Technology Leadership Governing Council
TLHS 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.
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.
Kersti Tyson, Ph.D. (Member) is a learning scientist in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. She teaches elementary mathematics methods and graduate courses in education for educators and researchers. As a learning scientist, Kersti continues to be guided by the question, “what makes learning work?” but now adds, “for what purposes?” In addition to studying innovations in Teacher Education and Math Education, Kersti studies the roles of listening in teaching and learning interactions. When asked if she’s found any answers, to the question, “what makes learning work?” Kersti has a two-fold response. First and foremost, in the context of schools, teaching makes learning work. What teachers do and say matters. How teachers approach their work matters. When asked what makes teaching work, Kersti believes that listening is central – not as we traditionally think about it, that “students will learn if they would only listen,” but rather that effective teachers are also effective listeners who are deeply curious about their students lives and their sense-making. To Kersti, teaching is first and foremost a listening profession.
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 are located at Park & Associates, LLC, 6100 Uptown Blvd NE #350, Albuquerque, NM 87110 at 4:30.
Dates: 8/8/17, 9/12/17, 10/10/17, 11/14/17, 12/12/17, 1/9/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/10/18, 5/8/18, 6/12/18
Board Agenda and Minutes
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