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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.
Dr. Dan Salzwedel
Director, S and S Enterprises
Vice ChairTerm: 2016-2020
SVP-Administration, First Financial Credit Union
VP, Cash Management, Bank of the West
Pauline GarciaTerm: 2017-2021 Board Member, CNM Community College
Tim EichenbergNew Mexico State Treasurer
Executive Officers & Leadership Team
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.
General CounselReginald 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.
Assistant Vice President, Information TechnologyEstevan 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 Agendas & Minutes