Staff

Desiree Beltrán, Community Engagement Director, was born in Capultitlán, Mexico and emigrated with her parents and siblings to Santa Fe, NM in 1992. Desireé’s experiences as an immigrant woman of color shaped her desire to be an agent of change. She graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California with a B.A. in International Intercultural Studies with a focus on Latin America and from the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California. For over ten years, Desireé has worked to address social justice issues in the areas of child welfare, early childhood education, reproductive rights, and immigrants’ rights in communities throughout New Mexico, California, Idaho and Mexico. Most recently, she served as Program Supervisor to the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program in Santa Fe, NM, where she coordinated a cohort of volunteers to safeguard the rights of children and youth with open abuse/neglect court cases in the First Judicial District. Desireé is enlivened by dance, personal transformation, spirituality and the creative process. To contact Desiree: desiree@workingclassroom.org

 

Theresa Dunworth, Bookkeeper/Office Manager, received her BBA in Accounting from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Her 25 years of experience includes positions as Assistant Controller at the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority and Manager of the Compilation Department at Lewallen & Co., P.C., a public accounting firm.

 

 

 

 

Meggan Gomez, Theater Conservatory Director, studied acting in the BFA program at Montclair State University School of the Arts before completing her degree at Excelsior College. She completed institute residencies with Cornerstone Theatre Company in Los Angeles and La Universidad Nacional de Colombia/Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, as well as a year long apprenticeship at Touchstone Theatre and most recently a Moments Work training lab at Tectonic Theater Project. As an educator, she taught theater at the Arts Academy Charter School in Allentown, PA and Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA. Her acting credits include productions at Abrons Arts Center and Theater for the New City in New York, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Touchstone Theatre and Allentown Academy of the Arts in Pennsylvania. She is responsible for student recruitment, student mentoring and teaching the introductory level program component, including improvisation, street performance and clowning workshops. To contact Meggan: meggan@workingclassroom.org

 

Paul López, Jr., Program Assistant, is an alumnus of Working Classroom, where he has participated as a visual art student, public art apprentice and volunteer. Paul graduated with a BA in Fine Art Studio–Photography from the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts, where he co-directed the Art Student Association Gallery, worked as an audiovisual assistant at the UNM School of Law’s IT department, and interned at Tamarind Institute for Lithography under Bill Lagattuta and Valpuri Kylmänen Remling. Paul also sat on Working Classroom’s Board of Directors, as an alumni representative, from 2008 until 2010. After graduating UNM, Paul continued photography through freelance work  with clients such as the Democratic Party of New Mexico and the Desert Forge Foundation, an organization focused on providing job and wellness training for veterans through agriculture and the arts. Paul continues to pursue his interests in imaging and visual communication through the study of Geographic Information Technology at CNM.
To contact Paul: paul@workingclassroom.org

 

Luis Carlos Muñoz, Grant and Program Associate, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received his B.A in Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. Coming from an immigrant background, his personal experience in attaining a college education drives his passion in assisting student in their pursuit of a college education. He has worked with student from underrepresented communities for 7 years, working with college readiness programs providing insight and resources to students that are currently facing issues of inequity in their educational careers. As an undergraduate student, Luis Carlos’ was awarded the Mentor of the Year award by the Albuquerque Mentor Collaborative. He also volunteered as an instructor for Architecture with Children and taught high school and middle school student, fundamentals of architecture and design. As the Grant and Program Associate, Luis Carlos’ responsibility includes assisting in day to day operations for administrative tasks, and management of the current grants awarded to Working Classroom. To contact Luis Carlos: luiscarlos@workingclassroom.org

 

Kelly Seibert, Director of Academic Success and School Partnerships, is an Albuquerque native who received her B.A. in Political Science and Foreign Languages from the University of New Mexico. After working for New Mexico’s Senator Udall in Washington D.C, Kelly served as a Teach For America Corps Member and taught Middle School English and Reading in Houston, TX for three years. Kelly is certified as a K-8 Bilingual Generalist educator, and is experienced as a teacher coach and literacy curriculum specialist. As a certified yoga instructor and entrepreneur, Kelly started a business to provide stress management, yoga, and mindfulness training for teachers, administrators and students. She is passionate about working for education equity and providing all students with the tools, knowledge, and experiences necessary to reach their full academic and personal potentials. Kelly is responsible for overseeing Working Classroom’s academic support–such as tutoring, SAT/ACT Prep, financial literacy, and college readiness, as well as providing personalized academic mentoring. To contact Kelly: kelly@workingclassroom.org

 

Gabrielle Marie (Lopez) Uballez, Executive Director, is an alumna of Working Classroom where she has participated as a student, public art apprentice and instructor. Uballez received her B.A. in Art and Art History from Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she was an active volunteer at the Center for the Arts. After graduating, she volunteered as a grant-writing assistant at White Box Gallery and was employed as the Special Projects Associate at the Studio Museum in Harlem. At the Museum, she organized and managed special artist initiatives, special events as well as trustee and donor relations. In July 2011, Gabrielle was one of fourteen individuals selected to participate in Crescendo Cultural, the first national task force of young Latino art professionals, organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art, to promote dialogue about the state of the Arts in the U.S. and create an agenda to preserve and present Latino arts and culture. To contact Gabrielle: gabrielle@workingclassroom.org

 

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