ACES Tech School Board Members
Finnie Coleman, Ph.D. – Board President
Dr. Finnie Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature and Language at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr. Coleman has served as a professor at UNM for 14 years, he was also an assistant professor at Texas A&M University for 7 years. Previously, Dr. Coleman served as the Director of Africana Studies at UNM for seven years, and Interim Dean for the University College at UNM for over 3 years. Dr. Coleman hails from Pensacola, Florida, received a Bachelor of Economics from the Virginia Military Institute, and a PhD. In Literature from the University of Virginia.
Leon Howard III, Esq.
Mr. Leon Howard is the Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico. Mr. Howard also teaches course at UNM which explore social justice advocacy and race and the law. He is also a Board Member of the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project and New Mexico Ethics Watch and is past Vice-President of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association.
Mr. Howard is passionate about advocating for systems, particularly government institutions, to account for groups of people who have been historically marginalized. Mr. Howard was raised in Albuquerque and a graduate of Highland High School. He earned his B.A. in Psychology and J.D. at the University of New Mexico.
Stephanie McIver, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie McIver has held the position of Counseling Director for the University of New Mexico Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) for the past 7 years. Dr. McIver is a Board Member for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors. She has extensive experience in providing psychological services to students and has provided leadership on numerous committees addressing behavioral interventions and sexual assault response.
Dr. McIver is passionate about health equity, art, music, and nature. Dr. McIver is a Southeast Albuquerque native and graduate of Highland High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College. She went on to earn her Master and Doctorate degrees, both in psychology, from the Ohio State University.
Cassandra Sims, M.A. – Board Secretary
Cassandra Sims is currently an English teacher at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, where she serves as an elected representative of the Instructional Council Committee. She has experience serving as an ELA instructional coach for grades 6-12 and an AP coordinator, managing and approving all AP college board courses, and implementing AP exams. Ms. Sims is certified in English and TESOL, has a Masters in Secondary Education, and has taught theater and AVID.
Adam Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams is a Principal R&D System Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Williams is an expert in the area of securing nuclear facilities and has published a number of articles and reports in the area. He is on the Executive Council of the Southwest Chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management.
Dr. Williams is a firm believer in high quality STEM education and has volunteered with several youth programs. Dr. Williams is originally from Fort Hood/Killeen, Texas and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M and a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from MIT.
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