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Harold Alan Edmonson, Jr. – President of the Board

Alan Edmonson grew up in Roswell, NM. After graduating from Robert H. Goddard High School, he attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He is currently working on a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.

Alan is the son of Alan Edmonson Sr. who spent 20 years at New Mexico Military Institute as a teacher, football coach, and head track coach. His mother, Bernadette Edmonson, was a music teacher, counselor, and administrator in public education.

Alan has been teaching (history and economics) in New Mexico classrooms (Socorro, Roswell, and Carlsbad) for the past 19 years while also serving as the head baseball coach during this time. He is currently a teacher and head baseball coach at Carlsbad High School. In his role as a teacher, Alan has focused his attention on serving all students. He is passionate about working with and mentoring at-risk and disadvantaged students. Alan has presented at education seminars on classroom management and student motivation. He also developed and led an alternative education program for at-risk middle schoolers in Socorro, NM. Alan has served as a mentor teacher and been a member of several superintendent advisory councils.

As a baseball coach, Alan’s teams have appeared in four state championship games including winning the 2017 NMAA 4A State Baseball Championship. Alan has been the New Mexico High School Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2005 and in 2017. In 2017, he was also selected the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Coach of the year as well as the USA Today New Mexico Coach of the Year.

Alan is passionate about our youth and education. His motto has been “every student- every day.” It is his belief that it’s important to interact with every student every single day on a personal level. Every student leaves his class daily knowing that there is an adult who genuinely cares about them and loves them.

He is a firm believer in community service projects and has passed down that passion to many students and former athletes. Each year his baseball teams commit to several community service projects within the community. These include working with Christmas Anonymous, prostate cancer awareness campaigns, police and military appreciation events, and a nationwide community service challenge. Alan, along with one of his peers, started a nationwide community service project called the RAKE Challenge; which was featured in several national publications.

Alan is married to Mrs. Andrea Edmonson who is the current Principal of Carlsbad Intermediate School. He has four children, Gibo (a sheriff with the with Socorro County Sheriff’s Department), Maddux (a sophomore at Carlsbad High School), Addison (a freshman at Carlsbad High School), and Brooklyn (a 5th grader at Monterrey Elementary).

John Garcia – Vice President of the Board

John Garcia is currently the District Director of the United States Small Business Administration’s for the New Mexico District Office located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was appointed to this position in October 2016. He is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to support business owners in starting and growing their businesses, create jobs and develop local economies through capital, contracting, exporting and counseling initiatives throughout New Mexico. Garcia first-hand knowledge in business and government, with a strong commitment to our Veterans in our local communities brings a unique asset and advocacy for New Mexico small businesses.

Prior to joining the SBA, John Garcia was President and owner of Garcia & Associates, a privately owned consulting company with over 25 years of professional administrative and hands-on experience in the area of inter-governmental relations working closely with the public and private sector at the federal and state level specializing in strategic planning, tactical marketing, and business development with a special emphasis on veteran wellness and stability.

Garcia & Associates, is a service-disable veteran owned company, which consistently demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communicative skills, critical thinking, and strategic reasoning, sound counseling for both the public and private sector leaders in complex matters, providing sound judgment and a business acumen. Garcia consistently demonstrated cultural sensitivity, planning and project management skills with a strong tactical understanding of issues and needs of small business owners, veterans and their families as well as military members with an emphasis in wellness, education, employment and business development

John M. Garcia was appointed by the White House as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2011. Garcia oversaw VA’s Intergovernmental, Tribal Government, International, and Consumer Affairs Programs. He was responsible for developing, managing and coordinating the department–wide intergovernmental and consumer affairs programs, while providing VA senior leadership with strategic advice, guidance and information by fostering partnerships and acting as a liaison between state, local, tribal and international governments.

Prior to joining the VA, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson in January of 2003 as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. In 1991 Garcia was also appointed to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for the administration of New Mexico Governor Bruce King and during the King administration was alao appointed as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

Among his numerous awards, he has most recently been presented with the Profile of Courage Award by the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico. He has received the New Mexico Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year Award by the New Mexico Small Business Administration. He was presented VA’s National Secretary’s Leadership Award and has been honored by the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs for his leadership as President of the organization with the Iron Mike Award. He was recognized with the National Pillar of the Veteran Business Movement Award, and recently was presented with the Veteran Advocate of the Year Award by the Vietnam Veterans of America, New Mexico Chapter. Garcia also is listed among the Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans. He is a graduate of Leadership Albuquerque and was awarded the New Mexico Business Leadership Award by N.M. De Colores, the National Hispanic Leadership Award by the Mexican American Foundation and the International Leadership Award from The American Center.

Garcia has served on numerous boards and commissions and most recently was a member of the National Small Business Administration Veteran Business Advisory Board, the U.S. Association of Veterans in Business, and the White House Task Force on Veteran Business Development. He is also Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.

In 1969 Garcia was drafted into the United States Army and took his Basic and Advance Infantry Training at Fort Ord., California. He served with the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from 1969-1970, and was honorably discharged in 1971.

Garcia is a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico and the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans of America. He served 12 years as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Veterans Service Commission. In 1982 he also served in Washington DC as the National Deputy Director of the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program an initative established by President Ronald Reagan. He was also actively involved with the dedication of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Mr. Garcia attended the University of Albuquerque, Chamber of Commerce Institute at Stanford University and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina.

Maria Christina Montoya – Secretary of the Board

M. Christina Montoya, LMSW, CJSOT, is a 1996 Junior College graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Spanish. She is the mother of two daughters. One is currently a high school cadet at NMMI and the other is a prospective cadet planning to attend for junior college in the fall of 2021.

Ms. Montoya earned a Bachelor of Social Work: Cum Laude and a Master of Social Work with a Concentration in Leadership and Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. She is a licensed social worker, licensed special education teacher, and government relations specialist. Social policy and advocacy at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro) are her greatest passions. She is currently contracted as a school social worker with Santa Fe Public Schools, and has experience as a Behavior Intervention Specialist and teaching English as a Second Language to students with disabilities. She is a Certified Juvenile Sexual Therapist. She is looking forward to completing her certification as a Financial Social Worker and is also working towards attaining an LCSW.

Ms. Montoya has been recognized as a Behavioral Health Champion by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA), serves on the NLBHA board of directors, and has served as chair of the planning committee. She serves on the executive committee as the Vice President for Finance for the National Association of Social Workers: NM Chapter. She also serves on the NM Public Education Secretary’s Family Advisory Committee, NMHU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Behavioral Health Advisory Committee for Desert Forge Foundation, Advisory board for Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention: NM Chapter, and the advisory committee for the documentary film Hispanic America: The Untold Story. She also volunteers her time assisting other worthy organizations.

Dr. Cedric Page – Member

Cedric D. Page received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Syracuse University, and earned a master’s degree (geography) and doctoral degree (geography) from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In June 1995, Dr. Page completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Dr. Page held faculty positions at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs (ROTC Commissioned Officer, USAF), the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. He also served as executive director of the Community Technical Skills Center, a nonprofit training organization in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Page held the position of Associate Director for Minority Affairs and Academic Programs at the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was responsible for developing and coordinating state-level policy initiatives and planning to increase the participation and achievement by people of color and students with disabilities; for monitoring gender equity; and administering the state’s degree authorization, academic program review and the State Approving Agency (veterans’ education programs).

As Director of the Center for Social Responsibility and Community at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, Dr. Page was responsible for administration of grant funds, faculty development of service-learning courses, campus-wide student volunteer and service efforts through the Center, and leading research and community collaboration regarding service.

As the Dean of the Faculty at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, and Dean of Instruction at UNM-Los Alamos, Dr. Page served as the chief academic officer in all areas related to the faculty, the curriculum, academic programs, and academic support services.

As Executive Director of the UNM-Los Alamos campus, Dr. Page served as the chief executive officer for the branch campus. He retired as Professor Emeritus Geography in January 2017 from UNM-Los Alamos and currently teaches online geography courses at UNM-Los Alamos. Dr. Page has consulted with public, private, and nonprofit sector clients on topics that include team building; organizational performance and accountability; accreditation; leadership; institutional diversity (race, class and ethnicity); and teaches courses on urban, human and regional geography.

Dr. Page has served as a director on the following non-profit boards: Boys & Girls Clubs of Pierce County; Tacoma-Pierce County Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA); the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Northern New Mexico; the Los Alamos Resource Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico; and the Regional Development Corporation (New Mexico). He served as president of the Santa Fe Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.; UNM-LA Faculty Senate representative; and as member of the KUNM Radio Advisory Board. Recently, he served on search committees for Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Mountain Region (CEO) and Santa Fe Community College (President). Dr. Page is a public commissioner on the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC, Arlington VA), and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE, Alexandria VA).

Dr. Page has travelled throughout the U.S. and to Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Panama, Jamaica, Eleuthera (Bahamas), and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys golfing, cooking, reading and challenging Scrabble© games with his family and friends. He is married to Doris A. Page, M.D. (retired) and they have two adult daughters and a grandson.

William Phelps Anderson – Member


Date of Birth                      June 22, 1951, Roswell, New Mexico

Residence                           Roswell, New Mexico

Marital Status                   Married Ann Stege Anderson, 1974

Children                              Christopher, Jennifer, Briggs


New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

1974 Bachelor of Science/Agricultural Economics Major

Business Council 1980 – 1994, Chairman

Distinguished Centennial Alumni Award 1988

Public Service Experience 

New Mexico House of Representatives

District 58 – Chaves County (1977 – 1981)

District 66 – Chaves, Lea, Roosevelt Counties (2019 – 2023)

New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation

Director, Chairman, 2000 – 2001

Interstate Stream Commission

Member & Chairman

Board of Finance – Member

New Mexico Legislature (2023)

Senate Finance Committee Staff

Picacho Ditch Association

Mayordomo 1980’s

Professional Experience

SunValley Energy Corporation, President 1993 – Present

Rio Magdalena Investments, President 1999 – Present

Clover Meadow LLC

New Mexico Growth LLC

Diamond A Cattle Company, Director, President, Vice President, Foreman,

Ranch hand 1975 – 1996 Farming and Ranching

United New Mexico Financial Corporation, Director 1979 – 1984 & 1993

Bank holding company (predecessor to Wells Fargo)

First National Bank of Roswell 1977 – 1993

Tony Lama Boot Company, Director 1987 – 1990

Boot manufacturing, El Paso, Texas

Hondo Oil & Gas Company, Director & Vice President 1986 – 1993

Oil and gas production and refining

Builders Block & Stone Company, Director & Vice President 1979 – 1988

Block manufacturing in Roswell and Las Cruces (Predecessor to FeatherLite)

Double Eagle Restaurant, Assistant Manager, Manager 1975 – 1976

Mesilla, New Mexico

Community Service and Affiliation

Roswell Artist in Residence Foundation, Director, 2009 – 2017

Chaves County Historical Society Foundation

Citizen of the Year 2017, Roswell Association of Realtors

Boy Scouts of America – Cub Scout Leader, Scoutmaster, Council President

Western Region Area President, National Council Board

Silver Beaver Award 1994, Silver Antelope Award 2000

Roswell Educational Achievement Foundation Director 1992 – 2000

Lovelace-Anderson Endowment Foundation Trustee 1995 – 2016

Western Rivers Conservancy

Roswell Girls Club Director, President 1975 – 1982

Lincoln County Heritage Trust Trustee, President, 1976 – 1994

New Mexico First Organizational Committee Member

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Building Committee 1980 – 1982

Board of Trustees, Trustee and President

Water Defense Association – President Rio Ruidoso – Rio Hondo, Lincoln County

Chaves County Farm Bureau

New Mexico Cattle Growers Association

New Mexico Nature Conservancy

New Mexico Amigos