ATC Governing Council Members
Leslie Fagre, President
Leslie Fagre is a parent educator representative on the ATC Governing Council. She is an educator at the Museum of International Folk where she coordinates the docent program and teaches in youth and adults programs.Previously, Ms. Fagre taught in the Communication & Journalism Department at UNM, and taught ESL in Japan. She has also worked as a communications consultant and project manager for several non-profits. Leslie has a BA in Comparative Religion from Carleton College and an MA in Intercultural Communication from UNM. She ran for the council because she believes that all Santa Fe students should have access to a challenging college prep education in a supportive environment. She also believes that talented and dedicated teachers are a key to student success at ATC, and believes we should focus on attracting and retaining the best! She has an eighth grader and a tenth grader at ATC.
Courtney White, Vice President
Courtney White is a parent representative to the ATC Council and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. He is a conservationist and author who co-founded the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, and others around practices that improve land health (see quiviracoalition.org). He and his wife Gen are the parents of Sterling and Olivia, students at ATC. With his experience in nonprofit management and conservation, Courtney is committed to helping ATC accomplish its goal of becoming a model charter school.
Karen Velarde-Lashley, Secretary
Karen Velarde-Lashley is a parent representative to the ATC Council. She is an Environmental Data Steward for the Environmental Programs Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has been employed with the laboratory first as a student and present as a technical staff member for the past 27 years. She is mom to Janessa and Maquela Lashley, students at ATC. She is the board president of Pinon Elementary School PES Club (Parent Educator Service Club) and volunteer coach and board president of Girls on the Run-Santa Fe. She is also a very active parent at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
Tannis Fox is a parent representative on the ATC Council. Ms. Fox is a lawyer who has practiced more than 25 years. Most of her practice has been with government and public interest organizations. For the past 12 years, she had done environmental protection work; she currently works for the New Mexico Attorney General's Office doing environmental impact work. Ms. Fox ran for the Council because she wanted to give back to ATC because the school had benefited her child and because she believes that ATC is currently well-positioned to redefine its mission, to improve its academic standards, and to become a model charter school for the state.
Marilyn Fitzgerald has spent the last forty-five years as a public school educator. She has been a teacher, administrator and a teacher mentor. Ms. Fitzgerald has a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education. She is certified as an Elementary Principal and as a Supervisor of Special Education. She retired in 2000 after spending 20 years as an Elementary Principal of the Candlebrook School in Pennsylvania. Ms. Fitzgerald moved to Santa Fe in 2000 and spent 2002-2013 as a teacher mentor for the Santa Fe Public Schools and ATC.
Mr. Mirabal currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), located in Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Mirabal has served the college for 4 years. Mr. Mirabal has over 16 years of experience in higher-ed administration, including his previous position, as the Controller at St. John’s College, for 12 years. In his current capacity, Mr. Mirabal is responsible for the oversight of the entire fiscal operation of the college, as well as directing Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Security, and all Auxiliary functions.
Mr. Mirabal has forged a career in higher in education primarily because it melds his love and acumen for business with the higher purpose of the institutional mission. Constantly pursuing new and interesting ways of improving campus processes and enhancing the college’s ability to enhance learning opportunities are of particular interest. Because colleges are typically under-resourced, Mr. Mirabal has found a unique opportunity to utilize his skill set, in being adept at identifying potential efficiencies and doing more with less. This constant challenge brings a great deal of purpose and profound satisfaction to work being accomplished.
Mr. Mirabal is a 1997 graduate of the University of New Mexico – Anderson School of Management, receiving a BA in Management. Mr. Mirabal currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and enjoys volunteering with several youth sports programs, as well as with programs within the Santa Fe Public Schools.