NMOST Partner Forum Speakers

NMOST Partner Forum - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 9am - 3:30pm

Speaker Bios:

Mayor Richard J. Berry has loyally served the 32nd largest city in America for the past 7 years as 29th Mayor of Albuquerque. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served two terms in the New Mexico State Legislature and was also a successful entrepreneur for decades in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest United States. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City has reduced the size of government and has held the city budget below the line of inflation each year – all while maintaining a high level of service to the taxpayers. During his time in office, the City has completed 291 quality of life projects valued at almost $388 million, including the Paseo & I-25 interchange and the Convention Center renovation. During his time as Mayor there has been an unprecedented investment of nearly $300 million in downtown Albuquerque. Mayor Berry’s administration has also been recognized nationally for his transparency measures and his programs that change lives for the homeless and those in need.  His initiatives and partnerships that augment the educational experience for APS students have also been acknowledged as best in class. In January 2017, Mayor Berry was recognized as a Most Inspirational Person by the Washington Post with his innovative program that addresses panhandling called “There’s a Better Way”. To date, the program has served over 550 unduplicated people, connecting them with resources and employment while also beautifying the city. 

Dr. Patty Emord of Collaborative Solutions Consulting brings over 20 years’ experience with organizations and collaborative initiatives from the nonprofit, government, academic and private sectors. Her practice stresses organizational learning, capacity building, program design, planning, and evaluation. She employs innovative facilitation approaches that are designed for engaged and hands-on participation. 

Deborah Good, LMSW, is a research scientist with the Center for Education Policy Research at the University of New Mexico. She serves as the data and research manager for Mission: Graduate, an education partnership in central New Mexico. In her studies and her professional life, Deborah has concentrated on the role that mixed-method research, evaluation, and data analysis can play in effecting change and supporting continuous improvement in programmatic, policy, and practice decision-making. Prior to joining the staff of Mission: Graduate, she worked as a researcher in Philadelphia at Research for Action, and, more recently, as the Quality Improvement Coordinator at Desert Hills, a residential treatment center for children and teens, here in Albuquerque.

Stephanie Gurule-Leyba was raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico and is in her 21st year at Capital High School in the Santa Fe Public Schools. She teaches biomedical sciences and serves as the co-chair of the Medical Science Academy. She is the daughter of Gene Gurule and BonNet Gurule and is married to Richard Leyba. Stephanie and Richard have three children Nathanyal, Briana, and Marcus. Stephanie is a graduate of Robertson High School in Las Vegas and has always admired her teachers, including her father, for really instilling in her life lessons that she shares with her students. Stephanie says that she would be lying if she said she planned to become a teacher. As a pre-medical student in college, she began tutoring and mentoring students as part of her community service and was persuaded to take an Introduction to Teaching course. She discovered that she enjoyed working with students and had exciting ideas that she wanted to share. Stephanie is very passionate about science and medicine and knew that as a teacher she could share that passion with many students.

Larry Heard is a Geographic Information Systems Analyst. He has a background in education and training in science and manufacturing. He assists with training, mapping and administration of the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative. He also works as a data analyst with SHARENM. 

Dean Hopper is the Director of the Coordinated School Health & Wellness Bureau and has worked in various capacities within the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) for over 20 years. Prior to working at NMPED, Mr. Hopper worked for the New Mexico Department of Health, and was both a middle school and high school instructor. Mr. Hopper has received national recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the expansion of HIV education programs in New Mexico, and has focused on Coordinated School Health, inclusive of quality afterschool programs, throughout his career. When not working at a frenzied pace, he sits home and stares at his Chihuahua, Zena.

Marvin Johnson has worked for the District Attorney’s Office for the last ten years as the Program Administrator focusing on the New Mexico’s Compulsory Attendance Act. Prior to coming to New Mexico, Marvin lived in Seattle, Washington and worked as a Community Resource Developer for the Central Area Motivation Program ( CAMP ) and as a Workforce Development Director for the Seattle Jobs Initiative. Marvin has been blessed with a lovely wife and daughter and four beautiful grandchildren.

Megan Kamerick is an award-winning journalist and radio producer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked as a business reporter and editor at the San Antonio Business Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and the New Mexico Business Weekly. Megan is currently the host of Morning Edition on KUNM in Albuquerque and a correspondent for New Mexico PBS, where she previously was previously a producer for two shows, “New Mexico in Focus” as well as “Public Square,” which was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Marketplace, Pacific Content and Serious Eats. Megan is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, which helped inform her TED talk on women and media. She is also a TED speaker coach. She currently serves on the board of Good Radio Shows Inc. and the Society of Professional Journalists-Rio Grande Chapter.

Frank López is the Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico.  He has over 20 years working with nonprofit and community organizations. His experience in capacity building includes: strategic planning, leadership, board development and social enterprise.  His experience as an attorney and CPA includes working for some of the largest firms in the country.  He is a “teacher” at heart.  He has delivered hundreds of workshops and has taught at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Golden Gate University, UTEP Texas Tech University School of Law and recently at New Mexico State University (teaching high impact nonprofit organizations).  His work has provided extensive public speaking opportunities.  He has delivered presentations all over the country including Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, New Orleans LA, Dallas, Houston TX and Palm Beach CA. Speaking topics include: Nonprofit Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship, Community Partnerships and “Education & Diversity.” Lopez has published articles in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Teaching Race & Law.He is also a Coach/Mentor for the W.K. Kellogg foundation. He has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in Texas and California.

Ron Ottinger is a national leader and expert in STEM learning known for his expertise in informal and out-of-school time STEM education and in building collaborations among schools, science centers, communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning opportunities for young people. Ron is Director of STEM Next and serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network. For the past nine years, he led the Noyce Foundation which for a quarter-century was dedicated to helping young people become curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners. Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center. He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.

Dr. David Peercy is currently the President of the APS Board of Education for the period March 2017– March 2018 and entering his ninth year on the Board. Prior to this year Peercy served seven years as the chair of the APS Board’s Policy and Instruction Committee, and the past year as President. Dave has a PhD in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and retired as a special appointment Distinguished Senior Scientist with Sandia National Laboratories in 2014. Dr. Peercy was recognized in 2012 by the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) as a Master Board Member (MBM), and is one of only a few dozen board members statewide who have been honored with this recognition.  In 2013, Dr. Peercy was a finalist for the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) prestigious Richard R Green award representing the top board member among over 60 large urban school districts, including APS, which are part of the CGCS. Dr. Peercy is an avid art and music advocate and participant. His parents were long-time educators - his dad a music director and professional accompanist, and his mom a 4th grade teacher and a lyric soprano.  Dave is an accomplished pianist and clarinetist, and a “fledgling” guitarist. Dave and his wife sponsor the 4th Grade Honor Choir in hopes of encouraging our elementary students to develop their musical talents.

Michael Radtke is a Program Coordinator for Ngage New Mexico, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to community betterment. Michael’s wide variety of interests and social and political philosophies have culminated into a strong reverence for his community. At Ngage NM, Michael primarily coordinates early childhood programs as a part of an education initiative called the SUCCESS Partnership. He also serves on policy council for the Las Cruces Public Schools Head Start Program and is an avid supporter of local art and music. Michael received his bachelors from New Mexico State University, where he studied analytic philosophy, the fundamentals of which have provided Michael with strong critical thinking skills and a proclivity for creative and logical approaches to program management and problem solving.

May Sagbakken is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST). NMOST's mission is to create, strengthen and sustain a statewide system of support for quality afterschool programs by bringing together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive youth development opportunities and outcomes through afterschool programs. May has a dual Master’s in Community and Regional Planning/Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Oregon. May has extensive experience in community collaboration and strategies for implementing community projects for change, and 17 years experience as a director for local and international organizations focusing on women’s rights, violence prevention, and positive youth development. 

Thomas Scharmen, MA, MPH, is a community assessment epidemiologist for public health, and adjunct faculty with the UNM MPH program.  Originally from Roswell, NM, he worked as a community organizer and clinician in rural Mexico for many years. He currently works as Epidemiologist for the Northwest Public Health Region of the NM Department of Health where his focus for the last 18 years has been bringing neighborhood level data on the social determinants of health and health outcomes to New Mexico community advocates. Mr. Scharmen also coordinates the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC), which has developed a data warehouse and innovative assessment tools that allow health analysts to share information and work, and provides an explorable collection of neighborhood data focused on health and education for users of all stripes: grant writers, community planners, state intervention taskforces, policy advocates, and university researchers, faculty and students.

Tim Sheahan is the President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has over 45 years of experience in the Boys & Girls Club field besides being an alumni of the Bellevue Boys & Girls Clubs in Bellevue, WA.  He has extensive knowledge of youth programs, development resources, and operations by way of Boys & Girls Clubs all over the country from Seattle, Washington where he was born, to the East Coast and Midwest and finally 4 years ago in Albuquerque as the President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. Tim was named to the 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Master & Mentor program (Hall of Fame). Tim has his Masters Degree in Human Services for non-profits from Nova Southeastern University and has received many honors throughout his career for his dedication to the youth of our country.  He has served on many national task forces and committees and is recognized as a national trainer in Board Development, Resource Development, and Staff Development.  Tim was also a Boys & Girls Club Woodruff Fellow. Tim is married to Cheryl and they have 2 children, Ryan, 26 and Allison (Alli), 25 and a grandson, Odin. Tim was appointed by Mayor Barry in Albuquerque to his ABQ Volunteer Commission that promotes volunteerism in Albuquerque, is the Chair of the New Mexico Out of School Time Network and President of the Schumann Foundation.

Amy Tapia is the Manager of Community Involvement at Sandia National Laboratories. This team is responsible for employee and corporate giving, volunteerism, and K-12 STEM education outreach. She has worked at Sandia National Laboratories for 28 years, working in Security, Energy and Environment, and Community Involvement/Education Outreach. Amy developed many of Sandia’s STEM programs including Family Science Nights, CroSSlinks Science Volunteers, the NM Electric Car Challenge, and the former Academies Creating Teacher Scientists program. Amy is a native of Albuquerque and graduated from Sandia High School. She received her BBA and MBA from the University of New Mexico. She is a Leadership Albuquerque graduate and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation, and is involved in the work of Mission: Graduate and the Central NM STEM-H Education Hub. Amy enjoys serving as Mentor 3.0 mentor and a CASA volunteer.

Christine Trujillo is the New Mexico State Representative for Dstrict 25, serving on both the House Education Committee, and the powerful House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Christine received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico in 1988 after receiving a B.A. in Elementary Education with Bilingual Certification from New Mexico Highlands University. Christine is a recipient of many awards, and was named a State Afterschool Champion by the Afterschool Alliance at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C.. Christine lives in Albuquerque and was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. Her father was a land grant recipient of the Piedras Lumbres and Conejos Land Grants. She traces her family back to the late 1600's with 16 brothers and sisters (11 siblings still alive.) Her mother was from Colfax County.  Christine is married to Dale Petty and has several children and grandchildren.

Daniel Valverde was born in New Mexico and received his bachelor degree in Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, and his Master’s at New Mexico State University. He was accepted as an Emerson Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington D.C. He now works as the Director of Community Engagement at New Mexico Appleseed, an organization dedicated to ending poverty and hunger in the State. Appleseed has had great success creating legislation on Breakfast After the Bell and the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights, better known as the “Lunch Shaming Bill.” Daniel is responsible for working with school districts, nonprofits, and programs interested in providing meals to children during summer and afterschool. 

Wendy Wintermute, Ph.D., sees her current role as Outreach Coordinator for SHARE New Mexico as the culmination of a career helping communities come together to support healthy families, vital communities, and supportive institutions.  Dr. Wintermute has an MA degree in family and community relations from Columbia University Teachers College, an MSW and Ph.D. in sociology and social work from the University of Michigan. She credits her practical education to the communities in which she has learned and served and the community members who have generously mentored her in the fine art of working together.



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