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Membership Development Committee

Attracting new members and supporting member retention is the primary focus of the membership development committee.
Belia Alvarez
Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces
Johnny Riley
Johnny Riley
Jennifer Lazarz
City of Gallup
Tourism and Marketing Manager
I'm originally from Chicago and have a diverse background in both arts, arts management, and business. I served as business manager for two locations of Chicago's premiere dance school Chicago Dance for three years, managed my own private voice studio for 9 years, and have maintained a professional classical music singing career for over 15 years.  I have managed multiple music festivals, most notably the Sherrill Milnes and Friends Programs, the Savannah Voice Festival, and the Land of Enchantment Opera.  I spent two years as the manager of the historic El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup, New Mexico, and have for almost a year served the City of Gallup as the head of the Tourism department.
Christine Robertson
Fort Marcy Hotel Suites
General Manager
Suzann Combs
Carlsbad Chamber Of Commerce
Director of Marketing and Tourism
Director of Marketing and Tourism at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center
Event Manager Christmas on the Pecos 
Ed Pulsifer
La Fonda On The Plaza
Director of Sales
Edward Pulsifer- Director of Sales, La Fonda on the Plaza- Ed is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. He has over thirty two years of hospitality experience in New Mexico.
Kerissa Dakini
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
General Manager
Coming from a family that owned and operated hotels and vacation rentals in Cancun Mexico for over 25 years, I have dedicated 18 years to the hotel and hospitality industry in the USA and internationally. Previously, I worked in Santa Fe, at some of the top-rated properties in New Mexico, including Inn of the Five Graces a Relais & Chateaux, Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Starwood’s La Posada de Santa Fe and The Historical Bishop’s Lodge Resort and Spa. Kerissa believes in excellence in operations and customer service property-wide and most importantly, exhibits a true love for people, guests and staff alike
Felicia Yates
Heartland Payment Systems
Senior Product Advisor
I'm the Payroll Sales Manager for Heartland Payroll for New Mexico and West Texas.

I currently reside in the Albuquerque Metro area, but have clients throughout the State of New Mexico, and West Texas

I possess over 20 years in the Commercial Business insurance sector, and worked for large brokerage firms in Chicago, and segued into Payroll, HR and Workforce Capital several years ago, when I moved to New Mexico.

My interests extend to culinary arts, travel and dance. 

I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you for coffee and learn more about YOU.

Thank you.

Kathy Kunda
New Mexico Hospitality Association
Strategic Partnership Manager
Hello I am the Strategic Partnership Manager here at NMHA. I am upbeat and energetic. I am originally from Southern California and moved to New Mexico the first time in 2001. I worked in the paper distribution industry for nearly 20 years as a business fixer in the Southwest and West Coast Regions.  After my last turnaround in San Diego, I decided to move back to New Mexico to start a different chapter of my life.

I come here with years of experience in rebuilding relationships, exceeding sales expectations, team building, creating communities and fellowship.

I love New Mexico and I'm excited work with clients from all areas of this beautiful state. My interests are the great outdoors, paddle boarding, camping being an MC for events, and most recently dancing. My passions are to make people laugh and inspire change.  



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