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“The generosity of strangers is what taught me not only how to give but why I should…” 

Carol S. Perez – Giving Consecutively for 14 Years

Seeing the need students have to pursue a productive career here at CNM, Carol was introduced to CNM’s employee giving campaign to allow her a chance to not only give back to the community Carol S. Perez, CNMbut help student succeed. Being an alum of CNM, her experience with the expenses of books, tuition and additional fees most students are unaware of, aided her decision to one day help these students out. Carol’s contribution focuses on the notable Rust Opportunity Scholarship. This scholarship helps students with unforeseen circumstances and get them out of a bind.

Carol’s first experience with philanthropy was not giving but in having received support of a helping hands agency. United Way helped her and her family in the past and giving back is a humbling and rewarding experience.

She encourages many employees to support the Foundation to help Lead the Way making sure they know 100% of their support aids students in any and every way.

Carol’s aspirations for the community through her donations not only to CNM but to other community entities help others achieve their dreams. Her hope is that the time she has dedicated to teaching children and young adults in the community and mentoring student employees help lead the way to achieving their educational and career dreams here at CNM. 

Thank you Carol for your time, commitment and generosity. We appreciate all you do for the Foundation. 

"I want to provide a selfless act and give and teach students for a better tomorrow." 

Applied Technology's Victoria Maestas

Victoria Maestas – Giving Consecutively for 10 years



Upon graduating what was then TVI, Victoria set out to put her education to work in 1979 working in the Electronics industry. After working in the industry for 12 years, she came back to TVI/CNM to earn her Machining

 Certificate in 1991 then set out into the world to work in the field based on the education she recently received in machining


 Victoria’s philanthropic outreach came to her in 1976 when Joe Powdrell of Powdrell’s BBQ influenced and encouraged her to work  with him helping kids and teens at the San Felipe Youth Group. She was hired as a Roving Leader and helps the youth by providing words of encouragement and by having recreation time to help them stay off the streets and out of trouble.. After a few years of work, she once again came back to CNM, not only as a two time alum but as an employee to give back to the students all the knowledge she gained in the workforce. As an alum, she utilized CNM’s Job Connection Services to obtain a career in her field of study.

 Victoria recollects on her time with the youth group and has since felt the urge to give back. In her return to CNM, she was inspired  to become an employee supporter after seeing one of her colleagues and mentors, Joe Black, in a CNM Foundation newsletter    highlighting the CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner. She immediately contacted the Foundation to see how she can  become a donor and has since been giving consecutively for 10 years. Victoria is not a loyal contributor providing support to the  CNM Foundation for scholarships for our students, but she credits her role as an instructional technician with Applied Technologies  as part of her philanthropic duty. Victoria wants to continue to perform a selfless act and teach students about the traits within  Applied Technologies.  Thank You Victoria, we have greatly benefited from your belief in helping others succeed. 

“Where much is given, much is expected. It is a joy and a privilege.” 

Gail Grosso FT Faculty CHSS 

Gail Grosso – Giving Consecutively for 12 years

Gail’s love of teaching brought her to CNM/TVI over 25 years ago. Teaching in the school of Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, Gail has been giving consecutively for twelve years to several CNM programs and scholarships. Thirteen years ago, she became full time faculty and wanted to give back to CNM for the opportunity she was given. She values the scholarships offered by the Foundation as a critical asset for students to be aware of. Gail’s support in scholarships, in turn, support students in a crucial way. Through the Rust Opportunity Scholarship her gifts are able to help students who have run into unforeseen circumstances and need the extra financial support to be able to have a successful career here at CNM. Thank You Gail, we value your commitment to students here at CNM. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. 

Thank You CNM Employees

The Leading the Way Campaign held a thank you celebration for all the CNM Employee donors on May 2, 2014. With over 650 employees contributing over $116,000.00, the campaign celebrated by providing a luncheon free to the employee contributors. Stephanie Kozemchak of United Way of Central New Mexico thanked CNM for helping reach their goals. Employees contribute to a variety of organizations from churches to animal shelters, but the majority of their donations go toward funding CNM scholarships and program support thus living and working to Change Lives and Build Community.

Leading the Way Team UW's Stephanie KozemchakKathie Winograd and Luchador