Kelly Kenneth, President
Kelly Kenneth (Zuni Pueblo/Navajo) is from Zuni, NM. She graduated with her B.A. in Criminology from UNM and is in her final year of obtaining a master’s degree in Public Administration. Kelly began working for UNM as a student and staff employee at Residence Life & Student Housing and is currently working with UNM Information Technologies providing technical support for Institutional Support Services. After graduation, Kelly will continue her service to UNM and plans to explore leadership careers in the public sector. Kelly cares about helping others and feels that diversity in leadership is necessary for successfully fulfilling the mission of serving the public with integrity. Outside of her studies and work, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, and being outdoors.
Ghada Zribi, Vice-President
Ghada Zribi is a Tunisian second-year MPA student with over seven year experience working for various national and international institutions. She holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in English for Communications. Ghada is the founder of a nonprofit named iBuild Africa
, but currently works as a Program Coordinator in The Global Education Office (GEO) where she leads communications and manages the “the Lobo Friend Mentorship Program. As a Vice President, Ghada is looking forward to serving MPA graduates with the best of her capabilities and representing students’ interests and concerns in the decision-making process.
Alex Willey, Secretary
Alex is a second year graduate student born and raised in Albuquerque. She received her undergraduate degree from UNM in Emergency Medical Services and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration focusing on nonprofit management and public policy. Alex has spent the last two years working with MoGro Mobile Grocery, a local nonprofit that aims to increase access to fresh produce throughout the state. Additionally, she has spent the last year working as a Fellow in the UNM Evaluation Lab performing program evaluation for a nonprofit organization in Northern New Mexico. She has found her passion in supporting the growth and success of nonprofit organizations that serve the community. In her spare time, Alex loves spending time in the mountains running, biking, and skiing.
Linda Jones, Treasurer
Linda Jones is enrolled in the School of Public Administration, Master’s Program. Working in higher education for 15 years, she is resourceful and works collaboratively to inform and engage others throughout the campus community. With her passion to learn, grow and share resources and knowledge with others the outcome is results based. She will look to promote and incorporate opportunities of beneficial value and growth for an enriched future for a stronger and unified campus environment.
Nicholas Maestas, GPSA Representative 2
Nicholas is in his second year in the MPA program at UNM and expects to finish in May 2022. Nicholas has been married to the love of his life, Edith, since 2017. Originally from Albuquerque, Nicholas earned his B.A. in Political Science; Law Emphasis, and Minor in Native American and Hispano Cultural Studies from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM in 2011. Nicholas has a variety of experience with having worked for the New Mexico State Legislature, in Congressional political campaigns, and spent 2 years as the Administrator for the Village of Questa in NM. Currently, he works for Congressman Ben R. Lujan as a Field Representative for Congressional District 3. Nicholas has volunteered with Tierra Encantada Charter School, located in Santa Fe, NM since 2012 and continues to serve on the TECS Governance Board since 2014.