2017 ALTA Presenters

Meet the 2017 ALTA Presenters

We are honored to have such an experienced and diverse set of presenters for this year’s Aggie Leadership Training Academy.  The presenters represent the best of NMSU staff and faculty who have volunteered their time to share their leadership experience with our ALTA cohort.

Teresa Burgin, Director, Center for Learning & Professional Development

Teresa Burgin is the Director of the Center for Learning & Professional Development, the training and development unit of Human Resource Services at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  She is also a certified mediator for the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Magistrate Court system, and NMSU.  She obtained both Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Information Science degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, with focus on graphic design and language education, information systems (both people and technology), and organizational culture.

As teacher, trainer, and group facilitator since 1980, Ms. Burgin has consulted and presented on various topics related to organizations and global culture, leadership and management, communication styles, time management, change management, customer service, conflict resolution, computer technology in the workplace, Web design, technology as a communication tool, psycholinguistics, and global interface design (how to communicate across cultures through computer iconography and body language).

She believes that everyone has something to offer and is capable of being a leader. She understands that effective communication and listening skills are achievable and all humans deserve the opportunity to practice them while working through change toward a peaceful existence, both personally and professionally.

Jennifer Gabel, ALTA Program Coordinator

Jennifer (Jenn) Gabel is an Intermediate Training Specialist as part of the Center for Learning & Professional Development at New Mexico State University and serves as the program coordinator for the Aggie Leadership Training Academy; a staff leadership certification program for NMSU personnel currently in supervisory and higher level management positions.   Jennifer proudly served 8 years in the US Air Force where she got her start in the training & development field as an instructor and Total Quality Management (TQM) advisor.  In these roles, she served as a facilitator to group commanders in process improvement, strategic planning, and professional development.  Following the military, Jennifer joined Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, Florida where she facilitated groups of subject matter experts to develop a journeyman development program and participated in creating course design standards and instructor evaluation standards for operating companies spanning 4 states.  Today, Jennifer works at NMSU designing, developing, and presenting training to staff and faculty in the areas of business processes and systems, professional development, leadership, and trainer certifications.  She is also the administrator for NMSU’s learning management system, Training Central.  With over 20 years of experience in the training and development field, she has earned certifications as a classroom instructor, team facilitator, Total Quality Management advisor, and instructional designer.  You can reach Jenn at 575-646-7445 or jgabel@nmsu.edu.

Dr. Garrey Carruthers, NMSU Chancellor

Garrey Carruthers first stepped foot on the NMSU campus more than 50 years ago as a student interested in studying dairy production.  Today, he is the first NMSU graduate to lead the university as president.

  • Raised in Aztec, NM
  • Earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in agricultural economics from NMSU
  • Received a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University
  • Joined the NMSU faculty in 1968 in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
  • Served as a White House fellow assigned to the Secretary of Agriculture and as the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Elected governor of New Mexico in 1987
  • Created Cimarron Health Plan in 1993 and served as president and CEO
  • Became the dean of the NMSU College of Business in 2003, also serving as the university’s vice president for economic development and director of the Pete V. Domenici Institute
  • In 2013 he became the 27th president of New Mexico State University

He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for more than 55 years.  They have three children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Dan Howard, Executive VP and Provost

Dr. Howard returned to NMSU on August 1, 2013 to serve as Executive Vice President and Provost.  Prior to his return, he spent five years at the University of Colorado Denver as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Howard first arrived at NMSU 28 years ago as an assistant professor of biology.  A distinguished member of the faculty, he earned recognition as a Regents Professor and served as Head of the Department of Biology.  During his time as department head, he spearheaded the effort to renovate and expand Foster Hall and he led the team that secured the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Improvement of Undergraduate Science Education grant at NMSU.  

Dr. Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where he studied biology and graduated with distinction and honors.  He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.  He has been married for 37 years to Dr. Jenifer Lichtenfels, a pediatrician.  They have two daughters, both of whom followed their mother’s footsteps, rather than their father’s. The older, Brittany, is on the faculty of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix as an otolaryngologist and currently on a fellowship in North Carolina.  The younger, Reid, is a first-year pediatric resident at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Dr. Greg Fant, Assc VP & Deputy Provost

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Anna Price

Anna Price served as the Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance/Controller from October, 2013 thru December 31, 2016.  In this position, she oversaw the university budget office, the accounting and finance department (which includes financial reporting, treasury services, cost accounting and information processing for the division), and sponsored projects post-award accounting.  She will be retiring at the end of April and has agreed to stay with the division to help with the transition of duties in the capacity of Special Assistant until that time.

Anna began working at the University in 1985 and has been with the university for almost 27 years.  She has been in the Business Affairs department the entire time.  The majority of those years were spent as the Director of Financial Reporting and as Budget Director before moving to her last position.  For five years in the early 2000’s she held the position of Finance Director at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. 

Anna holds a Bachelors of Accountancy and a Masters of Business Administration from NMSU and is a certified public accountant.

Dr. Andrea Tawney

Dr. Andrea S. Tawney has worked in higher education for 13 years, after serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force.  She served as interim vice president of University Advancement at New Mexico State University from August 2015-December 2015 until being promoted to vice president of University Advancement on January 1, 2016.  Dr. Tawney joined NMSU in 2011 and first served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni in the College of Business.  In 2013, she became NMSU’s director of presidential donor relations and development. In 2014, she was named associate vice president for university advancement overseeing principal gifts for the university.

She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education studies in 2011 from Texas Tech University, with a focus on the predictors of academic success for first-generation college students. She completed her master’s in Education in 2006 and a B.A.S. in Justice Systems, Policy and Planning in 2005 from Northern Arizona University. 

Dr. Thomas Dormody

Dr. Thomas (Tom) J. Dormody is a Regents Professor in the department of Agricultural and Extension Education. He served Director of the Division of Education and Dean of the Graduate School at CATIE (Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education) headquartered in Turrialba, Costa Rica from 2012 to 2013. At CATIE he oversaw all graduate education programs, the Technical Training Area, the Orton Memorial Library and the Biostatistics Unit.
At NMSU, Dr. Dormody served as Agricultural and Extension Education Department Head for 14 years. He has provided national-level leadership to the American Association for Agricultural Education, Alpha Tau Alpha (the national professional honorary agricultural education fraternity), and the National FFA Organization.
Dr. Dormody teaches undergraduate and graduate leadership courses at NMSU and has developed an undergraduate minor in agricultural and natural resource leadership. In 2015 and 2016, he gave workshops on understanding and leading change to the ALTA 1 Cohort, NMSU Library, and NMSU Advancing Leaders Program. He holds a BS in horticultural science from Oregon State University, a MS in vegetable crops from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in agricultural and occupational education from Cornell University.

Dr. Monica Torres

Mónica Torres is the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Doña Ana Community College. She began in the position in December 2014 after serving in the interim role for a year and a half.  Originally from Las Cruces, Torres earned a BA in English (1982), an MA in English (1984) from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico (2002).  Torres has worked in higher education for more than thirty years.  She began her career in 1982 as a composition instructor.  She served in several administrative roles early in her career including as coordinator of the developmental education program at Doña Ana Branch Community College (1987-1993) and as dean of adult and developmental education at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (1993-1997).  After earning her doctoral degree (2002), she became a faculty member in the English Department at NMSU.  Her research and teaching interests included documentary film theory, cultural studies, and rhetorical criticism.  Torres returned to administrative work in 2008 as head of the English Department (2008-2013).  As VPAA, Torres works with faculty and staff to plan, develop, implement, and assess instructional programs at DACC.

Glen Haubold

Glen Haubold started in facilities management changing air-conditioning filters while a student at Texas Christian University.  He is currently the associate vice president for facilities and services, and came to New Mexico State University in 2008 as the executive director of facility operations.  Glen previously was with the University of North Texas as the associate director of facilities maintenance, with Texas Woman’s University as the mechanical trades supervisor, and at Texas Christian University as the energy manager.  He has also been employed in facilities management in private industry for an oil company and a defense contractor, is a Certified Energy Manager, accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and a graduate of the APPA Institute of Facilities Management.  APPA is the association of higher education facility professionals.

NMSU Facilities and Services was awarded the APPA Award for Excellence in 2016.  The Award for Excellence is APPA’s highest institutional honor and provides educational institutions the opportunity for national and international recognition for their outstanding achievements in facilities management.  The award highlights the essential role of facilities operations in the overall mission and vision of the institution.


Dr. Martha Mitchell

Dr. Martha C. Mitchell is a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering at NMSU. She has been at NMSU since 1996 and has served as Department Head of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. She is the current chair of the NMSU Teaching Academy’s Advancing Leaders Program (ALP) Committee and is a Teaching Academy Fellow leading two sections of Team Mentoring for Faculty. She has served as a mentor in the Teaching Academy’s one-on-one mentoring and Advancing Leaders Program (ALP) for multiple years. She is currently the Associate Diversity Director for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. She was the principal investigator for an NSF ADVANCE PAID grant to increase the representation of women in academic careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in New Mexico.

Dr. Yu-Feng Lee

Dr. Yu-Feng (Winnie) Lee is currently the Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics, and International Business, New Mexico State University (NMSU). She also serves as the Co-Director of the NMSU Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (DFEI), Bill Daniels Foundation. Lee regularly teaches undergraduate, graduate, and MBA Economics and International Business courses, while also directing summer faculty-led business study abroad programs around the world. Her research interests include International Business and Corporate Management, International Economics, Regional Growth and Development, and Asia-Pacific Economic Integration. Her recent publications appear in International Journal of Education and Human Developments, Asian Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Technology and Information Management, Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, Journal of International Business Research, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Critical Studies in Business and Society, and Global Economy Journal, Journal of Business and Management Landscapes, and Tékhne: Review of Applied Management Studies. Lee can be contacted at 575-646-4662 or at e-mail: wlin@nmsu.edu.

Shawn Werner

Shawn Werner, M.A., joined the NMSU Teaching Academy in 2012 as associate director for leadership and mentoring.  From 2008–2011, she worked as a program specialist for the NSF ADVANCE–PAID grant at NMSU.  This grant disseminated the ADVANCE mentoring program, department head training program, and promotion and tenure workshops across the state.  She is now responsible for continuing the work of ADVANCE at the Teaching Academy through the coordination of faculty leadership and mentoring programs: Advancing Leaders, the Department Head Academy, the one-on-one Mentoring Program, and Promotion and Tenure Training.  Shawn is a certified mediator and trainer in Crucial Conversations® and facilitates meetings, workshops, book clubs, and team-building retreats for the Academy and other units.  Shawn has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU since 2006.  She teaches organizational communication, small group communication, communication theory, persuasion and conflict management.  When she is not spending time with her family, Shawn enjoys reading, writing, and watching live music.  You can reach Shawn at 575.646.2583 or swerner@nmsu.edu.

Dr. Michael Jasek

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Dr. Dario Silva

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Dr. Eve Adams

Eve Adams is Professor and Director of Training for the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at New Mexico State University.  She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1988 from The Ohio State University and has been at NMSU for 23 years.  Dr. Adams has received over $5.5 million in federal grant funds, most of which has been to expand the training of NMSU counseling psychology students to provide behavioral health services in primary care settings.  She has been the Principal Investigator for a Graduate Psychology Education grant for 12 years, and has coordinated the development of several interprofessional training experiences and expanded the training of NMSU counseling psychology students to include integrated primary care settings.  This curriculum development has resulted in collaborations with Memorial Medical Center and its family medicine residency clinic, La Clinica de Familia and Ben Archer’s school-based health clinics.  She has helped create interdisciplinary courses, allowing counseling students to work with MSW and MPH students, Family Medicine residents, and most recently, doctoral Nursing students.  In, addition, Dr. Adams teaches mindfulness meditation to faculty, staff, and students. 

Dr. Anne Hubbell

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Dr. Luis Vazquez

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Ellen Bosman

Ellen Bosman is Professor and Head of Technical Services in the library. She has served on numerous campus committees, including Faculty Senate, Employee Council, and secretary of the committee which re-wrote the promotion and tenure policy.  Recently, she completed six years of service to the Faculty Grievance Review Board, serving four years as chair.  She is currently serving as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the campus.

Dr. Norma Grijalva

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Dr. Bernadette Montoya

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Dr. Renay Scott

Dr. Renay Scott became the 9th President of Doña Ana Community College on June 1, 2014.  Dr. Scott earned her Bachelor degree at Calvin College.  She attained her Master’s degree from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. from Wayne State University.

Dr. Scott previously served as Provost at Owens Community College.  Other positions she held in academia included dean, department chair, and tenured professor in teacher education.  Her areas of scholarship include curriculum, instruction, assessment, education, and history with an emphasis on American history.

 Dr. Scott and her team at DACC continue to address and implement those themes articulated by both internal and external constituents.  They include:

  1. Improving student success through retention
  2. Enhance teaching and learning through cutting edge technology
  3. Providing clear pathways to advanced degrees
  4. Support workforce development for all of Doña Ana County

Patrick Chavez

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