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Board Members

Bruce Langston

President
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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

Vice President
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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

Treasurer
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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.

 

Sen. Bill O’Neill

Member
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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.

 

Pam Kissoondyal

Member
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Pam enjoys her job as a Family Engagement Coordinator - working with families who have children with special needs, including deafblindness. Pam partners with agencies and professionals in related fields. She has presented on a variety of topics disability related at local, regional, state, national and international conferences including keynotes. As a collaborative partner with other deafblind programs, Pam serves as a mentor and facilitator on several activities to enrich to enhance family engagement and builds family leadership. Her first-hand experience of parenting a child with special needs makes an easy transition into the shoes of a sympathetic and empathetic guide, to help parents navigating complex and stressful situations. Familiarity and experience with multiple community programs and organizations for families with special needs children is an added bonus when working with families. She has over 20 years of experience and continues her education by attending conferences, webinars on topics with family centered/partnership approach. She has received training in the INSITE, SKI-HI and VIISA models and is a Florida Partners and Policy Making Graduate. Pam is also a Certified Infant Massage Teacher, Certified Life Coach and Certified Canfield Success Principle trainer. She is the current chair for the Center for Autism and Related Disability at the University of FL. She serves as a volunteer consultant for Margika, a non-profit in India.

 

Chris D. Fernandez

Member
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Chris D. Fernandez has worked in the social services and behavioral health industry for more than years. Chris’s expertise is leveraging and implementing technologies that assist in the collection, analysis, and reporting of information to various service providers, enabling data-driven decisions. These efforts benefit the state's most at-risk populations. His education and experience in the IT arena have also allowed Chris to be a conduit for the leveraging of new and modern information systems and technologies for behavioral health workers, service providers, and clinicians, closing the often-present gaps that commonly exist within these two industries. Through these efforts, enhanced services, real-time information, analytics, and visual representations of data in the form of trends, graphics, and dashboards are becoming a reality for these service providers. These tools and information systems will improve the way services are provided to New Mexicans. Chris currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where he was born and raised. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the vast landscape that is the land of enchantment.

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.