Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter (GAAAC)
Spirit, Community, Engagement.
The Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter serves as a bridge between the Young Alumni Chapter and The University of New Mexico Alumni Association. We build community among alumni of The University of New Mexico in the Greater Albuquerque Area through social events, professional development, community service and wherever an opportunity arises.
The purpose of the Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter (GAAAC) is to build community among the alumni of The University of New Mexico in the Greater Albuquerque Area. The goal of the chapter is to promote pride in The University of New Mexico and engage alumni through social events, professional development, community service and wherever an opportunity arises. The creation of the Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter is a critical step in ensuring the continued success of the UNM Alumni Association. By providing a concerted, year-round effort to engage alumni in the Albuquerque area, the GAAAC will grow and strengthen the bonds between UNM alumni, the Alumni Association, and The University of New Mexico.
GAAAC Chapter Information
The Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter (GAAAC) Board of Directors is composed of 10 members plus the Committee Chairs.
GAAAC Board and Chair Terms
The Board of Directors meet four times per year and the committees meet as needed to plan and approve events. In order to prepare the Board of Directors for a proper alternating term rotation, five selected members will serve two-year terms and five will serve one-year terms. This will begin the rotation of half of the Board of Director positions each year and maintain some continuity. Board members are allowed to serve two consecutive terms and may apply for an additional term after a year away. The Chair or Co-Chairs term will mirror the term of the Chair of the Board of Directors and will last no longer than two consecutive terms.
- President: Clara Padilla-Silver
- Vice-President: Melissa Smith
- Secretary: Michael Rowan
- Treasurer: Kathy Bell-Pena
Board of Directors
- Abi Ritz
- Gene Henely
- Neil Silver
- Cherie Knight
- Tammy Jo (TJ) Martinez
- Mary Clark
- Marilyn Strube
- Stephan Slota
- Catherine Jaramillo
- Texanna Martin
Community Service and Philanthropy, Melissa Smith, Chair
The GAAAC will provide not only ways for alums to remain connected with UNM, but also facilitate the ability for alums to give back to the community. Community service and philanthropic efforts focused on the Greater Albuquerque Area will raise the profile of the GAAAC, and also provide positive exposure for the Alumni Association and University.
Social Networking and Programming, Neil Silver, TJ Martinez, Co-Chairs
The GAAAC will take advantage of the large number of alums in the Albuquerque area and provide opportunities for networking and connecting with other alums. To further strengthen the GAAAC's role to facilitate engagement with UNM and the Alumni Association, these activities may be UNM focused (such as viewing an athletic event or attending a lecture) or Alumni Association focused (helping to recruit attendance for a Lobo Living Room event, for instance).
Professional Development and Recognition, Texanna Martin, Chair
The GAAAC will take advantage of the vast Albuquerque alumni network to provide opportunities for professional development and recognition. This may include workshops or other educational and career development opportunities. In addition, it can serve as a mechanism for exposure and recognition of UNM alumni. This may include offering exposure to businesses owned by UNM alumni, or connecting mid-career alums that may be in management positions with recent graduates and young alumni. Finally, while the Alumni Association does an excellent job of identifying outstanding alumni, the focus is typically on lifetime achievements and extensive records of accomplishments. The GAAAC could help fill this void by recognizing mid-career alumni who are doing great things to improve their communities.
Marketing and Membership, Stephan Slota, Chair
This committee is responsible for marketing GAAAC events to members via email, social media, and other avenues to ensure healthy levels of participation. This committee is also responsible for promotion of vacant GAAAC Board of Directors positions and increasing General Membership.
Last Updated: July 21, 2017
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