Council Members

The Governor appoints thirteen (13) members to the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) in accordance with the Executive Order2018-008

The members represent public and private providers of early care and learning services to young child and families and higher education.

Secretary Monique Jacobson
Cabinet Secretary 
Children Youth & Families Department
Santa Fe, NM

Designee for Secretary Jacobson
Alejandra Rebolledo Rea 
CYFD Acting Director
Early Childhood Services
Santa Fe, NM

Christopher Ruszkowski
PED Secretary
Public Education Department
Santa Fe, NM 

Designee for Secretary Ruszkowski
Ashley Eden
PED Deputy Secretary
Santa Fe, NM

Olga Valenzuela-Zavala
CYFD - Head Start Collaboration Office
Santa Fe, NM 

Shannon Rivera
Early Childhood Faculty - Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM

Kimberly Johns
Stars Preschool - Rio Rancho Public Schools
Rio Rancho, NM

Amanda Gibson
Dona Ana County Headstart/ Early Headstart
Las Cruces, NM

Crystal Tapia
Noah's Ark Childcare
Albuquerque, NM

Andy Gomm
Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program - IDEA Part C-IDEA  
NM Department of Health
Santa Fe, NM

Arra Carbajal
Native American Professional Parent Resources Inc.
Albuquerque, NM

Elizabeth Beers
Socorro General Hospital - Home Visiting Program
Socorro, NM

Angela Redondo, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico - Preschool Consultant
Albuquerque, NM

Raymond Jaramillo
Alpha School Inc. - Child Care & PreK
Las Cruces, NM

Barbara Tedrow
A Gold Start Academy- Child Care & PreK
Farmington, NM



If you are interested in serving on the Council, please submit your application.