Vote in CNM Governing Board Election Tuesday

Feb. 4, 2013 -- Voters living in the CNM District will go to the polls Tuesday, Feb. 5, to elect CNM Governing Board members in five districts. District 1 and District 2 will be the contested seats. Districts 3, 5 and 7 will be uncontested.
July 16, 2015

Eight candidates will appear on the ballots. In District 1, Pauline J. Garcia, Marjorie T. Germain and Dan Serrano are the candidates. In District 2, Robert P. Matteucci Jr. and Ernest W. Sturdevant are the candidates. In District 3, incumbent Deborah L. Moore is running unopposed. In District 5, incumbent Blair L. Kaufman is running unopposed. In District 7, incumbent Michael D. DeWitte is running unopposed.

Four of the seats that are up for election – District 1, 3, 5 and 7 – will be for four-year terms. The fifth seat – District 2 – will be for a two-year term to complete the remainder of an unfinished term that began in 2011. For CNM District maps, click here.

Here are brief profiles of the candidates, listed by ballot position:

District 1

Pauline J. Garcia

Pauline GarciaPauline J. Garcia is a retired manager, instructor and customer service specialist with Qwest, PNM, Paychex and Gas Company of New Mexico. She served on the CNM Governing Board for one term that began in 1997.

Ms. Garcia’s community involvement includes: Pastoral Council at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church; tutor for Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Reads; volunteer builder for Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity; docent for Albuquerque Museum, Casa San Ysidro; former Albuquerque Public Schools Board member, serving two terms that began in 1986; former CNM Governing Board member, serving one term that began in 1997.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

“I have been a long time supporter of public education. My proudest accomplishment in my prior term on the (CNM) Governing Board was the building of the Westside Campus. The programs are dynamic and as diverse as the community CNM serves. I welcome the opportunity to participate again. My knowledge and experience in policy making will be an asset to the Board. I understand clearly the relationship between CNM and the Legislature. I am confident that I would bring positive leadership to the Governing Board.”

Marjorie T. Germain
Marjorie GermainMarjorie T. Germain is an auditor and tax representative for the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. Ms. Germain has been a student at CNM in the past, taking accounting, real estate and Spanish classes.

Ms. Germain’s community involvement includes: First Vice Chair for NCNW; Albuquerque Rescue Mission volunteer; Committee Chair for event planning of Black History Month group; Steward for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local No. 1211: Earthquake victim guidance; political campaign lead volunteer.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?

“I am running to advocate opportunities to create a leveled playing field for those seeking affordable higher education, such as Veterans and minorities. The ever increasing, high cost of education in universities and other advance colleges in New Mexico are only accessible to a few, leaving behind many students who cannot afford the pressures and the cost of higher universities. I want to work with other partners in the community to find new innovative ideas, which will allow great planning that will ensure efficiency in the curriculum and the preparedness of the administrative body and staff. I am prepared to commit to, not only maintain current mission of the board, but to always look to avoid getting stuck doing the same things and expecting different results.

Dan Serrano
Dan SerranoDan Serrano is self-employed in the fields of construction and development.

Mr. Serrano’s community involvement includes: Chair of the Westside YMCA Board; member of the Central New Mexico YMCA Board of Directors; Chair of the Partnerships Advancing Student Success (ABQPASS); Chair of the Westside Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Northwest Alliance of Neighbors; New Mexico Democratic Leadership Council; past President of the Westside Coalition of Neighborhood Associations; past President of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association; past President of the Westside Action Team; founding member of Save Our Schools; founding member of the Bubblegum Brigade; served on the Coors/I-40 Citizens Advisory Committee; served on the U.S. Department of Justice Weed & Seed Committee; served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Group, City of Albuquerque; founder of “For the Kids,” dedicated to providing safe and fun events for children; served as a District Election Compliance Officer, State of New Mexico; former Albuquerque Police Department Reserve Police Officer; former Deputy Inspector, New Mexico Athletic Commission; former Vice President of the New Mexico Young Democrats; served as Ward and Precinct Chair, Bernalillo County Democratic Party; former Student Body President, University of New Mexico; served as Ex-Officio member of University of New Mexico Board of Regents; parishioner of St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande Church; West Mesa Little League coach; New Mexico Youth American Football League coach; YMCA Junior Thunderbirds League coach; coordinator, Metro Gang Town Hall in 2008; Chair of Save Our Streets Road Bond Campaign in 2004; owner, New Mexico Crush semi-pro football team; Outstanding Westside Citizen, Bernalillo County Day in Paradise, 2010.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?
“I want to promote the link between vocational and career training and sound economic development in our community. I want to enhance the partnerships that can be created in our community with sound educational opportunities. I want to be creative and forward thinking in our efforts to grow the community college experience.”

District 2

Robert P. Matteucci, Jr.
Bob MatteucciRobert P. Matteucci, Jr. is a family law attorney. Mr. Matteucci was also the founder and owner of local retail store Shoes on a Shoestring from 1990 to 2003. He was general manager of Paris Shoes, Matteucci Florsheim and Shoe Circus from 1985-90. Mr. Matteucci attended CNM as a part-time student for one term.

Mr. Matteucci’s community involvement includes: Law-la-palooza volunteer in 2012, providing free legal advice to low-income individuals in Albuquerque community that needed guidance on family law matters; member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; member of New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group; member of American Bar Association; member of Albuquerque Bar Association; free representation to low-income individuals in need of representation for family law matters; elected American Bar Association representative by University of New Mexico School of Law student body in 2007; member of Albuquerque Public Schools Drop Back In Advisory Committee (1998-2003) as part of effort to reintegrate high-risk students back into school; member of National Shoe Retailers Association (1990-2003); founder of NAOT/Shoes on a Shoestring event for Healthcare for the Homeless (1999-2006); founder of Suitable for Success/Shoes on a Shoestring Clothing and Shoe Drive to benefit incarcerated females who had been recently released (1996-2003); appointed to local 7-station Citadel Radio Broadcast Network Advisory Board (1997-2000); elected to Winrock Regional Mall Merchants Association Committee (1991-95); appointed to City of Albuquerque Downtown Corridor Revenues Committee (1987-90).

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?
“Over the years, CNM has performed an invaluable service for the citizens of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities. I want to make sure CNM continues to provide people in this community a great education for an affordable price. I was born and raised in central New Mexico and I understand the problems we have had over the years attracting employers that offer good-paying jobs. When CNM produces an educated and talented workforce, employers benefit and so does New Mexico. A key element to achieve this is to retain the outstanding teachers already working at CNM and attract new great teachers who will want to teach at CNM for a long time. I want to help make this happen.”

Ernest W. Sturdevant
Ernest SturdevantErnest W. Sturdevant is the Music Director and Organist for St. Chad’s Episcopal Church. He is also an independent contractor for musical instruction, Conductor, Actor, Singer and certified and licensed Massage Therapist. Mr. Sturdevant has been a teacher at various levels, including at the community college level. His professional music credits include concert, oratorio, music director, vocal coach, pianist, organist, arranger and composer. Mr. Sturdevant’s professional acting credits include music theatre, opera, legitimate stage and film.

Mr. Sturdevant’s community involvement includes: participation with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center, Stop the War Machine, and Write for New Mexico.

Why are you a candidate for the CNM Governing Board?

“As a lifelong student and an educator for 35 years, I would bring a unique and practical voice to the CNM Governing Board. In order for CNM to continue its place of leadership as the largest community college in New Mexico, we together, can better address the specific needs of the community, students and faculty. With 53 percent of New Mexico’s children living in poverty, CNM must remain a beacon of hope to quality education via affordable tuition as a route to student fulfillment. The Governing Board through open communication with the community and CNM faculty and staff must work together to enable community leadership that better meets the needs of students entering CNM from high school, veterans and other adults returning to school for re-training, as well as holding steadfast to the ideals of a liberal arts education that is the source of betterment for the individual student and therefore the greater Albuquerque community.

­­­­­­District 3

Deborah “Debbi” Moore
Debbi MooreDeborah Moore, a Rio Rancho resident, is seeking to become a second-term Board member. Since 2002, she has been employed as president and CEO of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a former member of the CNM Foundation Board of Directors and she was a member of the CNM Presidential Search Committee in 2007.

Some of her community activities include: current President of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association; member of the NM Small Business Development Center Advisory Board; member of Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board; Vice Chair of Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance; former member of YMCA Rio Rancho/Sandoval County Board; and former member of Lovelace Westside Hospital Board.

Why are you a candidate for the CNM Governing Board?

“As a graduate of a community college, I know first-hand the impact a community college can make on students and the community,” Moore said. “In basic terms, I am a candidate for the CNM Governing Board, District 3, because I believe in the mission of CNM and value the education students receive. If elected, I will champion student excellence. I want to be part of blending the CNM community with my community and make a difference moving forward. I want to be a representative for my district to ensure that this mission of CNM continues.”

­­­­­­District 5

Blair L. Kaufman
Blair Kaufman

The principal of Matheson Park Elementary School and the former principal of Sandia Base Elementary School, Kaufman is seeking his sixth term as a Governing Board member. He was first elected to the Board in 1995 and currently serves as Board chair. His first experience with the college came in 1984 when, as a Rio Grande High School teacher, he taught a machine shop course at then-TVI. In addition to being chair, he also currently chairs the Board’s Audit Committee and he’s a member of the Executive Committee. Kaufman annually flies the CNM banner as he pilots his hot-air balloon during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Why are you a candidate for the CNM Governing Board?

“I will continue to provide the strong leadership that CNM needs as we continue to provide high quality educational programs to the students of our district at a reasonable cost. I will work with community members, students, instructors and staff at CNM to build programs that ensure the ongoing success and future economic growth of the region. As an experienced CNM Board member and career educator, I look forward to serving our community in this most important position.”

­­­­­­­­­­District 7

Michael D. DeWitte
Mike DeWitteMichael D. DeWitte, a professional engineer and retired member of senior management at Sandia National Laboratories, currently serves as founder and President of ApertureNEXT, a management and technical consulting company. He is currently a member of the CNM Governing Board.

Mr. DeWitte’s community involvement includes: immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Hospitals and Medical Group in Central New Mexico; member of the Economic Forum Board of Directors; member of the Board of Directors for NM PBS (KNME); member of the United Way of Central NM Campaign Cabinet; former chair of the NM Business Roundtable; and he also has served on a variety of business/education committees at the local and state levels.

Why are you a candidate for the Governing Board?
“I have been engaged in a variety of roles in improving our education P-20 system,” DeWitte said. “My involvement has included teacher professional development and recognition; innovative approaches to address rigor, relevance and relationships; a systems approach to improvement; and supporting the funding of critical programs/initiatives. CNM is a unique institution and as such fills a special need in our community and region. I believe that CNM is the linchpin in our P-20 education system. I am committed to ensure that CNM maintains that role and continues to be responsive to the needs of students, faculty, stakeholders, business and the public.”

Election Information

Registered voters in the five CNM districts can vote at any of the early voting or Election Day voting locations. Election Day voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available on the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office website. Absentee voting by mail and early voting is under way now and ends on Friday, Feb. 1. Early voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available. There will be an early voting location on Main Campus (1401 Basehart Rd. SE, Portable 1).