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ROGER A. GONZALES, M.ED.
PRESIDENT

Roger A. Gonzales is an experienced professional with various legislative, educational and executive management and over twenty years of proven success.  He has represented organizations and initiatives seeking strategic planning, outreach, legislative campaigns and other advocacy strategies across various areas including economic development and revitalization, construction and capital outlay, healthcare, innovative technologies, and education.

Roger has served as a member of the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents and as President of the Associated Students of New Mexico, representing over 130,000 students of higher education. In addition, he holds the title as the longest-served President Pro Tempore of the Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University Student Senate.

Since 2012,  Roger has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gonzales & Associates, LLC, a professional firm providing management solutions and consultation services to governmental and community entities that includes municipalities, school districts, counties, not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), and has aided in the evaluation of individual client needs, identification and implementation of critical procedures, and by offering leading-edge solutions that improve their organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.  The firm provides support and oversight for the Mora County Entrepreneurial Network, a partnership funded primarily by Los Alamos Connect, the principal economic investment by Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, administered by the Regional Development Corporation, in September 2013.  Since his tenure, he has been successful in identifying and securing nearly $2,056,787 in creative enterprises investments, entrepreneurial network capacity building initiatives, and technical support and assistance, and equipment for entrepreneurial initiatives through his community and region.

Mr. Gonzales currently serves as the President of the Los De Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, Inc., a 35-member agricultural cooperative designed to serve as an economic conduit between local agricultural producers and emerging commercial markets.

Mr. Gonzales actively serves on numerous boards, foundations, councils and commissions within his Region and the State of New Mexico including most notably that as Chairman of the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Council of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. He has been appointed by former Secretary Jon Barela and reappointed by current Department Secretary Matt Geisel to serve as the Councilman for District Four, to represents the interests of rural agricultural producers on both the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Council’s Executive Board and the NM ACI Agricultural Policy Committee.  In May 2017, Mr. Gonzales was sworn in as a newly appointed member of the United States Senate Republican Taskforce on Hispanic Affairs in Washington, D.C and in September 2018, he was appointed to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association (NSBA).

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GLORIA LOPEZ
VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF LEARNING & ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY

Gloria M. Lopez serves as Vice-President for HELP-New Mexico, Inc. Office of Learning and Academic Opportunity and has 26 years of experience in Head Start and in Early Childhood Education. She provides leadership and supervision for approximately 130 staff members, whose primary focus is to implement high quality education for young children and self-sufficiency for families.

Ms. Lopez earned a Bachelors of Art from Cal State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California in Spanish with a minor in Mexican-American Studies with an endorsement in Elementary Education. She has 38 credits in Early Childhood Education from New Mexico State University, as well as eight credits in graduate studies. She has experience in providing training and seminars in various areas such as early childhood and education, parent engagement, program governance, management, and leadership development and advocacy.

Civic affiliations and memberships consist of New Mexico Head Start Association, Region VI Head Start Association, New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children, Luna County Early Childhood Coalition and Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High School.  She is also a 2003 fellow from the Head Start Johnson & Johnson Management Program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a former Office of Head Start Federal Peer Reviewer. She is dedicated and committed to advocating on behalf of children and families at the local, state and national levels.

ANNALIZA GOURNEAU
VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF STRATEGY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Annaliza Gourneau, HELPNM Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement, encompasses strategic perspectives and innovations in leadership development, program delivery of services and continuous quality improvement. A lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, she participates in local and international service events and provides a multi-faceted approach to success for improvement of economic opportunities of people and community.

She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education – Summa Cum Laude, an earned Master of Education from the University of North Dakota and is working on her PhD. She has over 24 years of non-profit and public relations experience in management, grant writing and grant seeking for education, economic development and infrastructure, development and implementation of strategies and methodologies that reap successful outcomes.

Past experience includes appointments as Vice Chair Commissioner for the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Board, member of SUCCESS Partnership- an educational initiative comprised of over 100 individuals and organizations; and has served on the Juvenile Justice Continuum Board- one of twenty regional boards across New Mexico that maintain a continuum of services for prevention of delinquency for juveniles in local communities.

She currently serves on the board of MANA de Albuquerque as Vice President for Fund Development, where she empowers Latinas, young and old, through education, leadership development, community service and advocacy. Her current focus with HELPNM is on addressing antipoverty issues and developing innovative initiatives to better serve the New Mexico communities.

TERESA QUINTANA
VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Teresa Quintana is the Vice President of Economic Empowerment for HELP New Mexico, Inc., and a Cum Laude graduate from the University of New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Education with a Concentration in Family Studies. She has thirteen years of experience with project management and office administration. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to receive her MPA.  

 Teresa is from the Pueblo of Cochiti, San Felipe and has a Hispanic heritage as well. She deeply rooted in the culture of her home in Cochiti Pueblo, where she and her husband have built their family foundation. In her capacity at HELPNM she is able to identify the disparities found in rural and indigenous communities. Providing meaningful programming that supports sustainability among our most vulnerable populations has significance. The organization is able to support pathways to education, higher wage jobs and economic growth. Working with HELP New Mexico, Inc. brings her fulfillment by allowing her to work alongside those who share the passion to serve our communities.