Leadership

Bob Perls - President, Founder & Board Member

 

Bob moved to New Mexico when he was five years old and raised a family in Albuquerque and Corrales.  He attended Albuquerque Public Schools, Pomona College, where he earned a B.A. in Government and University of Maryland where he earned an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors.   Bob started his own medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24 and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of operation.  In addition, he was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County, did consulting for a Governor of New Mexico on ways to create jobs through renewable energy and ran unsuccessfully for Congress and the PRC for a total of 13 years of political, elected and campaign experience.  He co-founded a charter school in Albuquerque, NM called Public Academy for Performing Arts.  Bob spent 2009 working on two start-up companies, one in telemedicine and one in cybersecurity.  He became a U.S. Diplomat in January, 2010 and served in Germany, Canada, Pakistan and The Gambia.  He returned full-time to New Mexico in the spring of 2015 and lives in Corrales with his wife Joan.

He is fluent in German, tries to speak Spanish and is an avid cyclist, skier and martial artist.  He is married and has four grown children.

Email: perlsbob@gmail.com

Phone: 1(505) 259-2377

Sarah Cobb - Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member

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Sarah Cobb is former staff for Senator Tom Udall.  She has worked on state representative and congressional campaigns for Bob Perls and John Kelly and then congressional and senate campaigns for Tom Udall.  She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and has worked with tribal Head Start teachers, and has taught as an elementary school teacher in Arizona, Massachusetts, Georgia and New Mexico. 

Treciafaye (Tweeti) Blancett -  Board Member

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Tweeti is a 6th generation New Mexican who has owned and operated the Step Back Inn with her husband since 1993. She has been a vocal a vocal advocate for environmental stewardship, often going toe to toe with local refining companies.

A former Republican, Tweeti coordinating George Bush’s 2000 campaign, stumping for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenci and as a State Representative in the New Mexico state legislature. Once a small town rancher, Tweeti now travels the United States and Canada to talk about sustainable energy development.   

A. Blair Dunn - Board Member

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A. Blair Dunn, Esq. is a founding partner of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates, LLP.  Prior to founding WARBA, Blair was a solo practioner concentrated in banking, water, real estate, conservation, agriculture, and natural resources transactions and litigation.  Blair has also served as the General Counsel and Director of Agricultural Policy for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, as well as the Chief Legal Counsel for the New Mexico water rights brokerage firm of WaterBank.  Blair grew upon on farms and ranches in Southern New Mexico and received an undergraduate degree in Geology from New Mexico State University.

Abraham Sanchez - Board Member

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Abraham Sanchez was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. He attended Las Cruces High School and studied government at New Mexico State University. He has volunteered in church ministries and worked in HIV prevention and education. He also works with Las Esperanzas, a local community organization dedicated to preserving the Mesquite Street Historic District in Las Cruces. He is now employed by the Bureau of Elections in the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office.

Abraham has two brothers, one an identical twin. He enjoys playing guitar and is a passionate pocket billiards enthusiast. He has served as a Billiard Congress of America League President and has competed in national amateur events.

Gus Pedrotty -Board member


Former Candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, Pedrotty grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in May 2017 with bachelor's degrees in chemistry and psychology. His professional experience includes working as an assistant hall coordinator at the University of New Mexico and as an intern with Project Echo.

Lloyd Princeton - Board Member

"I have been blessed in my life and I know it.

I think it is fair to say that I am a life-long volunteer. I have been engaged in community projects since I was in grammar school in San Francisco, including neighborhood clean-ups, after-school bake sale fundraisers - you name it. When I was a little older, I started swinging a hammer for Christmas in April, delivering food to people in need. While living in L.A., I worked with disadvantaged youths and in prison ministry.

My mother was in the Army and then became a Correctional Officer. Her life has always motivated me to dig deeper into giving. This is not to say that my life has been easy, because it hasn’t been. Growing up, I struggled to find my place in the world and took several attempts to earn my Undergraduate degree in Business Management. I was conflicted in my early twenties and sometimes it was just easier to “lose” myself than to focus on my career and life.

Through serendipity, I found myself living in New York, and then my career and achievement took off. I created the company I run and enjoy today, Design Management Company - a consultancy dedicated to helping small business owners prosper. It has helped thousands of people while providing me with the income that I am now using to run for Congress.

I spend a lot of time walking my dog, thinking about things that matter to me, such as why people make the choices they do and ways to inspire them to make better ones.

When possible, I go to the gym and lift weights and run; I like to ski and ride horses; but perhaps most of all, I love reading. There is so much that I don’t know and learning from books has always been a joy for me.

In many respects, I find myself quite ordinary. In others, I know I’m different. I believe I have an unusual ability to see the true nature of things before most, and it this seeming connection to the unseen that most inspires me." - Lloyd Princeton

Heather Nordquist - Treasurer, Board Member

Heather grew up in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe. She graduated from University of New Mexico with a BS in computer science in 2004 and has been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a nuclear safeguards expert for over 15 years. From 2009 to 2014, she worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency developing remote monitoring systems used by IAEA inspectors.

Since her return to northern New Mexico in 2014, she has been an advocate for local residents on issues of water and land rights, co-founded and served as executive vice-president of Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, a 501C4 that helps residents navigate difficult land and water disputes.

She remains a vocal advocate for government transparency and accountability, protection of whistleblower protections, getting money out of politics and engaging more voters in the electoral process.

When she isn't doing science or being an activist, she can be found knitting or sewing.

Email: heathernordquist@gmail.com
Phone: (505) 470-3622

Kathleen Burke - Board Member

Kathleen Burke is the Associate Director of Street Safe New Mexico, where she is a leader in
human trafficking prevention and advocacy for sex trafficking survivors in New Mexico. She is a
member of the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force and Albuquerque’s Southeast Area
Community Policing Council, where she is a voice for the community in the U.S. Department of
Justice police reform effort. Kathleen was a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders at the
Democratic National Convention of 2016. As a committed and high-profile Progressive activist
in New Mexico, Kathleen places a high priority upon issues of transparency and improvement of
the electoral process in New Mexico.


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