Tech Leadership High School

Governing Council


Tech benefits from a very high functioning board with executive level experience in their own organizations. They represent a cross-section of highly valuable professional knowledge (legal, financial, strategic planning, education, and industry relations) that will ensure the school is well governed. Tech is extremely grateful for the dedication and active involvement that the Board has invested in the school. The Tech Board collaborates with the Principal to make informed decisions about Tech to create a solid foundation of finances, education and policies.

Al Hernandez (President) has over 20 years of banking experience in New Mexico and he is a Senior Vice President in the Business Banking Group at Bank of Albuquerque. Prior to Bank of Albuquerque, Al was the senior banker responsible for management of the Albuquerque market for Los Alamos National Bank. Al’s other professional experience includes operating a $300 million bank, serving as treasurer and president of several non-profits. He has a significant experience in financing start-up organizations and he understands the intersection of the regulatory nature of government entities and entrepreneurial nature of the charter school sector.  He chairs the Board’s Finance Committee and collaborates with members of the Audit Committee as required by state statute.  This committee cares for the fiscal health of the school and its long-term viability of the financial policies, audit findings, systems, and structures.

John Mierzwa (Vice President) is CEO & Cofounder of Ingenuity Software Labs. He is the Founder of Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps, a software development bootcamp in Albuquerque, later acquired by Central New Mexico Community College. John is also leading the DART Initiative (Senate Bill 87), an effort to create local software jobs and reverse brain drain by promoting New Mexico as the best value in the U.S. for software development.
John was Director at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque from inception. He helped forge partnerships with businesses, government agencies and foundations to build opportunities for low-income residents, people of color and others to learn to code and get high-paying jobs in New Mexico.

Previously, John was VP of Sales & Operations for a $218M revenue company in Las Vegas, NM, as well as CEO & Founder of a language services company. He serves on the boards of Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, Technology Leadership High School, Future Focused Education, Computer Science Alliance, and the New Mexico Technology Council. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. He grew up in Alameda and enjoys hiking, wildlife, golf, travel, dogs, food, reading, helping startups, and spending time with family and friends.

John Duran, J.D. (Member) is a partner at the law firm or Duran and McDonald, LLC.  John’s primary areas of practice are in children’s law, criminal defense and personal injury.  Prior to forming Duran and McDonald, John had his own practice focusing on civil litigation and representing children in the areas of abuse and neglect. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2000 and subsequently went on to graduate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. John is from Albuquerque and went to a public school in the Southeast Heights. He has a deep understanding of the needs of the community and its families. He chairs the Board’s Student Support Committee. This committee, which includes Director of Student Support Ms. Cynthia Ramirez. oversees students’ social-emotional development,  the code of conduct, school-based support structures, and overall school culture. Key measurements for this committee are retention rates and the asset development inventories of students.

Oscar Quiñonez (Member) is a Tech professional with 15yrs experience in Tech having worked for a variety of companies in the Bay Area(Apple, Facebook, HP, Salesforce) and New Mexico(Honeywell, Applied Research Associates.  Oscar has a B.S. Mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird.  Oscar has worked as an operations supply chain expert and enjoys the business of engineering.  Oscar has managed supplier relationships to drive execution of engineering projects he’s been a part of with some of these companies, working to balance engineering and product requirements with cost requirements.  Oscar was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico as a child of Immigrants. He attended Public School in the International District and is excited to return to New Mexico and make an impact with his community.

Pauline Lucero, MA, LPCC (Member) is a bilingual mental health therapist and nationally-known trainer and consultant. For over 27 years she has provided consultation to multi-disciplinary teams working on complex child abuse cases. She has worked with numerous Native American communities across NM and the nation. She has trained on various issues such as providing culturally competent services, trauma in adults and children, developmental disabilities, Spanish speaking forensic interviews, and wellness. In addition to training and consulting, since 2002 Pauline has worked as a Behavior Support Consultant for clients with disabilities on the DD Waiver program. She was the forensic interviewer with the team that implemented the first Children’s Advocacy Center in Albuquerque in 1990. She has a BA in Spanish Literature from the University of Rochester and an MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Originally from northern NM, she has lived in Albuquerque since 1985 and has three children ages 24, 21 and 15.

Governing Board Meetings: located at 100 Sun Ave. NE, Suite 500, Albuquerque, NM 87109 at 4:30pm.

Dates:  8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 3/5, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

Board Agenda and Minutes
Agenda 8-14-18  |  Minutes 8-14-18
Agenda 9-11-18  |  Board Meeting is Cancelled for 9-11-18
Agenda 9-18-18  |  Minutes 9-18-18
Agenda 10-09-18Board Meeting is Cancelled 10-09-18
Agenda 10-16-18|  Minutes 10-16-18
Agenda 11-13-18|  Cancellation of Board Meeting 11-13-18
Agenda 12-11-18|  Minutes 12-11-18
Agenda 1-15-19  |  1-15-19 Cancellation of Board Meeting
Agenda 1-22-19  |  1-22-19 Cancellation of Board Meeting
Agenda 2-12-19  |  Minutes 2-12-19
Agenda 3-5-19

2018-2019 Financials

Quarter One

Approved Budget 2018-2019
Vouchers Period Ending 9-30-18
Budget Status Report Period Ending 9-30-18
BAR History Report Period Ending 9-30-18
Cash Report Ending 9-30-18 (Page 1)
Cash Report Period Ending 9-30-18 (Page 2)
Cash Report Period Ending 9-30-18 (Page 3)
Cash Report Period Ending 9-30-18 (Page 4)
Cash Report Period Ending 9-30-18 (Page 5)
Travel Expense Period Ending 9-30-18

Quarter Two

Vouchers Period Ending 12-31-18
Budget Status Report Period Ending 12-31-18
BAR History Report Period Ending 12-31-18
Cash Report Period Ending 12-31-18 (Page 1)
Cash Report Period Ending 12-31-18 (Page 2)

Previous Year’s Board Agendas and Minutes
View 2015-2016 Agenda and Minutes Here
View 2016-2017 Agenda and Minutes Here
View 2017-2018 Agenda and Minutes Here

Financial Transparency
The Sunshine Portal Transparency Act requires that Technology Leadership High School submits information to the New Mexico Public Education Department to be made available on the Sunshine Portal. TLHS is in compliance with the provision of this information and the information is available on the Sunshine Portal. You can visit the Sunshine Portal at

Previous Year’s Financials
View 2015-2016 Financials Here
View 2016-2017 Financials Here
View 2017-2018 Financials Here
Open Meetings Act Resolution
Technology Leadership Board Members Contact Information 

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