Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the School of Public Administration (ABSPA) is a group of distinguished and influential professionals dedicated to excellence in graduate education for service in government, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Vision Statement

ABSPA believes that the University of New Mexico's School of Public Administration is the State's highest quality, most relevant, most affordable, and most accessible resource for graduate education, research, and capacity-building for the public and nonprofit sectors throughout New Mexico.

Mission Statement

ABSPA members are ambassadors who promote the UNM School of Public Administration and work to advance its reputation. The board enhances the academic excellence of the School by providing advice to the Director on the School's direction, initiatives, and learning outcomes.


Photo: Klo Abeita

Klo Abeita

Coordinator of Personnel, Gallup McKinley County Schools

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Fabián Armijo

Executive Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ,UNM Hospitals

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Vic Berniklau

Retired, Senior Executive, US Department of Energy

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Cynthia Borrego

New Mexico State Representative

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Sonya Lara

United Way of North Central New Mexico

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Zach Mikelson

Manager of Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Risk Management, Sandia National Labs

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Charles Sallee

Director, NM Legislative Finance Committee

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Russell Stowers

Director of Rehabilitation Services, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System

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Loc Truong

Deputy Director of Human Resources, City of Albuquerque

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Michael Wallace

Vice President of Growth and Strategy, Optum New Mexico

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Rachel Whitt

Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist, Presbyterian Healthcare Services