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May Sagbakken, Executive Director
May Sagbakken has been the Executive Director for NMOST for more than two years, and is a passionate advocate for equitable access to quality out-of-school programs for all children and youth in New Mexico.
May has 17 years’ experience as a director for local and international organizations focusing on women’s rights, violence prevention, and positive youth development. Her most recent position includes working as the Executive Director for the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico. She has also worked as a Special Advisor on Women Worker’s Rights at the International Labor Organization in Geneva.
May has extensive experience in community collaboration and strategies for implementing community projects for change. This includes planning and implementing the Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative in APS focused on prevention of violence and substance abuse, and a successful YouthBuild program in Albuquerque.
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 lived in New Mexico since 1991, and is a proud mother of three children. She is a Certified Reflexologist, Blue belt Nia Instructor, and an Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Elizabeth Barbush, Leadership Institute Coordinator
Originally from small-town Pennsylvania, Elizabeth has spent her life exploring and creating spaces for self-expression, dialogue, and storytelling. Through her varied career, she has accumulated 20 plus years of experience in community art, outreach, conflict resolution, making and exhibiting artwork, non-profit program development, and arts education. She has acted as a program manager, photographer, educator, interviewer, community organizer, blogger, writer and an advocate of personal voice and expression.
Working both nationally and internationally, she has engaged diverse audiences of varied ages, races, cultures, religions and political backgrounds in workshops, discussion programs, exhibitions, and participatory events. Elizabeth believes placing a focus on the arts, humanities, and the sharing of personal history and culture is the crucial starting point for productive and positive engagement with our communities and the immediate environment.
She is excited to engage with and learn more about New Mexico's rich culture and history and is grateful to collaborate in the creation of NMOST's first Leadership Institute.
Jeff McConaughy, STEM Coordinator
Jeff retired from Intel in the summer of 2016 after almost 30 years in IT and IT Management in the semiconductor industry. He participated in an Intel sponsored Encore Fellowship program, which matches recent retirees with non-profits to work 1000 hours on projects in support of organizational goals. Jeff worked with Explora for his fellowship, and a portion of his time was dedicated to assisting NMOST.
Jeff returned to NMOST as STEM Coordinator in early 2018. In addition to promoting and supporting STEM programs in out-of-school time in the state, Jeff manages the NMOST web site and much of the social media and other communications from the organization. If you have a suggestion for an event to include in our calendar, or an online resource to add to our repository, please feel free to drop Jeff a note at email@example.com.
Jeff has lived in New Mexico for most of his life (he's not telling how many years, but it's a LOT.) He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter (when she's home from college) experiencing all our state has to offer.
Here he is with a snake on his face.
Kaski Suzuki, Meals Expansion Vista
Kaski was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, and recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science and Communication. His senior honors thesis was focused on the causes and implications of food insecurity in the United States. It was this passion around the issue of children going hungry in a wealthy nation that led Kaski to apply for the NMOST Meals Expansion Vista role, working to increase and improve the role of OST in providing proper nutrition for the children and youth of New Mexico.
In New Mexico, 1 in 4 children is unsure of their next meal, which is a sad and eye-opening statistic with serious implications for youth development. Children cannot learn, let alone thrive, if they aren't properly fed and aren't receiving adequate nutritional support.
Kaski's initial focus with NMOST will be to work with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The At-Risk Component of the CCACFP offers federal funding to Afterschool and other OST programs that serve a meal and/or snack to children in low-income areas. With the potential for 100% reimbursements on meals/snacks served, programs are given the potential to grow. This in turn translates into programs being able to serve more food to more hungry children.
Alexandra Hoffman, STEM Vista
Alex graduated from New Mexico Tech in May of 2018 with her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus in Metallurgy. During her time at Tech, she was an active member of the student community itself as well a leader in outreach programs for her department. Through her experience engaging children of all ages to learn about the fun and cool things science has to offer, she found her now current job of being a STEM VISTA.