Deborah Bennett Anderson
Ms. Bennett Anderson was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years as a mechanical engineer, serving in both technical and management roles, evaluating nuclear systems, nuclear waste disposition and nuclear materials development. Since her early retirement in 2008, Deborah has been actively engaged on the Board of Trustees for McCurdy Schools of Northern New Mexico, both as a Board member and Chairperson. She stepped down as Board Chairperson to become the school’s Executive Director from July 2010 to August 2011, at which time she resumed being Board Chairperson.
Ms. Bennett Anderson brings a broad wealth of technical, operational and management experience, as well as an understanding of how local, state, federal and global laws and requirements influence and control what is done on a daily basis.
Since her “career change” from engineering to education, Ms. Bennett Anderson has gained a healthy respect for what educators are requested to do with very limited resources, and first-hand knowledge of what challenges students and their families face. After 20 years of living in the Espanola Valley, she sees the impact of poverty, drugs, gangs and abuse in the face of every person on the street, yet knows that community engagement is critical to making a difference. Deborah is committed to providing an educational environment that helps students and their families deal with those challenges, and to provide them with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop into leaders who can effect change.