New member bios…
John Brown, president and Chief Executive Officer, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, Albuquerque (’72 BBA)
Brown is currently the resident and Chief Executive Officer of Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, a manufacturer of solar electric unmanned aerial systems. Silent Falcon’s major markets are the international commercial and civil markets as well as the international defense and security markets. Previously, Brown served on the UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation Board for 10 years, where he served as chair. He is the current chair of Leadership New Mexico. Previously Brown worked a variety of positions on the east coast after graduation including vice president for private placements at Philadelphia Capital Advisors (1981), and from 1983 through 1993, Brown was founder and partner in Philadelphia First Group (1983-93), a private equity and corporate finance advisory firm. He returned to New Mexico in 2003 and took a position as the first director of Invest New Mexico, part of the state’s Economic Development Department. After a year, he became a partner in Sandia Capital, and in 2008, Chief Financial Officer of Bye Energy.
Veronica Garcia, executive director, New Mexico Voices for Children, Albuq. (BA ’74, MA ’80 and Ed.D. ’03)
Garcia is currently the Executive Director for New Mexico Voices for Children which conducts research-based advocacy and champions public policies that improve the status and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities in the areas of health, education, and economic security. She also serves on the governing boards for Law Access N.M. and the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation as well as the UNM’s College of Education Dean’s Circle of Friends, and UNM’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Advisory Council. Previously, Garcia served as senior vice president and chief academic officer for Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico, executive director of the NM Coalition of School Administrators, and superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools. A published author, Garcia is a recipient of numerous awards and recognition including: New Mexico Superintendent of the Year, inducted to the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators Educational Leaders Hall of Fame, received the Life Time Achievement Award in Education from Hispanic Magazine and the National Governors Association Award for Excellence in State Government.
Julia Gilroy, founding member & president, UNM Honors College Alumni Chapter, Seattle, Wash. (BA ’04 and MA ’06)
Prior to moving to Seattle, Gilroy worked for Senator Pete V. Domenici (retired), on economic development opportunities in New Mexico and worked as a management consultant for a Connecticut based hedge fund. A founding member and president of the UNM Honors College Alumni Chapter, Gilroy was a Fulbright Scholar (2006-07) and previously worked at Rothschild in Mexico City, Mexico, where she helped create an economic development initiative that facilitated the export business of artisans from Mexico. She also worked with the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to help develop an export training program.
Leslie Hoffman, founder & president, LEH Consulting Group, LLC, Albuq. (BA ’99, MBA ’09)
Hoffman is the founder & president of LEH Consulting Group, LLC, a firm that serves a national clientele of public, private, and nonprofit organizations, specializing in business strategy and management consulting. Hoffman also served as a director and a vice president at Acción, the Albuquerque-based nonprofit small business lender. She is also a current part-time professional faculty member at the UNM Anderson School of Management, where she has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level and nonprofit management at the graduate level. Hoffman was recently honored with the 2013 UNM Alumni Association Zia Award, the Anderson School of Management 2011 Young Alumni Award, and by the New Mexico Business Weekly as a 2010 Woman of Influence and was a “Forty Under 40” recipient in 2008.
Judith Nakamura, judge, Second Judicial District Court, Albuq. (BA ’83, JD ’89)
Nakamura is currently a judge in the Second Judicial District Court, a position she was appointed to in 2013, where she presides over criminal cases. Prior to that, she was elected District Court Judge for the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 1998 and served the community for more than 14 years. Nakamura was also elected by her peers to serve four terms as the Court’s Chief Judge. Prior to her election to the Court, she spent most of her legal career in private practice at the law offices of Miller and Stratvert, P.A. Nakamura received her Juris Doctorate from the UNM School of Law in 1998, and served as assistant land commissioner and general counsel at the New Mexico Land Office following her graduation. In 2004, she was honored as Judge of the Year by the Albuquerque Bar Association, and in 2006, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers honored her at its national convention with the President’s Award for Judge of the Year due to her efforts in the establishment of the Enhanced DWI First Offender’s program at the Metropolitan Court. The program has been credited with reducing recidivism. She is also a past-recipient of the UNM Alumni Association’s Zia Award. Nakamura is an avid hot air balloon pilot, and a volunteer member of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Board of Directors.
Michael Padilla, manager, Internal Audit, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Windermere, Fla. (BBA ’03, MBA ’07)
Padilla currently works in Orlando, Fla. as the manager of Internal Audit for the timeshare division of the Fortune 500 Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Previously, Padilla worked for Presbyterian Healthcare Services and REDW in Albuquerque, and is still a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) in the state of New Mexico. He has also volunteered as a mentor for YDI, the UNM Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, and has served on the Albuquerque Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors Board.
Lorii Rabinowitz, chief relationship officer, Rebound Solutions, Denver, Colo. (BS ’94)
Currently the chief relationship officer for Rebound Solutions in Denver, a consulting firm in which she is a partner, Rabinowitz has more than 20 years of experience in communication, strategy, change and community engagement with a diverse portfolio of clients. Previously, she worked for the Networks of 9NEWS, where she was business development manager and sales manager. Rabinowitz is an active community leader and is passionate about her involvement with numerous nonprofit organizations including Project Angel Heart, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and Manchester Bidwell Corporation/National Center for Arts and Technology. Rabinowitz is an active alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma and has served in local, regional, and national volunteer positions for her sorority. She has received the Chamber Champion Award (Denver), Sawaya Values Award (Denver), Denver Business Journal Forty Under Forty and is a graduate of Leadership Denver.
Apollonia Trujillo Gallegos, managing director of Recruitment, Teach for America, Phoenix, Ariz. (BA ’08)
Currently, Gallegos is the managing director of Recruitment for the Four Corners and Pacific Northwest regions. She also serves as a liaison for Teach for All working with Teach for America partner organizations in Europe and Latin America. She also serves as a faculty associate with Arizona State University’s Honors College and on the ASU Employer Advisory Board to Career Services. In 2013, she was promoted to recruitment director; managing all recruitment for Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. She joined TFA staff as a recruitment manager recruiting at ASU and the University of Arizona (2011). Gallegos was accepted into Teach for America (TFA) as a corps member, taught elementary school in Phoenix for two years, and received her ME.d. from ASU (2009). She also studied abroad in Swansea, Wales (2007).