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2017-2018 CCPS Governing Council

Darrell Garcia, President                            
As a life-long resident of Albuquerque, Darrell understands New Mexico and its unique culture. Darrell Graduated from La Cueva High School and received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Colorado State University.  Upon returning to New Mexico, he pursued graduate work at the University of New Mexico where he has subsequently earned an M.A. in Elementary Education and an M.B.A in Policy and Planning with an emphasis in Strategic Planning and Leadership.  As a founding instructor at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School he wore numerous hats as he served as the Health Sciences Chair and later became the school’s first Athletic and Activities Director.  Darrell currently works at the University of New Mexico where he serves as the Senior Alumni Relations Officer at the Anderson School of Management.  In this position, he works to support the school’s mission by creating engagement opportunities for alumni and increasing philanthropic support for the school.  Darrell’s strong understanding of CCPS, its culture, and the strategic planning process will help continue to move the school forward. 
Jay Mortensen, Vice-President

Nick Williams, Treasurer

Nick Williams was selected as a Governing Council member for Cottonwood Classical in the summer of 2015. He is the Finance Director at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Previous to his role at the Foundation, Nick was an audit manager with KPMG LLP focusing on state and local government clients and higher education. Nick received his B.A. in the Social Sciences from Portland State University in 2006 and a certificate in accounting from Portland State University in 2010. In addition, Nick received his CPA license in 2012. Nick grew up in Raton and moved to Albuquerque in 2010 to begin his accounting career. Before his current career, Nick was involved in organic farming and remains passionate about sustainable agriculture and environmental issues. Nick and his wife, Kate, have two young children and are passionate about supporting education in Albuquerque. Nick is excited for the opportunity to serve on the Governing Council.



Kyle Jones, Member    

Kyle Jones is a research staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories working in the field of infrasound geophysics for treaty verification and nuclear explosion monitoring. He received his B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2009) in Geophysics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM. Kyle is a native to New Mexico, growing up in Alamogordo, attending college in Socorro and eventually moving to Albuquerque to work for Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia Kyle did contract work for Los Alamos National Laboratory while substitute teaching high school at Socorro High. Although Kyle and his wife have no children of their own, he believes passionately in education and giving back to the community.  Kyle brings a strong technical background in math and science to the board and looks forward to serving the staff, faculty and students of Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School.

Lisa Marbury, Member    
Lisa has been with the University of New Mexico for the past 11 years and is currently the Executive Director for the Vice President of Institutional Support Services. She directly manages Parking & Transportation Services, Office of Planning, Design, & Construction, and the UNM Faculty & Staff Club. She also has indirect oversight of the Physical Plant Department.  In her role she has coordinated organization wide strategic and fiscal and budgetary planning and policy/procedure development and oversees human resources development and management, and information technology issues.  Lisa brings a strong background in facility usage and development, facility master planning, and strategic planning to the CCPS GC.    

Louis Papponi, PAC Representative

Louis is one of the parent members of Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School’s Governing Council.  He and his wife Brenda have three sons and have been part of the Cottonwood family since 2011. Louis works at Sandia National Laboratories in the areas of Business and Organizational Development and has more than a decade of experience in higher education.  Louis currently holds an adjunct faculty position with Lewis University where he teaches undergraduate, graduate, and online courses in Human Resources, Business and Organizational Leadership and Development. Louis has also served as board president and been an active member of several private school organizations.


Ken Gant, PTA Representative
Clifford Jake, Secretary
Lisa Wallhagen, Faculty Representative


Meetings are open to the public and are held on the Jefferson Campus located at 7801 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109 at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.  Minutes of meetings are available for review 10 days after the meeting has taken place.  Meeting minutes are kept both electronically and in a binder in the administrative offices at the Jefferson campus.
2017-2018 Meeting Agendas & Minutes
August 15, 2017
August 28, 2017 - Staff Forum CCPS Cafeteria - No GC business will be discussed
September 11, 2017 - Community Forum CCPS Cafeteria - No GC business will be discussed
September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017 - Moved to October 25, 2017
November 21, 2017
December 19, 2017
January 16, 2018
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 17, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018
July 17, 2018