Joseph E. Salazar, President
Born in Santa Fe, Joseph grew up in Tierra Amarilla in northern NM, where he spent his formative years learning the traditions of colonial NM on his family’s ranch. As an avid outdoorsman, Joseph’s love of the land and animals are the cornerstones of his passion to live life to its fullest and help any and all where he can.
Before graduating from the NM Institute of Technology, Joseph began to build his work experience in the mining industry. After many innovative contributions marking those years as being successful and still talked about by his peer’s years later, Joseph diversified. Working for the State of New Mexico as a telecommunications director, growing a multi-million dollar telecommunications business, and building his own security systems business, his passion for excellence is as strong as ever.
Joseph never lost sight of his passion to help the youth of our community. Coaching, mentoring, and improving the lives of kids has culminated in Joseph joining the board of directors at Tierra Encantada Charter School. His success in business and lifelong love of learning give him a unique perspective as he works to implement programs for the betterment of all who call themselves members of the TECHS family.
Melarie Gonzales, Vice President
First visiting New Mexico in 1997, Tanya and her family moved from New Jersey to New Mexico during summer break of 2011. Along with her husband (Henry), their three children (Tala, Noni, and Shane), and her father (Jimmy Manello), all have now made their home in Cerrillos.
As one of the five original parents that founded the Tierra Encantada Parent Partnership group, Tanya has served in the TEPP group for the past 4 years and is the active Treasurer. Within this group, TEPP accomplished hosting many events that have come to be a common place at Tierra Encantada Charter School, including the Valentine’s Day Bingo and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
Tanya was appointed by the Governance Council to fill a vacancy on the Board in February of 2014 and has since been elected and serves as Board Secretary.
Having specialized in IT Operations, Tanya has worked for many, very large, progressive companies including the world’s largest breeding barn for trotters and pacers (race horses) – Lana Lobell Farms, the makers of the first car phone – Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems, Newsweek Magazine, the world’s largest datacenter – Prudential Financial (IT Manager), world’s sixth-largest pharmaceutical company – Johnson & Johnson (IT Procurement Manager), world’s largest and most diverse medical device company – Ethicon, a global leader in aviation technology – Honeywell (Counterfeit Parts Division), and New Mexico’s primary electrical provider – PNM (IT Asset Manager).
In her personal life, Tanya was a PTO member and class parent for all three children from Pre-School until 5th grade (total of 10 years), acting as chaperone, assistant, and class room activity support. Tanya has also been involved in Girl Scouts for 20+ years, assisted with the Cub Scouts for 3 years, and was a volunteer at the Raptor Trust for the Injured Aviary Society. She worked for Black Horse Stables as the Barn Supervisor, helping in riding lessons, horse shows, and general barn supervision of groom staff and students. Prior to leaving NJ, Tanya had the honor of serving on the Somerset County C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) as well.
In New Mexico, besides becoming involved in Tierra Encantada as a community member and parent, Tanya has also been appointed as a member of the Santa Fe Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, earned her certification in Software Asset Management, is a member of the PNM’s Green Team, serves as a member and contributor to the Enterprise Architecture Solutions Board and member and contributor to the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Board for PNM.
Jamie Stevens, Member