Board of Directors
& Advisory Council

NM-NEW Board of Directors

Paula Getz


Paula has over 38 years in the computer services industry, trained in project and risk management with Six Sigma and ITIL process certification. She has passionately served as one of the leaders of OPEN (Oracle’s global LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group). She serves on the board of several organizations in Albuquerque, where she lives with her wife and 2 dogs.

Larry Alei

President of the Board

Larry Alei recently retired from the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (NMAG) where he served as Operations Manager and Director of the Encore Fellowship Program. Before joining NMAG, Larry served as Interim Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Encore Fellowship Program Director, at the United Way of Central New Mexico. Prior to that, he held a variety of business and management positions at Intel Corp. for 26 years.

Larry has a long track record of community service, including stints on the UNM Anderson Schools’ foundation board and on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of New Mexico. He has also served as a governor’s appointee on the State of New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative, and as president of his church’s board of directors.

Larry is a father of two who enjoys the outdoors. He is also an A/V professional who provides services for concerts, fundraisers, weddings, and other events.

Jesus Ontiveros

Treasurer of the Board

Jesus Ontiveros recently retired as a Senior Manager of Division Business Operations at Sandia National Laboratories after 20+ years, 17 of those in Leadership roles and the last 6 as Senior Manager. Prior to joining Sandia, Jesus worked for several large companies including Siemens, Bank of America, Motorola and Honeywell.

Jesus holds a BBA from UNM and a MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He as served and continues to serve on several Boards in New Mexico.

Jesus is a first generation American, married for almost 45 years and the proud father of four and grandfather of six.

Pam Hurd-Knief

Member of the Board

Pam, a native of Central Pennsylvania (PA), moved to Albuquerque in 1993. In PA she was employed as a senior policy director for the PA Department of Welfare (17 years), as the founding Executive Director for the Kellogg Foundation-funded Council for Public Education, and as a contracted grant maker for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the HJ Heinz Foundation through the PA Council on Community Foundations.  Following her move to New Mexico, Pam served as the first Director of Development for both the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera and later the Adelante Development Center.

From 1998 to 2017, Pam was a member of University of New Mexico (UNM) fundraising team as a frontline fundraiser, Director of Major Gifts and Associate Vice President for Development. Following her retirement from UNM, she served as the part time Planned Giving Associate for: the American Society of Radtiation Technologists, the MIND Resource Network (MIND Institute) and WESST. 

She holds a BS in economics from Juniata College, an MSW from Penn State University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She was a W. K. Kellogg Leadership Fellow. Pam is one of 6,000 professional fundraisers to hold the Certified Fundraiser Certificate (CFRE). Pam has authored over 30 articles and white papers on a wide range of philanthropic and fundraising topics. Since her 1993 move to New Mexico, Pam has served on 20+ non-profit Boards in New Mexico.

Pam was named the New Mexico Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2007, a New Mexico Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2009, a YWCA Woman on the Move in 2011 and a recipient of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation Wertheim Award in 2021.

NM-NEW Advisory Council 

Dale Dekker
Dekker Perich & Sabatini Architects

Vanessa Hawker 
Deputy Director of Legislative Education Study Committee

Stuart Rose
Entrepreneur and Founder of The Enhance Fund, 
FatPipe, and The BioScience Center

Alexis Kerschner Tappan
2540 Group

DeAnza Valencia

Associate State Director of Advocacy, AARP NM

Tim Nisly

Real Estate Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator

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