Board of Regents

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PRESIDENT, ROSARIO "CHAYO" GARCIA
Term: 01.01.2012 – 12.31.2018
chayo@nnmc.edu

Ms. Garcia previously served on Northern's Board of Regents from 2002 to 2007. She is a successful businesswoman in the city of Española. Her family formerly owned Anthony's at the Delta Inn, restaurant and flower shop. Ms. Garcia also served as a City Councilor in Española. She received a BA in Business Administration/Marketing in 1985 from New Mexico State University.

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VICE-PRESIDENT, DAMIAN MARTINEZ
Term: 03.01.2015 – 12.31.2020
damian.martinez@nnmc.edu

Damian Martinez is a Las Vegas, NM native, and current resident of Las Cruces where he is a practicing attorney. He is a veteran of the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and is also the managing director of the Las Cruces law firm Holt, Mynatt, Martinez, PC. Mr. Martinez earned his BA in Social Work from NM Highlands University in 1998 and his juris doctor degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 2001.

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SECRETARY/TREASURER, KEVIN F. POWERS
Term: 02.01.2014 – 12.31.2019
kevin.powers@nnmc.edu

Kevin Powers is a retired investment banker with 30 years of experience financing public projects, primarily in New Mexico. His experience includes advising school districts on bond elections, financing facilities and dormitories for universities, developing large regional water projects, and assisting cities and counties with infrastructure development. Mr. Powers earned a BS degree in economics from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.

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MEMBER, MELINDA DEHERRERA
Term: 03.01.2015 – 12.31.2016
melinda_s_deherrera@nnmc.edu

Melinda DeHerrera is Northern's first student regent. She is pursuing a bachelor’s in Information Engineering Technology and is a mother of five. Ms. DeHerrera is an Española native and has been a member of the Northern community for the past 18 years.