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New Mexico Art Education Association

Board of Directors Biographies

Executive Committee:


Jennifer Furman, President
Roswell Public Schools, Fourth Grade Visual Arts

Jennifer is originally from Texas and received her BFA in Studio Art at Texas Tech University. She did not start out to become a teacher but fell into her teaching career when she was asked to teach a drawing class at the Roswell Museum and Art Center in 2002. She discovered she loved teaching art and soon moved on to teaching at community centers and more, including the Juvenile Detention Center.  In 2008 she began teaching Art full-time at Roswell High School. Currently Jennifer teaches elementary art with R.I.S.D.- Arts Connect.







Michelle St. Andre, President-Elect
Rio Rancho Public Schools, High School Art Teacher

Michelle Sanchez-St.Andre holds a NMPED Level III Licensure and the Visual Arts teacher at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Michelle is in her twelvth year teaching, nine of those with Rio Rancho Public Schools. Prior to becoming a Visual Arts teacher, she was a professional Graphic Designer for nine years and I still enjoys taking on freelance jobs from time to time. As a teacher, Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of graphic art and design with 9-12th grade students in her many art and art history classes. She has been a member of the NMAEA since 2009 and on the board since 2014. She brings extra experience to the NMAEA with her knowledge of working with the California Art Education Association for three years. She served on the CAEA board as the monthly newsletter designer for the central region.

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Current Past-President
Currently Vacant





Cynthia Hanna, Treasurer
High School Art Educator, Crownpoint High School

Cynthia Hanna has been the art teacher at Crownpoint High School in Crownpoint, New Mexico since 1995. In addition to teaching Art I, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics and AP Art Studio, sponsoring the art club and the student council, Cynthia also has coached JV or C-team volleyball for 19 years. Prior to that she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kopong, Botswana where she taught art at Kopong Community Junior School. Her teaching career began at Claude Jr-Sr High School in Claude, Texas. Cynthia grew up in Lubbock, Texas and will still occasionally lapse into a Texas drawl. She graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Texas Tech University in 1990 and earned a MA in the Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2009. Cynthia was lucky enough to grow in a family of artists, and that love and support in the creative endeavors has led her to explore many artistic interests from ceramics and quilting to painting. However, she considers her most creative and satisfying endeavor to be the art of teaching. When not overly committed to Crownpoint High School, Cynthia enjoys walks on the mesa with her dog Basil and finding adventure in travels nearby or far-flung.



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Michele Clark, Secretary
North Valley Academy Charter School, K-8 Art Teacher
& Director of Fine Arts

Michele Clark is from Upstate New York and visited Albuquerque, New Mexico as a graduation present in 1993. She sold her return ticket and has been a New Mexico resident ever since. Michele has a BFA from Alfred University and a Master’s of Education from Wayland Baptist. She began teaching in 2008 at North Valley Academy in the regular education classroom and was offered her dream job as the Visual Arts teacher for K-8 in 2013. She is also the Fine Arts Director at North Valley Academy. As the Director, she manages, plans and organizes all contracted and volunteer artists, shows and recitals. Prior to becoming a certified teacher, Michele taught visual arts in her home to home schooled children (and her own three children) for ten years and was the pre-school educator at the Albuquerque Children’s Museum in 1994. Needless to say Michele has always loved working and creating with children. 

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Chairs:

Michelle Lemons, Advocacy/Resource Development Chair
Albuquerque Public Schools, Elementary Art Teacher

Michelle received her MA in Art Education with a specialty K-12 licensure, Level III, from the University of New Mexico. She has been teaching with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) since 2001 and is currently an itinerant elementary art teacher. Her administrative licensure is pending for later this year in May. Currently sh is the Western Regional Elementary Representative for the National Art Education Association (NAEA), as well as the Advocacy Chair for the New Mexico Art Education Association (NMAEA) as well as a committee member of the NMACAE. Michelle also holds a BA in Art and Design, with a minor in JLMC/Marketing from Iowa State University. She has over 10 years experience in marketing, promotions, event planning, and graphic design/advertising. Michelle is a past president of the NMAEA during which time she created and implemented not only the state professional awards in art education but also several student award programs, including the NM Scholastic Art Awards. During her teaching career, she has mentored new teachers, pre-service teachers, and has co-authored her department standards curriculum. She has presented numerous workshops in the community as well as at the NMAEA and NAEA conferences. She hopes to continue to help promote visual art collaboration and professional development in the field. She enjoys working with students and is inspired by their creativity and enthusiasm daily.

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Phyllis Roybal, Conference Chair

Santa Fe Public Schools, Elementary Art Teacher

Phyllis is a native of Santa Fe and has been teaching since 1997. Her family traces back to the Pueblo Revolt. She has had the privilege of living in different parts of NM and has experienced diversity through the traditions, customs, and foods of the different cultures here in the state. She received her BFA from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico with an emphasis in printmaking and art history and an MFA in education: studio art teaching, from Boston University. Presently, Phyllis lives in Santa Fe and teaches art at Pinon Elementary School. She has past experience as an early childhood educator and is a true believer that art is the foundation for successful learning in the 21st Century. As former membership chair and NAEA delegate for New Mexico since 2004, she feels she has experienced tremendous growth attending the Western Regional Leadership conferences for the past two years. The experience she has gained will help her represent NMAEA.

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Nikki Turman, Scholastics Chair
Albuquerque Public Schools, High School Art Teacher

Nikki Turman is an Albuquerque native and holds a B.A.F.A. in Art History and a M.A. in Art Education, both from the University of New Mexico. She has been teaching at Del Norte high school since 2009 and teaches Art I, Painting and Drawing, and the AP Art program and sponsors the DNHS Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. As Membership Chair, she is hoping to raise our secondary teacher membership and bring awareness of the NMAEA throughout the state. Nikki is also the co-chair of the Scholastic Art Awards with Joseph Paul Baca. Together they are committed to bringing the Scholastic Art Awards to the State of New Mexico, and showcasing our students’ work at a National level.

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Steve Heil, Membership Chair
Santa Fe Public Schools, Middle School Teacher

After a BA in Music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Steve Heil received his Post-bacc in Art Education at the University of New Mexico. He has been teaching in New Mexico since 1997 and is National Board Certified in the area of Early/Middle Childhood Art. He taught art at all levels in various settings in McKinley County, from Zuni to Crownpoint, public and private school. As the PreK-5 art teacher at Juan de OƱate Elementary in Gallup, Steve’s colleagues, students, and their families championed his recognition as a 2010 recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Since 2012 he has worked with diverse gifted students, first in McKinley County and now with Santa Fe Public Schools. Steve is interested in maximizing student inquiry to meet all students’ needs and helping his students grow as creative and critical thinkers with the practical skills to get things done. As Interim Middle School Division Director, Steve hopes to help connect middle school art teachers from all corners of the state.

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Perry Heimer, Communications Chair

Albuquerque Public Schools, Digital Photography Teacher

Perry is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. He arrived at Albuquerque in 1995 assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base as a photojournalist and photo editor for the US Air Force’s safety magazines. Perry retired from the Air Force in 2000 and pursued his M.A. in Art Education and teaching license at the University of New Mexico. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Photography from the Air Force and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Training from Southern Illinois University. Upon receiving his Masters degree in 2003 he was hired by Albuquerque Public School’s Elementary Itinerant Art Program where he taught for 5 years before moving over to Manzano High School in 2008. Perry has taught Art I, Illustration, Drawing, 2D Animation and for the past six years Digital Photography. He currently holds a Level III-A License in Visual Arts.    

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Sherri Smith, YAM Chair

Bio coming soon.


Divisions Director:

Currently Vacant





Britt Williams, Elementary Division Representative
Art Educator, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos

Bio coming soon.

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Julie Murphy, Middle School Division Representative
Art Educator, Roswell Independent School District

Bio coming soon.


Mary Grace, High School Division Representative
Art Educator, Los Alamos High School

Bio coming soon.



Currently Open, Higher Education Division Representative



Belinda Hardin, Admin/Supervisor Division Representative
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator, Lovington Municipal Schools

Belinda Hardin is originally from Santa Fe and graduated from Santa Fe High School.  After high school, she graduated from NMSU and later did her graduate work at ENMU.  She is a 28 year employee of the Lovington Municipal Schools, having taught gifted & talented, 2nd grade through 7th grade, before becoming the Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator for the District in 2003. 

As Coordinator, she has begun several new programs for the arts to be visible within the community.  Some of these include the “Celebrate the Arts” night at the annual art fair and the “Artist Signing” where the students sign their artwork for the annual calendar sales.  One can see framed student art work all around the district as well as at the local hospital, public library, museum, courthouse and student health clinic.  She is an advocate for the fine arts and was instrumental in developing the “Wildcat Singers”, an elementary honor choir and the “Wildcat Ringers”, an elementary bell choir. Belinda has enjoyed mentoring classroom teachers who struggle with integrating the arts. 

She has created an Art Resource Center for teachers, filled with art resources, art examples, musicals, costumes, and art supplies.  Students look forward to attending her Art Camp each summer, where they get to experience all the disciplines of the arts.    

Belinda is a member of the New Mexico Advisory Council on Arts Education, and a Board member of the Lea County Museum.  She is a CASA volunteer and was awarded “Rookie of the Year” in 2015.  She was also the 2014 recipient of the NMAE Association, Supervisor/Administrator of the Year Award. 

She has been married for 37 years to a cowboy she met at while at NMSU. They have two daughters, both of whom are doctors.  The love of her life is her nine-month old granddaughter, Charlee.   

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Shannon Bay, Museum Education Division Representative

Education Program Manager, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Bio coming soon.




Andrea Hodge, Retired Division Representative
Retired Art Educator, Tumumcari



Ex Officio:


Vicki Breen, Arts Consultant, New Mexico Public Education Department
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Vice President

Vicki Breen is the Arts Consultant for the State of New Mexico Public Education Department. She coordinates the Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA), elementary fine arts programs in the 89 New Mexico Public School Districts and 36 State and Local Charter Schools. The work required includes monitoring student participant numbers and funding guidelines, updating each district and school’s application each year, on-site monitoring, technical assistance and on-site professional development. Additional work includes coordinating the FAEA Winter Meeting, performing legislative and community work across the state for New Mexico students, with programs bridging to secondary schools. 

Ms. Breen is an advisor to the New Mexico Advisory Council for the Arts, a member of the Board of the New Mexico Art Education Association, and Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Art Education.  Ms. Breen monitored statewide public school district instructional programs K-12, acted as EPSS (Educational Plan for Student Success) Team Leader (on accreditation site visits). She has networked with higher education, developed and disseminated informational networks and workshops among educators, business and community leaders for visual and performing arts and other content areas, and she has coordinated the New Mexico Teacher of the Year recognition. She has conducted teacher training through assessment and curriculum designs, taped and edited teaching videos to provide educational models, developed and published art, art education and student recognition documents, as well as Youth Art Month development and design.  Ms. Breen holds a Master of Arts Degree in Arts Education from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts and Arts Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and Administrative License from New Mexico Highlands University.






                                                                                              

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Albuquerque, New Mexico 87119

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