Our Governing Board
Bruce Langston served as the President of “Amigos Del Norte” Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, sits on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference New Mexico, and is the President and Director of the Academy of Enhanced Training. Bruce is well-versed in the use of parliamentary procedures and committee chairmanship. Coming from the criminal justice world, he has served as a Chief Compliance and Regulation Officer, a Warden, Director of Operations and Programming, and Superintendent for the State of New Mexico. Bruce provides key insight into the managerial oversight of multi-component, yet interconnected operations. Being a Superintendent has also provided Mr. Langston with vast experience in dealing with youth who have special needs and challenges. Bruce Langston served as President of the 2014 Charter School Board of the Year.
Rosa Hernández has worked as an educator in the field of bilingual education, special education, and with at-risk students for over twenty-five years. She spent six years as a middle school teacher working with students with severe behavioral/emotional disorders. The next seven years, Hernández spent in the high school setting teaching general education and special education students at New Futures School, an alternative school for teen mothers, where she developed/designed an innovative “school within a school” program (transition class) to “hook” former dropouts and facilitate their return to the regular academic setting. This was provided in an intense learning environment for significantly at-risk students through the use of computer instruction in a self contained classroom as well as a work study program. Currently, Hernández serves as a bilingual educational diagnostician with the Albuquerque Public Schools. In the past, she has served as an intern supervisor, training and overseeing new diagnosticians. Hernández’s background and professional experience with these populations provides valuable insight to the MAS Governing Board.
Liza Knight has been an educator for over twenty-five years. She holds degrees in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education, Electronics Technology, Systems Administration, and a certificate in Photonics Technology. She has worked with learners from preschool through sixth grade in a variety of teaching environments, including Headstart, elementary education, and computer education. She has been awarded a Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year Award and several Who’s Who Among American Teachers awards (initiated by students who believed Ms. Knight was the one teacher who made a difference in their K-12 education). She has also received awards of excellence from Central New Mexico Community College for Women in Technology. She holds a strong conviction that all students can learn, and an effective teacher is a critical factor in student learning.
Dr. Larry Sanderson
Dr. Sanderson’s professional career includes nearly two decades of service as chief executive officer of an international non-profit association. His responsibilities in this role included staff management, board relations (with a twenty-six member volunteer board), development activities, legislative advocacy at the state, federal, and international levels, and full profit-loss accountability. During this period, he served as the elected Secretary of an international sport aviation association representing thirty-five member countries and as President of the Business Development Committee of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. He served as the U.S. representative of private industry on the JAR-22 Study Group of the Joint Aviation Authority of the European Union. Dr. Sanderson’s professional career in education includes ten years as an Assistant Professor of Business and seven years in executive leadership in New Mexico Community colleges. His current areas of specialization in education include dual credit education, assessment of student learning, institutional accreditation, strategic planning, institutional finance, and institutional research. Throughout the course of his career in private industry and education, Dr. Sanderson has worked closely with federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The White House, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Labor. His civic engagements have included numerous community agencies such as local Chambers of Commerce (as a board member and president-elect), Public Radio (as a local board member and board president), local economic development agencies (as a board member), and as a member of a local city committee appointed by the City Commission.
Public service has been at the center of Bill O’Neill’s life, much of it involved with the criminal justice system. Eighteen years ago, he helped found the highly regarded Dismas House, where parolees rebuild their lives in a positive, law-abiding manner. He served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Juvenile Parole Board and is currently the Development Director for the PEP Program, a mentoring program for high-risk juvenile offenders run through the New Mexico Conference of Churches. A graduate of Cornell University, Bill has lived in Albuquerque since 1990. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and is currently serving as a New Mexico State Senator for District 13.
2019-2020 Board Meeting Schedule
- August 22, 2019
- September 19, 2019
- October 17, 2019
- November 21, 2019
- December 19, 2019
- January 16, 2020
- February 20, 2020
- March 19, 2020
- April 16, 2020
- May 21, 2020
- June 18, 2020
All meetings will be held at 1718 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106, unless otherwise noted on the agenda.