Larry Myatt, Education Resources Consortium (ERC)
Dr. Larry Myatt has been deeply engaged in education leadership development and school redesign for over thirty years. He founded Fenway High School, a pioneer in the small schools and school-to-career movements, and was its Headmaster for twenty years before accepting an assignment to advise Boston’s High School Renewal Initiative. During that time he was a key member of the HSR-Parthenon Group Off-Track Study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led the companion Alternative School Quality Review initiative. He co-founded Boston’s Center for Collaborative Education and founded and directed the Greater Boston Principal Residency Network at Northeastern University from 2000-2008.
In 2007, Dr. Myatt was awarded the Harry S. Levitan Prize from Brandeis University for career accomplishment in education. He is a former CES National Faculty member at Brown University and was a professional development consultant at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, including being the facilitator of the Annenberg Superintendents Study Group. He is the author of numerous articles on leadership and school restructuring and has led and consulted to school re-design efforts in numerous cities and states.
Larry is a Founding Convener for The Forum for Education and Democracy, and works actively nationwide to support efforts to reduce the high-school drop-out rate. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Green Academy and served as the Senior Fellow for Leadership and Education Ventures at Northeastern University from 2009-2011. Dr. Myatt is a principal founder of the Education Resources Consortium, leading an array of highly-experienced educational consultants and coaches in support of capacity-building in schools and communities.
Michael Soguero, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center
Michael Soguero has been a leader in education reform since 1993 when he was a founding member of Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center (PDC) development team in Estes Park Colorado which was created as a laboratory for the most cutting edge instruction for at-risk youth in the United States. This formative experience laid the groundwork for becoming a leader in the burgeoning high school reform movement in New York City. While in New York, he had a series of experiences that concluded in a deep and profound understanding of organizational development and specifically small high school design.
Michael became the Co-Director of the School for the Physical City and later the Founder and Director of the Bronx Guild where his work was held up as an exemplar of effective small school leadership. His success is best seen through significantly higher graduation rates than other peer institutions. He quickly became a trusted mentor to other aspiring principals and a partner for teacher training with the Teachers College at Columbia University. His school was recognized by Teachers College for “Excellence in Teaching.” This experience led Michael to become a lead facilitator for the Scaffolded Apprenticeship program within the New York City Leadership Academy where he sharpened his facilitation skills, his broad understanding of urban school reform and the power of dynamic leadership as a means to reform schools and change the lives of students.
After nearly 10 years in New York City, Michael returned to Eagle Rock as the Director of Professional Development where he is currently employed. The Professional Development Center was created by American Honda Education Corporation to help transform high school education in the United States. Michael has made great strides in realizing that mission earning a 95 percent satisfaction rate from 300 clients served last year including the Big Picture Schools network, the Leadership High School Network in Albuquerque NM, and many individual schools participating in the Coalition of Essential Schools. He is a an avid reader and passionate about the latest organizational development theories and facilitation practices.
Tim Kubik, Buck Institute for Education (BIE)
Tim works on a variety of initiatives through Kubik Perspectives, LLC, all designed to increase student engagement with an ever-changing world. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in History and Theory from the Johns Hopkins University, and has designed and taught courses at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level. With Asia Society and the Buck Institute for Education, he has trained over 2500 teachers in numerous workshops on project- and simulations-based learning. Currently working on a book project, The World…Immediately, Tim is also an active and vocal partner in policy and political initiatives to improve education in his home state of Colorado.
Everette W. Hill, MA, MFCT, New Mexico Forum Foundation
Everette is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Forum Foundation. The New Mexico Forum Foundation was established primarily to build an endowment to support itself and the work of the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community. In addition to that work, the Foundation also plans to work on initiatives around equity, diversity, and opportunity in the philanthropic sector while also providing micro-grants to youth in communities throughout New Mexico.
Executive Director of the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community the past 6 years, Hill has 20 years experience in the non-profit sector developing and managing programs, developing grass-roots community-based public policy initiatives, and providing organizational development and technical assistance supports to individuals and organizations in the social sectors. He has been a guest lecturer in the Public Policy Department at the University of New Mexico, a member of the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet, an appointee to the New Mexico Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC), Chairman of the Next Generation Fund, Advisory Board member of Citizens Schools, Board member of Prosperity Works and a charter fellow of the Strategic Leadership Institute, developed and supported by the McCune Charitable Foundation.
Hill is a graduate of Occidental College where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and History, while also studying Sports Medicine and Religious Studies. In 2001, he earned his Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix, where the concentration of his work was in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.
Adivsory Board Members
Chief of Staff, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, bio pending
Adrian A. Pedroza
Adrián A. Pedroza is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Community Action, a grassroots, community-based organization that works to build community leadership around issues of immigration, education reform, and public health. Previously, Adrián worked with the University of New Mexico High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Programs, which provide educational opportunities to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. In addition, he worked with New Mexico constituents for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.
In 2011, Adrián was appointed by President Obama to his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where he sits on the Early Learning and Community Engagement sub-committees. Under Governor Bill Richardson, Adrián was appointed to the inaugural Hispanic Education Advisory Council. He is currently a founding and executive member of the New Mexico Learning Alliance. Adrián holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Victor J. Chavez
Victor J. Chavez is a founding partner of the structural engineering firm of Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc. He has more than 37 years of experience as a registered professional civil and structural engineer, and has worked on a broad spectrum of projects ranging from schools and universities to high- tech industrial and manufacturing plants and laboratory facilities.
In civil design, Mr. Chavez’ experience includes site development plans, grading and master drainage plans, regional flood control facilities, subdivisions, roadways and hydrologic studies. He is a specialist in structural investigations, analysis of existing structures, the design of new facilities and has served as expert witness on several legal cases.
Victor has been a leader in corporate social responsibility in the Albuquerque Community for his entire professional career. He has been the head of the city planning department, chairman of the Board of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. In these instances he worked to improve the lives of young people in his home town through philanthropy and system wide reform of the public schools.
Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D.
Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
Dr. Noguera received his bachelors’ degree in Sociology and History and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981. He earned his masters’ degree in Sociology from Brown in 1982 and received his doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools and at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000), where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. Dr. Noguera has published over one hundred and fifty research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the role of education in community development in national and international contexts, and race and ethnic relations in American society. Dr. Noguera is the author of several books, including: The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press, 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006), The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008), Creating the Opportunity to Learn with Dr. A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011) and Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males with Aida Hurtado and Edward Fergus (Routledge, 2011). Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues and other topics on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.
Dr. Noguera has been the recipient of multiple awards and honors including:
1997 Wellness Foundation Award for research on youth violence
1997 University of California’s Distinguished Teaching Award
Maria received her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Bachelor’s in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of New Mexico. As Vice President of Operations Support at JB Henderson Construction Company Inc. (JBHCC), Maria is responsible for the management of critical departments including Project Controls, Marketing, Quality, Tools & Equipment, Detailing, and the on-site Pipe and Sheet Metal Fabrication Facilities. Maria is also a member of the JBHCC Leadership Team, providing leadership and strategic direction for the company. She currently serves on the Civil Engineering Board at the University of New Mexico and the Associated General Contractors-NM Building Branch Board of Directors along with serving as President of the School Board for ACE Leadership High School. Additionally, Maria has been recognized as one of New Mexico’s “Top 40 under 40” and a “Women of Influence” by the New Mexico Business Weekly. In 2012, Maria was awarded the Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility (SIR) Award from the Associated General Contractors NM Building Branch. The SIR Award is presented to individuals who have dedicated themselves to the construction industry and been instrumental in ground-breaking advancements for the profession.
In 2011, she celebrated her 15th year with JB Henderson Construction and has been instrumental in the company’s strategic growth both organizationally and industry wide. Maria’s extensive knowledge of Project Management specific to the construction process is at the core of her impact at JB Henderson Construction. Her capabilities are wide-ranging and comprehensive, making her indispensable to the organization.
Chris Sturgis is Principal of MetisNet, a consulting firm that specializes in supporting foundations in strategy development, coaching and rapid research. MetisNet specializes in high school reform, dropout recovery, youth issues, and community engagement. Chris brings a commitment to drawing on local knowledge (metis) early in the design process to ensure that problem definition reflects the realities of communities. Her knowledge of philanthropy was developed while at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Omidyar Foundation. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector she worked in state government, human service organizations, and campaigns. Clients include the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sapelo Foundation, Skillman Foundation, and the Youth Transition Funders Group. She has consulted to the U.S. Department of Education on secondary school policy. She is co-founder of the Youth Transition Funders Group and manages the Connected by 25 blog.
Prior to joining the philanthropic sector Chris was an organizer, Director of Finance and Planning at Boston Senior Home Care, Program Director at Greater Boston Rehabilitation Services, and Associate Director of the MassJobs Council. Chris has authored a number of publications including:
- Positioning for the Possible: Investing in Education Reform in New Mexico
- Closing the Graduation Gap: A Superintendent’s Guide for Planning Multiple Pathways to Graduation
- Beyond the Tunnel Problem: Addressing Cross-Cutting Issues that Impact Vulnerable Youth with Joel Miller and Tim Ross
- When Success Is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning with Susan Patrick
- Clearing the Path: Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways with Bob Rath, Ephraim Weisstein and Susan Patrick
- It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit with Susan Patrick
- Synchronizing Policy and Practice: Next Generation Learning State Policy Frameworks for Performance-Based Learning with Susan Patrick and Linda Pittinger
In her spare time Chris dabbles with photography, is learning flamenco dance, and travels to learn more about our world. She is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dr. Richard Howell, Dean of the College of Education, is a native New Mexican and a long-time Lobo, having earned three degrees at UNM, including a BS in Psychology and both an MA and a Ph.D. in Special Education. Dr. Howell began his academic career in earnest at UNM in 1982 as an instructor in Educational Technology at the College of Education. He then moved to The Ohio State University and served 17 years at the institution in a number of positions, moving from the faculty to administration during the last 4 years. Dr. Howell returned to UNM in 2000 and served as Special Assistant to the Vice Provost, The Extended University (2000-04), interim Assistant Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs (2004-05), and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Education (2005-07). He served as the Interim Dean for two years, and Dean for three years of the College of Education (2007-Present). He is a life-long advocate of integrating new and emerging technologies into every aspect of education, focusing on instructional and administrative applications.
Adelmo “Del” Archuleta is a native of New Mexico, and he has devoted his life to improving the lives of New Mexicans and giving back through community service.
Born in Clayton, NM, Del graduated from New Mexico State University with a master’s degree in civil (environmental) engineering in 1975. Upon graduation, Del joined Molzen Corbin, a full-service consulting engineering and architecture company. Within 10 years, he became chief executive officer and majority stockholder. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being named one of “New Mexico’s Most Influential People” by New Mexico Business Journal and one of the “100 Power Brokers” by New Mexico Business Weekly Magazine numerous times. Under his management, Molzen Corbin has been ranked as one of the “500 Largest Hispanic-Owned Companies” by Hispanic Business Magazine for 19 consecutive years.
He has also been recognized by his peers, receiving the “National Community Service Award” from the American Consulting Engineers Council and “Ingeniero Veterano de Nuevo Mejico” Award from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. From New Mexico State University, he also received the “Mike Watts Civil Engineering Alumni Award” and the Emeritus Faculty Distinguished Alumni Award, was inducted into the Honorary Academy of Civil, Agricultural, and Geological Engineering, and was named “Distinguished Alumni for the College of Engineering.” In 2010, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from NMSU.
Active in the community, Del has served in leadership positions for numerous boards, including the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum, New Mexico State University, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico Mutual and the Bank of Albuquerque.
The opportunity for a quality education is Del’s passion and is confirmed by his work across New Mexico. From his role with the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce as Vice Chair of Workforce Development and Education, to past President of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, and past President of the State Board of Education, his commitment to working hard for education reform is evident. His leadership of the Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force led to positive legislative changes that affect the daily lives of teachers and students. This work is rooted in his belief in family, his love for New Mexico and his desire for an equitable education for all. With the early inspiration of his father (himself a school teacher) and the daily inspiration of his wife Rebecca (also a school teacher) Del’s passion remains strong.
Del’s dedication to public service was recognized in 2003, when received the prestigious “Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.” In 2010, he received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” by the Great Southwest Council of the National Eagle Scout Association.