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 predominantly on the west side of Albuquerque and in Rio Rancho. Mackenzie is married and has a young son.
Greg Theobald, Treasurer, holds a current C.P.A. license in New Mexico and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Greg has worked in Public Accounting, Health Care Finance, Insurance Compliance and is currently Underwriting Manager at the New Mexico Mutual Group in Albuquerque, NM. He has sat on and volunteered for several Boards of Directors in the past, including serving as Treasurer and Regional Director for all of the Western States for the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals. Greg’s wife currently is an art teacher for APS and their sonattends middle school in Albuquerque, so Greg is familiar with the challenges facing the education sector in New Mexico.
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 and her husband David own The Nee Agency, an insurance agency in Edgewood.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, and also volunteers and substitutes at the Estancia Valley Classical Academy.
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 State Representative for House District 22.
2014 Schedule of Board Meetings
All meetings take place at East Mountain High School in the Building 2 Conference Room beginning at 6:00pm.
January 15, 2014
February 12, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 2, 2014
May 13, 2014
June 11, 2014
July 9, 2014
August 13, 2014
September 10, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 12, 2014
December 10, 2014
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 Rich Ford 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.