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 collborates with the Principal to make informed decisions about Tech to create a solid foundation of finances, education and policies.
Al Hernandez (Interim 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 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.
John Mierzwa (Member) is the Director of STEMulus Initiatives for CNM’s downtown STEMulus Center. He is also CEO & Founder of Deep Dive Coders, a web development and programming boot camp in Albuquerque. John was VP of Sales & Operations for a $218M company and founder of a successful language school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is founding Co-Chair of Startup New Mexico and a member of the founding team for the ABQ Tech Fiesta. John is passionate about startups, business and education, and especially about the opportunities when they intersect. John chairs the Board’s Governance Committee and works with Kara Cortazzo, the Executive Director, and community members to ensure that TLHS is following all state laws and avoids conflicts of interest. This committee also oversees policy development, including those affecting students and faculty.
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
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