CNPE Staff

Larry Alei, Interim CNPE Director

Larry Alei joined CNPE in 2015 as the Encore Fellowship Program Director and became the Interim Director of CNPE in August 2018. 

Before joining us, Larry worked in a variety of business and management positions at Intel Corp. for 26 years, then served as an Encore Fellow with WESST in 2013-2014. Larry has a long track record of community service, including stints on the UNM Anderson Schools’ foundation board and on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of New Mexico. He has also served as a governor’s appointee on the State of New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative, and as president of his church’s board of directors.

Larry is a father of two who enjoys the outdoors. He is also an A/V professional who provides services for concerts, presentations, weddings, and other events. Contact Larry

Joshua Keeney-Lujan, Communications Assistant

Joshua Keeney-Lujan Joined CNPE in August 2019 as a Communications Assistant through the UNM work study program. Before joining us, he worked at UNM Los Alamos as an Admissions Assistant. He is pursuing a degree in Marketing Management. 

Joshua lived in Espanola, New Mexico during his high school years at McCurdy Charter School. His hobbies include watching and playing sports such as football and basketball. Contact Joshua

Kate Livingston, Training & Events Manager

Kate Livingston joined CNPE as interim/part-time Training & Events Manager in January 2020 after serving as a seasonal campaign coordinator/fundraiser for United Way of Central New Mexico in the fall of 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also a founding board member of UWCNM's Women United donor group.

Before joining us, she had a diverse career in professional services and higher education. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Extended Learning for Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Prior to moving to Texas, she spent 12 years at UNM's Anderson School of Management, first as Director of the Executive MBA program and Management Development Center, and subsequently as Associate Dean for Executive Education and Community Outreach.

Kate is married to Charles Ewing, a native of Santa Fe and a retired banking executive. They are happy to be back in the "Land of Enchantment" where they enjoy playing golf, exercising, reading, visiting family in Denver, and traveling abroad. Contact Kate.

Samantha Marquez, Program Assistant

Samantha Marquez joined CNPE in August 2019 as a Program Assistant through the UNM work study program. Before joining us, she worked at Children’s Choice Childcare Services as a caregiver. She is currently pursuing a degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in human development and family relations, as well as minoring in psychology.

Samantha lived in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she attended high school. She is a former cheerleader and her hobbies include going to concerts, singing, and traveling. Contact Samantha

Brandale Mills Cox, Ph.D., Marketing and Communications Manager

Brandale Mills Cox, Ph.D. is a native Houstonian who joined CNPE in July 2019 as the Marketing and Communications Manager. 

Before joining us, Brandale was an Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University in the Communications & Journalism Department and she currently teaches Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communications at Central New Mexico Community College. Brandale is also Founder and Principal of Inclusive Market Research Group, LLC, a full-service research firm that specializes in inclusive and culturally sensitive market research used to help organizations develop strategic communications plans.

Brandale is an avid runner who enjoys traveling and channeling her inner-Beyonce at her favorite karaoke clubs. Contact Brandale

Jenifer Romero, Technical Assistance Manager

Jenifer is an energetic and passionate advocate for growth; driven to help others achieve outstanding results. At CNPE, she provides technical assistance for nonprofit staff and board members seeking nonprofit management support.

Jenifer has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, Business Development, and Marketing. She is the Founder/Principal of Jenifer Romero Consulting, LLC., a full service firm committed to helping individuals and organizations develop and realize their full potential by cultivating talent, connecting teams, and tailoring custom solutions. Previously, Jenifer was a founding member of the award-winning Human Resources Team at Applied Research Associates, Inc., an Albuquerque-based government contractor.

Jenifer finds joy in life with her husband, Kris, their two daughters, and their amazing super-pup, Riley. She loves the beach and being on the sidelines of a soccer field, cheering on her daughters. Jenifer is inspired by the work of Brene Brown and is an ambassador of being Kind, Loving, Caring, and Sharing.


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