Employee Contact List

Internal Audit contact information

Name Title Telephone Number Email Address
Nicole Kelley City Auditor 505-768-3103 [email protected]
Vacant Internal Audit Manager    
Sarah Faford-Johnson Contract Auditor  (505) 768-3162 [email protected]
Marisa C. Vargas Contract Auditor  (505) 768-3138 [email protected]
Connie Barros-Montoya Principal Auditor  (505) 768-3157 [email protected]
Vanessa Meza Principal Auditor  (505) 768-3156 [email protected]
Vanessa Lucero Staff Auditor (505) 768-3155 [email protected]
Leslie Rendon Executive Assistant (505) 768-3154 [email protected]

Employee Bios

Nicole Kelley, City Auditor

Nicole has over 15 years of audit and accounting experience. After receiving her BS in accounting from Sonoma State University, where she also played collegiate soccer, Nicole spent 5 years in public accounting at KPMG. A calling to public service led her to the City and County of San Francisco's City Services Auditor's Office, where she served as an Audit Supervisor, Audit Manager, and finally as Assistant Director of Audits. Nicole also received her MBA from the University of San Francisco School of Business.

Leslie Rendon, Administrative Coordinator

Leslie currently serves as the Administrator Coordinator for both the OIA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Leslie joined the OIA and OIG staff as Administrative Coordinator in 2020, but has served the City of Albuquerque in various capacity for over 8 years. Her career with the City began at the Cultural Services Department’s Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, she then spent time at the Albuquerque Police Department and then the Planning Department.  Prior to joining OIA, Leslie worked at the Department of Municipal Development, where she was the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Real Property Division. 

Connie Barros-Montoya, Principal Auditor

Connie has 24 years of experience in financial and collections in the private sector and 6 years of experience with Taxation and Revenue.  With one year of auditing with Weight Distance and 2 years of auditing with International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) and International Registration Program (IRP).  Connie graduated from University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s of Science in Business and a minor in Accounting.

Vanessa Meza, Principal Auditor

Vanessa has over five years of auditing and investigating experience. While earning both her BS in Criminal Justice and MBA, she spent 4 years at a Tribal casino where she worked in Auditing, Surveillance, and Risk Management. She then went on to work as an Internal Auditor for MGM Resorts International, where she led a team of auditors that were responsible for oversight of 15 MGM properties. Vanessa relocated to New Mexico to start a new life with her husband and auditing career with the City of Albuquerque. 

Marisa C. Vargas, Contract Auditor

Marisa has over 15 years of assurance and consulting experience in the private and government sectors. Marisa first worked at New Mexico Student Loans as an Internal Auditor performing compliance and performance audits. She then worked for the Internal Audit department at Sandia National Laboratories from 2010 to 2020 serving as a Contract Auditor, Internal Auditor and finally an Audit Supervisor for the department for the last six years. A native of Albuquerque, Marisa resides on the Westside with her family and serves as President for the Albuquerque Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics and a Master’s in Accounting, both from the University of New Mexico.

Sarah Faford-Johnson, Contract Auditor

Sarah has over eight years of private sector finance and auditing experience.  She is currently completing her MBA and holds Certificates in Data Analysis and Accounting and Finance.  Prior to joining the City of Albuquerque, she worked as an Internal Auditor for Boyd Gaming Corporation, assisting in the completion of audit plans for five gaming properties across four states.  Sarah relocated to New Mexico with her wife to continue her auditing career with the City of Albuquerque.

Vanessa Lucero, Staff Auditor

Vanessa has over ten years of experience in financial relations, including two years of direct investigative experience.  Prior to joining the City of Albuquerque, she worked for the great State of New Mexico.  Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, Summa cum Laude with highest honors.  She also earned two Associate degrees and a college certificate from Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), formerly TVI.  Born and raised in the Land of Enchantment, Vanessa continues to reside in Albuquerque with her husband and two children.


  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)