Governor-Elect Announces More Appointments

by Reporter / Dec 28, 2018 / 0 comments

Governor-Elect Announces More Appointments

New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced additional appointments.

“I’m thrilled to once again present a collection of extraordinarily talented individuals,” Lujan Grisham said. “Each nominee today makes a substantive addition to what is already a strong group of nominees, and collectively they serve as a reminder of the diverse talent in our communities.”

The new appointments are:

  • William Scott Carreathers: Office of African American Affairs
  • Debra Garcia y Griego: Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Judy Griego: Department of Veterans Services; and
  • Vincent Martinez: Department of Information Technology
  • Kate O’Neill: Higher Education Department
  • Michael Sandoval: Department of Transportation
  • Jen Schroer: Tourism Department.

William Scott Carreathers is the director of African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico, a role he has held for almost 20 years, since 2002. It’s the capstone work of a career in which he has spent more than 30 years leading progressive and innovative student-focused initiatives. A trusted voice for young black students in academic, social and career-pathway settings, Carreathers has advised student organizations and individual students. From 2005 to 2010, he was associate dean for diversity initiatives, linking the Division of Student Affairs and the University College Advising Center. Other roles at the University of New Mexico include senior academic advisor and university representative, helping to develop a recruitment plan and liaising with counselors and educators in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Carreathers has an undergraduate degree in health from Northwest Oklahoma State University and a Master of Education degree from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. (Note: The title of the head of the Office of African American Affairs is executive director, and the position is not subject to Senate confirmation.)

Debra Garcia y Griego is the director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, a position she has held since 2012, during which time she has led the city’s efforts to support arts and cultural affairs. She developed the nation’s first municipal ordinance addressing the forgery of Native American arts and crafts and led the development of Santa Fe’s first cultural plan, “Culture Connects Santa Fe,” and she was staff representative to the high-level negotiations over the Entrada between the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Fiesta Council and Caballeros de Vargas. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Garcia y Griego has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a master of arts degree from the School of the Art Institute.

Brig. Gen. Judy Griego, the first woman to ever be promoted to that rank in the New Mexico National Guard, had a decorated military career, establishing herself as both pioneer and leader. Her most recent role, before her retirement in 2016 after a 36-year career, was as chief of staff of the New Mexico Air National Guard, where she directed, managed and supervised the development, execution and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control and operations at the State Headquarters level; she was also responsible for several key personnel programs, including the state’s Sexual Assault Response Prevention Program, Counter Drug Support Program and Veterans Transition Assistance. Among her various key leadership roles, Griego also served as chief of the joint staff at New Mexico Joint Force Headquarters. A native New Mexican, Griego first enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1979 and served her first twelve years in the enlisted ranks, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. She commanded in numerous positions and deployed to Iraq in 2007. As a volunteer for Junior Achievement of New Mexico, she has helped foster business, entrepreneurship and financial education for young adults; she is also president of the governing board of La Promesa Early Learning Center. Griego received an undergraduate degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master in aeronautical sciences from the same school.

Vincent Martinez is the managing director of cloud and communications at the department he will now lead, where he has developed deep expertise and technical leadership abilities over a decadeslong career in both public and private spheres. In his current role, he leads the planning, operation and delivery of technology-based services delivered to all New Mexico executive agencies with a portfolio that includes data center, mainframe, private cloud, network, internet, email, security, desktop support and enterprise help desk. Previously he has worked as a senior account executive at the EMC Corp. in Albuquerque, as a territory manager for NetApp, and as a state representative from Rio Rancho from 1993-1996, where he was co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology Funding. Martinez has a bachelor degree in business administration from University of Phoenix.

Kate O’Neill is a proven leader and innovator in New Mexico higher education, serving as chief executive officer of the University of New Mexico at Taos for 12 years, beginning in 2006, and as special assistant to the chief executive since her retirement in 2016. In her time there, she developed a nationally accredited nursing program, and over ten years under her leadership, the campus’ budget grew by 250 percent. She began at the campus as adjunct faculty in 1994 and worked her way up, serving as an associate professor, department chair of psychology and academy head for professions and liberal arts. Prior to that, O’Neill served as executive director of Wellspring Taos, consulting with higher education and health care constituents, and also as clinical director of Taos’ Community Against Violence, providing counseling and supervision. Named the 2017 Citizen of the Year by the The Taos News, she has a bachelor degree in art history from Tufts University as well as master’s and

Michael Sandoval has spent more than 20 years at the New Mexico Department of Transportation, most recently serving as executive manager of modal divisions, a role in which he oversees 300 contracts and 12 ports of entry and major programs such as the Railrunner, commercial vehicle permitting and traffic safety. At the department, he has also served as division director of the office of safety programs, planning divisions and traffic safety division. He has also worked in other areas of state government, serving as division director of the Motor Vehicle Division from 2009-2010. He has been chairman of the Member Services Committee of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and regional representative of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association executive board. Sandoval has a bachelor degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.

Jen Schroer is the executive director of the Davis, Calif., chamber of commerce. Previously she was the president and chief executive of the New Mexico Hospitality Association. In her time in California, she has also served on the California Economic Summit Council, contributing to efforts to address income equality and economic security. As leader of the hospitality association, a position she held from 2014 until earlier this year, Schroer was a fierce advocate for the state’s travel, tourism and lodging industries, leading a successful merger of the New Mexico Lodgers Association and the Tourism Association of New Mexico and overseeing an 80 percent increase in association membership over three years. She convened industry partners to address common challenges and spearheaded pushes for industry-boosting legislative and regulatory efforts. Schroer has served in the state Tourism Department before, as director of strategic partnerships, a role in which she worked with Virgin Galactic and created a new program that infused the “New Mexico True” brand into growing fairs, festivals and sporting events throughout the state. Schroer earned an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and theater arts from Fresno Pacific University and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

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