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May Sagbakken, Executive Director
May Sagbakken has been the Executive Director for NMOST for more than four 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.
Jeff McConaughy, Director of Policy and Communication
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (while she's home between college and whatever is next) experiencing all our state has to offer.
Kaski Suzuki, Program Coordinator
Kaski was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science and Communication. His senior honors thesis centered around studying whether state level political makeup exacerbates/mitigates the incidence of food deserts in the United States. It was this passion around anti-hunger work 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.
As Program Coordinator, Kaski continues to work toward increasing access to afterschool meals for children across the state, as well as supporting NMOST's Professional Development and Policy efforts. Kaski is currently persuing a Master's degreee in Public Health where he also works as a Research Assistant.
Ethan Greene, STEM VISTA
Ethan grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in political science. During his senior year he studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, obtaining a minor in Spanish. For his senior thesis, he examined the increasing prevalence of new information technologies on international relations. His passion for public policy led him to apply for the NMOST STEM Expansion VISTA position. He is excited to make a difference in his new community by helping to broaden access to STEM afterschool opportunities. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors and exploring New Mexico’s rich landscape.