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Board of Directors

Don Dudley - President

As a second generation architect, Don Dudley brings a diverse perspective with regard to housing. His interest in this building typology began as an undergraduate when he studied housing abroad in the mid '80's and lived in Berlin, Germany. He later studied under the esteemed housing professor in the southwest, George Anselevicius. After serving on the senior design staff for Antoine Predock, Don started his own architectural firm and has won numerous awards for projects in the southwest. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has been a guest lecturer and architecture instructor at the University of New Mexico and North Carolina State University.

Tessah Latson - Vice President

Tessah Latson has almost 20 years working within the nonprofit and governmental sectors of New Mexico, and as of July 2020 launched her own organizational development consultancy business, Moonshadow Alignment LLC, where projects currently range from NM Dept of Transportation traffic records system project management to assisting small nonprofits getting their organizations off of the ground. Formerly the Director of the Barelas Economic Opportunity Center (BEOC) of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC), Tessah's career has encompassed education, workforce and economic development programming and partnership cultivation through an equity lens in Albuquerque and throughout the state of NM. Her experience in strategic funding, organizational/program development, community outreach and cross-sector coalition-building contributes to her almost 3 years serving on the GAHP Board of Directors. She holds a BA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a MA in Intercultural Relations, Community Development Emphasis from Lesley University and was honored in 2009 with Business First’s 40 Under Forty award. Tessah has lived in New Mexico since 2002, is a native of very rural Massachusetts, and is also a certified RYT-200 Yoga Instructor.

Chris Marie Scott - Treasure

She has been a member of the GAHP since September 2019.This has afforded her the opportunity to gain more insight about Albuquerque, New Mexico and to be of assistance in any way that is required. Her goal in life has been to gain experience on all facets of the industry. She has undergraduate work in History and Government in addition to graduate work in Public Administration. Chris has additional experience in finance, banking, air freight delivery services, construction, technology, and management. She has had the pleasure of traveling and working in different states as well as working internationally.  

Juliea Benzaquen - Secretary

As a current GAHP resident, she is an active member in her local community and a great voice for our residents. Having a resident on the GAHP Board gives our future developments a deeper connection and a better understanding of resident needs. She and her late husband moved to New Mexico in 2005. She enjoys the food and people of Albuquerque and being outdoors in nature. Juliea has a B.A. in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.  

Heidi Pitts, Ph.D. - Member

Heidi Pitts has worked in the utility industry for almost seven years, both for an electric utility and as a regulator. Currently she works as a senior pricing analyst at Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas (causing her to be a huge basketball fanatic) and after she moved to Albuquerque in 2006 to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico. She fell in love with New Mexico and never left. Heidi joined the GAHP Board in July 2020.