Voters Elect Michelle Hall to College Board

Michelle Hall

Staff report

Los Alamos voters tonight elected Michelle Hall 251 to 44 to replace incumbent Ron Dolin in Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hall owns Science Education Solutions, Inc., a small research and development company invested in promoting science and technology literacy.

“Higher education is the cornerstone to our past and future economic success in Los Alamos County. UNM-LA has been providing high quality instruction, certificates and degrees that serve a wide range of student needs, but too often is flying “under the radar” and thus is underutilized and under developed,” Hall said last month. “I have collaborated with a number of their faculty and staff and find them all to be highly qualified and dedicated to their students and this community. I would like to help the institution become better integrated into the educational and economic engine across our community and region in ways that will ensure greater prosperity for all.”

Micheline Devaurs

Micheline Anne Devaurs received 243 votes in her unopposed race for re-election to Position 2 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Devaurs works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was seeking reelection to a second four-year term.

“I am running for the UNM-LA Advisory Board for a second term because I believe that education is key to improving our community – repeatedly studies show that education is at the base of solving all societal challenges,” Devauers said last month. “UNM-LA is a resource, which our community could use more beneficially, and I would like to continue to assist in that effort. Having been involved in both a UNM-LA strategic planning effort and mill levy proposals, I would like to see those to completion in a second term. I also think a vibrant higher education campus is vital to our town, and further recruitment/retention of individuals to our community. Finally, I believe in community service and enjoy interacting with other leaders in Los Alamos.”

John Hofmann

John Hofmann received 234 votes in his unopposed race for Position 5 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hofmann is retired from a career with Honeywell. He has served on and led several local boards including United Way, Leadership Los Alamos, Art in Public Places Advisory Board and the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

“I understand that long time board member Nelson Hoffman will not be seeking reelection. Nels has provided a great service to the community and to UNM-LA over the years and his wisdom and energy will be missed,” Hofmann said last month. “I don’t know that I could ever fill Nels’ shoes but I have a passion for education and strong desire to ensure the long term sustainability of UNM-LA in our community, so I decided to ask for the voters’ support to sit on the UNM-LA Advisory Board for next four years.”

Newly Elected School Board Members

Jim Hall

Jim W. Hall ran unopposed for the Los Alamos Board of Education in District 1 and received 54 votes.

Hall, 68, brings significant public and private sector experience to the school board seat. He was elected to serve two terms on the Los Alamos Board of Education in the 1990s, was appointed in June 2011 to a vacancy on the Los Alamos County Council and in September of that same year, Gov. Susana Martinez named Hall to fill a vacancy in the New Mexico House of Representatives. He replaced replace Jeannette O. Wallace who died of medical issues in April 2011.

Hall lost his House seat election bid to Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard in November.

In January, Hall explained his intentions if elected to the school board.

“We have an excellent school system. I will do my best to assist the staff in their goal of serving all students as effectively as possible,” Hall said last month. “I will work to maintain the health of our schools by advocating to continue our capital support for rebuilding our schools, maintaining our DOE funding, maximizing our state funding, fulfilling the governance responsibility of the board, supporting our effective and committed staff, and communicating regularly and openly with parents and students.”

As an organizational consultant, Hall has significant experience in building consensus among diverse groups and individuals with divergent interests.

Matt W. Williams

Matt Williams ran unopposed for the Los Alamos Board of Education in District 2 and received 36 votes.

Williams, 51, also is a resident of White Rock. He served on the District Parent Council last year and on the District Gifted Advisory Committee for the past two years. He also served on the Academic Achievement subgroup of the Strategic Planning Committee last year.

“I’ve also been sitting in on the School Bond Committee meetings and trying to help with that, so I have been developing a good understanding of the academic programs and capital projects that are going on at the district level,” Williams said last month.

His experience also includes involvement on the Chamisa Advisory Team the last two years and classroom volunteer work at Chamisa for seven years.

“I’ve participated in more science nights, science fairs and school carnivals than I really care to think about,” Williams said. “I’m also Cubmaster for Pack 20, the Cub Scout group chartered by the Chamisa PTO, so I know nearly all of the staff and quite a few of the children and their parents at Chamisa. I stay pretty well connected and that’s going to help me once I’m on the board.”

Williams is a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in the remnants of the old X Division.


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