Meet Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is the backbone of our organization. Their dedication and professionalism allow us to provide educational and support services to children, families, and schools in south-central New Mexico. We are committed to supporting students to be successful individuals in the real world.

Bryan Dooley

Bryan Dooley
Executive Director
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About Bryan Dooley

I currently serve as the executive director of Region 9 Education Cooperative in Ruidoso, New Mexico. I have a bachelor's degree in accounting from ENMU and a bachelor's in education from WNMU, where I received a teaching certificate in 1983. I then co-owned an independent Apple Computer Store for 16 years. I have also held a New Mexico contractors license and a physical therapist assistants license. I have worked in a variety of roles for Region 9 since 2000, including technology, the business office, and special projects. My goal is to create sustainable systems with high-quality staff and implement programs through Region 9 that support our mission statement to Educate, Support, and Serve.

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Dahn Freed

Dahn Freed
Deputy Director & Educational Services Director
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About Dahn Freed

I have proudly served Region 9 for the past 24 years in multiple capacities, including as a clerk at the student-based health center and as the child find coordinator. I currently serve as the deputy director of Region 9 as well as the director of the Educational Services Department. I have a masters of science in education, hold a level-3B administrative license, and a level 3 educational diagnosticians license. In addition to supporting member district services, I also provide professional development across the state of New Mexico on special education evaluation and processes on behalf of the public education department through intergovernmental contracts with R9. I enjoy working with and support our amazing Region 9 staff members who provide quality services to children, families, and schools on a daily basis.

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Billie Arguedas

Billie Arguedas
Early Head Start Manager
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Teresa Barnett

Teresa Barnett
Internal Supports Coordinator
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About Teresa Barnett

I’ve happily served Region 9 for over two decades, beginning in 1997. I started out doing data entry. I then transferred to secretarial work assisting with payroll, human resources, and event planning. Eventually, I served as the administrative assistant to the executive director and the deputy director of Region 9. I now work full time in the Internal Supports Department, coordinating events for Region 9, the NM Public Education Department, and other agencies across the state of New Mexico. I also have the privilege to serve as a member of the Region 9 Leadership Team. I love this place and the people I work with. I am “Region 9 Proud!”

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Keri French

Keri French
Home Visit Supervisor
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Calla Goeller

Calla Goeller
Head Start/Early Head Start Director
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About Calla Goeller

Hello! I am currently the Head Start and Early Head Start director. I have my MS in family and consumer science education, and I am licensed in New Mexico and Utah to teach secondary education. I've been working for Head Start for 11 years. I've been a teacher, a family advocate, the education/disabilities manager, and now the director. I have a passion for early childhood education, and I love to see the "littles" every single day. They exude pure love and joy and bring a bright light of happiness to my life

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Carolina Hernandez

Carolina Hernandez
Quality Assurance & Health Manager
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About Carolina Hernandez

Hola, me llamo Carolina. I am the health and safety manager for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. I am starting my seventh year with Region 9. I was lucky enough to work in developmental services for three years prior to working in Head Start. I have been working in education for over 10 years and have worked with children from birth through 12th grade. I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in social work. Having come from an immigrant background, I am fortunate to have learned through my life experiences, which allow me to relate to the community I serve and live in. I hope to empower and encourage those I work with closely to always move forward and succeed. I look forward to having the opportunity to reach new heights by staying hydrated and being flexible.

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Judy Jones

Judy Jones
Human Resources Director
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About Judy Jones

Hello - I am Judy Jones, the Human Resources (HR) Manager for Region 9. I have worked in education for twenty (20) years, primarily in HR. I have a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Troy University. My passion is helping people, whether that entails placing an employee in a position for their lifestyle and professional goals, assisting with their benefits, or helping them achieve a new goal. I strive to make employee welfare and happiness a matter of my professional responsibility. At Region 9, our employees are our greatest assets and I am here to support them.

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Arissa Klumker

Arissa Klumker
Procurement and Contracts Coordinator
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Jeanette Lindsey

Jeanette Lindsey
Business Manager Assistant
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Ashlee McEwen

Ashlee McEwen
SBHC Coordinator
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About Ashlee McEwen

I serve Region 9 as the coordinator of the school-based health center. I hold a bachelor’s of interior design from Texas Tech University and a master of science degree in counseling from Lubbock Christian University. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New Mexico, an instructor for the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training program, and an instructor of QPR Gatekeeper training. My goal is to help students take ownership of their mental and physical health by empowering them to make educated decisions about their health and lifestyle. I enjoy serving our school districts by providing counseling services to students; classroom programs on suicide prevention, stress management, and substance use prevention; and teacher training in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and social-emotional learning (SEL). I also work with local councils on community programming in health, DWI prevention, and juvenile justice.

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Carma Patterson

Carma Patterson
Special Education Consultant
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About Carma Patterson

Carma has 35 years of experience as an occupational therapist, in both pediatrics and in the medical field where her primary focus has been in hand rehab. She has worked for Region 9 for 30 years. She served as an occupational therapist for 28 of those years, serving in all capacities including the autism evaluation teams. Currently, Carma serves as the special education consultant and coordinator for district evaluations. Additionally, Carma provides intermediate-level supervision for the related service staff.

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Jordan Reynolds

Jordan Reynolds
Head Start Education & Disabilities
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About Jordan Reynolds

Hello, my name is Jordan Reynolds. I am currently the Head Start education and disabilities manager and have been with Region 9 for six years. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education from NMSU and have taught in both Head Start and first grade. I was also the HS and EHS coach and disabilities manager for two years. My passion is to help create opportunities for children and families to broaden their horizons and follow their dreams. I am excited about what this year will bring!

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Melina Romero

Melina Romero
Birth to Three Coordinator
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Carmen Spann

Carmen Spann
Fiscal Manager
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About Carmen Spann

I am currently the fiscal/business manager for Region 9 Education Cooperative. Before coming to REC 9 in March 2014, I was the business manager for TorC Municipal School District. Before that, I held various financial positions with Alamogordo School District. I hold a bachelor’s in business administration from NMSU and a level II NM school business license. REC 9 has been an intriguing, challenging, and enjoyable place to be. I have experienced REC 9’s growth since my arrival and am proud to be part of it by providing ethical and transparent fiscal and business management.

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Stacy Wren

Stacy Wren
Director of Technology Services
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