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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.
ChairTerm: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
Dr. Dan Salzwedel
Vice ChairTerm: 2014-2018
Director, S and S Enterprises
VP, Cash Management, Bank of the West
Gavin GilletteTerm: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union
Tim EichenbergNew Mexico State Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
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.