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The list of 15 people who applied for Superintendent Job.

The board had selected five semi-finalists from a pool of 39 applicants and was planning interviews when the pandemic hit and school buildings were closed. The search was put on hold and the Board appointed Scott Elder, the then Chief Operations Officer, as interim superintendent.

The Board voted to restart the search, announcing that it would interview already selected semi-finalists who were still interested in the job as well as potential new applicants. The job was reposted, and applications were due on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Job Applicants and Previous Semi-finalists

Table: APS Superintendent Job Applicants.
Applicant's NamePositionEmployer
Stuart Albaugh Principal, Adelphoi Education Latrobe, PA
Christopher Bonn Superintendent,
Raton Public Schools

Raton, NM
Richard DeLorenzo  Advisor to the President,
Moscow, Russia
Scott Elder Interim Superintendent,
Albuquerque Public Schools 
Albuquerque, NM 
Deborah Lancaster Superintendent,
Wrangell Public School District
Wrangell, AK
Robert Lundin Assistant Commissioner,
Tennessee Department of Education
Nashville, TN
Pablo Ortego ELL Director,
Des Moines Public Schools Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
Wendy Reisinger  No position listed Palmyra, PA
Ignacio Ruiz  Assistant Superintendent,
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, NV
Andrew Scherrer Executive Director, Equity & Access,
Fresno Unified School District
Fresno, CA
Ushma Shah Assistant Superintendent
of Elementary Schools,
Instruction and Equity, School District U-46
Elgin, IL
Daniel Snowberger Superintendent,
Durango School District 9-R
Durango, CO
Mariana Vergara President,
Mindfulness into Action Research Institute
Dover, NJ
Trisean Wilson Head of School/CEO –
International High School of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Douglas Wine  Principal,
Holy Ghost Catholic School
Albuquerque, NM
Table: APS Superintendent Job Semifinalists
Semifinalist's NamePositionEmployerApplication
Kimberly Finke Principal Albuquerque Public Schools  Kimberly Finke Application (PDF)
James McIntyre Assistant Professor
& Director, Center
for Educational Leadership
University of Tennessee  James McIntyre Application (PDF)
Bolgen Vargas Consultant Self-employed  Bolgen Vargas Application (PDF)

Postponed Search Applicants

The list of semifinalists for the Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent of Schools. They were scheduled for interviews, then schools were ordered closed due to the spread of the virus.

Table: APS Superintendent Job Applicants
Applicant's NamePositionEmployer
Rhonda Ankiewicz Special education geometry teacher Kelly Services
Andres Armijo Executive Director &
High School/Middle School
Principal – Alternative
Ed Programs
Las Cruces Public School District
Melton Baca Former Administrator -
Albuquerque Public Schools
Vickie Bannerman Comprehensive High
School Principal 
Albuquerque Public Schools
Gabriella Blakey Associate Superintendent
for Leadership and Learning
Zone 1
Albuquerque Public Schools
Tonna Burgos Executive Director of
Student Services
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Candice Carter-Oliver Chief Executive Officer Confluence Academies
Michelle Cavazos Chief Officer for
Academics and Social
Emotional Learning
Austin Independent School District
Latanya Collins Director Cariculum Inc.
Dino Coronado Co-Founder &
Chief Operations Officer
Self-Employed (xSPEDite School Services, LLC)
Stacy Diller Superintendent Clayton Municipal School District
Jose Espinoza Assistant Superintendent Mt Diablo Unified
Kimberly Finke Principal Albuquerque Public Schools
Todd Fiske Executive Director Summit Preparatory School
Mark Gabrylczyk National Special Education Consultant Utah State University
Marnie Hazelton Superintendent Roosevelt Union Free School District
Troy Hughes Associate Superintendent
for Leadership and Learning
Zone 4
Albuquerque Public Schools
John (Randy) Johnson Regional Instructional
Superintendent -
Central Region
Denver Public Schools
James Kador School Administrator East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Arleen Kennedy Superintendent St. David Unified School District
Wesley Lindsay Superintendent Carrizozo Municipal Schools
John Marino Educational Consultant Consortium for Educational Change
Shannon Mayfield High School Administrator Allentown School District
James McIntyre Assistant Professor &
Director, Center for
Educational Leadership
University of Tennessee
Kristine Meurer Executive Director, Student,
Family and Community
Supports Division
Albuquerque Public Schools
Melinda Moore Hoover Middle School Chorus Teacher Albuquerque Public Schools
Misael Nascimento Executive Director of
Bilingual Services
Rockford Public Schools, District 205
Pablo Ortega ELL Director Des Moines Public Schools
Rodney Rock Associate Professor of
Educational Leadership and
Special Education
Department Chairperson
New Mexico Highlands University
Arsenio Romero Superintendent of Schools/
Chief Operating Officer
Deming Public Schools
Ralph (Stan) Rounds Executive Director New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders
Peter Samaranayake Director of IB Authorization/Teacher United World College–USA
Patrick Sanchez Superintendent Newark Unified School District
Madelyn Serna Marmol Associate Superintendent Albuquerque Public Schools
Willis Smith Principal Hinds County Public Schools
Christy Thompson Division Executive Director Maryland State Department of Education
Lillian Torrez Superintendent Taos Municipal Schools
Bolgen Vargas Consultant Self-employed
Esperanza Zendejas Director of Human Resources San Benito CISD