Employee Council Membership Biographies
Mack currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Center for Learning & Professional Development which is part of the Human Resource Services group. He earned his bachelor's degree at NMSU in Business Administration- Human Resource Management, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR) through the Society for Human Resource Management. Although his professional career in human resource management includes various generalist, specialist and management positions, the areas of greatest interest and satisfaction to him are employee training & development and organizational development; the former providing employees the opportunity to grow and develop in their careers, while the latter brings about change in attitudes, values, and management practices leading to improved organizational performance and quality of working life that employees experience.
Roseanne Bensley has been a staff member with Career Services since July 1985 she has been an active member of ACAP and now Employee Council for over ten years serving as a member of the Athletic Council, Budget, Campus Planning, and Provost Search Committee. Roseanne has served NMSU as the chair of the NMSU United Way Campaign (2000-2001) and is a recipient of the
Stephen W. & Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award in 2003. In addition to service to NMSU she is involved in the community with Junior League of Las Cruces; Southern New Mexico Society for Human Resource Management, Boy Scouts Troop 173 and Mayfield High School Band Parent Association.
Ellen joined NMSU in 2004 and this is her second term representing the faculty on the Council. Ellen is keenly interested in making NMSU a better place through policy improvements and ensuring the University's historical documents are readily available. Her primary contributions to the Council were creating a by-laws change to ensure the Council's documents are available in the University's Archives and revising the portions of the NMSU policy manual to avoid conflict with the principle of academic freedom. In addition to serving on the Council, Ellen served five years as the Library's representative to the Faculty Senate, where she was a principal architect of the University's revised promotion and tenure policy. She was a member of the Advancing Leaders program and serves as the Library's liaison to the Nursing and Health Science departments. In addition to holding a Masters degree in Library Science, Ellen is a certified health information specialist.
Kelly Brooks began her career with NMSU as a student in the accounting program. After completing her Bachelor's degree and moving with her husband to Lubbock, Tx, she missed her family and friends and accepted a fiscal specialist position with NMSU in the College of Education Research Center. She then moved to Hadley Hall to work as a fiscal monitor in Current Funds Accounting. She later accepted the Business Manager position at Dona Ana Community College (DACC) where she stayed for 12 years until 2009 when she went to work for the Office of Facilities and Services (OFS). She enjoys teaching part time for DACC whenever possible and hopes to continue work towards her Master's degree. She has three spirited children and an awesome husband of 21 years. She has served off and on in the Employee Council for almost 12 years. She encourages all employees to get involved and enjoy their time at NMSU.
Cherri started her NMSU career in 1978 as Departmental Secretary in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education. After 13 years she moved to the Educational Research Center as a Fiscal Specialist. Along the way she obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and in 1995 transferred to Business and Finance as an accountant for Current Funds Accounting and then Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Accounting. In 2003 she moved to the Office of Grants and Contracts as Assistant Director for University Awards and Financials and in 2008 transferred to the Office of the Vice President for Research as Director of Business and Resource Planning.
She has been a member of the NMSU Fringe Benefits Committee since 1992 and served as Chair in 1993-1994, 1995, and 2006 - present. As Chair, she has served as an ex-officio member of Employee Council.
Cherri has two children who are also NMSU graduates: Justin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Kalli with a Master of Science in Biology.
Steve Loring is the Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University, with research in soil ecology. He was the Chair of the NMSU Sustainability Council from July 2008 to July 2010. His interest in the Employee Council stems from his desire to make a difference at NMSU. He enjoys cooking, traveling, and learning new languages.
ALLAN KAPLAN, Ph.D.
Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. is the Trombone Professor at New Mexico State University since 1995, where he also teaches courses in music education, orchestration, history of jazz and improvisation. Dr. Kaplan's education included Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from New York University. Presently he is Principal Trombone of the Las Cruces Symphony and a member of the El Paso Brass Quintet. From 1975-1989 he was Principal Trombone of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Previous to that position he performed in Broadway musicals, as Solo Trombone of the Goldman Band, at Lincoln Center, and was a member of the New York Brass Choir. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has a strong background as a public school music educator. He has represented NMSU as a clinician and performing artist throughout Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and California. Dr. Kaplan has recorded on the Angel label with Maestro Herrera de la Fuente, on the MENC video series The Worlds Greatest Music, on various labels with the Goldman Band, with the Light Fantastic Players, and with Richie Havens. In the commercial field he has performed with artists such as Lena Horne, Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis, Jr., Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Cher, The Oak Ridge Boys, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.
In 2006 he was a member of the Orchestra at the Mendocino Music Festival in Northern California. In 2001 Kaplan was invited to NYC with the Creole Trio, to an audition for the State Department's Jazz Ambassador program. Look for Dr. Kaplan's chapter on the trombone section in the jazz band in the recently published Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide by Warner Brothers, edited by Dr. Willie Hill Jr. He is a member of A.S.C.A.P. and a clinician for Edwards Instrument Co.
Allan plays Greg Black Mouthpieces exclusively.
Bob Nosbisch is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS). His duties in the college include recruitment, scholarship administration, some writing for the college, some public relations, other media work for the college, and other duties as assigned.
Bob has been with NMSU as a professional since March 1987, working as a news reporter and then news director at KRWG-FM for more than 18 years under the nom de plume "Bob Mitchell." He wanted to broaden his horizons, so in August 2005, he took a position as senior communications specialist at University Communications, and in January 2008, he moved to his current position at CHSS.
Both of Bob's degrees were earned at NMSU. In May 1986, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications degree with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. In December 1993, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government degree with an international relations emphasis. As an adjunct instructor, Bob has taught three different classes at NMSU: Radio News Reporting, Radio/TV Scriptwriting and Announcing, and Introduction to Political Science.
Bob believes in service to the university. In addition to serving on the Employee Council, he also serves on NMSU's National Scholarships Committee and is a co-reader of graduating students' names at Commencement. The Fall 2010 Commencement will mark his 40th ceremony as a co-reader of names.
Bob also is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force for six years.
ANTHONY J. PARRA
Anthony J. Parra began his career with NMSU in March of 1994 as a data analyst for the Engineering Research Center. In August 1997, he became the Business Manager of Telecommunication Services with a primary role of helping the telecommunications department and the networking departments merge into a single operating unit. In January 2004 he was promoted to Director of Business Operations and Customer Service for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). His current duties include overseeing the business operations for ICT as well as the operations for ICT's Customer Service Center, Student Computer Labs and Desktop Support Services. Additionally, he plays a role for NMSU in developing strategic relationships with other state, private and public entities in order to create a statewide fiber-optic data network supporting education. Anthony received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business with an emphasis in Finance and a Master of Arts degree in Agriculture and Extension Education from NMSU.