William Barker-Vice Chair
Major William Barker enlisted in the Marines in Bellingham, Washington in 1965. He served with the Marine Corps until 1990, at which time he retired from the service to work in education. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. He began as a JROTC Instructor at Eldorado High School upon his retirement from the Marines in 1990, and worked with the school for six years. He then moved to La Cueva High School to serve as the JROTC Instructor in 1996 primarily instructing high school students in leadership curriculum – a program which he developed. In 2010, he became the District Military Instructor for Albuquerque Public Schools, a position in which he oversees 27 instructors at 14 high schools in the JROTC program. He creates job descriptions, assists with curriculum development, and manages a $2.8 million budget.
Dr. Carl Foster
Dr. Carl G. Foster received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University, his Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a second Master's degree in Special Education, and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Arizona. He began his professional career as an educator for Farmington Municipal School. He was a Deputy Chancellor for the Department of Energy at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. After his time with New Mexico Tech, he went on to work as the Manager of Curriculum Development and Evaluation at the Department of Energy Emergency Operations Training Academy at Kirtland Air Force Base. He began engaging in state politics by serving in the New Mexico House of Representatives Republican Leadership as a member of the Analysis for the Appropriations Committee, and also as a Volunteer Analyst for the New Mexico Senate Republican Leadership. Currently, he is an Adjunct faculty member at the New Mexico Highlands University. He is a Commissioner on the New Mexico Public School Capital Outlay Advisory Board, a Board Member for Selective Service, and has served as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the San Juan County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Jeffrey A. Peterson has over 17 years of civil engineering experience, most recently as the Senior Civil Engineer for Chugach Management Services, JV. He is responsible for the design, review, management and construction of small to large projects for the US Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB). Projects under his direction include roadway construction, airfield construction, utility construction and repair, anti-terrorism/force protection construction, creation and maintenance of the KAFB base-wide 5-year Master Paving Plan, as well as civil support for new building design, construction and renovation projects throughout the base. He is familiar with the Department of Defense design requirements. In addition to his professional experience, he has served on a Crash Survey Team, and on a Vulnerability Assessment Team Anti-Terrorism Working Group. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and has special security clearance.
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