During a special session at the Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque, The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board elected a new chair and vice chair.
Carlos Valdez will chair the board with Manuel Pacheco serving as vice chair. Their one-year terms begin in October.
NNMCAB does not elect a secretary or treasurer. Those functions are handled by Executive Director Menice Santistevan and her staff.
Valdez has served as vice chair for the past year, with Ralph Phelps serving as chair. Valdez is half way through his four-year term on the board.
Unlike many members who represent specific counties or cities, Valdez is unaffiliated.
“I’m representing the children of Northern New Mexico, the wildlife of Northern New Mexico,” Valdez said. His focus echoes his years working for the State of New Mexico in the Children, Youth and Families Department, with his final three years before retirement spent with the Game and Fish Department.
Valdez believes that being retired is a definite benefit in handling the demands of the chair position. When asked what his other strengths were, he included being a native of Northern New Mexico, his experience attending national Citizen’s