CNPE Staff

Annie Sánchez, Director

Annie joined CNPE in February 2015 as our Communications Specialist, where she oversaw the development of our digital goals and strategy, website content and design, database and online communications. In May 2016, she became Director of our program and has been focusing on reinforcing our infrastructures and business operations, as well as growing our Education Program.

Before joining CNPE, Annie worked in nonprofit development, online communications, website management and volunteer management. She gained her foundation for nonprofit work at the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University. She has volunteered since she was a kid - having given her time to the Santa Fe Children's Museum, GrowNYC, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Annie was born in Albuquerque, grew up in Santa Fe and has lived in 5 other cities around the country. She has traveled to close to 20 countries, having backpacked across most of them. As a native New Mexican, she has loved exploring all that the community has to offer since returning in 2012. She can be found on the bosque or spending time with her tightly knit circle of family and friends. Contact Annie

Kira Luna, Education Manager

Kira joined CNPE in April 2016 as the Education Manager. She oversees the wide variety of trainings offered throughout the year, and connects the nonprofit community to information and resources. 

Before joining us, Kira worked as the Prevention Education Specialist at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico and as the Volunteer Coordinator at the International Folk Art Alliance. Her passion for strengthening the social sector led her to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network where she served as the Program Innovations Coordinator LaunchPad Fellow from 2014-2015.

Kira actively volunteers in the community and serves as an advisory member for the Nonprofit Quarterly’s article series on equity, diversity, and justice. She enjoys mentoring youth, dancing to live Latin music, and being outdoors. Contact Kira

Amanda Douglas, Communications Manager

Amanda joined CNPE is March 2017 and we are so excited! Her bio is coming soon...

Larry Alei, Director of Encore Fellowship Program

Larry Alei joined CNPE in April 2015 as the Director of the Encore Fellowship Program. 

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 was instrumental in developing the strategic plan and business model for WESST’s Comcast Digital Media Studio. 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 currently serves as a governor’s appointee on the State of New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative, and as vice president of his church’s board of directors.

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

Dan Gahan, Project Manager, Encore Fellow

Dan joined CNPE in September 2016.  Dan brings over 22 years of corporate experience from Intel which he worked in a number of process engineering positions.  This is where he gained his project management  and lean principles expertise. During his Encore fellowship, Dan is managing the development of the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide (PPG). 

Dan is the father of two girls, along with his wife, they love to travel and experience the beauty of our land together.  Dan actively volunteers at his church working with the teen ministries group.

Roberta Garcia, Project Manager, Encore Fellow

Roberta joined CNPE in October 2016 as an Encore Fellow. She is supporting our work, as well as that of the Community Fund team. During her Fellowship she will utilize her more than 30 years of experience to assess, streamline, and implement sustainable departmental operating processes and procedures.

Roberta is a native New Mexican who enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family, as well as pampering their pet Chihuahua’s - Lady Gaga and Harley. She is also a passionate foodie who loves discovering restaurants, enjoying culinary and artistic endeavors and entertaining family and close friends.  

Elizabeth Shurter, Program Support, Encore Fellow

Liz joined CNPE in September 2016 as an Encore Fellow supporting our Encore Fellowship Program.

Itzayana Patiño, Work Study Student - Communications Assistant

Itzayana is a University of New Mexico student who assists with maintaining the New Mexico Nonprofit Directory and supporting social media efforts and newsletter production. Itzayana has also supported us by editing a large library of pre-recorded training videos. She has also provided Mission:Graduate and the United Way of Central New Mexico marketing team with video editing support.

Before joining CNPE, Itzayana worked at KUNM as a Sound Technician where she would use technical equipment to record and edit voice-overs, and helped setup equipment for live musical performances. She is currently attending UNM’s School of Mechanical Engineering seeking an internship working with Disney designing animatronics. 

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