Board of Directors

We Work for You! The UNM Alumni Association is governed by a national board of 37 members and four ex-officio members. The board is charged with guiding the Association to be a vital partner in the continued excellence of The University of New Mexico through the significant engagement of alumni. The entire board meets three times a year; the executive committee meets monthly.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors works to connect alumni with each other and the University and encourages engagement among all members of the UNM community, including students, faculty and staff and the greater community as a whole. Board members serve 3 year terms, with the exception of Ex-Officio members whose length of service varies based upon the constituency which they represent.

Board of Directors, 2020-2021

Chad Cooper '01 MBA
Principal of Operations
Tillman Cyber Services, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Mike Silva '95 BA
President Elect
Co-founder, Albuquerque Tourism &
Sightseeing Factory
Founder, Rude Boy Cookies
Albuquerque, NM

Alexis Tappan '99 BA, '17 MA
Past President
2540 Group
Albuquerque, NM

Joe Ortiz ’14 BBA
Audit Manager
Kubiak, Melton & Associates, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Kenneth Armijo ’05 BS, ’08 MS, ’11 PhD
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs
Albuquerque, NM

Yasine Armstrong '05 MA
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Roswell, NM

Kyle Biederwolf ’17 BBA, ’19 MPA
External Affairs Manager
Albuquerque, NM

Xochitl Biggs '08 BA
Coordinator, Downtown Public Safety ECHO
Albuquerque, NM

Doug Brown
Brown and Brown Ventures
Albuquerque, NM

John Brown '72 BBA
President & CEO
Silent Falcons UAS Tech.
Albuquerque, NM

Robert Calvani '71 BA
NCA Architects
Albuquerque, NM

Aprilyn Chavez Geissler ’96 BS
First Executive Vice President
Gateway Insurance Group, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM

Sophia Collaros '73 BA, '89 JD
Privacy Officer
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Albuquerque, NM

Joe Dworak '09 BA, '13 JD
Assistant Attorney General
Litigation Division Director
Santa Fe, NM

Ryan Ferguson '05 BUS
Managing Partner, Investment Advisor Representative
RetireSmart NM
Albuquerque, NM

Apollonia Gallegos '08 BA
Senior Managing Director
Teach for America
San Diego, CA

Darrell Garcia '03 BS, '07 MA, '12 MBA
Business Instructor and DECA Advisor
Rio Grande High School
Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque, NM

Julia Gilroy '04 BA, '06 MA, , ’18 MBA
Product Operations Manager
Facebook, Inc.
Seattle, WA

Sydney Gunthorpe '97 BS '99 MA
VP, Academic Affairs
Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque, NM

Shamarra Henderson '04 BS, 07 JD
New Mexico Court of Appeals
Albuquerque, NM

Melissa C. Henry In-progress PhD
Student Regent
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Mark Herman '91 BA, '09 MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Albuquerque, NM

Leslie Hoffman '99 BA, '09 MBA
LEH Consulting Group LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Jessica M. Hurtado ‘08 BA, ‘12 MPA
Director of Admissions
University of Utah, School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dick Knipfing '76 BA
KRQE News Anchor
Albuquerque, NM

Erica Krause Muñoz ’10 BA
Marketing Business Partner
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Albuquerque, NM

Chris Lujan '05 BAA, '08 MA
Associate Principal
TSK Architects
Henderson, NV

Holley Mariani '09 BA, '17 MBA
Senior Project Manager
Rapid 7
Albuquerque, NM

Rene Matison '69
Director of Human Resources
Albuquerque, NM

Amy Miller '85 BA, '93 MPA
AMM Consulting LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Susan Moczygemba-McKinsey ’73 BA, ’04 MA
Retired, Part-Time Professional Consultant
UNM Office of Government and Community Relations
Albuquerque, NM

Fred Mondragon '64 BS
Founder and President, Mondragon International; Former Cabinet Secretary, N.M. Economic Development Dept.; Honory Consul of Spain
Albuquerque, NM

Debbie Morris '77 BA, '90 MPA
Retired, Director of Student Activities Center
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Judith K. Nakamura '83 BA, '89 JD
Chief Justice,
State of New Mexico
Supreme Court
Albuquerque, NM

Jim Novak '96 MBA
Senior Manager
Cyber Intelligence Research
Sandia National Labs
Albuquerque, NM

P. Michael Padilla '03 BBA, '07 MBA
Knowledge Director
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Windermere, FL

Gus Pedrotty '17 BA/BS
Coordinator for the Office of Applied Complexity
Santa Fe Institute
Albuquerque, NM

Roberta Ricci ’06 BBA, ’09 MA
National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation
Albuquerque, NM

Jaymie Roybal '12 BA/BS, '16 JD
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Albuquerque, NM

Daniel Trujillo ’07 BBA, ’08 MACCT
Director of Audit
Kubiak Melton & Associates
Albuquerque, NM

Ex Officio Members, 2019-2020

Connie Beimer
Interim Vice President, UNM Alumni Association

Randy Velarde
Chairman of the Board, UNM Foundation

Jenna Hagengruber
Representative, Young Alumni Chapter

Adam Biederwolf
Student Representative
President, ASUNM

Muhammad A. Hussain
Student Representative, GPSA President

Executive Committee, 2020-2021

President: Chad Cooper

Past-President: Alexis Tappan

President-Elect: Mike Silva

Treasurer: Joe Ortiz

Appointed Members: John Brown, Amy Miller, Jim Novak, Jaymie Roybal, Michael Padilla, Roberta Ricci and Daniel Trujillo

Secretary: Connie Beimer

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)