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.

If you know of an outstanding UNM Alumni you'd like to nominate for the Board of Directors, please complete and submit this form.

Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Alexis Tappan '99 BA, '17 MA
AKT Communications
Albuquerque, NM

Chad Cooper '01 MBA
President Elect
Financial Advisor
Gateway Financial Advisors
Albuquerque, NM

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

Daniel Trujillo '07 BBA, '08 MACCT
CPA, Member-Director of Audit
Kubiak, Melton & Associates, LLC (KMA)
Albuquerque, NM

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

Breda Bova '80 PhD
Special Assistant to the VP Athletics
UNM Athletics
Albuquerque, NM

Doug Brown
Brown and Brown Ventures
Albuquerque, NM

Robert Calvani '71 BA
NCA Architects
Albuquerque, NM

Xochitl Campos Biggs '80
Coordinator, Downtown Public Safety ECHO
Albuquerque, NM

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

Joe Dworak '09 BA, '13 JD
Deputy Director
State of New Mexico, Office of the Attorney General
Santa Fe, NM

Darrell Garcia '07 MA, '12 MBA
Instructor and Chair, Department of Mathematics
Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque, NM

Julia Gilroy '04 BA, '06 MA
Product Operations Specialist
Facebook, Inc.
Seattle, WA

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

Shamarra Henderson '07 JD
Henderson & Grohman, PC
Albuquerque, NM

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

Mark Herman '06, '09 MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Albuquerque, NM

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

James King '72 JD
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bradbury Stamm Construction
Albuquerque, NM

Dick Knipfing '76 BA
KRQE News Anchor
Albuquerque, NM

Harold Lavender '69 BA, '75 JD
ABQid, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM

James Lewis '77 MPA, '17 LHD
Retired, Former Treasurer
State of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Ryan Lindquist '98 BS, '01 MBA
Director of the Student Activities Center
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Chris Lujan '05 BAA
Senior Associate
TSK Architects
Henderson, NV

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

Rene Matison '69
Director of Human Resources
Albuquerque, NM

Dolores Martinez '08 BA/BS
General Manager
Desert Sun Motors
Santa Fe, NM

Kendra Merritt Doyel '94 BS, '98 Pharm
Vice President
Human Relations
Ralphs Grocery Company & Food 4 Less/Food Co.
Costa Mesa, CA

Amy Miller '85 BA, '93 MPA
AMM Consulting
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

Rosalyn Nguyen '03 BBA, '07 MBA, '07 JD
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Albuquerque, NM

Tim Nisly '05 BBA, '08 MBA
CEO, Sinc
Founder, TEDxABQ
Albuquerque, NM

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

P. Michael Padilla '03 BBA, '07 MBA
Sarbanes Oxley Compliance
Hilton Grand Vacations
Windermere, FL

Gus Pedrotty '17 BA
Technical Author and Research Analyst
Free Range Coworking Company
Albuquerque, NM

Roberta Ricci '06, '09 MBA
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

Terri Salazar '67 BS
New Mexico Arts Commission
Albuquerque, NM

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

Apollonia Trujillo Gallegos '08 BA
Managing Director of Recruitment Early Engagement
Teach for America
San Diego, CA

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, 2019-2020

President: Alexis Tappan

Past-President: John Brown

President-Elect: Chad Cooper

Treasurer: Daniel Trujillo

Appointed Members: Harold Lavender, James Lewis. Rosalyn Nguyen, Jaymie Roybal, Chad Cooper, Jim Novak, Gus Pedrotty

Secretary: Connie Beimer

For questions or more information:

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