CNPE Staff

Annie Sánchez, Director

Annie joined CNPE in February 2015. She started with us as our Communications Specialist, overseeing 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. She is excited to continue focusing on our technology and data driven strategies.

Before joining us, 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 been a dedicated volunteer for a decade for both Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood of New York City. 

Annie is a native New Mexican who enjoys exploring all that the community has to offer and spending time with her tightly knit circle of family and friends. Contact Annie

Kira Luna, Education Manager

Kira joined the CNPE staff 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

Larry Alei, Director of Encore Fellowship Program

Larry Alei joined the CNPE staff 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, Process Improvement Coordinator, 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.  

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. 

Isaiah Hernandez, Work Study Student - Program Assistant

Isaiah is a University of New Mexico student who assists with various aspects of CNPE's training program and database maintenance.  

Prior to working at CNPE, Isaiah worked at Century 21 Award in San Diego, California as the Executive Assistant to the company’s President/CEO. He is currently pursuing a Mass Communications degree and has a career goal to work as the Marketing Director for Google.

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