East Mountain High School Foundation Board
Mackenzie Bishop, President, is a graduate of East Mountain High School, Class of 2004. After graduating, Mackenzie received a BBA from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies and worked as the Marketing Coordinator for Vantage Homebuilders in 2006 and 2007, at the time one of the largest homebuilders in the state. In 2008, Mackenzie launched Por Fin Nuestra Casa (PFNC) with business partner Brian McCarthy. Their business model used surplus shipping containers to build homes in Mexico and the developing world for less than $10,000. In 2010, Mackenzie and McCarthy launched Abrazo Homes, where they build in the greater Albuquerque metro area, including Rio Rancho, & Los Lunas. Mackenzie is married and has a young son.
David Armstrong is the Chief Executive Officer of AGI Consultants. As a founding partner, he has ten years of experience in developing consulting and quality control procedures for clients across the state of New Mexico, including many school districts. David has over two decades of experience providing building envelope asset evaluations and management, with additional experience in testing, forensic assessments, project development and development of plans, details and specifications. David attended Fort Lewis College. He and his wife, Hillary, have a son, Wyatt, who attends East Mountain High School and a daughter who is in middle school.
Scott S. Kuszmaul has worked at Sandia National Laboratories for over 30 years as a project team leader and Electrical Engineer. He has experience as a technical project leader directing multi-disciplinary teams and as a designer of system-level engineering concepts. He received a Professional Project Management (PPM) Master Certificate from George Washington University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and an Associate in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University. Scott was previously a board member from 2011-2013, rejoining in 2015. He has three adult children and six grandchildren in the Albuquerque metro area and lives with his wife, Dr. Tricia McKenna and their two children in the East Mountains. Harrison is a freshman attending East Mountain High School and Maura is a student at San Antonito Elementary School.
Charlotte Nee is a native New Mexican with family roots in Curry County dating back to the early 1900s. She is a graduate of Clovis High School. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, then graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Sociology. Charlotte has an extensive background in the health insurance industry, working with a global employee benefits and pension consulting firm and eventually opening The Nee Agency in 2004 with her husband, David where they specialize in individual and group employee benefits. They have two children, Adelynn, Class of 2015, and Kellen, Class of 2019. Charlotte has been an active volunteer at East Mountain High School, especially for the speech and debate program. She now works as the school librarian at Rt 66 Elementary School.
Jim Smith, now retired, taught Science at East Mountain High School beginning in 2005 and joined the East Mountain High School Foundation board in 2006. Prior to working at EMHS, Jim taught at Moriarty High School. Before beginning his education career, he managed a petroleum engineering laboratory for nine years and a soils engineering laboratory for five years. In addition to serving the community through the East Mountain High School Foundation, Jim has also served as the Treasurer of the Board for the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. Jim has three sons. His oldest, Trey, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and also works at East Mountain High School. Austin graduated from EMHS in 2010 and Brandon attended school in Albuquerque. Jim serves as the Bernalillo County Commissioner for District 5 and is the former State Representative for District 22.
Ryan Berryman is a 2011 graduate of East Mountain High School. Ryan graduated with his BBA from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2015 and completed his MBA studies at UNM in 2016. During his graduate studies, Ryan was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to serve as the student regent on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. During his time as a regent, Ryan served on a number of committees including being the vice chair of both the Finance and Facilities committee and Academic and Student Affairs committee. Ryan now works full time as the Director of Operations for the Lobo men’s basketball team at UNM.
David Roberts is a Level IIIA Instructional Leader and certified administrator in APS. He taught high school social studies, Latin, and digital film production for 9 years at Sun Prairie, Manzano, and El Dorado High Schools. For the past 2 years he has served as a middle school Instructional Coach and currently serves teachers, parents and students as Instructional Coach and Dean of Students at Kennedy Middle School in Albuquerque. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as a content writer for a leading ed tech company, School Improvement Network. As a teacher in APS, he co-wrote a financial literacy course and a 4-year program of study in digital film production for the district, including articulated coursework to allow students to receive college credits for their work in his class. He lives in the Sandia Knolls with his wife, Alison Roberts, and daughter, Tegan Roberts, a student at San Antonito Elementary.
Anthony Thornton, Ph.D. As an aerospace engineer, the driving force behind Anthony Thornton’s career in national security is defending the nation through technology development. He is presently the Director of Corporate Strategy at Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit space research organization headquartered in Columbia, MD. Prior to that, Dr. Thornton led the Defense Systems and Assessments (DS&A) Program Management Unit strategy development and R&D activities as the Deputy to Vice President for Programs and Technology at Sandia National Laboratories where he retired in 2015 after 33 years of service. Anthony has served on a number of boards of directors including the National Atomic Museum, the Albuquerque Chapter of MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement), the National Science Foundation’s UCAN (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, & New Mexico) Rural Systemic Initiative, and Norwest Bank’s Leadership Council. He served on Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Industry Advisory Committee for seven years (Fall 2006 – Fall 2013). In 2016, Anthony served as Treasurer on the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation. Anthony lives in Paa-Ko with his wife Glenna Thornton and their two cats D.J. and Goose.
2018 Schedule of Board Meetings
All meetings take place at East Mountain High School in the Building 2 Conference Room beginning at 6:00pm.
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 14, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 6, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 8, 2018
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
2014 EMHS Foundation Committees
Marketing & Communications
East Mountain High School Foundation Emeritus Board Members
J. Nick Leitch
Sue Wilson Beffort
Albertson’s Community Partners Fund
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Anderson Charitable Foundation
Bank of the West
Boeing Employee Community Fund
Brabson Family Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
First Data Western Union Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Los Alamos National Laboratories Foundation
McCarthey Dressman Educational Foundation
New Mexico First
State Farm Foundation
State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Walter Henry Freygang Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Youth Gardening Association
The East Mountain High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, partners with East Mountain High School and the community to create exceptional public educational opportunities. Our donors and volunteers contribute resources that enable the school to achieve its mission of preparing each student to succeed in college and beyond.
The East Mountain High School Foundation was formed in 1999 to accept the donation of twenty-six acres of land from Roger Cox and Mountain Ranch. With the help of many generous community members, the Foundation was able to secure a loan from First Community Bank that allowed us to build the East Mountain High School campus. Today, the Foundation works tirelessly to raise funds for East Mountain High School. Each year, the Foundation holds the Gala and Golf Tournament in August at the Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club. This event alone raises more than $100,000 for East Mountain High School annually.