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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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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.

Pauline Garcia, Chair NMEAF Board

Pauline Garcia

Chair
Term: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
Dan Salzwedel

Dr. Dan Salzwedel

Vice Chair
Term: 2014-2018
Director, S and S Enterprises
Eileen Givler

Eileen Givler

Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2015-2019
VP, Cash Management, Bank of the West

Gavin Gillette  

Term: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union

Tim Eichenberg

New Mexico State Treasurer

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Executive Officers

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.

Lucas Covington

Assistant Vice President, Information Technology

Lucas Covington has been with NMEAF since 2012. He provides the overall technical direction, management and leadership for Technology and Information Systems. Lucas has extensive technical expertise and background and previously worked as the Director of Technology & Information Services for the Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. He has a MA in Computer Information Resource management from Webster University and a BA from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
 

Reginald 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.

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Board of Directors

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.

Pauline Garcia, Chair NMEAF Board

Pauline Garcia

Chair
Term: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
Dan Salzwedel

Dr. Dan Salzwedel

Vice Chair
Term: 2014-2018
Director, S and S Enterprises
Eileen Givler

Eileen Givler

Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2015-2019
VP, Cash Management, Bank of the West

Gavin Gillette  

Term: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union

Tim Eichenberg

New Mexico State Treasurer

Executive Officers

Executive Officers

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.

Lucas Covington

Assistant Vice President, Information Technology

Lucas Covington has been with NMEAF since 2012. He provides the overall technical direction, management and leadership for Technology and Information Systems. Lucas has extensive technical expertise and background and previously worked as the Director of Technology & Information Services for the Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. He has a MA in Computer Information Resource management from Webster University and a BA from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
 

Reginald 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.

Board Policies

NMEAF Board Policies


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

Board Agendas & Minutes