Would you like to know a little bit about the great folks that serve on Robert F. Kennedy’s Governance Council? Here are their bio’s…..
Christina M. Garcia – GC Member
I was born and raised in the Old Town neighborhoods of Albuquerque. Attended Albuquerque Public Schools and some classes at Albuquerque Community College (Formerly TVI). Most of my further education was on the job training through the Department of Agriculture. Upon Graduation, I was fortunate to get a job with the USDA, Forest Service where I worked for 40-years until my retirement in the winter of 2013. I am currently a member of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community and a leader with Albuquerque Interfaith. Proud to be a parent of two young men.
Fernando Ortega – GC Member
Fernando is an environmental justice community health worker. Has been working in this field since 2007. He is currently working as a Pathways Navigator for the South Valley Economic Development Center. Fernando is the founder and program coordinator of ACCESS (Arts, Community, Culture, Education, and Sports & Science) in the South Valley and West Side of Albuquerque. Through ACCESS, Fernando has been working with children, youth and families to promote healthy mental and physical lifestyles. He is actively involved in many community organizations with the intent to promote social justice and transform communities through positive change.
Margie Lockwood – President
Margie Lockwood retired from the Albuquerque Public Schools having worked as a special education teacher, diagnostician and special education administrator. That work solidified her beliefs that all students have the right to access educational opportunities that will meet their unique needs, and that all student successes should be celebrated. Serving the students, staff, and community of RFK as a governance council member reaffirms those beliefs. Margie received her Bachelor’s in Special Education, Master’s in Diagnosis, and ED.S. In Educational Administration degrees from the University of New Mexico. She has served on the RFK Governance Council since 2012. She served as Vice President of the Governance Council for four years, and is currently the President.
Jennifer Cornish – Secretary
Jennifer Cornish retired from Central New Mexico Community College where she worked as an administrator and academic coach. She believes in the transformative power of education for people of any age, and has a particular passion for working with middle and high school students as they navigate adolescence and young adulthood.Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. In addition, she is a certified mediator and volunteers at the Sandoval County Magistrate Court in their mediation program.Jennifer has served on the RFK Charter School Governance Council since 2009, four of those years as Council President. Every year she meets students who thrive at RFK where they might have failed at larger schools, inspiring her to continue her commitment to and support for the dedicated teachers and staff at RFK who make it all happen.
Michelle Renteria – GC Member
Ms. Michelle Felicia Renteria is a part-time faculty member and an Achievement Coach at CNM. She has over 21 years in higher education. The majority of her career has been in the student services arena. She is also very familiar with higher education institutions in NM, as she has worked for NMSU, SFCC, DACC/NMSU and UNM. Michelle received her Mast of Arts degree from New Mexico State University in Education – Post-secondary Administration. She is also a graduate of Coach U and a Board Certified Coach.
Sister Agnes Kaczmarek – GC Member
Sister Agnes Kaczmarek O.S.F. is currently retired after working 20 years with the Albuquerque Homeless population. Sister Agnes volunteers for various non-profits
Katy Duhigg – GC Member
is a consumer protection attorney who was born and raised in Albuquerque. Katy has spent her career working with individuals who are fighting for justice despite unimaginable adversity, and advocating for reform measures that put all New Mexicans on an even playing field. After graduating from UNM School of Law in 2008, Katy coordinated New Mexico’s first statewide nonpartisan Election Protection program at Common Cause New Mexico, and has continued as Common Cause’s State Vice Chair, promoting good government values such as transparency and accountability. Katy is the youngest of ten children, all of whom grew up in New Mexico. From an early age, Katy’s family taught her the importance of community and public service. These lessons instilled a passion for advocacy and a desire to serve her fellow New Mexicans.