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Interested in Joining the New Mexico Council's Board of Directors?  

The New Mexico Humanities Council accepts nominations for the Board of Directors year-round. The Board is made up of members who share a strong interest in the humanities and a commitment to enhancing the cultural and civic life of the state. We seek leaders with strong knowledge of the cultural nonprofit sector in New Mexico and a commitment to our mission who represent diverse educational backgrounds, geographical, racial, ethnic, occupational, and generational constituencies.  At this time we are particularly seeking board members with skills in human resources, finance and fundraising.

The board sets policy, determines NMHC’s goals and objectives both
operational and programmatic, evaluates grant applications, and fundraises.  Each board
member serves a three-year, renewable term. To ensure continuity, terms are staggered so a portion of its
members are replaced each year.  All service is voluntary but compensation will be given for travel and lodging associated with NMHC board meetings.

Interested candidates must:
- Have an understanding of and passion for the public humanities

Commit to serve a 3-year term

Board members should attend meetings regularly
Board members should contribute financially
 grant awards and serve on committees as appointed
Attend NMHC-funded programs
Contribute to
 program development, review and approve NMHC policy and procedures

If you are interested in nominating yourself and/or someone else please send a resume no longer than 3 pages in addition to a letter of interest expressing reasons why you would like to serve on the New Mexico Humanities Council Board.  Please send resume and letter to our physical address made to the "Attn" of the Executive Director, Brandon Johnson.

Board of Directors


Board Chair

Miriam Langer

Albuquerque, NM 


Board Vice Chair

Fabian E. Sisneros 

Albuquerque, NM

(1/2022 – 12/2025)


Board Secretary

Maresa Thompson

Albuquerque, NM 

(1/2022 – 12/2024)

Board Treasurer

Elva Osterreich

Las Cruces, NM

(1/2020 – 12/2025)



Carmen Nocentelli

Albuquerque, NM

(4/2020 - 12/2025)


Jeff Pappas ✪

Santa Fe, NM 

(4/2020 – 12/2025)


Deirdre Ewing

Roswell, NM

(1/2022 - 12/2024)


Elizabeth Holmes

Albuquerque, NM

(1/2020 – 12/2025)


Ethan Ortega

Santa Fe, NM

(1/2022 - 12/2024)


Glenn Fetzer, PhD.

Las Cruces, NM

(1/2019 – 12/2024)


JoAnn Melchor

Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

(1/2020 – 12/2025)


Jonatha Kottler

Albuquerque, NM

(1/2022 - 12/2024)


Sharon Niederman

Raton, NM

(1/2022 - 12/2025)


Sommer Smith

Albuquerque, NM

(1/2022 - 12/2024)


David Geary, PhD.

Tijeras, NM



Myrriah Gómez

Los Lunas, NM



Chelsea Jones 

Socorro, NM

(06/2023 – 12/2026)


Regina Bouley Sweeten

Portales, NM

(06/2023 – 12/2026)



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