Board of Directors

Laura Docterman, President

New Mexico PreK, Albuquerque

Alberto Mares, Past President, Northeast Representative, NAEYC Affiliate Council Representative

New Mexico PreK, Albuquerque

Jennifer Mercer, Secretary

Mercer Educational Resources, Inc., Albuquerque

Shelby Richardson, Treasurer

Teacher Heaven, Albuquerque

Joel Casas, Co-Vice President of Professional Development

University of New Mexico CariƱo, Albuquerque

Paige Abrams, Co-Vice President of Professional Development

New Mexico PreK, Albuquerque

Lara Lehman, VP of Membership Services

NM PreK, Grants

Helen McDonald, VP of Accreditation

La Casita Preschool, Santa Fe

Kathy Desoto Strickland, Vice President of Public Policy

Grants Independent School District, Grants

Arlynda Blackhorse, Four Corners Representative

Headstart, Fruitland

Lucille Yellowman, Four Corners Representative

Headstart, Fruitland

Anita Rios, Southwest Representative

Western New Mexico University Child Development Center, Silver City

Susie Medina, Southwest Representative

Western New Mexico University Child Development Center, Silver City

Tina Klose, Southern Representative

Chins-Full House CDC, Alamagordo

NMAEYC has a very active Board of Directors. Our board meets regularly and oversees all of the programs and services that we offer. Board members serve a term of 2 years and are elected by NMAEYC members.

Board Member Testimonies

I became involved in NAEYC in California in 1992 when I was a student doing my undergraduate work in Child Development. When I moved to New Mexico, I began teaching at the community college and felt it was important to get my students familiar with, and involved in, the local affiliate chapter of NAEYC. From there, I served as Newsletter Editor, NMAEYC President and now, the New Mexico Affiliate Council representative. NMAEYC is an organization that has given me the priceless opportunity to grow professionally as well as help other emerging professionals develop their knowledge and skills serving the children and families of New Mexico."

- Andrea Olguin

I have been affiliated with NMAEYC for almost a decade, serving in a variety of capacities. It is a fantastic organization for meeting others who are committed to high quality early childhood education. Their support and influence has helped me to grow as a professional. I like being part of the board and helping to make things happen in our community and across the state. The conference provides a great opportunity to develop my skills as a presenter/facilitator of workshops."

- Paula Steele, Albuquerque

I first joined a state NAEYC association in the 1980’s after I graduated from college. I enjoyed going to the local workshops and meetings. I joined again in 2003 when I started my job at the TTAP here in NM. I have always appreciated the honor of being a part of something larger that has young children’s best interests at the forefront of everything they do. The other advantage that I feel that members enjoy is that they are part of a group that is the leader in research about best practices and is always focused on evidence-based practices."

- Cindy Cicero, Portales

It was the beginning of my career as an Early Childhood Professional. A new student at WNMU after being a child care provider at my home, I was introduced to Early Childhood Education. My son attended the WNMU accredited child care program in Silver City, NM, while I attended college. One of his teachers was so dedicated to her work and shared ideas and support in how to continue my growth as a professional through NMAEYC. I was welcomed among the teachers in this program with such a warm and caring compassion that I knew I wanted to be part of it. I was invited to attend a NMAEYC conference as a student in my intern semester. It was such an amazing conference! It helped me grow as a person and as a professional in my new career. I knew thereafter that I wanted to be part of this incredible organization. Now that I am a mentor and lead teacher, I want to share that experience with other emerging professionals and support them in their continuous effort to become Early Childhood Educators."

- Liliana Sanchez-Canas, Silver City

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