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 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 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

Kira Luna, Education Manager

Kira Luna is a mixed Chicana from Northern California who joined CNPE in 2016 as our Education Manager. She oversees the wide variety of trainings offered throughout the year, and provides technical assistance on nonprofit management to staff and board members across the state. 

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. Following that fellowship, Kira was a part of the team that created the Nonprofit Quarterly’s article series on equity, diversity, and justice.

She actively volunteers in the community and currently serves as an advisory board member for Together for Brothers, treasurer of the Corporate Volunteer Council, mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, and as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion steering committee for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. She enjoys dancing to anything by Selena and frolicking in nature. Contact Kira

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 Coordinator

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

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



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