Board of Regents
PRESIDENT, KEVIN F. POWERS
Term: 02.01.2014 – 12.31.2019
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.
VICE-PRESIDENT, DR. ROBERT RHODES
Term: 10.05.2017 – 12.31.2018
Dr. Robert L. Rhodes is currently Assistant to the President for Governmental and Community Affairs at New Mexico Junior College (NMJC), Hobbs, NM, where he serves as liaison for local, regional, and national governmental bodies. Dr. Rhodes formerly served as Executive Director of NMJC Research Foundation and NMJC VP of Training and Outreach, and Director of the Center for Workforce and Community Development at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)-Roswell. He received his MBA from ENMU and his Ed.D from New Mexico State University.
SECRETARY/TREASURER, DAMIAN MARTINEZ
Term: 03.01.2015 – 12.31.2020
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.
MEMBER, DAVID "CHRIS" ORTEGA
Term: 01.19.2018 –
Chris Ortega of White Rock was appointed to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents on January 19, 2018. Ortega retired as Utilities Manager for Los Alamos County Utilities Department and is a member of the Los Alamos Family YMCA Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
VICE-PRESIDENT, ROSARIO "CHAYO" GARCIA (Outgoing)
Term: 01.01.2012 – 01.17.2018
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.