Alumni Association Board of Directors

Paul Grindstaff, President. NMHU ’94. Chiropractor, multi-unit franchise operator.

Ane Romero, Vice-President. B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A, NMHU. Mental Health advocate, public speaker and currently running for New Mexico State Representative.

Jeannae Leger, co-Secretary/Event Planning. MBA, NMHU ’04. Administrative Services Manager for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee.

Leah Wolff, co-Secretary/Event Planning. BS in Computer Information Systems, NMHU ’90, MA in Media Arts and Computer Science, NMHU ’03. IT Application Development Manager for Human Services Department.

Vince Marchi, Past-President. MBA, NMHU ’93. Branch Manager at Finance of America, Treasurer of the NMHU Foundation and President of the Adaptive Sports Program.

Luisa Pacheco, Student Representative. Majoring in Psychology, minoring in Combined Science, Associates in General Music, has worked in the NMHU Foundation and Alumni office since August 2015.

Jolene Anaya, Public Director. BA in Criminal Justice, NMHU ’16. Patient care coordinator / patient advocate for urgent and primary care center.

Abenicio Baldonado, Public Director. BA ’11, MA ‘19
“As a proud alum of NMHU, I have been fortunate to experience professional and personal success. Now, I wish to give back to an institution that is responsible for many of the great successes I continue to experience. I plan to use my skills to represent NMHU at the highest standard, and serve the community with dedication and passion.”

Cathy Bustamante, Public Director. Our Lady of Sorrows Coordinator of Confirmation, retreat planner for teenagers.

Cassandra Carrillo, Public Director. NMHU ‘94. Adjunct Highlands professor for nine years and Program Coordinator for Highlands Roswell Center.

Dan Cassidy, Public Director. BA in Business, NMHU ’81, MBA NMHU ’87. Current director and operator of the Roller Mill Museum and operator of the Cassidy Farms.

Ernesto Fresquez, Public Director. MBA in Management from JFK University ’02, BA in Marketing, NMHU ’77. Manages the Carneros Ranch, a sustainable ranching and registered llama enterprise in Arabela, Lincoln County, NM.

Shawn Gale, Public Director. BA in Fitness Administration, NMHU ’90. Manager for RiverPoint Sports & Wellness, Albuquerque.

Yolanda Romero Jaramillo, Public Director. NMHU ’83, ’87 . Elected Commissioner on La Acequia de La Plaza, career in secondary and post-secondary education.

Azucena Giron, Public Director. NMHU ’04, ’05. Business Operations Professional with experience in many areas including productivity improvements, process improvements, cost reduction, revenue enhancement, bilingual competency, active in various service organizations.

Martha McCaffrey, Public Director. BA in History & English, NMHU ’61. MLS, University of Maryland ’76. Mentor for AmeriCorps interns from the NMHU Media Arts Department & co-founder of the McCaffrey Family Endowment for MFA students at Highlands.

M. Christina Montoya, ’06 BS Social Work, ’16 MS Social Work. Contract school social worker and special education teacher, and behavior support specialist pre-K through 12th grade.

Dennis Pabst, Public Director. NMHU ’69. Served in the U.S. Army, retired school teacher after 34 years, active in community service organizations, established a Highlands scholarship in 2000.

Sean Pearson. ’09 MBA.
New Mexico Human Services Department, CIO. “As a director, I will work hard in support or the Board’s mission to advance New Mexico Highlands University through building loyalty, fellowship and commitment among its members”.

Sylvester Perez, Public Director. NMHU ’72, ’78. Retired Superintendent of Schools for San Antonio Independent School District, Highlands commencement speaker in 2014, recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus, active in the H-Club, currently a Senior Lecturer teaching at UT San Antonio

Joseph Sanchez, Public Director. BA ’96, MBA ’01
“I have been an advocate for students in their pursuit of a quality education for nearly 20 years and I enjoy helping students achieve all aspects of their goals whether it’s academic, professional, or personal.”

Carolina Sherman. ’02 BS Business Administration, Management, ’16 MS Business Administration, Management. “I am interested in being part of a growing need to assist our Native students to be able to attend New Mexico Highlands University.”

Josephine Sena, Public Director. BA in Elementary Education, NMHU ’96. MA in Southwest Studies, Hispanic Language and Literature, NMHU ’01, MS in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas, ’08. Librarian: Head of Government Documents and Periodicals, Thomas C. Donnelly Library.

Curt Spencer, Public Director. BA in Secondary Education/Health and Physical Education, NMHU ’83. MA in Administrative Leadership for Capella U, Spring ’16. Middle/High School Athletic Director/Coordinator for Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Ivy Romero, Emeritus. BA in Business Administration, NMHU ’90. Institutional Effectiveness & Research Associate at NMHU.

The mission of the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation is to provide support to benefit students of the University and the University as a whole through the acquisition, development, and administration of financial and other resources.