Our Commissioners

Governor Susana Martinez recently appointed several Commissioners to the NMCCV. The Commissioners represent different communities throughout New Mexico.

Thank you Governor Martinez!


Erin Atkins

Alamogordo, NM

An Associate Attorney since 2009 at The Law Office of S. Bert Atkins Attorney at Law. Working in areas of criminal defense; divorces and custody, child support, domestic violence hearings, guardian ad litem: CYFD Abuse and Neglect Hearings, termination of parental rights trials, contracts and wills. Working as a Currier and Paralegal Assistant for Rothstein, Donatelli, Dahlstrom, Hughes, Schoenburg, & Bienvenu, LLP, specializing in Criminal Defense and Civil Rights. Ms. Atkins also spent time as a Behavior Specialist with Adolescents at Desert Hills Center for Youth.


Patricia L. Chavez

Albuquerque, NM

Patricia L. Chavez, a native New Mexico business woman is owner of PLC Enterprises. Her specialties include: Corporate & Community Relations, Government & Legislative Relations, Youth Programs Advocacy, and Leadership, Training & Development.

She graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque; earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Clara in California and her Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management.

Her previous extensive and notable employment history includes high level positions with: HUD in DC, United States Forest Service and Department of Navy, in San Francisco; Department of Commerce in DC and the University of New Mexico. She was the Statewide Director of New Mexico’s MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) pre-college program (1987-94) and gained national recognition for NM MESA during her tenure. She also moved NM MESA’s deficit funding in 1987 to almost 1.5 million in 1994 while establishing statewide expansion with the program’s first matching legislative allocation.

She recently served on the Governor’s Economic Development Partnership Board and is now serving on the current Governor’s NM Commission for Community Volunteerism.

Patricia has received numerous awards in New Mexico. Among them, just to name a few: 2006 - The Small Business Administration - Outstanding NM State & Regional Home Based Business Awards; 2010 - NM Business Weekly, Women of Influence Award; and 2012 – Hispanic Roundtable Legislative Celebration – First Annual Dolores Huerta Award.


Bernadine Dallago

Las Cruces, NM

Bernadine Dallago was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. In 1995 she moved to Las Cruces with husband Michael and their three children Monica, Dona and Mark and have called it home ever since. Michael and Bernadine are now proud grandparents of their 4 year old grandson Noah.

When moving to Las Cruces Bernadine continued to volunteer for the Girl Scouts through the Rio Grande Girl Scout Council and then later went to work with the agency as the Membership & Marketing Manager. This was the launch of her non-profit career. Her non-profit work has included; Campaign Director, Interim President/CEO of United Way of SNM, The Salvation Army and SANE Coordinator of La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Service of SNM.

While working at La Piñon Bernadine collaboratively worked along with Executive Director, Donna Richmond to begin the development of the Child Crisis Center of SNM. The Child Crisis Center provides shelter care to children whose families are in crisis in order to protect children from child abuse and neglect.

Bernadine is the Immediate Past President of the Las Cruces Rotary Club and Southwest District Kiwanis Lt. Governor and member of Embroidery Guild of America.

Alice Garza

Alice Garza

Albuquerque, NM

PRESIDENT LEADING EDGE VOICE & DATA COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Alice handles repairing or replace faulty equipment such as defective and damaged telephones, wires, switching system components, and associated equipment. Testing repaired, newly installed, or updated equipment to ensure that it functions properly and conforms to specifications, using test equipment and observation. Assembles and installs communication equipment such as data and telephone communication lines, wiring, switching equipment, wiring frames, power apparatus, computer systems, and networks. Tests connections to ensure that power supplies are adequate and that communications links function. Manages office including, Marketing, Scheduling, Billing, Invoicing and Accounting. She is a member of Albuquerque Professional BusinessWomen (APBW), a committee member APBW Scholarship Fund, and a member Albuquerque Economic. Development/Ambassador


Elaine Graff

Albuquerque, NM

Elaine Graff is an experienced video producer, writer, director, and editor. She holds a BAA from Central Michigan University and a MA from Webster University. Working for Owens Illinois and Exxon Company, USA, has given her experience in the corporate communications world. Her non-profit experience has been with The Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod serving as AV manager and Staff producer. Currently she works as a free-lance video producer for non-profit church organizations.

Elaine is the Chairman of the Board for Concordia Publishing House, the non-profit publishing house for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. CPH was the 2011 award recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige for excellence in business practices. Her other responsibilities include serving on the LCMS President’s special task force for reorganization of districts within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

She is active as a volunteer in her church helping run a free Moms Day out program for 2-3 year olds.

She is married to Rev. Warren Graff and has one son, Nathan.


Jim Grantner

Carlsbad, NM

Jim was born in Chicago Ill but has been a resident of Carlsbad NM for 37 years. He worked for the City of Carlsbad and after 25years of service retired at the age of 45. After retirement Jim went to work volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations throughout the community. These same organizations then asked Jim to serve on their executive boards which he currently does to this day. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council and also at one point in time served as the Mayor’s Community liaison. Some of Jim’s past awards include “Best Community Volunteer in 2004”, “Carlsbad Unsung Hero in 2006 and 2010” and the “Carlsbad Character Counts award” in 2011. Jim continues to stay active in his community volunteering wherever needed. He is currently married to Patsy (Hernandez) Grantner from Carlsbad, NM and has two grown children, Tonia & Michelle and last but not least their two grandchildren Isaiah & Madison.


Nancy Hughes

Albuquerque, NM

Nancy Wagner (Hughes) was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She met and married Herb Hughes at Florida State University where Herb was earning his PhD in Psychology.

After completing their degrees, Nancy and Herb moved to Greeley, Colorado, where Herb taught at the University of Northern Colorado. Daughter Katherine and son Bryn were born in Greeley. In 1966, the couple moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Herb worked for Governor Cargo and in 1968 they moved to Albuquerque where they have lived ever since.

Nancy has 25 years of experience in education, including as a School Psychologist and later a Special Education teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools. She is active in PEO, Chi Omega alumni Chapter and the Presbyterian Church. She volunteers through her church with the homeless shelter and other social service projects. She has experience with special events planning, fundraising, and budgeting as well as political and community organizing.

Her hobbies include reading, tennis, aerobics, and travel. She has three grandchildren, one in Albuquerque and two in Brisbane, Australia. She is an avid UNM Lobo Fan and enjoys sports and hiking. Nancy appreciates being able to serve on this Commission as she believes in the value of community volunteerism and feels that the work of the Commission is an important contribution to our society.


Loretta Chavez Johnson

Albuquerque, NM

Loretta is a native New Mexican, was raised in Espanola, and assisted New Mexico communities her entire career. Her focus has been helping at-risk children and is looking forward to using this experience toward the NMCCV goals and initiatives.

Ms. Johnson worked in the Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice fields for 35 years in various positions ranging from Probation Officer, Chief Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer, Region Manager, Deputy Director, Director, Deputy Warden and Consultant. Ms. Johnson is married and has 4 children. She is currently also serving as Chair of the New Mexico Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and Chair of the Scout Diversion District Board. She is presently a Juvenile Justice Consultant.


Matthew Montoya

Albuquerque, NM

Matthew Montoya is a senior at the University of New Mexico where he is studying Political Science and Criminology and after graduating he hopes to attend law school. Matt is in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where he serves as the new member educator and he is also the president of the Men's Lacrosse team. On top of his extra-ciruculars, Matt is the Executive Director of ASUNM Community Experience at the university where he puts on community service events for the undergraduate lobos.


Frances Ray

Albuquerque, NM

Having retired from New Mexico Workforce Solutions in 1999, Frances now enjoys her time here in New Mexico volunteering and spending time with her four children, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grand children.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Ray has worked with and volunteered with Las Amiga’s de Nuevo Mexico, (IAWP) International Association Workforce Personal, Hubbell House Alliance, New Mexico Job Service Employer Council, New Mexico Commission on Community Volunteerism, Ascension Catholic Church, AFSCME, Keep NM Beautiful Board, New Mexico Governors Career Development Conference, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Women’s Council, PTA and Little League.

Some of the awards Mrs. Ray has received for her tireless work are 975 National PTA Award, 1989 AFL-CIO Louise B. Olguin Award for Dedicated Service in the Labor Movement, 1996 NM Chapter IAWP Award, 1999 New Mexico State Job Services Employers Council Award, and 2004 MANA Annual Brindis Award.


Jennifer Riordan

Albuquerque, NM

Jennifer Riordan currently holds the position of Director for Community and Media Relations at Wells Fargo New Mexico. She has been in this position since November 2008.

Riordan is responsible for public relations, internal communications, community involvement and supporting local non-profits though the company’s generous corporate giving program of nearly $1 million. Riordan manages Wells Fargo employee volunteer service to non-profits in New Mexico by nearly 1,800 employees in addition to representing the company on various boards in the community. Riordan plans and directs development and communication of information designed to keep the public and staff informed of Wells Fargo’s accomplishments and points of view. She serves as media spokesperson for Wells Fargo in New Mexico and oversees the annual United Way Community Support Campaign for the state.


Vicki S. Rogers

La Luz, NM

Vicki Rogers lives in La Luz, New Mexico where she and her husband, Mike, enjoy retirement. Rogers has served as Executive Director of the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts. The Flickinger Center is a non-profit organization and serves the communities in Southern New Mexico. Rogers is retired from the Alamogordo Public Schools and upon retirement filled a life-long dream of attending Auctioneer School in St. Louis, Missouri and was able to participate in several auctions while filling her bucket list. She presently serves on the State Auxiliary Board and is a member of the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Rogers is a champion of the underdog and has always been involved with organized service or selective, She.artended Rexburg Junior College in Rexburg, Idaho. The highlight of her life is and always has been her family. Rogers and her husband are the parents of four children and 15 grandchildren.

Robert Wallace

Bobby Wallace

Albuquerque, NM

Born in Liberty, Texas, Bobby Wallace, with his family moved to New Mexico in 1965. At the age of six, due to circumstances beyond his control, Bobby and his older brother went to live at the New Mexico Boys Ranch (The Ranches). The Ranches is a non-profit organization that provides a haven for children in need. Bobby lived at there until he graduated high school.

Bobby attended college where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Organizational Management. He worked in the banking and financial services industry until 1999. Because of his desire to help children with similar backgrounds as his, Bobby had the opportunity to return to The Ranches as Vice President for Operations. Since that time, he has assumed the role of President for the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, Inc.

Bobby is a member of the Albuquerque Del Sol Rotary Club, has sat on numerous committees and held a number of Rotary positions. He is currently serving as the District Governor for seventy-one Rotary Clubs throughout New Mexico and West Texas.

He is married to Michele Wallace and they have two beautiful daughters.

Deborah Hartz - Albuquerque, NM (biography & photo forthcoming)

Melinda Webster, Designee - Hannah Skandera, Cabinet Secretary - (biography & photo forthcoming)