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CNM Governing Board Members

CNM's Governing Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms from districts within the overall College district, which includes Bernalillo County plus Corrales and Rio Rancho in Sandoval County.

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Pauline Garcia

(505) 352-2991

District 1: Pauline J. Garcia, Vice Chair

Term Expires: 2017

Pauline J. Garcia is a retired manager, instructor and customer service specialist with Qwest, PNM, Paychex and Gas Company of New Mexico. She also served on the CNM Governing Board for one term that began in 1997.

Ms. Garcia's community involvement includes: Pastoral Council at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church; tutor for Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Reads; volunteer builder for Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity; docent for Albuquerque Museum, Casa San Ysidro; former Albuquerque Public Schools Board member, serving two terms that began in 1986; former CNM Governing Board member.

Committee Appointments

  • Capital Outlay Committee Chair
  • Executive Committee Member

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Robert P. Matteucci, Jr.

(505) 203-4600

District 2: Robert P. Matteucci, Jr., Secretary

Term Expires: 2019

Robert P. Matteucci, Jr. is a family law attorney. Mr. Matteucci was also the founder and owner of local retail store Shoes on a Shoestring from 1990 to 2003. He was general manager of Paris Shoes, Matteucci Florsheim and Shoe Circus from 1985-90.

Mr. Matteucci's community involvement includes: Law-la-palooza volunteer in 2012, providing free legal advice to low-income individuals in Albuquerque community on family law matters; member International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; member New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group; member American Bar Association; member Albuquerque Bar Association; free representation to low-income individuals in need of representation for family law matters; elected American Bar Association representative by University of New Mexico School of Law student body in 2007; member Albuquerque Public Schools Drop Back In Advisory Committee (1998-2003) as part of effort to reintegrate high-risk students back into school; founder of NAOT/Shoes on a Shoestring event for Healthcare for the Homeless (1999-2006); founder of Suitable for Success/Shoes on a Shoestring Clothing and Shoe Drive to benefit incarcerated females who had been recently released (1996-2003); appointed to City of Albuquerque Downtown Corridor Revenues Committee (1987-90).

Committee Appointments

  • Finance Committee Member
  • Planning Committee Member

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District 3: Thomas E. Swisstack

Tom Swisstack

Thomas E. Swisstack
tsriorancho@gmail.com
(505) 463-6989

Term Expires: 2017
 
Thomas E. Swisstack has had a long career in public service and elected office. He served as the Mayor of Rio Rancho for 10 years and served in the New Mexico House of Representatives for eight years and on the Sandoval County Commission for eight years.

Most recently, Mr. Swisstack served as the Deputy County Manager for Public Safety for Bernalillo County. Prior to that role, he served as the Director of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center for 10 years.

Mr. Swisstack has also worked on the boards of the New Mexico Correctional Association, the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments, the Executive Board of United Way of New Mexico, and was recognized by Who’s Who in American Colleges, American Law Enforcement and Public Administration.

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Melissa Armijo

(505) 903-4571 

District 4: Melissa Armijo

Term Expires: 2017

Melissa Armijo has worked at the University of New Mexico since 2008, currently serving as a Senior Fiscal Services Technician in the Purchasing Department.

Ms. Armijo’s community involvement includes: serving as Co-chair of the UNM Staff Council Student Success Committee; serving as Scholarship Chair of the Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund; and serving as Secretary of the Hubbell House Alliance.

Committee Appointments

  • Audit Committee
  • Capital Outlay Committee

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District 5

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Virginia M. Trujillo

(505) 345-6167

District 6: Virginia M. Trujillo

Term Expires: 2019

Virginia M. Trujillo, elected to the CNM Governing Board in February 2015, is a retired educator with an extensive background in education administration and public service. Ms. Trujillo was a teacher at Rio Grande High School and West Mesa High School before spending many years in education administration and serving on local and national boards. While teaching at West Mesa High School, she developed an early childhood program that ran from 1976 until 2010. She served as a member and as President of the New Mexico State Board of Education, directing the development, deployment and outcomes of a $1.5 billion statewide budget from 1982-1994.

Ms. Trujillo also served as deputy director of the Office of Education Accountability in the Department of Finance Administration for the State of New Mexico and she was an Education Policy Advisor to Governor Richardson from 2003-04. Ms. Trujillo was a member of the National Review Panel for Blue Ribbon Schools/Schools of Excellence for the U.S. Department of Education from 1992-2000. She also served on the CNM Governing Board from 1996-2000.

Committee Appointments

  • Capital Outlay Committee Member
  • Planning Committee Member

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Michael D. DeWitte


(505) 821-4548

District 7: Michael D. DeWitte, Chair

Term Expires: 2017

Michael D. DeWitte, a second-term Board member, is the founder and President of ApertureNEXT, LLC, a management and technical consulting firm. Mr. DeWitte is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has a BS and MS in Engineering from the USAF Academy and U of Illinois respectively and an MBA from UNM Anderson.  He was formerly a member of senior management at Sandia National Laboratories and retired from there in 2011. He is a member of the Economic Forum and currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Mexico PBS (KNME) and he is a member of the national PBS Leadership Council. He has previously served on Boards in business, education, and healthcare organizations.

Committee Appointments

  • Finance Committee Member
  • Planning Committee Chair

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