Sandy Martinez, President
Sandy Martinez began a career in education in 1974. She taught at Eastern NM University-R in a post-secondary educational program for deaf teens. She interpreted classes for students and taught Sign Language classes for the University. In 1984, she pursued a degree in Pastoral Studies. Upon completion, she became an Assistant Pastor, and later moved on to being promoted to become Senior Pastor. She is currently licensed and ordained in New Mexico. She returned to teaching in 2008 until present day. She joined the Tierra Adentro of NM Charter School Governing Council in 2012 and became President in 2014.
Judge Ted Baca, Vice President
Judge Ted Baca has served as a Judge in the Civil Division of the Second Judicial District Court since November of 1998. He received an Associate of Arts degree from the New Mexico Military Institute and BS and JD degrees from the University of New Mexico. Prior to becoming a Judge, Judge Baca was a sole practitioner, a child support-hearing officer, county attorney and legislative analyst. Judge Baca served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division for four years, Chair of the Jury Improvement Standing Committee, a member of the Judicial Continuing Legal Education Committee and past President of the District Judges Association. In March of 2009, Judge Baca was elected by the Judges of the Second Judicial as Chief Judge with his term beginning in July of 2009. In March of 2012, Judge Baca was re-elected to a second term as Chief Judge. In 2012, Judge Baca received the “Judge of the Year” Award from the Albuquerque Bar Association. In June of 2014, Judge Baca retired as the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District Court. He volunteers as the Valley High School Mock Trial Team Coach. He is actively involved on the Governing Board of Tierra Adentro of New Mexico Charter School and the Board of Directors for La Familia, Inc. He is Chairman of the Sandoval County Labor Management Relations Board and Chairman of the City of Albuquerque Labor Management Relations Board. Judge Baca spends many hours as a Court Appointed Special Master and Court Appointed Settlement Facilitator in numerous cases throughout the state.
Donna Jewell, Secretary
Associate Professor, Donna Jewell has been the Head of Dance at the University of New Mexico since 2003. She received a BA in History from DePauw University and a MFA in Dance from New York University. Dancing professionally in Boston for five years she moved to Salzburg, Austria where she was a full time faculty member of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and a tenured faculty member in the theater program at the Mozarteum College of Fine Arts. Jewell is the artistic director of Jewell & Company Dance Theatre, choreographer and actress with Buran Theater based in New York, and choreographer and actress with the Lawine Torren Company based in Salzburg. Lawine Torren Company is known for its multi-media and machine site specific works, using actors, dancers, motorcycles, snowmobiles, BASE jumpers, snow cats, skiers, snowboarders, helicopters and planes in works such as Hannibal. The next performance of Hannibal will be April 21st, 2017, performed on a glacier in the Tyrolian Alps.
Representative Daniel Silva, Member
Daniel Silva was born in 1942 in Monticello, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of Albuquerque with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Daniel is married to Angie Silva and together they have four children. Daniel has 30 years of government accounting, budgeting, and administrative experience at the City of Albuquerque as well as 22 years of legislative experience as a New Mexico State Representative. He chaired the legislative Public Works and the Transportation Committee while serving as State Representative. He also served as the Transportation Chairman at the National Conference of State Legislators. Daniel sponsored many transportation funding bills and legislation that made New Mexico one of the leading states in the nation. In addition, he sponsored legislation that funded the Rail Runner project. He currently serves as active member of the Tierra Adentro of New Mexico Charter School Governing Council.
Carol Crawford, Member
Born in New Orleans, Carol Crawford is a graduate of Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Carol is married to Murray Crawford, and together they have two children and four grandchildren. Carol started her career in 1969 at Deere & Company working in the Personnel Department that included many duties for the Chairman of the Board. In 1976, Carol began her career in Real Estate in Iowa. Carol moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1983 where she continued her career in Real Estate and now has been serving as a successful realtor for 40 years. Since 1990, she has consistently supported in contributions for the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital. Carol has served the Greater Albuquerque Board of Directors for three terms, including once as Treasurer. Some of the committees she served on included Forms, Education, Social, Mediation, and Ombudsman Training. Carol has also served as President of Certified Residential Specialist for the State of New Mexico and has sponsored Title 8 Kids in Albuquerque Public Schools for the past 6 years. She also has been a volunteer for the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum since its inception 11 years ago. In supporting her grandchildren’s love for the arts, Carol has volunteered for the National Institute of Flamenco for the past 15 years. In 2010, her oldest grandchild began 6th grade at Tierra Adentro of New Mexico Charter School and her three younger siblings soon followed. Seeing a need, Carol joined the Governing Council of the school in 2012 and is still serving as member today.
Liz Marshall. Member
Liz Marshall is a native New Mexican with a diverse educational and professional background. She possesses a BFA in Theater from the University of New Mexico, as well as a Masters in Secondary Education. As an exchange student, she studied theater in Galway, Ireland and in Ashland, Oregon at the Shakespeare Festival. She is currently completing degrees in School Leadership/Administration Degree and Museum Studies at UNM, and is interning for school administration with Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter
Ms. Marshall’s professional background includes work as an assistant archeologist since 1990. She has extensive experience as a designer and casting director for the film industry with over 250+projects to date. She is an active member of IATSE Local 480 Film Union. As an educator, she is a highly qualified Level 3 instructor licensed in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and English in New Mexico. She has taught at South Valley Academy, the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) and Tierra Adentro, as well as UNM Continuing Education and the Community College of New Mexico. In California, she is licensed in English, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Film & Media and taught at Marina High School.
She has been nominated for the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. Much of her teaching has included community outreach and partnerships with local organizations to create project-based learning opportunities for students. She has taught workshops for SER de New Mexico, the Heart Gallery Foundation and Youth Development Inc. She has written and received multiple grants for education. Liz Marshall served previously as the Foundation president for PAPA.