Meet Our Board


Mark Armijo is the president of Nuestros Valores Charter School Board. He was born in Albuquerque, NM to hard-working parents who instilled in him the importance of education. He grew up in the city’s largely Hispanic South Valley and graduated from Rio Grande High School. He attended the University of New Mexico, California State University at Northridge, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the College of Santa Fe. He worked in the manufacturing field in Albuquerque for more than 17 years, and is currently a Systems Analyst at the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. Mark has served as the Governing Board president of Nuestros Valores Charter School, a small charter school in southwest Albuquerque with a Latino population greater than 95%, since the schools founding in 2000. In 2011, Mark was elected to the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Governing Board representing district 4, which is comprised of the South Valley, Isleta Pueblo, the southwest mesa and the newly developed Mesa Del Sol community on the southeast mesa. CNM serves the greater Albuquerque community and has a student population of close to 30,000. Mark currently lives in the South Valley with his wife Melissa, his daughter Aja, and son Christian. Mark enjoys all sports, especially baseball, camping and fishing, and of course spending time with his family.



Anthoney Carrillo has been a governance board member for over 10 years and is currently the Vice President of the Governance Board of Nuestros Valores Charter School. His current profession is as the Lab Supervisor for the School of Applied Technologies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. He was the first in his family to attend college. He received this Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is a retiree from the Albuquerque Public Schools having served 35 years. His last position there was as Manager of Software Development in the Information Technologies Department. He loves to volunteer and serves the community on 7 committees outside of his 40-hour a week job.

In his spare time he loves to play golf and hope to one day shoot his age. That may mean he need to live to be 100 years old. Although born in Santa Fe, New Mexico as one of 9 children, he makes his home here in Albuquerque and is the family genealogist having created his family’s genealogy with over 1000 members dating back to the 1500’s. He enjoys live theatre performances and continues to be a season ticket holder to the Albuquerque Little Theatre. A little known fact is that while his birth certificate indicates his birth name was spelled Anthony, at the request of this first grade teacher Mrs. Chavez at Stronghurst Elementary School she asked him during Plaster of Paris hand castings to place an “e” in Anthoney and like the ever obedient little student he changed it to Anthoney. It has stuck ever since. Thank you Mrs. C.



Charlotte Alderete –Trujillo is the Executive Director and a Co-Founder of South Valley Preparatory School, a state charter middle school who’s mission is to provide a small, safe and unique family learning community where students are prepared for high school and beyond.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from New Mexico State University, her Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico and her Administrative Licensure credentials from the College of Santa Fe. She has been an Educator for just over 24 years and lives in the community she serves.

Nate Tapia, Board Member

Nate Tapia has been a board member of Nuestros Valores Charter School for 5 years.  He is currently serving as Director of the Barry Glass Educational Foundation, the fundraising arm for Nuestros Valores Charter School.  He was born in Albuquerque, graduated from Sandia High School in 1989 and attended the University of New Mexico.   He has owned and operated several businesses in the Albuquerque area and is currently a salesman for Stixon Labels and New Mexico Plastics and runs a construction business.  He lives in Midtown Albuquerque with his 4 children (Bobby 16, Jude 14, Abila 11, and Olivia 2) and wife Cristina.


My name is Jacob A. Gomez, active member of the Nuestros Valores Charter High School.  A school board member plays an integral role in educational services, policy development, and school system administration.  I understand the importance of this community service.  I am a native New Mexican, born and raised in Silver City.  I have lived in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area since 1986.  Following graduation from Cibola High School, I earned by Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 1995.  Since then I have complied over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice field, which includes staff development, client supervision and rehabilitation, and program coordination.  I am currently a United States Probation Officer with the United States District Court.

Abby Herrera, Board Member

Abby Herrera is a newly-elected board member for Nuestros Valores Charter School. She has been employed with the State of New Mexico for the past 14 years. As a union steward, she represents classified State employees when they need to file a grievance. She attended Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque where she majored in accounting. She has worked since she was a freshman in high school (many years back). She is determined to instill the same work ethic and morals to her children as she is a single mother of four.  Even though her last 2 children have not been easy she is very thankful that her children respect the fact that all she wants for them is to get a good education and succeed in life.

Chris Sanchez – Treasurer/Secretary, Board Member 


Chris Sanchez - Board Member

I was born and raised in Bernalillo County. I graduated from Rio Grande High School in 1987 and attempted the college life at the University of New Mexico without success.  In 1991 I joined the United States Army. I was deployed to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.  In 1996 I received an Honorable Discharge for my service to the US Department of Defense.  In 1996 I enrolled at New Mexico State University where I earned a BA in Finance in 1998.  I married in 1999 and returned back to Albuquerque where I took a position at Bank of America where a gained valuable experience in investing and debt management.  In 2004, I saw an opportunity to start a business in the construction industry and had success promoting my business Desert Sun Enterprises Inc. 2008 began a difficult time in the Construction sector.  Determined not to lose everything I took an entry level accounting position at Bernalillo County.  I have been with the Treasurer’s Office at Bernalillo County for 7 years now.  My current position is Accounting Manager.


Melissa was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a lifelong resident of the South Valley. She has been a leader in the community since the late 1990’s below are the organizations she has been and is currently involved with:


  • South Valley Soccer Club, Albuquerque, NM, Served as Treasurer, Secretary/Registrar and Coach/Manager New Mexico LULAC, Served as Deputy Director
  • Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund, Served as Scholarship Chair
  • Las Mujeres, Inc., Served as President, Vice President, and Secretary
  • UNM Staff Council, Served as Grade 10 Staff Councilor
  • CNM Governing Board, Served as a Capital Outlay Committee member and Chair of the Audit Committee


  • Armijo Family Scholarship Fund, Serving as Vice President
  • TCAC Board – Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, Customer Service Advisory Board, Serving as Board Member
  • Nuestros Valores Charter High School, Serving as Board Member
  • UNM Staff Council Student Success Committee, Serving as Co-Chair
  • Hubbell House Alliance, Served as Secretary, Treasurer and currently serving as Board Chair

Melissa’s late husband was a co-founder and the Governing Board President of Nuestros Valores Charter High School, they have 2 children, Aja and Christian. Christian is a senior in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and Aja completed her Master’s degree at UNM’s department of Speech & Hearing Sciences in May 2017.