Doug Turner – President
John Gallegos – Treasurer
My name is Erik Bose and I am the Executive Director of ABQ Charter Academy. I have been working in education since 1993. I started as a High School Soccer Coach as I worked my way through college. I attended UNM and earned my BA in History/Education in 1996 and eventually became licensed as a Special Education teacher. My first teaching job was at Manzano High School from 1996-2000 where I taught Special Education classes and coached the varsity soccer team to a state championship. Then I transferred and taught inclusion classes at McKinley Middle School from 2000-2004. While at MMS, I was accepted into the CEAIP program at UNM where I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2004.
That same year, I was hired at SIATech Charter High School and worked my way up through the classroom, to assistant principal, to principal and now I am the ED of ABQ Charter Academy. I currently hold board positions for the NM Association of Secondary School Administrators, Gordon Bernell Charter High School, NM Coalition of Charter Schools and I’m the President for the NM Coalition of Educational Leaders. I am proud to make education my profession.
Caryl Thomas has been active in the New Mexico charter movement since 2004. In July of that year, she opened the doors of Cesar Chavez Community School, a charter high school in Albuquerque serving at-risk students. She served as the Director/Principal of the school until her retirement in June 2015. Caryl joined the NMCCS board in 2010 as a school member and continues to serve as an at-large member since retirement. She brings many years of experience working at the local and state levels in support of the charter movement in New Mexico
Bob moved to New Mexico when he was five years old and raised a family in Albuquerque and Corrales. He attended Albuquerque Public Schools, Pomona College, where he earned a B.A. in Government, and University of Maryland where he earned an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors. Bob founded an Albuquerque-based medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24, and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of successful operation. He was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County where he wrote and passed the original NM Charter School Act. He served on the governing board of Taylor Middle School when it was a charter school, served on the NM charter school task force and co-founded the charter school Public Academy for Performing Arts. He became a U.S. Diplomat in January 2010 and served in Germany, Canada, Pakistan and The Gambia. He returned full-time to New Mexico in the spring of 2015 and lives in Corrales with his wife, Joan. Currently he is SVP of Sales and Marketing for Visual Health Solutions, a healthcare IT company.
He speaks German, tries to speak Spanish and is an avid cyclist, skier and martial artist. He is married and has four grown children.