UNMF Board of Trustees

UNMF Board of Trustees


  • carl-alongiCarl Alongi

    Albuquerque (2006-2014)

    Carl Alongi, CPA/ABV/PFS/CFF, ASA, is currently serving as a senior consultant with REDW, The Rogoff Firm. His area of expertise is in business valuation, litigation support and asset management. He joined REDW in the summer of 2009 after a 40-year career at Albuquerque-based accounting firm Pulakos & Alongi, Ltd., CPAs, during which time he served as co-founder and managing shareholder. In 2001, Mr. Alongi stepped down as managing shareholder of the firm to become a financial advisor for an affiliated entity, CPA Wealth Advisors, LLC, which merged with REDW Stanley in 2009. Mr. Alongi received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Mexico in 1965. He is a member of Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame and a former Alumni Association Board member.

    In addition to the UNM Foundation, Mr. Alongi is on the boards of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, New Mexico Family Business Alliance, Italian Festivals of New Mexico, First National Bank of Santa Fe and serves as chair of the Board of Directors of CPA Mutual Insurance Company. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Applied Technology, Inc. He is an Emeritus board member of the CNM Foundation, a former board member of the Albuquerque Academy and New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, where he served as endowment founder and board chair. He is also the past president of the NM Society of CPAs and has served on numerous American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business Valuation (AICPA) committees. In 1999 Mr. Alongi was inducted into the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame. He received the Bravo Award for Arts Patron of the Year from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance for his outstanding support of the arts in 1999. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NM Society of CPAs in 2005 and was inducted in the Anderson School Hall of Fame in 1995.

  • gary-gordonGary L. Gordon

    Past Chair
    Committee on Trustees Chair
    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (2004-2015)

    A fourth generation New Mexican, Gary L. Gordon attended the University of New Mexico and graduated summa cum laude in general honors, earning his degree in business management, with distinction. He was recognized as a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, and also received the Clauve Award as the university’s outstanding senior. He was elected to membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Gordon continued his formal education at the University of New Mexico School of Law graduating in 1986.

    He practiced law with Miller Stratvert P.A. in Albuquerque for 23 years. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and chosen by his peers for listing in Best Lawyers in America.

    In 2004 he began service as a trustee of the University of New Mexico Foundation, serving as chair of its investment committee and vice chair/chair-elect of the board. The Albuquerque Academy board of trustees appointed him treasurer of the school, his alma mater, in 2009, and he retired from the practice of law. He is married to Terri Giron, an alumna of the schools of management and public administration. They are members of the President’s Club and the Popejoy Society.

  • Michelle Coons

    Vice Chair/Chair Elect
    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (2007-2015)

  • larry-abrahamLarry Abraham

    Assistant Treasurer
    Finance Committee Chair
    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (2012-2016)

    Larry Abraham is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. He is the past Chairman of the Mid-Region Council of Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Board and current Chair of the Rio Metro Transit Board. He is a native New Mexican entrepreneur with more than a dozen start-up businesses as a retailer, general contractor, banker and realtor. Abraham earned a business administration degree from UNM in 1976, was a 2012 inductee into the Anderson School Hall of Fame and received the distinguished UNM Alumni Zia Award in 2011. In addition to service on numerous local boards, Abraham is past president of the UNM Lobo Club and a founding member of the UNM’s Tom L. Popejoy Society.

  • randy-velardeRandy Velarde

    National Vice Chair
    Investment Committee Chair
    Houston, Texas (2011-2015)

    Randy spent 15 years in management and market development at Shell Chemical and Texaco Chemical before forming The Plaza Group in 1994. He was appointed by the former Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson, to serve on the National Petroleum Council and has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by both Hispanic Business magazine and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Velarde has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

  • Dorothy Rainosek

    Gift Acceptence Chair
    Albuquerque (2012-2016)

    Dorothy and Larry Rainosek opened the Frontier Restaurant in 1971 after relocating to Albuquerque from Austin, Texas. The Rainoseks are also the owners of Albuquerque’s Golden Pride BBQ Chicken & Ribs establishments with four locations in Bernalillo County.

    Dorothy and Larry have two adult children, who are both are UNM alumni and both of whom were UNM Presidential Scholars. The Rainosek family has a long history of supporting UNM as well as many community organizations, and received the NM Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Leaders in Philanthropy Award in November 2009.


  • laura-hueter-bassLaura Hueter Bass

    Albuquerque (2006-2014)

    Laura Hueter Bass is a native of Albuquerque and attended The University of New Mexico where she received a master’s degree in public administration. During the past 25 years, she has served as the executive director of three nonprofit organizations: the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Mexico Bar Foundation and the Albuquerque Community Foundation, from which she retired in April, 2006. During her 15 years at Albuquerque Community Foundation, she founded seven charitable giving programs and increased the endowment from $5 million to $42 million.

  • gary-bealGary Beal

    Hobbs, NM (2011-2015)

    Gary M. Beal, CIC, is a Principal of Leavell Insurance Inc. in Hobbs. A Certified Insurance Counselor and instructor, Beal has spent 18 years in the commercial banking industry and 25 years in commercial insurance. In addition to his current service on the UNM Foundation Board of Trustees, Beal has served UNM as a past Board Member of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association.

    Beal earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Mexico and studied at Southern Methodist University Southwest Graduate School of Banking in Dallas, Texas.

    Beal was the recipient of the first “Fred Award” for outstanding contributions & assistance to the community as a whole presented by Best in Lea County, and has mentored youth throughout the community and the state for over 30 years. Professionally, he serves as Legislative Committee Member of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association.

    Devoted to improving youth education, Beal volunteers his time to work on a wide range of related issues: through Hobbs Municipal Schools as a current Member of the Freshman School Student Improvement Team; the Martin Rockwell Scholarship Committee, as current Chairman; as current president of the Eagle Trust Foundation; as Chair of the Veteto Excellence in Education Committee; and as an Executive Committee member of MyPower, Inc., a non-profit designed to reduce teen pregnancy rates and STD’s in Lea County.

    Community building work includes his membership in Leaders Industries, Inc., and service as an Executive Committee Member of the Community Drug Coalition. Beal is also a Board Member of the
Economic Development Corporation of Lea County.

    Beal is the Past President and current Youth Exchange Officer for the Rotary Club of Hobbs. Other recent service to the community includes work as Board President and Judge for Teen Court of Lea County; President and Regional Board Member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters; Huddle Coach and State Board Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; District Chairman & Committee Member of Conquistador Boy Scouts Council; Board Member of Guidance Center of Lea County, Salvation Army of Lea County, Main Street Hobbs , and Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico (Big I). Beal has also served First United Methodist Church of Hobbs as immediate past Chairman of Church Council, and past Chairman of Finance, Worship and Youth Councils.

  • Doug Brown

    Dean, Anderson School of Management
    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (2013-2015)

  • john-cordovaJohn Cordova

    Ad-Hoc Communications
    Committee Chair
    Albuquerque (2006-2014)

    John Cordova’s positions in municipal, state and the federal government afford him an extensive network of friends and professional relationships that he puts in service of his clients. He has worked ten years in Washington, DC and fifteen years in municipal and state government in New Mexico. For the past thirteen years he has owned the Cordova Public Relations Company, serving clients throughout New Mexico and West Texas. The New Mexico Business Weekly recently selected him as one of New Mexico’s power brokers.

    Mr. Cordova possesses a strategic sense of how to position an issue, product or company in the market place. He understands that quality wins in the market place and operates his company with customer’s needs in mind. Fact based research, quality writing and quick turn around are hallmarks of his company’s thirty-five year history in the market place. His firm places special emphasis on solid research and analysis supporting a strategic vision, which is conveyed in the firm’s written products. This same approach is employed when helping clients position themselves, their business or issue in the market place. Using the tools of public relations, the firm helps develop positive brand image and finds ways to enhance clients’ brands.

    After graduating from UNM, his professional career started with the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department where he met Pete Domenici who was running for city council. Domenici recognized that Cordova was a unique marketer of the municipality’s policy issues in water and housing. He was particularly impressed with his sensitivity to customer’s needs and his ability to develop customer driven projects and programs. When Domenici won a seat on the council and was elected Mayor pro-tem, he selected Mr. Cordova to head a community development department tasked with writing grant applications for federal downtown and neighborhood renewal programs, a public housing program, a neighborhood improvement project and the Model Cities Program. All these applications were approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Mr. Cordova was appointed Albuquerque’s first Model Cities Program Director.

    In 1976, when Domenici became senior senator from New Mexico, he brought Cordova to Washington, DC where he was assigned to organize and manage a joint office for the New Mexico Congressional Delegation. The office serves institutional constituents of the delegation. It was the first such office in Congress and continues to serve the delegation. The primary task of the office is to assist constituents frame their issues with federal agencies and position them in a positive manner before those agencies.

    After leaving the delegation office, Mr. Cordova served clients whose need to monitor administrative, regulator, and legislative activities in Washington, DC varied greatly. Some of his clients included the Albuquerque Public Schools, the University of New Mexico, the Adolph Coors Company in Golden, Colorado and various Indian tribes.

    While in state government, Cordova was director of the State Health Planning Agency, executive assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Department as well as director of Social Services third party contracts.

    Mr. Cordova maintains a strong commitment to volunteer service as well as a broad business network. Some of the boards on which he serves include the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (secretary), the U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez Foundation (President), the City of Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees (Vice Chair), the UNM Foundation and the Lovelace Medical Center Governing Board. Cordova also maintains memberships in the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, The Economic Forum, Albuquerque Economic Development, New Mexico First Forum, The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relation Society of America (Counselors Division) and the UNM Alumni Letterman’s Club.

    Cordova has served on the UNM Alumni Board, as Washington, DC chapter president and on the Albuquerque chapter.

  • Jack L. Fortner

    Regent Representative
    Chair, UNM Board of Regents
    FarmingtonMr. Fortner is an attorney in Farmington, NM, where he has served as San Juan County Commissioner and an alternate municipal judge. He received his bachelor’s in political science from UNM and his juris doctor from University of Michigan. Fortner has been a regent since 1999.

  • gus-fosterGus Foster

    Taos (2007-2015)

    Gus Foster is a renowned panoramic photographer who is famous for his ability to capture the beauty of the American Rockies. He graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a bachelor’s in art history. After Yale, he worked for 10 years as the curator of prints and drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 1972, he moved to Los Angeles to set up his own photographic art studio. When Mr. Foster left Los Angeles in 1976 to move to Taos, he narrowed his interests to the panoramic photograph.

    Mr. Foster served as president of the Harwood Museum Advisory Board and currently acts as a guest curator for special exhibitions. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Governing Board since 2002 and chaired the capital campaigns of 1995-97 and 2005-2010. Mr. Foster is a member of the Popejoy Society.

  • robert-frankRobert Frank, Ph.D.

    President, UNM

    Robert G. Frank became President of the University of New Mexico June 1, 2012. Formerly, he was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kent State University. Dr. Frank is the former dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, where he also served as a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. During his tenure at Florida, the College established the Public Health program and reorganized as what is now recognized as a CEPH accredited College of Public Health.

    Dr. Frank’s first appointment was at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he established the Division of Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1991-92 and worked with Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico). After completing the fellowship, Dr. Frank returned to the University of Missouri where, as assistant to the dean for health policy, he continued to work on federal and state health policy. Dr. Frank continued to work with Senator Bingaman and managed Missouri’s state health reform effort, the ShowMe Health Reform Initiative. In 2011, Dr. Frank was appointed by the United States Department of Defense to the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense.

    Dr. Frank holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is past president of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Health Psychology. He formerly chaired the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Legislative Committee of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and American Psychological Association’s Committee on Professional Continuing Education (1997) and its Board of Educational Affairs (2000). Dr. Frank’s scholarship focuses on two areas: psychological adjustment to catastrophic injury and health policy.

  • mark-lesherMark Lesher, MD

    Development Committee Chair
    Albuquerque (2007-2015)

    Mark Lesher, M.D. is a member of the board of Eye Associates of New Mexico, which is the largest ophthalmic and optometric group in the Southwest. Made up of 35 ophthalmologists and optometrists, many of whom are sub-specialists in the field of ophthalmology, 13 clinic locations and 9 optical shops, Eye Associates of New Mexico is based in Albuquerque, with additional offices in Clovis, Espanola, Farmington, Gallup, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Socorro, Rio Rancho, and Tucumcari, New Mexico. Dr. Lesher’s specialty is no-stitch cataract surgery, corneal and external disease, and refractive surgery.

    Dr. Lesher received a bachelor’s in biology from UNM in 1983 as well as his doctorates in 1988. He and his wife, Donna, are members of the New Horizon Society and Dr. Lesher has also served on the Lobo Club Board of Directors.

  • laurie-moyeLaurie Moye

    Compensation Committee Chair
    Albuquerque (2012-2016)

    Laurie Moye is coordinator for the Regulatory Project & Public Participation in the System Engineering Department at the Public Service Company of NM. Her volunteer work includes numerous local boards, and she has served on the boards of Stephens College Board of Trustees as well as their Alumnae Association Board. Moye, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974 and Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from UNM in 1982, is a founding member and past president of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning’s Alumni Association, and led their Alumni chapter fundraising campaign for George Pearl Hall. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the UNM Alumni Association, Lobos for Legislation committee and is active with their Long Range Strategic Planning committee.

  • henry-nemcikHenry Nemcik

    President & CEO, UNM Foundation

    Henry Nemcik began as president and chief executive officer of the UNM Foundation on August 16, 2010, using his 30-years experience in higher education development to provide vision and leadership to the organization and to Changing Worlds: The Campaign for UNM. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s in public administration.

    Mr. Nemcik successfully led two comprehensive campaigns before coming to the UNM Foundation. Prior to his arrival at UNM, he served as the vice president for development and alumni relations, as well as the president of the foundation at the University of Tennessee System from 2005 to 2010. The preceding 16 years Mr. Nemcik was the associate vice president for development and the campaign director at Texas A&M.

  • kimberly-penaKimberly Pena

    Audit Committee Chair
    Albuquerque (2011-2015)

    Kimberly has more than 17 years experience in providing financial statement audits, financial consulting, and regulatory compliance services to a variety of public and private emerging growth companies and large multinational corporations. Kimberly has been involved in numerous projects involving process and procedures, mergers and integration, and due diligence both within public accounting with Arthur Andersen and KPMG prior to joining REDW and the private sector.

    Currently, Kimberly is on the Board of Directors of New Mexico Bio, a Trustee on the UNM Foundation Board and an advisor for the TVC Equity Symposium. Kimberly has previously served as KPMG/Andersen Liaison for the Association of Bio Science Financial Officers and was a member of BIOCOM/San Diego.

  • steve-petranovichSteve A. Petranovich

    Gallup (2007-2015)

    Steve A. Petranovich is a certified public accountant and owns his own firm in Gallup, NM. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from the University of New Mexico and his master’s degree in business administration from the Robert O. Anderson School in 1978. He has been a CPA since 1983. His wife, Marilee, is also a UNM alumna and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1984. She was a Presidential Scholar, a member of the Mortar Board Society and served on the Alumni Association’s Albuquerque Chapter Board. She works at the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

    They have three children who are all currently attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

  • Nancy Ridenour

    Dean, College of Nursing
    Albuquerque (2013-2015)

  • kurt-rothKurt L. Roth

    New York, NY (2012-2016)

    Kurt L. Roth is a partner in Dickler & Roth, LLP a New York City law firm specializing in residential real estate transactions and litigation. He has been in practice for 26 years, has been licensed in New Mexico for 15 years, and is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association as well as the New Mexico Bar Association. He received his BA in Political Science from UNM in 1977 and his JD from New York Law School in 1984. He belongs to the Lobo Club, the Sixth Man Club, and the Tom L. Popejoy Society.

  • Randy Royster

    Albuquerque (2013-2015)

  • anne-yeggeAnne Yegge

    Albuquerque (2002-2014)

    Anne Yegge retired from the City of Albuquerque as director of community services after serving in several other positions in state and local government, including budget director for the city. After retiring she worked as a consultant to government and education and worked in municipal bond underwriting. Ms. Yegge has served on a number of national and local boards and commissions. Current affiliations include Family Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, and the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNM and completed the State and Local program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Yegge is a recipient of the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. She and her husband, Vince are members of the Popejoy Society and charter members of the President’s Club.

  • orcilia-zuniga-forbesOrcilia Zuniga Forbes, Ph.D.

    Portland, Ore. (2008-2016)

    Dr. Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes previously held the position of vice president of university advancement for Oregon State University and has also held a number of administrative positions at Portland State University and the University of New Mexico. Dr. Forbes is also a trustee for the Meyer Memorial Trust and the JELD-WEN Tradition Foundation. She serves on other community boards and organizations. She earned a doctorate in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in public health from the University of California-Berkeley, a master’s degree in nursing from the University Of Oregon School Of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Forbes, a widow, was married to Richard Bryan Forbes, and has two children: Eryn Forbes, who is married to Hal Fay, and Bryan Forbes who is married to Colleen.

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