2023 Board Meeting Held at Hollow Spirits

Meet Our Board Members

Gina Montoya

 - President

Gina Montoya transitions from a 20+ year career in the Cyber Security industry for the federal government to the new world of Organizational Design. A specialty of Gina’s is quickly gaining requisite knowledge of a company's products, services, and industry based on a business or operations perspective then suggest opportunities for process improvement, deliver team building techniques, create workshops, exercises to enhance the culture. She is proven to deliver impactful results on multiple projects. She offers superior customer service to both internal and external customers with prompt responses in a professional manner. Gina holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer/Management Information Systems from Park University and Master of Arts degree in Organizational Information and Learning Sciences, concentration in Human Resources and Organizational Design. She currently is an Information System Security Manager for Galapagos, LLC and supports the United States Space Force on Kirtland AFB.

Eilberto Calderon

 - President-Elect

Eliberto, raised by a single mother, originates from Deming, New Mexico. He has maintained a non-conformist transformative learning and training attitude. This love of learning and training, has produced personal and professional successes in multiple environments in the US Army to being a full-time single father to his three sons. Most recently, Eliberto received his doctoral degree from the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico.


Presently, he is the CEO of the Adult Transformative Development Institute and The Maverick Scholar, LLC., both are learning organizations focused on the quality-of-life development or improvement processes. Personally, I have designed and conducted my own healing, training, and thriving quality of life program which successfully transformed my identity from combat soldier into a high performing civilian or the Maverick Scholar. He is an eager volunteer in service to the New Mexico community to give to the betterment of the world at large.

Mary Farias

 - Past President

With over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, Mary brings a diverse perspective based on experience as training director of a global accounting/consulting firm, roles as a training manager in both accounting/consulting firms and in academia, and multiple past appointments managing various leadership development initiatives. She has also held roles in instructional design, communications, facilitation, instruction, and curriculum design. Her philosophy is that learning is a process, not an event, and that engagement, curiosity, and enjoyment are elemental components of learning across the lifespan.


Mary spent the bulk of her career in her hometown of Chicago working in the fields of accounting, consulting, and global banking. She moved to New Mexico in 2015 and has worked at UNM as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant, Senior Training Manager at UNM’s Project ECHO, and as Education Lead for the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center, a grant-funded program educating health care providers to increase their confidence and competence treating individuals with or at-risk for HIV. She is currently an HR Generalist II at New Mexico Gas Company, focused on learning  and development initiatives within the utilities field.


Ryan Baltunis


 - Historian

Ryan Baltunis is an accomplished Instructional Designer and experienced educator with an array of skills in technology, curriculum design, eLearning, consultation, and customer service. He has a master’s degree in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences through the University of New Mexico and used to work in their Employee and Organizational Development department. 


He spends his days now at Sandia National Laboratories as an Organizational Development Professional. He also teaches in the Teacher Education (TLOL) department at CNM. Ryan is always looking for the next big thing that is going to hit education and organizational development, and constantly keeps us on our toes!

Ann Swickard Chavez

 - VP of Finance 

Ann Swickard Chavez is the VP of Finance for ATD NM.  She is a longtime educator who is passionate about teaching and learning through engaging content for people at all stages of life.  Starting as an early childhood educator, Ann developed a love of bringing meaningful and creative lessons to diverse students. Later on Ann was a resource teacher for Albuquerque Public School’s Department of Language and Cultural Equity, providing support to educators and administrators who serve English Learners and their families. Through this experience, she became interested in adult education and talent development. Currently, she is the Financial Capability Curriculum and Engagement Specialist for Nusenda Credit Union and works to support financial literacy across the state of New Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with TESOL and art endorsements and a master’s degree in Organization and Information Learning Sciences.

Daniel Olufemi 

 - Co-VP Technology, VP Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Daniel possesses  multifarious expertise in usage of digital and new media technology for work and personal purposes, such as documenting information, publishing print and digital records and  creating newsletters,  producing videos, communicating and sharing messages via multiple digital platforms, presenting at scholarly conferences  professional development events and teaching online graduate and undergraduate classes. 

Daniel’s multidisciplinary academic credentials and professional experiences put him on a good stead to be on the Board. Daniel enjoys educating and supporting young learners from diverse sociocultural, linguistic, religious, gender, and economic backgrounds and academic ability, which gives him a strong connection to promote educational access, equity, and inclusion. Daniel’s proficiency for the position is further exemplified as he serves on several faculty and students’ diversity committees in his current position as a faculty at New Mexico Highlands University [NMHU], at the previous universities where he has worked and non-profit organizations he volunteers. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, in addition to MS in Media Arts and  MA in Childhood/Special Education. 

Kyle Duncan

 - Co-VP Technology, VP Events and Programs

Kyle is a muti-talented learning professional with more that 20 years of training and facilitation experience. He graduated in 2015 from University of Phoenix with a Maters in Adult Education and Training. He is currently a Sr. Learning Consultant for Marathon Petroleum where he specialized in LMS Management and e-Learning development. 

In his free time Kyle is the media director at Victory Outreach Church of Albuquerque, and is a licensed Pastor.  He also enjoys graphic design and video editing. He became  a member of ATD and ATDNM in 2007. Kyle began serving on the board in 2022.


Beth McLeod

 - VP Events Professional Development

Beth McLeod has over 7 years of experience in online teaching and learning as an instructor, program director, and online course design instructor. More recently, Beth has pursued instructional design, and in 2021, Beth earned her second master’s degree, a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology from the American College of Education. Beth’s favorite part about instructional design is the ability to be creative while problem-solving to meet the needs of learners. While she still enjoys online teaching, Beth’s more recent roles include Instructional Designer for Honeywell, and more recently, Instructional Designer for the Department of Energy (DOE).  Beth continues to pursue continuing education and believes that learning is a lifelong process.


VP Communications

Nicole Smith

 - VP Social Media 

With over 10 years experience in Learning & Organizational Development, Nicole has worked in multiple industries including government contracting, banking, education, and non-profit, but always in her little slice of paradise where she can champion employee learning & growth. Nicole earned her Master’s of Education in Training & Development from Pennsylvania State University, is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, DiSC Certified Trainer, and a ELI Certified Instructor of Civil Treatment.


Born into a Marine Corps family that moved constantly while she was growing up, Nicole is actually from “everywhere but nowhere in particular.” Moving to HawaiĘ»i after grad school, she called the islands home for 12 years before relocating to New Mexico in April of 2022. In her free time, Nicole sniffs out exciting adventures close to home and even abroad when the wallet allows. She enjoys trail running, hiking, SUP surfing, and freediving, but a passion for the unusual also entices her to try exciting events such as running a marathon across a South African wild game preserve and catching alligators in the geothermal springs of Colorado. Always in search of the next big escapade, be sure to let her know if you have the inside scoop on an epic adventure!

Patricia Martinez  

 - Director of Student Relations

Patricia is currently enrolled with American Military University obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. For the past 8 years she has been a Social Worker and Government contractor for the State and Federal Government. Patricia owns her own business T&B Company, for Notary and Loan Signing as well as a licensed Handyman and Procurement certifications.


Patricia had a turbulent life growing up with constant moving due to being raised in the military however she never let it stop her from getting to where she is today. She has the determination and the will to always learn a new trade and help whoever she can along the way. Her passion is to be able to help young adults get further than she did growing up and showing them there’s more to life. “Never stop trying. Never stop believing. Never give up Your day will come,”

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