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The New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation is led by a seasoned team of experts in their fields who are passionate about serving New Mexico’s students and families.

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Board of Directors


Some of the best financial and educational professionals in New Mexico serve on our volunteer board of directors to help guide NMEAF’s mission and future vision.

Dan Salzwedel

Dr. Dan Salzwedel

Chair
Term: 2018-2022
Director, S and S Enterprises

Gavin Gillette 

Vice Chair
Term: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union
 
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Alexander Heubeck

Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2019-2023
Senior Relationship Manager, AVP, Bank of the West
 

Pauline Garcia

Term: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
 

Tim Eichenberg

New Mexico State Treasurer

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Executive Officers & Leadership Team

Michael Nemelka

Michael Nemelka

President, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Nemelka has served NMEAF since 2013. He previously served as the Associate Executive Director, Guarantor Services for the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. Michael has extensive background and experience in student loans and receivables management companies. He has his BA from the University of Utah.
Brad Allpass

Brad Allpass

Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer

Brad Allpass joined NMEAF in 1999 as the Director of Internal Audit. He’s served as the CFO since 2004 and has stewarded the organization through many changes. He is a CPA and has a BBA and MBA from the University of New Mexico.
Grace Tackman

Grace Tackman

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Grace Tackman has been with NMEAF since 2011. She supervises the Human Resources, Facilities and Imaging departments. Grace has a background in Human Resources Management and was previously at Heads Up Landscape Contractors. She has a BA from Southwestern University.

 

Reginald Storment PhotoReginald Storment

General Counsel
Reginald Storment has served as NMEAF's General Counsel since 1998. He serves as a member of the National Council of Higher Education Resources legal committee and serves on the board of directors for Data Com Industries. He has a Juris Doctor degree from UNM Law School.


Estevan Martinez

Assistant Vice President, Information Technology
Estevan Martinez has been with NMEAF since 2017.  Prior to joining NMEAF, he worked for a leading Managed Service Security Provider in New Mexico.  Estevan is an information security leader with proven expertise in risk management initiatives while establishing and enhancing key information security objectives to maximize security and productivity.

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NMEAF Board Policies


Learn more about the policies for our board of directors, executive officers and staff:

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Board Agendas & Minutes


Board Agendas
The New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Annual Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the Foundation’s offices at 7400 Tiburon NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. A copy of the agenda will be available here on this page at www.nmeaf.org.   If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of any form of auxiliary aid, service, or special assistance, please contact Patricia Sierra at (505) 761-2012 before the meeting.
Board Meeting Minutes

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The New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation is led by a seasoned team of experts in their fields who are passionate about serving New Mexico’s students and families.
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Board of Directors


Some of the best financial and educational professionals in New Mexico serve on our volunteer board of directors to help guide NMEAF’s mission and future vision.

Dan Salzwedel

Dr. Dan Salzwedel

Chair
Term: 2018-2022
Director, S and S Enterprises

Gavin Gillette 

Vice Chair
Term: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union
 
Alexander Heubeck photo

Alexander Heubeck

Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2019-2023
Senior Relationship Manager, AVP, Bank of the West
 

Pauline Garcia

Term: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
 

Tim Eichenberg

New Mexico State Treasurer

Executive Officers

Executive Officers & Leadership Team

Michael Nemelka

Michael Nemelka

President, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Nemelka has served NMEAF since 2013. He previously served as the Associate Executive Director, Guarantor Services for the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. Michael has extensive background and experience in student loans and receivables management companies. He has his BA from the University of Utah.
Brad Allpass

Brad Allpass

Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer

Brad Allpass joined NMEAF in 1999 as the Director of Internal Audit. He’s served as the CFO since 2004 and has stewarded the organization through many changes. He is a CPA and has a BBA and MBA from the University of New Mexico.
Grace Tackman

Grace Tackman

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Grace Tackman has been with NMEAF since 2011. She supervises the Human Resources, Facilities and Imaging departments. Grace has a background in Human Resources Management and was previously at Heads Up Landscape Contractors. She has a BA from Southwestern University.

 

Reginald Storment PhotoReginald Storment

General Counsel
Reginald Storment has served as NMEAF's General Counsel since 1998. He serves as a member of the National Council of Higher Education Resources legal committee and serves on the board of directors for Data Com Industries. He has a Juris Doctor degree from UNM Law School.


Estevan Martinez

Assistant Vice President, Information Technology
Estevan Martinez has been with NMEAF since 2017.  Prior to joining NMEAF, he worked for a leading Managed Service Security Provider in New Mexico.  Estevan is an information security leader with proven expertise in risk management initiatives while establishing and enhancing key information security objectives to maximize security and productivity.

Board Policies

NMEAF Board Policies


Learn more about the policies for our board of directors, executive officers and staff:

Board Agendas & Minutes

Board Agendas & Minutes


Board Agendas
The New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Annual Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the Foundation’s offices at 7400 Tiburon NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. A copy of the agenda will be available here on this page at www.nmeaf.org.   If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of any form of auxiliary aid, service, or special assistance, please contact Patricia Sierra at (505) 761-2012 before the meeting.
Board Meeting Minutes