CNPE Staff

Larry Alei, Interim Director

Larry Alei joined CNPE in 2015 as the Encore Fellowship Program Director and became the Interim Director 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 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 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

Kyran Berlin, Communications Assistant

Kyran Berlin joined CNPE in September 2017 as a Communications Assistant through the UNM work study program. Before joining CNPE, she volunteered at Roadrunner Food Bank helping to prepare meals for the underfed. She acted as a production assistant at One Hill Productions in Los Angeles, CA during the summer of 2017.

Kyran is an alumnus of Sandia High School who strongly believes in the ability of artistic expression to bring people together from all walks of life. She enjoys drawing, painting, and listening to music and finds fulfillment in spending time with friends, family, and two rescue cats. Contact Kyran

Sam Eberle, Program Assistant

Sam Eberle joined CNPE in September 2018 as a Program Assistant through the UNM work study program. Before joining us, he worked as a mechanic at Southwest Rovers as well as a parking lot attendant at Isleta Amphitheatre. He is pursuing a degree in architecture and traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland in March of 2018 to study public housing in dense urban environments.

Sam lived near Pie Town, NM during his years at Quemado High School. He enjoys snowboarding, archery, drawing, and playing the guitar. Contact Sam

Kira Luna, Education Manager

Kira joined CNPE in 2016 as our 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

Mandy Shelden, Communications Manager

Mandy Shelden joined the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in September 2018 as its Communications Manager. She oversees CNPE’s website, social media and member database.

As a writer and editor, Mandy has enjoyed helping nonprofits communicate with their audiences for much of her career. Before joining CNPE, she managed a website and edited medical journals for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, a nonprofit professional association located in Albuquerque.

In her spare time, Mandy enjoys reconnecting with her home state of New Mexico after many years living in Seattle. She loves antiquing, singing karaoke, and watching the world go by from her front porch. Contact Mandy




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