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Board of Directors

From the Chair

Diverse, entrepreneurial and innovative are the defining characteristics of UNM Rainforest Innovations’ Board of Directors. Members of the Board are researchers, inventors, academics, administrators, business executives, lawyers and community leaders, with local, national and international ties. Our board guides UNM Rainforest Innovations in its mission to support the University of New Mexico and its partners as the source for innovation management and commercial development in six strategic areas of service to the University:

  • Compliance with the Bayh-Dole Act (IP prosecution, maintenance and commercialization)
  • Support for economic development (marketing/licensing/start-up companies)
  • Support of UNM faculty and staff commercialization (recruitment support, commercialization outreach education and faculty retention)
  • Academic impact through support for UNM research (CDAs, MTAs, IIAs and research agreements)
  • Academic impact through support for UNM education (student interns, outreach, Joseph L. Cecchi VentureLab)
  • Income generation from technology transfer

The UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors deals with these strategic UNM Rainforest Innovations areas and applies specific expertise, drawn from our members’ backgrounds, as needed.

Sandra Begay
Chair, UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors

Board Officers

Ms. Sandra Begay
Chair, UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors
Director, Environmental Health Department, City of Albuquerque


terri-coleMs. Terri L. Cole
Vice Chair, UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors
President & CEO, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce


jhollowayDr. James P. Holloway
Vice Chair, UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNM


jstichmanDr. John H. Stichman
Secretary and Treasurer, UNM Rainforest Innovations Board of Directors
Executive Vice President & Deputy Laboratory Director, Sandia National Laboratories, Retired


lkuuttilaMs. Elizabeth (Lisa) J. Kuuttila
CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, UNM Rainforest Innovations



Board Members

christianMr. Joe Christian
President/CEO, Nusenda Credit Union


christosDr. Christos Christodoulou
Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing, Department of Engineering and Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UNM


coonrodDr. Julie A. Coonrod
Dean, Graduate Studies and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, UNM


tcostantinidisMs. Teresa Costantinidis
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, UNM


rfisherDr. Robert H. Fisher
Founder, Fisher Leadership Strategy Execution



dgibsonMr. David W. Gibson
Senior Director, Environmental, Safety, Health, and Quality Directorate, Argonne National Laboratories


riisMr. Riis Gonzales
President & CEO, Sandia Foundation


mgriegorabyMs. Maria Griego-Raby
President, Principal, Contract Associates, Inc.


khammettDr. Kelly D. Hammett
Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico
rlarsonDr. Richard S. Larson
Executive Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor for Research, Health Sciences Center, UNM


Gabriel LopezDr.Gabriel P. Lopez
Vice President for Research, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Founding Director and Member, Center for Biomedical Engineering, The University of New Mexico


gmayerDr. Gregg L. Mayer
President, Gregg L. Mayer & Co., Inc.


cmcgillMs. Cindy McGill
CEO and Founder, McGill Executive Consulting LLC


rnathMr. Robert Nath
Co-Founder and Chairman, Quasar International, Inc., Retired
Eric ProssnitzDr. Eric R. Prossnitz
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Molecular Medicine
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center


romig (thumbnail)Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr.
Executive Officer, National Academy of Engineering
prothDr. Paul B. Roth
Chancellor for Health Sciences, Health Sciences Center, UNM
Dean, School of Medicine, UNM


stokes-editedDr. Garnett S. Stokes
President, The University of New Mexico


stormont-johnDr. John C. Stormont
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of New Mexico


psuarezPedro F. Suarez, Esq.
Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.


gtonjesMr. Gary Tonjes
President, Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc.


Mr. Charles I. Wellborn
Former President, Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM, Retired