ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Activities Association Distinguished Service Award is given annually at the NMAA & NMADA Fall Leadership Conference. The individuals receiving this award have all contributed significantly toward the good of the Association in one form or another.
Each recipient has supported interscholastic activities for numerous years. The 2018 honorees are David Campbell, Dr. Roberto Carreon, and Gary Chavez.
David Campbell was born and raised a “Buckeye” in Ohio. He played football for Ohio Northern University and also served as a student assistant coach for one year. He would earn his master’s degree in Education Administration from Eastern New Mexico. Dave has been a longstanding teacher, coach, and administrator with Dexter Schools, the last 13 as athletic director. Some of his awards include the NMADA Class 3A AD of the Year and NMHSCA AD of the Year award. He is the current president of the NMADA as well as an NMAA commission member and he serves on the NMAA hardship and football sports specific committees. Dave is married to Jennifer Campbell and they have two daughters, Breanna and Allyssa.
Dr. Roberto Carreon grew up in Silver City and graduated from Silver High School. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Washington. He is one of the founding members of the NMAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and also served on the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee from 2011-2015. On many evenings and weekends during the school year you can find Dr. Carreon on the sideline or in gymnasiums volunteering his time as a team physician at local and regional high school athletic events. He currently works with the Southwest Bone and Joint Institute.
Born and raised in Las Vegas (NM), Gary Chavez is a graduate of Robertson High School and attended New Mexico Highlands University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Leisure Services. Gary has been a Public Address Announcer for over 30 years. During those 30-plus years he has announced at numerous high school and collegiate events, including state cross country and track for 12 years and state basketball and baseball for the past 25 years. Gary currently works for the New Mexico Human Services Department as the Chief Procurement Officer/Bureau Chief for the Contracts Management and Procurement Bureau. He and his wife Noel live in Rio Rancho.
Dave, Roberto, and Gary were all recognized with commemorative plaques during the NMAA & NMADA Fall Leadership Conference Lunch Banquet that was held Oct. 1. Their service to the NMAA and the youth of New Mexico is greatly appreciated.