Meet The Board

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Don Dudley
President

Tessah Latson

Tessah Latson
Vice President

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Juliea Brathovde-Benzaquen
Secretary

 
Heidi Pitts

Heidi Pitts, Ph.D.
Treasurer

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Sarah Hurteau
Director

Russell Brito

Russell Brito
Director

Don Dudley

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.

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Tessah Latson

Tessah Latson has over 20 years working within the nonprofit and governmental sectors of New Mexico. She is currently the State Director of Best Buddies International of New Mexico, and works to expand programs, awareness and resources to support New Mexican children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Formerly the Director of the Barelas Economic Opportunity Center (BEOC) of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC), and an independent organizational consultant and project manager with her own business, 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 3 years serving on the GAHP Board of Directors, and currently as the Board's Vice President.  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.

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Julie Brathovde-Benzaquen

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. 

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Heidi Pitts

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.

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Sarah Hurteau

More information coming soon!

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Russell Brito

Russell Brito is a land use planner with over 27 years experience including a 26 year career with the City of Albuquerque as a Long Range Planner, a Planner for the Environmental Planning Commission, and ultimately as the Planning Manager of the Urban Design & Development Division.  He was directly involved in the drafting and adoption processes for the 2017 update of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (land use policies for growth and development) and the City's revamped zoning code, the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO).  Russell currently serves as a Land Use and Permitting Administrator with PNM (Public Service Co. of NM), helping to plan for and develop new electric facilities that are needed for existing and new housing, businesses, institutions, and the electrification of the transportation system.  He is a lifelong Burqueño and a proud alumnus of Valley High School and the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.  Russell joined the GAHP Board of Directors in April 2021.

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