Southwest Regional Education Cooperative Staff

We are proud to employ a dedicated staff of experts in their field! With a love for our community and a desire to provide our students with an exemplary public education, we are committed to providing local school districts with services that streamline their administrative responsibilities so they can focus on what matters most—students! If we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact us. We are here to serve you!

SWREC Team Photo - June 2021

Administration

Valerie Brea
Executive Director
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About Valerie Brea

Valerie Brea has been in education for over 22 years. She spent the first eight years of her career as a special education teacher in a self-contained K–5 class and then as a reading coach in an elementary school in Silver City, New Mexico. During these years, she obtained two master’s degrees, one in special education and one in educational leadership, in addition to her BA in elementary education. Providence led her to a ten-year position, during which she was simultaneously the principal and SPED director, and she taught as many as three classes a day in history and English to middle and high school students. Ms. Brea has spent the past four and a half years working with the Southwest Regional Education Cooperative (SWREC) as a program director and associate director, designing and implementing professional development for teachers covering a wide range of topics. She also mentors principals in the Principals Pursuing Excellence program and serves as the onsite team leader with the Teachers Pursuing Excellence program.

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Erica Reyes
Financial Director
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About Erica Reyes

Erica was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but she has lived in Deming, New Mexico, all her life. She started as a vocational transition specialist who, after being in the banking business for ten years, plunged into this new career on August 1, 2017. Erica has earned a bachelor’s degree in general business and a master’s in business administration, both from Western New Mexico University. As of January 3, 2018, she is the SWREC operations manager.

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Prestine Parten
Technology Director &
Educational Technology Specialist
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About Prestine Parten

Prestine Parten is a level III teacher who began teaching in the Deming Public School District in 1998. She holds an elementary education bachelor’s degree from NMSU, a master of education degree in technology in education from Lesley University, and she has a second master’s degree in educational leadership/administration through WNMU. She taught grades 4–7, was a technology coach at Columbus Elementary, and joined Deming Public School District’s technology department in July 2011, where she supported teachers with instructional technologies for the classroom as well as trained district and school staff on various technology tools and programs, website authoring, and Office 365 features. She was also the instructional and technology coach for J.U.M.P. School (multi-age classroom) teachers. In August 2017, Prestine began working with the Southwest Regional Education Cooperative (SWREC) as the technology manager. She spends part of her week in Animas Public Schools as their tech support. She continues to offer training in instructional technologies.

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Daniel Archuleta
Technology Specialist
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About Daniel Archuleta

Daniel Archuleta was born and raised in Deming, NM. He finished his senior year in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso, he studied Robotics, Automation, and Pneumatics. After graduation, he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he studied Culinary Arts. While he was a chef, he always had his hand in technology. During the pandemic shut down, he utilized his time acquiring IT certifications. He returned to his hometown of Deming, started his own IT support business, and worked with Deming Public Schools' technology department. He joined the SWREC in July 2021 as they began their vision of growing their technology services for their regions.

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Victoria Bencomo
Medicaid Specialist
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About Victoria Bencomo

Victoria grew up in Deming, New Mexico. After graduation, she spent some time working in the finance industry as a customer service agent. For the last six years, Victoria has been working with Deming Public Schools. She is currently working on a degree in education through DACC. She is excited to begin working as our vocational transition specialist with SWREC.

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Kristina Camacho
Clerk
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About Kristina Camacho

Kristina comes to SWREC with experience from a local grocery store, Pepper's Supermarket, where she had many positions, including working in the bakery and deli, as a courtesy clerk and cashier, at the service desk, and in their bookkeeping department. She also worked as a receptionist at the assessor's office. She was an office manager of a local dental office. Kristina is a mother of three boys and a stepson and loves fishing and hunting with them. She loves being with family and spending valuable time together. She enjoys watching baseball and football, especially when her boys play. She is also a band booster mom and enjoys cheering on her band kiddo and football player. She began working as SWREC's clerk in October 2018.

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Terrance Hester
Business Services Specialist
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About Terrance Hester

Terrance is a New Mexico native and has lived here his entire life. He was born and raised in Alamogordo and attended college at both UNM and NMSU. He graduated from New Mexico State University in May of 2011 with his bachelor’s in business administration specializing in finance with minors in banking and risk management and insurance. Terrance came to our team after spending 10 years in the federal sector working for the USPS management team. In April of 2021, Terrance joined the SWREC team and is motivated to work with his school teams and the Business Services Department.

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Amber Kelly
Medicaid Specialist
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About Amber Kelly

Before coming to SWREC, Amber worked at Mimbres Memorial Hospital as an ER clerk. She also worked in scheduling and admissions/registration. There for nine years, Amber became very familiar with insurances and how billing begins. Amber came to SWREC in September of 2016 and has not regretted that decision one bit. At the SWREC offices, she does the billing for Medicaid in the schools. It keeps her busy!

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Virginia (Gina) Labadie
Special Education Instructional Specialist
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About Virginia (Gina) Labadie

In July 2019, Virginia (Gina) Labadie joined Southwest Regional Education Cooperative as a special education instructional specialist. She has been an educator for 22 years. After graduation from WNMU in 1997, she taught Head Start for three years. In 2000, she began working in public schools and just completed her nineteenth year. During her teaching career, she taught regular education for six years and then special education for thirteen years. She has experience in grades K–12 that includes resource room, self-contained, and inclusion support classes. She currently holds a BA in elementary education and a MAT in special education, with a Level III dual teaching license for K–8 elementary and K–12 special education.


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KaLee Marrufo
Business Services Specialist
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About KaLee Marrufo

KaLee was raised in Deming, New Mexico, and currently lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. KaLee has a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science from New Mexico State University. She has one beautiful daughter and enjoys spending time with her family. KaLee joined the SWREC team in April of 2021 to assist with operational and fiscal management services.

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Chasity Montes
Instructional Specialist
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About Chasity Montes

Chasity Montes is currently a professional development specialist for Southwest Regional Education Cooperative. Her love for teaching and making a difference for New Mexico educators and students has inspired her to shift from an elementary educator (for over seventeen years) to a regional instructional coach, supporting educators in our seven districts. Chasity is a certified CPI facilitator and a Key Project GLAD Trainer® for Guided Language Acquisition Design. Mrs. Montes has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master's of education, with a focus in instructional technology.

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Ann Marie Mora
Project Administrator
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About Ann Marie Mora

Ann Marie Mora has been in education for over 20 years. She has experience in both elementary and secondary education as a teacher, instructional leader/coach, reading interventionist/coach, and administrator. She spent two years at the district level as an RtI specialist and pre-k administrator. While working for Deming Public Schools, Mrs. Mora received training through NM Reading First, the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE), Multisensory Language Training with Sandra Dillon, and cognitive coaching. At Las Cruces Public Schools, she served on two committees: LCPS Secondary Re-Entry Task Force and LCPS Secondary MLSS Planning Group. As an assistant principal at Las Cruces High School, she was the safety lead, master scheduler, and SAT chair. In addition to a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, she also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. Mrs. Mora entered her first year with the Southwest Regional Education Cooperative (SWREC) as a project administrator in January of 2021. She has a love of learning and a passion for helping others. She is excited to work with the administration and staff at each district supported by the SWREC and highly respects those who made the decision to teach.

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John Richmond
Business Services Specialist
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About John Richmond

John was born in Silver City, New Mexico, and has lived in Deming, New Mexico, most of his life. John has an extensive background in hospitality management. In 2015, he received a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant tourism management, with a double minor in business administration and marketing from NMSU. John is very family-oriented and enjoys his weekend social time with family and friends. He joined the SWREC team in October 2020 to help provide business management services and provide support to special projects.

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Lauren Verduzco
Business Services Specialist & FOCUS Planning Time Grant Manager
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About Lauren Verduzco

Lauren is a New Mexico native who has been residing in Deming most of her life. Lauren is currently pursuing a business degree from WNMU with an emphasis in finance and management. For the past seven years, Lauren has worked at and managed two local non-profits. These non-profits aimed to address domestic violence and our homeless population in Luna County. The business and grant portion of her work helped to ignite her passion for business services and, particularly, finances. Lauren joined the SWREC team on contract in August 2020, managing a grant for daycares throughout the state of NM, and she became a full-time business services specialist in June 2021. Lauren is married with two children and has a growing farm outside of town.

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Lisa Pastran
Administrative Assistant &
Events Coordinator
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About Lisa Pastran

Lisa has an extensive background in banking/finance. She was a bank officer and has been in banking for 28 years. In 2001, she received a management degree from Anderson School of Management at UNM. In March of 2013, Lisa joined the SW Regional Education Cooperative. Although challenging, she has found it exciting to see the inner workings of education and to experience this whole new world.

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Shannon Treadwell
Instructional Specialist
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About Shannon Treadwell

Shannon is a level III teacher who began teaching for Deming Public Schools in 1997. Shannon earned her bachelor in science in education from ENMU and a masters of arts in early childhood from NMSU. She had an exemplary teacher rating for four years under New Mexico Teach. Her love for teaching and making a difference for students and teachers inspired her to move from an elementary educator of 21 years to an instructional specialist. Shannon Treadwell joined Southwest Regional Education Cooperative in July 2018 as an instructional specialist/coach.

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Deborah Villalba
Dossier Coach
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About Deborah Villalba

Deborah graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She lives in Silver City, where she spent 26 years as a reading coach and teaching K–5 and high school-age students. Her favorite and most beloved memories are of her students! Deborah is a very enthusiastic instructional coach here at the SWREC. She joined the team in August of 2018. Prior to joining the team, she spent two years as a retired teacher. She enjoyed the time off but was still constantly thinking and planning and wishing to be a part of the education field, wanting to continue helping teachers and students learn and achieve their goals. When the part-time instructional coach job came open, she knew it was meant for her. Deborah and her husband of 33 years have five grown children and five grandchildren so far. She loves animals and has eight ducks, five dogs, three rabbits, two turtles, and a snake named Joe. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, and kayaking. She is a faithful person and spends quality time daily meditating.

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