at CNM for a long time. I want to help make this happen.

Mark-Armijo.jpgDistrict 4

District 4 Map Central

District 4 Map North

Incumbent Mark Armijo, (505) 205-8537, 

Occupation

Systems Analyst, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility.

Community Activities

Current President of Pauline Armijo Excellence in Education Scholarship Fund; Current President of Nuestros Valores Charter High School Governing Board.

Have you had any previous involvement with CNM?

Yes. I was elected to the CNM Governing Board in 2011. I am currently the Capital Outlay Committee Chair.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

I am a candidate for the Governing Board at CNM because I would like to continue the work that is being done on the Governing Board to guide this great College into the future by helping prepare students for success as well as meeting the needs of the community. CNM has many challenges that require proactive and creative solutions, which are dependent on the flexibility and agility of not only the faculty and staff, but the Governing Board as well. I want to represent not only District 4, but everyone whose lives have been positively changed and continue to be changed for the better by CNM.

District 6

District 6 Map

Jenny Leigh Lawson-Toulouse, (505) 550-6332,

Occupation

Stay at Home Mom, Self Employed.

Community Activities

Currently volunteer at my children’s school as needed. Currently volunteer to help coach children’s sports as needed. Currently volunteer at my church where needed. In the past, I have helped, along with about 20 other people, start a new campus for our church in an underserved part of town.

Have you had any previous involvement with CNM?

My mother-in-law is a former member of the CNM Governing Board and I became familiar with CNM and its campuses, programs, and services. I have many family members and friends who have attended CNM.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

As a mother of four sons, of whom the oldest is a junior at APS, I recognize CNM is a vital and integral part of the greater Albuquerque community. CNM provides top-notch education and services for an affordable cost. I believe that the American dream begins with securing and growing with each opportunity presented to us. The first step to realizing each opportunity, if not the first opportunity presented to us, is education. I believe the purpose of CNM is to provide accessible and affordable education and support students in obtaining real jobs that pay real wages. I want to help continue and improve the distance learning opportunities for working students while keeping tuition and fees affordable so that anyone and everyone who wants it can have access to the quality education and opportunities that CNM provides.

District 6

District 6 Map

Virginia (Lopez) Trujillo, (505) 345-6167, (505) 228-6871

Occupation

Retired educator.

Community Activities

Chair, Governance Board, Twenty First Century Academy Charter Mid-School; Director, Outreach and Admissions/Career Transition Services, Albuquerque Job Corps, 2008-2012; Administrator, Bernalillo County Housing Department, 2007-2008; Vice President Education, Training, Workforce Development & Governmental Affairs, Youth Development, Inc., 2004-2007; Deputy Director, Office of Education Accountability, Department of Finance Administration, State of New Mexico, 2003-2004; Education Policy Advisor to Governor Richardson, 2003-2004; Partner/Owner Trujillo, Ethelbah & Lawrence, LLC, Education Consultants, Intergovernmental Affairs & Resource Development (1998-2003).

Clients: Los Lunas Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Santa Fe Public Schools, Belen Consolidated Schools, Gallup Independent Schools and the Middle Rio Grande Collaborative for Educational Excellence; Education Resource Development Administrator, Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Worked collaboratively with community and businesses and organizations to form partnerships for resource development through strategic planning for workforce and economic development and developed, lobbied and assisted in implementing the Charter District Bill and the growth factor bill for RRPS, 1998-1999; Creator and Director of the Office of Development Albuquerque Public Schools, 1994; Creator and Director of the APS Foundation, 1994-1998; Lobby Congress and the NM State Legislature for funding for innovative community programs and school districts (Los Lunas Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Santa Fe Public Schools, Belen Consolidated Schools, Gallup Independent Schools and the Middle Rio Grande Collaborative for Educational Excellence, 1982-2004.

Directed the development, deployment and outcomes of a $1.5 billion statewide budget through membership on the NM State Board of Education, 1982-1994; Directed the APS Academy for Educational Leadership and restructured adult educational leadership programs through innovative ideas to address the needs of at risk populations utilizing vocational/technical/ & workforce development, Albuquerque Public Schools, 1982-1997; Directed the APS Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO) and developed multicultural programs for Native American and Hispanic needs through working in the business community, developed diversity leadership programs and community affairs opportunities, 1990-1997; Created the APS Diversity Leadership Council, 1990-1996 (Council is still in existence); Developed state and local strategies for meeting educational, workforce and economic development in the year 2000 and beyond, 1973-2008; APS Lobbyist, 1990-1999.

Lobbied for the Albuquerque Public Schools District and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to work with the State Legislature to restructure school laws and the children’s code; Member and Vice Chair of TVI (CNM) Governing Board (Vice Chair) (Workforce Development Center planned and built during my tenure).

Chaired Governing Board Committee of the whole in Long Term Planning and Goals for CNM, 1996-2000; Member and President of the NM State Board of Education and directed the development, deployment and outcomes of a $1.5 billion statewide budget, 1982-1994; Developed innovative programs for low income children to promote math, science and consumer skills (Teacher, Rio Grande High School and West Mesa High School), 1972-1984; Developed and implemented a child development program for low income high school age students and worked with parents of the children in parenting skills (West Mesa High School), 1976-1986; Member, Governors Business Executives for Education, 1989-2008; Member New Mexico First Implementation Committee on Education and the Workforce; Member CNM Advisory Committee – Emeritus Academy, 2005-2008; Past Member, Lt. Governor’s Children Cabinet; Past Member, APS Foundation Board; Past Member, American Vocational Education Association (20 years); Past member, (12 years) National Association for State Boards of Education (4 years) on the Board of Directors, 9 years on the Governmental Affairs Committee) (Washington, D.C.); Founder and past member, Executive Committee – APS Diversity Leadership Council; Member, NM State Board of Education (12 years) (4 years as president); National President and past member, Interstate Migrant Education Council (Washington, D.C.) (National Chair 2 years) – evaluated and sought funding for housing and programs for migrants throughout the United States.

Member and advisor to XII Border Governor’s Council (Appointed by Governor King) Advised the Governor in bilateral education and community needs to be reflected in NAFTA agreements, 1992-1996.; Member, National Review Panel for Blue Ribbon Schools/Schools of Excellence for the U.S. Department of Education (Washington, D.C.), 1992-2000; Member, Wells Fargo Community Leadership Council (1997-2001); Member, Association of Community College Trustees, 1996-2000; Member, State Staff Development Advisory Committee for the State Department of Education; Member, Advisory Board UNM Family Hispanic Program; Member, National Steering Committee for the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc., Lilly Endowment, and National Civic League’s project An Action Strategy to Reform Urban Education Governance (1992-1996)  (studied and gave recommendations on education, health and housing issues).

Instructor for pregnant teens at home for unwed mothers; Instructor, Public Health Nurses on Parenting and Discipline; Instructor, East San Jose Community Center on consumer and public affairs; Developed curriculum guide for Parenting Education for UNM Education Department; Member, New Mexico Museum Foundation, 2008-2011; Member, Education Committee, Hispano Chamber.

Have you had any previous involvement with CNM?

Member and Vice Chair TVI (CNM) Governing Board (Vice Chair) (Workforce Development Center planned and built during my tenure). Chaired Governing Board Committee of the whole in Long Term Planning and Goals for CNM, 1996-2000; Member CNM Advisory Committee – Emeritus Academy, 2005-2008; Member, Wells Fargo Community Leadership Council, 1997-2001; Member Association of Community College Trustees.

My son and daughter-in-law went to CNM and graduated approximately 4 years ago. What a wonderful experience they had!

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

I want to be on the board to assist in maintaining an exemplary program that is affordable to students of all ages and prepares them for good paying jobs and careers. I want to collaborate and be partners with the private and public sector to assist in economic development. CNM is a jewel that Albuquerque is blessed to have and I want to be part of it!