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New Mexico State University

College of Arts and Sciences 2013-2014 Dean's Council

Wanda Mattiace
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Dean's Council chairperson Wanda Mattiace is a member of the Crimson Society at the NMSU Foundation. She founded what is now Springboard to help women with financial aid to pursue educational opportunities. She has previously served as President of the Las Cruces Rotary Club, the NMSU President's Association and The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. She's been a board member of The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, the Hispano Chamber, The Bridge and what is now First Community Bank. She is the president and owner of Adventure Travel & Cruise Center, and has served on numerous airline and tour company advisory boards.

Glenn and Sally Cutter

Glenn and Sally Cutter are owners and operators of The Cutter Gallery, located in the historic Hadley House across from the Las Cruces Convention Center. The Cutters have served generations of discriminating buyers of jewelry, art and antiques.

The Cutters are also the primary force behind the annual Las Cruces Arts Fair, organized by the Dona Ana Arts Council. Proceeds from the Las Cruces Arts Fair are used to support the council's many community programs. The Dona Ana Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth and community development. They were recently honored with the Dona Ana Arts Council's John Glowaki Lifetime Achievement Award, created in honor of the council's founder.

Jim Berry
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Jim Berry became the business development director at First American Bank in Las Cruces, after retiring from the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, where he was the president from 2004-2010. During his tenure, the chamber grew from 560 to more than 1,000 members and total income from new sources increased dramatically. Upon retirement, he left a nest egg of over $85,000 and a cadre of over 250 active volunteers. He obtained also a four-star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce at the chamber. He received a BSBA in marketing at the University of Arkansas.

Marci Beyer
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Marci Beyer is now a Third Judicial District Court judge. She was previously the sole proprietor of Law Office of Marci Beyer in Las Cruces, N.M., where the focus was primarily juvenile delinquency, domestic and criminal cases. She has also served as guardian ad litem in custody cases, personal injury, and estate litigation. From 2002-2010, Beyer was a partner with Hubert and Hernandez in Las Cruces, which handles general practice law emphasizing family law, personal injury and estate litigation.

Marci Dickerson
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Marci Dickerson received her MBA from New Mexico State University. She operates Dickersons Group, a company that oversees an expanding footprint in Las Cruces. The company encompasses Dickerson's Catering, The Game Sports Bar and Grill, Hurricane Alley, Sports Skills Institute, an indoor baseball/softball facility, the Columbus Conference Center and MFive. Actively involved in charitable work throughout the year, she recently participated in High Heels for High Hopes, an event that raises money for March of Dimes.

Robert Deger
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Robert Deger is a history and political science professor at Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky and stays in touch with NMSU through the university foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton, his master's in history from NMSU, and a doctorate from Indiana University.

Nick Franklin
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Nick Franklin previously served as the president of the NMSU Foundation and is the retired senior vice president of public affairs for PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. He co-founded Southwest Public Affairs, Inc. and was an attorney/partner with the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C., which are both based in Albuquerque. He earned a bachelor's in government from NMSU then graduated George Washington University Law Center.

Sharon Koloseuss teaches multiple music classes at the Las Cruces Catholic School. Koloseuss has taught all levels of public school music and is the former director of bands at Belen High School. She continues to perform with the Mesilla Valley Community band and is an officer on the board of that organization. She received a bachelor's in music education from NMSU.

Sharon Koloseuss
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Rebecca Koskela
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Rebecca Koskela is the executive director of DataONE where she is responsible for the day-to-day operation, coordinating all technical, management, reporting and budget issues. Prior to that, Rebecca was the life sciences informatics manager for Alaska INBRE and the biostatistics and epidemiology core manager for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In addition to her bioinformatics experience, Rebecca has spent more than 25 years in high performance computing including positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cray Research and Intel.

Frank Leto
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Frank Leto is the publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News since 2010. He joined southern New Mexico's largest newspaper after a stint as the classified and online director with Houston Community Newspapers. Leto has also worked with the Dallas Morning News and publications in Sarasota, Fla., Owensboro, Ky., and his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., holding several management positions including advertising director, vice president and general manager. He holds a business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Patty Lopez
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Patty Lopez, a leader in promoting women and Hispanics in computer science careers, is a component design engineer at Intel Corporation who holds seven imaging patents. Before joining Intel, she had a distinguished career with Hewlett Packard where she released fifty imaging products. Lopez serves on a number of boards including the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Through a program called MentorNet, she actively mentors young professionals in STEM careers. Lopez earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate in computer science at New Mexico State University.

Heather Pollard
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Heather Pollard is an board member emeritus and former long-time director of the Dona Ana Arts Council and was the director of the Main Street Revitalization efforts for ten years. She has been very active with La Casa, Hospice and St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She is currently president of the Amador Foundation and finds time to volunteer at La Tienda de Jardin de Los Ninos.

Brenda Porter
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Brenda Porter was born in Las Cruces and grew up attending Las Cruces Public Schools. A NMSU alumna, she received her undergraduate degree in elementary education with an early childhood certification and a minor in counseling and educational psychology. She received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction also from NMSU. Porter is an associate broker with Steinborn and Associates Real Estate after retiring from a 25-year career in teaching. She has participated in a variety of community organizations including the Las Cruces Teacher's Center, La Casa, and NMSU President's Associates. She is a founding member of the Junior League of Las Cruces. She is a past president of the Aggie Athletic Club Board of Advisors and currently she serves on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors.

Sandra Whaley
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Sandra Whaley was born in Albuquerque and has lived in New Mexico most of her life where she served the animal population and their human companions. After graduating in 1980 from the biology department at New Mexico State University, Whaley earned her DVM from Washington State University in 1984. She served as a post-doctoral fellow for two years, and then entered the field of veterinary medicine and joined Manzano Animal Clinic in 1986. Whaley is a past board member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, having served as chair of the membership committee. In 2010, she was awarded Veterinarian of the Year by the New Mexico Veterinary Medicine Association. Whaley shares her home with two labradors, Freeway and Luna, and two cats, Daphne and Shadow. She is the recipient of the 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Lou Sisbarro
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Lou Sisbarro is the President and Dealer Principal of the Sisbarro Dealerships in Las Cruces and Deming, N.M and has been in the automotive business in Southern New Mexico for 29 years. He has been recognized as an industry leader and was the past chairman of the board of New Mexico Automotive Dealers Association.

Pat Sisbarro
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Pat Sisbarro is the vice president and director of marketing for the Sisbarro car dealerships. She is the 2011 NMSU Aggies Tough Enough To Wear Pink Co-Chair and a breast cancer survivor. She has long been an active community leader and New Mexico State Aggie supporter.

J. Paul Taylor
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J. Paul Taylor, former state representative with 20 years in state office, is a renowned arts advocate. He and his wife Mary donated the family's 150-year-old home as a state monument, which includes an extensive collection of Spanish colonial, Mexican and New Mexican artwork, as well as religious and folk art. He has been instrumental to the success of several key pieces of legislation, including financial support to begin conservation of the retablo and ex-voto collection of the NMSU Art Gallery -- considered the largest public collection of such religious images in the United States. He is a recipient of the 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ted Shelton
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Ted Shelton is president of ASA Architects. During his more than 30 years in Las Cruces he has expanded the business into the largest architectural firm in Southern New Mexico. ASA Architects specializes in all levels of educational facilities design, including elementary through higher education. Under Shelton's direction the firm's portfolio has grown to include detention and judicial projects as well as public housing, churches, commercial, retail and office building design. He devotes a large portion of his time to client relations. At the core of his business philosophy is dedication to long-term relationships with clients to understand their history, needs, resources and aspirations.