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NMAEA Leadership

The NMAEA Council at Large includes our elected Executive Officers, and our appointed Council Members, including chairs of our partnership student programs, as well as our division reps and regional reps. 

Executive Officers                                                                            

Executive Director: 

Michelle Lemons (she/her)
Art Education Consultant

Art Educator, Retired

Michelle Lemons has been an art teacher for 20 years, and a Mentor Coordinator for 5 years, building support for new teachers. She is a previous president of NMAEA serving 6 years in rotation as elect, president, and past president, during which time she helped establish the 501c3 status with NAEA, funding from the NM Arts Grant, and co-established the NMAEA Professional Awards, NM Scholastic Awards, and YAM Awards. She continued to serve another 5 years as Awards Chair and/or Advocacy Chair. She has served as NAEA Western Region Elementary Director for two terms, as well as the Elementary Division Director for NAEA. She has received the NMAEA Max and Catherine Coll Award, as well as the NAEA Elementary Division Award. She has served on the NM Advisory Council for Arts Education for 12 years. She has a degree in Art and Design from Iowa State, Master in Ed from UNM, and her administrator’s license, with additional marketing and business experience. She has been a member of NMAEA/NAEA since 2008. She is a tireless advocate for art education.

Contact Michelle at mlemons@newmexicoarteducators.org

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President:

Phyllis Roybal (she/her)

Elementary Art Educator, Santa Fe Public Schools

ED&I Chair, NAEA Interest Group: Pubic Policy and Arts Administration

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 and around 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 Piñon 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, NAEA delegate for New Mexico since 2004 and President, she feels she has experienced tremendous growth attending and participating in the Western Region Leadership conferences. The experience she has gained will help her continue to represent the association and New Mexico.

Contact Phyllis at president@newmexicoarteducators.org

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President Elect 

Nikki Turman

Secondary Art Educator, Albuquerque Public Schools

NM Scholastic Art Awards Co-Chair

 

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. She is the former Membership Chair and continues to raise our secondary teacher membership and bring awareness of the NMAEA throughout the state. Together, with her co-chair Joseph Baca, she committed to bringing the Scholastic Art Awards to the State of New Mexico, and showcasing our students’ work at a National level. 

Contact Nikki at presidentelect@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Treasurer:

Belinda Hardin (she/her)

Elementary Arts Administrator, Lovington Public Schools

Lisa grew up in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. After graduation in 1994 from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with a BA in Art History, she moved to New Mexico. In 1999, she received a Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She has been teaching art in the Albuquerque public school system for twenty-two years. Presently, she teaches Jewelry at Albuquerque High School. She lives in Albuquerque with her daughter Izzy, dog Luna, and two cats, Star and Nova. Eddie, her partner, lives nearby. For Lisa, the visual art electives provide a place for students where they are nurtured & encouraged in a caring educational environment. Author and art educator Joan Erikson once said, “So attuned are our physical senses to the arts that through the ages human beings have stressed an ultimate form of expression unique to each sense: music and poetry became the arts of the ear; the visual arts the aesthetic media of the eye, sculpture and ceramics the arts of touch; dance the experience of motion motivated by the pure enjoyment of the body.” The senses are nourished, expressed, and vitalized by involvement in the arts. The jewelry classroom is a space that supports rich sensory experiences. Lisa strives to create a safe and curious space for her students; filled with joy, play, acceptance and intention. Lisa loves making collages; analog and digital. She also enjoys writing. 

Contact Belinda at treasurer@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Secretary:

Carson Guillory (he/him)

Secondary Art Educator, Farmington Public Schools

 

Contact Carson at secretary@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Divisions Director:

Corey Pickett (he/him)
Assistant Principal, Clovis High School

Corey Pickett was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia. He moved to New Mexico in 1995 as a member of the United States Air Force. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University as well as a Master of Secondary Education in 2009. He received his Master of Fine Art from Vermont College of Fine Art in 2017. Corey has been teaching for Clovis Municipal Schools for over twenty two years. He has taught in the Special Education, Gifted and Talented as well as Art. He has been an art instructor ranging from Kindergarten to College. Corey enjoys sharing his passion for the arts with children and being an advocate for the arts throughout New Mexico. 

Contact Corey at divisionsdirector@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Membership Director:

Liz Olive (she/her)
Art Educator, V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho

Liz Olive has lived in New Mexico since 2004. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNM in 2012, and a Masters of Art in Art Education in 2017. She began her teaching career at V. Sue Cleveland High School in 2015, and is still there, teaching several different art classes. Liz lives in Albuquerque, has three cats, and an excellent internet connection.

Contact Liz at membershipchair@newmexicoarteducators.org

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ED&I Director:

Amy Tanner

Middle School Art Educator, Farmington Public Schools

 

Contact Amy at equity@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Current Past-President:

Michelle Lemons (she/her)

Retired, NM Art Educator

 

Due to duplicate roles, this position is currently recused from finance committee and board vote, a proxy is appointed. 

Contact Justin at pastpresident@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Advisory Council                                                                              

Advocacy/Resource Development Chair

Michele Platis (she/her)

Co-Director, Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts, Albuquerque

Michele Platis is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts Charter school. She has a BFA from Alfred University (1993) in NY and a Master’s of Education from Wayland Baptist (2010). Michele began teaching in 2007 at an NM charter school in the general education classroom and was offered her dream job as the Visual Arts teacher and Fine Arts Director in 2013. She taught K-8 and loved her diverse groups of students. In 2015 Michele piloted the Model Cornerstone Assessments for the National Arts Standards. She helped in editing the Visual Arts EoCs and worked briefly with the NM PED on creating performance-based assessments for NM. Michele has also participated as an FAEA reviewer. She was Middle School Assistant Principal at another charter school for two years. 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 preschool educator at the Albuquerque Children’s Museum. In 2016-2017 Michele also served as NMAEA Secretary. She believes deeply that in order to close the opportunity gap, all students must have access to the arts. Through NMAEA Michele has grown as an educator and a leader and strongly encourages others to join the association and get involved.

Contact Michele at nmaeaadvocacy@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Professional Awards Chairperson

Vicki Breen

Retired, Art Educator

SEADAE/ NASDAE 

 

Contact Vicki at awards@newmexicoarteducators.org

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Youth Art Month (YAM) Chairperson

Tricia Griffin

Elementary Art Educator, Estancia Public Schools

 

Contact Tricia at nmyam @ newmexicoarteducators.org

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New Mexico Scholastics Art Awards Program, Co-Chair

Joseph Baca (he/him)

Albuquerque Public Schools, Middle School Art Teacher
 

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joseph Paul Baca received his Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts with Honors and Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and has been teaching art in public schools for the past eight years. He is a current member of the NMAEA council and a co-chair of the New Mexico Scholastic Art Awards, one of the only state-wide art competitions that highlights the best student artwork from 7th-12th grade. Joseph is also a recent addition to the adjunct faculty of the Art Education Program at the University of New Mexico.

Contact Joseph at scholastics @ newmexicoarteducators.org

For more information on this partnership program of student work statewide::

https://newmexicoartawards.wordpress.com/

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New Mexico Scholastics Art Awards Program, Co-Chair

Nikki Turman (she/her)

High School Art Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools

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. She is the former Membership Chair and continues to raise our secondary teacher membership and bring awareness of the NMAEA throughout the state. Together, with her co-chair Joseph Baca, she committed to bringing the Scholastic Art Awards to the State of New Mexico, and showcasing our students’ work at a National level. 

Contact Nikki at scholastics @ newmexicoarteducators.org

For more information on this partnership program of student work statewide:

https://newmexicoartawards.wordpress.com/

Nikki Turman, Co-Scholastics Chair
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