JIM DANNER – PRESIDENT
Jim is a resident of Belen and attended the Belen Schools from 1st grade on through 12th grade, graduating from Belen High School in 1962. He continued his education and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. Not only is Mr. Danner a former student/graduate of Belen Schools, he is also a former Teacher from Belen High School, and has worked for the Belen Schools as a Coach, Principal, and Athletic Coordinator. Mr. Danner is married to Sarah and has two children, one daughter and one son who are both graduates of Belen High School and the University of New Mexico. He also has five grandchildren that he enjoys spending time with.
LARRY LINDBERG – VICE PRESIDENT
Larry was born in Kansas City, MO. He has lived in Belen for over ten years. Mr. Lindberg's a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois. He retired from the U.S. Marshall Service and from the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. Lindberg is married to Dorothy and has three children and four grandchildren.
ELIZABETH (LISA) CHAVEZ – SECRETARY
Lisa is a lifelong resident of Valencia County. She attended Belen Schools and graduated from Belen High in 1979. Lisa received her BA in Elementary Education and her MA in Special Education from the University of New Mexico. Lisa worked for Belen Schools as a special education teacher for over thirty years. She has taught at both the Elementary and Secondary Levels. She also coached Girls Softball for ten years. Lisa has always believed in being active in her community and in being an advocate for children. She has been a volunteer youth coach for softball, soccer and basketball. She is currently serving as a board member for Adelante Development Center and also serves on the Belen Martin Luther King Multicultural Commission. Lisa is married to Marty Chavez and has two daughters, Nicole and Martina, both of whom graduated from Belen High School and went on to earn their college degrees. She looks forward to working on behalf of the district’s students, parents and employees toward improved student achievement and academic success.
MAX CORDOVA – MEMBER
Max is a lifelong resident of Belen NM. He attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Belen High School in 1967. He attended the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus and completed several computer and business courses. He has three children and eight grandchildren. Max was employed by the Belen Schools for eleven years. In the last three years of his career he served as the Facilities Project Coordinator. He managed and oversaw the following major projects: The facilities budget, the architectural development and construction of the football and baseball field houses, the BHS Career Academy, the Infinity High School, and other various construction projects. As a Belen School Board member, Max's number one priority is to prepare students for a successful future. He plans to accomplish this by ensuring students receive the best education possible and, by also supporting teachers along with the entire Belen School District workforce.
AUBREY E. TUCKER - MEMBER
Aubrey Tucker has been a Valencia County resident since 1994. Before arriving in New Mexico, Aubrey was a soldier in the United States Army serving in Europe from 1988 to 1993. Once he completed his active duty service, he worked as a teacher, band director, and administrator for the Belen School District for 14 years. Aubrey is a Belen High School site Teacher of the year for 1998-1999 School year. During that time, he also volunteered his time as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Belen and also volunteered as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Tucker’s educational career has a wealth of accolades and success stories. In 2008, Aubrey landed an administrative position at Bernalillo High School as their Vice Principal. In 2008 Bernalillo High School was classified as a failing school needing improvement. After surviving three Superintendent changes and three Principal changes in 5 years, Bernalillo High School’s grade was a solid 87 overall and listed as a “B” as the grade in 2012. Since Bernalillo High School was considered stable, Mr. Tucker was then assigned the Principal position at Santo Domingo School for both Elementary and Middle School. Both Schools at Santo Domingo were classified as failing schools when he arrived. After a year of his leadership with a very talented Assistant Principal Larryssa Archuleta, both schools were able to move from their failing status to a passing grade for the first time in 5 years. This was a major accomplishment for students, staff, district, and the Santo Domingo community in 2013.
After completing 22 years of public education service and receiving the 2014 “ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR” award from the Bernalillo School Board, Aubrey retired from education in 2015.
“I am very humbled to have the opportunity to serve the community of Valencia and Socorro Counties once again. I have devoted my entire career to helping people and the community. I am very grateful to, once again, work in a capacity to serve the residents of Valencia and Socorro County. Our children are the future and it will take the efforts of everyone in the community to contribute to their success.”
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