Meet the Department
Chief Legal Counsel
David Mathews - Chief Legal Counsel
Planning, Assessment & Evaluation Director
Adult Basic Education
Frances Bannowsky - Program Director
505-476-8437 - email@example.com
Frances is responsible for planning and coordinating site visits and desk audits of ABE programs throughout the state. developing materials and processes for assisting programs with improvement plans to increase performance while meeting student needs and complying with federal and state regulations guiding the ABE program. During the past decade and a half. Frances designed, implemented, supervised, and assessed Developmental and ABE education programs both in New Mexico and in Washington state. Her work in post-secondary education has been primarily at tribal colleges, and she has worked both in the public and private sectors, not only in education but also in other areas. Frances holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Puget Sound in Washington and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Seattle University School of Law
Cesaria (Cia) Tapia - Business Manager
505-476-8421 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cia serves as the Business Manager in the Adult Basic Education Division. She formerly served as Administrative Support in the Instructional Material Bureau at the Public Education Department. She has also been employed by the General Services Department and the Taxation & Revenue Department of New Mexico. Cia brings a varied background of financial and well as administrative experience to the Higher Education Department. Cia has attended New Mexico State University and the American Institute of Banking.
505-476-8410 - email@example.com
Heather Romero serves as the first point of contact for the Financial Aid Division, answering all inquiries regarding financial aid policy and provides a level of support to the institutions around the state; processing all payments relating to New Mexico State Financial Aid programs. In addition she sits on the Dual Credit Council and coordinates special projects as assigned by the director. She also serves as Treasurer within her own Homeowner Association community. She attended Paradise Valley Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science
505-476-8412 - MiaP.Candelaria@state.nm.us
Mia Candelaria is the Financial Aid Program Coordinator in the Financial Aid Division. Mia manages all in house financial aid programs including all aspects of the Loan-For-Service programs and State Loan Repayment programs. Mia is responsible for compiling and submitting federal grant reports. She is also responsible for interpreting federal, state and local statutes as well as regulations to ensure compliance and clearly communicate those interpretations to constituencies. She also assists in the development of promotional and informational materials for use in recruitment and financial aid activities, and participates in outreach events.She brings fourteen years of financial and administrative experience to the division. She serves as the first point of contact for student financial inquires and coordinates special projects.
Private and Proprietary Schools Administrator
Diane Vigil-Hayes - Compliance Officer
505-476-8418 - Diane.Vigil@state.nm.us
Diane is employed as the Private & Proprietary School Administrator & Compliance Officer for NMHED. Formerly, she was the Exam Administrator and Compliance Liaison for the NM Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Board, and has also worked in the non-profit sector for almost twenty years. She obtained an Associates of Science in Computer Science and is intending on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Diane has made Santa Fe her home for the last forty years. Her Vigil Family goes back generations from the Village of Pecos and Santa Fe’s eastside. She is happily married to Henry, is mother of two children, and grandmother of three grandchildren. Diane volunteers with the Scholarship Committee of MANA del Norte and was elected Secretary this year. She also serves the Cristo Rey Catholic Church as a member of the Altar Society and is currently the Treasurer. She is proud to have served as a lector at Cristo Rey for the last fifteen years.
NM GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program)
Information Technology Division
Dan Koleski- IT Director 476-8432 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Koleski serves as the Information Technology Director for the Department. His mission is developing relationships between technology and business for a more productive and vigorous working environment. He has over 25 years’ experience in the IT world beginning with computerized accounting, which was before desktop hard drives were available. Floppy drives rule! He also had opportunities in computer graphics design and as Technology Coordinator in the public schools. Dan holds an associate degree from Mesalands Community College and a bachelor’s degree of information technology from the American InterContinental University