Supporting young people
in education, skills
& training
We are the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council
Supporting young people
in education, skills
& training
We are the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in education in all its forms as the key to individual growth.  Education enables social advancement, understanding, and cooperation to build a just society.

MLKMC aims to Keep The Dream Alive

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In Scholarships




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Empowered Students

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Adrian Armendariz Adriana Gutierrez Medina Aedon Hann Amber Vialpando Anna Bishop Annette Cortes Caitlan Tafoya Ciana Faulkner Clarissa Garcia

Cinthia Leon Ebony Baty German Sanchez Hyunju Blemel Imelda Nevarez Joesaph Pedersen Jonathon Hood Kyleen Arndt Pablo Nic Lasso Armijo

Renata Thornton Riley Cook Roshii Montano Samuel Nayarez Sara Bibbey Sebastian Rimbert Selma Gutierrez Stella Uhiriwe Taelyn Reid Teah Amirkabirian Viridiana Rodriguez

Featured Recipients

‘Keep The Dream Alive’ Award

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council honors community members who have made significant contributions to the world and represent the legacy of Dr. King.

  • Figure out who you want to be, who you aspire to be, then be true to yourself. [Dr. King] set a particularly high standard for setting a goal and pursuing it over a lifetime.

    US Senator Jeff Bingaman, 2017 Recipient
  • [His message] really resonated with me: many people did not have the same rights and how unfair that was. Dr. King made it clear to me as a child, and a woman, and a pastor in my later years.

    Reverend Judith Maynard, 2015 Recipient

The Council – A Strong History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in education in all its forms as the key to individual growth. Education enables social advancement, understanding, and cooperation to build a just society.

MLKMC aims to Keep the Dream Alive

Scholarship Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Office of Equity-and Inclusion





Modrall Sperling-

EES Ethicon

Congregation Albert

Bank of America

2nd Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque

Diane G. Gibson, Albuquerque City Councilor
In Memory of Christopher M. Torres
In Memory of Milton S. Hall – by Stephen and Renetta Torres
Wayne A. Johnson, Commissioner Bernalillo County
Mitchell, Olsen and Richardson Memorial Scholarships
Silvio G. Dell’Angela


As Dr. King believed, we build community through shared support, inclusion, and dialogue.

Our Community Partners:

Albuquerque City Council, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County,
Central New Mexico Community College, Congregation Albert, University of New Mexico-Division for Equity and Inclusion, Smith’s Food and Drug Stores, Contractor A.I.A., DNCA Architects, The Albuquerque Journal


J. Jeffery and Karen Pasquier

Ted Lambert

Devendra Narayan

J. Harold Washington

Junior Hunte

Jim Thompson


J. Harold Washington Advisor

Harold is a retired CNM administrator who served as Director of CNM’s tutoring services, Director of Continuing Education, interim Executive Director of the Work Force Training Center. He has been the president of the New Mexico Adult and Continuing Education Association as well as president of the UNM Hospital Service League. He graduated from UNM with a BA in Fine Arts and his graduate work was in Educational Technology. Mr. Washington has been active in the Albuquerque Community serving on a variety of boards and volunteer programs.

Cathy Intemann Executive Director of Communications

Adventure, creativity and interaction describe my outlook. I try to combine these three attributes in order to give purpose to my retirement from public education. I seek opportunities to work in education: I tutor adult ESL and work with immigrant students learning to read. And of course I enjoy working with our scholarship recipients. I also keep involved with my city and neighborhood by volunteering as needed. I love to work with my hands and to view problems in a creative way so there are arts and crafts throughout the house. My adventurous spirit allows me to try new experiences both locally and far away. I love the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, walking, and gardening. I get to eat healthy and enjoy the bounty of my backyard. I am indeed blessed.


A futurist and life-long traveler, Travis aspires to understand humans and technology around the world.  In his post-political career, he specializes in building and scaling New Economy businesses. His roles as a writer, co-founder, senior executive, and advisor are increasingly focused on discovering humanist strategy and architecture to build impactful technology, experiences, and communication.  Travis has delivered high-value development in a range of industries and international roles, from authoring hundreds of futurist and cultural articles to market-savvy software launches and campaigns to Fortune 100 partnership deals.

Dr. Sarah Leah Santillanes Treasurer

Sarah has been an educator for over 20 years.  She is a life-long resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she grew up in the South Valley.  Currently she is an online instructor with the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and teaches part-time at Central New Mexico Community College.  She also teaches dual-enrollment high school students at College and Career High School.  As an academic, she has taught over 20 college courses in the areas of ethnic minority education, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, effective ELL teaching practices, and progressive at-risk literacy methods.  She has several publications centering on race and media and has presented at over 20 conferences.  Her areas of interest include issues of race, ethnicity, and gender, especially as these relate to schooling.  Most importantly, she believes strongly in the message and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how his life’s work is passed on to future generations. 

Rev. Dr. Robert Woodruff Advisor

Pastor Rob was ordained in 2002 after earning his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He subsequently served a congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan and as a Young Adult Volunteer of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  He is currently Pastor of Second Presbyterian, Albuquerque, a bilingual and multicultural congregation. In 2012, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.  Pastor Rob serves on several non-profit boards and is deeply involved in the wider church and the Albuquerque community.

Marilyn Davis Advisor

Marilyn Davis is a Holmes Scholar and Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico (UNM), completing her doctorate in Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies and Educational Psychology.  Her doctorate focuses on academic learning and self-efficacy in out of class time settings. Ms. Davis received her master degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in School/University/Community partnerships and Finance in 2001.  She served as the liaison and program manager for the APS/UNM Professional Development Partnership for 16 years at UNM and has actively volunteered in the Albuquerque Public Schools since 1996.  Currently, Ms. Davis is a lead Research Scientist in the Center for Education Policy Research at UNM, evaluating program impact for  the New Mexico Skill UP Network Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH), a $15 million collaborative partnership among 11 community colleges statewide, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jason Richardson Advisor

Jason is born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from Menaul High School, and then continued on to attend UNM, focusing on Marketing and Spanish. He also ran track and field for UNM specializing in the 400 hurdles. After UNM he went to School in Mexico City at UNAM which jump started his traveling where he’s lived all over in the US.. He now works for Bank of America as a Preferred Specialist, is a proud father to Devon J Richardson who is 3yrs old. Jason is active in the community and is always willing to help, support, and give back any way he can. He is honored and happy to being an advisor to MLKMC.

Alfred Dennis Mathewson Advisor

Alfred grew up in North Carolina. Alfred’s life was inspired by his parent’s determination, by a first grade teacher who recognized his potential and promoted him from remedial classes to accelerated classes, and by a Howard University professor, who taught Alfred to speak up for his convictions. Alfred is active in civic and professional organizations including Albuquerque’s Council for International Visitors. He graduated from Yale Law School. He was hired to teach at UNM’s School of Law, where he continues to teach now.

Rabbi Arthur Flicker Advisor

Rabbi Flicker received his rabbinic ordination in 1990 and has served congregations in Tyler, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Columbus, Ohio. He recently retired from the Congregation B’nai Israel. He has served on the Board of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Public Safety Partnership and currently serves on the Ethics Committee of Presbyterian Hospital, the Board of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, the Board of Israel Bonds, and as a Chaplain for APD. He has earned numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award from the Baptist Ministers’ Council in Cincinnati.

Joycelyn Pegues Jackson President

Joycelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Music and Elementary Education. (ENMU) Master of Arts degree in ElementaryEducation with an emphasis in Multicultural Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Administrative and Educational Leadership. (UNM) She is the APS Multicultural Education Coordinator in the Office of Equity & Engagement and serves as the Director of the APS Black Student Unions. She is the recipient of the Southern Minority Leadership Council’s Outstanding Educators Award. Her life’s work has been to help educators better understand the communities and support systems needed by students.

Ann M. Yeck Advisor

Ann taught integrated class from third through twelfth grade. She visited and hosted cross-community gatherings during the 1968 Riots in Cleveland. As an Albuquerque Teachers Federation representative and treasurer, she promoted equal rights and responsibilities for all in the cause of justice. She served as secretary for both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council.

Annie Hill Emeritus

Annie is a retired APS payroll specialist. She was a member of MLKMC for twenty-three years.

Elizabeth Ann Galligan, Ph.D Member-at-Large

Elizabeth is a retired educator with a life-long dedication to multicultural understanding. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California. She has organized many commemorations of Dr. King’s legacy. She has developed courses in the multicultural heritage of the Southwest at Eastern New Mexico and worked as liaison between the university and Bosque Redondo State Monument.

Vince Baty Standard Operations Procedures Manual - Chair

Vince Baty was born in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of Albuquerque High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He retired from the State of New Mexico as a Training Supervisor for the Children, Youth and FamiliesDepartment. He is currently a Special Education Teacher at Ernie Pyle Middle School. He is a husband and the father of two children.

Phillip Bustos Council Member

Phillip Bustos is currently the Vice President for Student Services at Central New Mexico Community College. He has been theDirector of Student Services at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver Colorado as well as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology. He has a BA in Speech Communication and Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University. He serves on the national advisory board for the Si Se Puede Learning Centers.

Ernest W. Sturdevant Vice President

Ernie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in voice with minors in theatre and conducting. A member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, his credits include legitimate and music theatre and commercials and film, with professional music credits as music director, vocal instructor, pianist, organist, soloist in opera, oratorio and on the concert stage, as well as arranger and composer. Ernie has taught elementary through college in the classroom, music theatre audition and vocal techniques workshops and currently maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician-actor and vocal teacher.

Jewel L. Hall MLKMC'S Co-founder, Past President and Emeritus

Jewel has worked as a volunteer for twenty-eight years on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council. For many years Jewel devoted her time to volunteering and helping in various community efforts. Her efforts in the community are numerous. She has volunteered for AARP, served as President of the Albuquerque Northwest Retired Educators Association, Chaired the TV-I (CNM) Emeritus College Advisory Committee, lead an Albuquerque tutorial program for students and was elected to the Rio Rancho, New Mexico first school Board. Jewel knows about educational benefits. She taught high school in Oak Grove, Louisiana. She was a teacher in Saginaw, Michigan for 22 years before she came to Albuquerque. She taught at Albuquerque High School and Albuquerque’s Sandia High School. Jewel served as President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation. She retired from Albuquerque Public Schools.

Renetta M. Torres Vice President

Renetta has been with Bernalillo County Government for over thirty years. She currently holds the position of Human Resources Director and recently served as the Deputy Manager of Administrative Services for Bernalillo County. She is active in her community and involved in many organizations, including serving on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. She is a founding member of the Hispanic Women’s Council.

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